Throughout his career in business and government, Mark Kaplan has built and developed high performing teams, managed complex operational and public policy issues, and led through crises, challenges, and transitions in the public eye. He has delivered results and strengthened organizations as a member of the senior leadership team of a Fortune 250 company, chief of staff to Florida’s governor, chief executive of Florida’s state housing finance corporation, and a participant in various boards and work groups.
Mr. Kaplan held several functional leadership and general management roles during eleven years at the Mosaic Company, one of the world’s largest integrated mining, fertilizer manufacturing, and distribution enterprises. Among his roles, Mr. Kaplan served as global head of public affairs and a member of the eight-person corporate senior leadership team. He also led the phosphate services organization at Mosaic, including the teams of technical experts who handle mine area site work and capital projects, land management, and environment, health, and safety for multiple mines, chemical plants, and related facilities.
Before Mosaic, Mr. Kaplan served as chief of staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, directing day-to-day operations of the executive office of the governor and overseeing coordination of nearly two dozen state agencies, as well as collaborations and relationships with other parts of state, federal, and local government and key stakeholder groups. As executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation in the early 2000s, Mr. Kaplan led a successful turnaround of the entity that sets affordable housing policy and allocates funds on behalf of the state.
Mr. Kaplan currently chairs the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and is a former member of Florida’s State Board of Education. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kaplan was a judicial clerk to a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and a shareholder in a statewide law firm where he practiced regulatory, state government, and corporate law.
Mr. Kaplan received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Florida and graduated first in his class from the Florida State University College of Law.
Mark Kaplan occupies Tampa Port Authority Board of Commisisoners Seat #3, which is appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida.
Term: April 3, 2018 - November 15, 2021
1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602