Clay Hollis - Chief of Staff
A native of Lakeland, Florida, Clay Hollis has been working in the political arena since the summer of 2010, serving as Travel Aide to then-Rep. Adam Putnam's campaign for Commissioner of Agriculture. In 2011, Hollis worked in Washington, D.C., first as an intern for Majority Leader Eric Cantor and later in the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Upon graduation from Southern Methodist University with a major in Public Policy, Hollis moved to Washington, D.C. in early 2012 and began working for Rep. Tom Rooney. He performed various roles in the office, ending his tenure as the Senior Legislative Assistant, focusing on agriculture, transportation, energy, and water policy, among other issue areas. Given Rooney's position on the Appropriations Committee, Hollis was able to work on spending levels and report language for the USDA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the DOT. In February 2017, he accepted a position of Director of External Affairs for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In this role, he served as the industry-facing representative of Commissioner Putnam's office, traveling the state to speak and represent Commissioner Putnam at industry functions, trade organizations, and legislative delegations.
In February of 2019, Hollis began his tenure at Port Tampa Bay serving as Chief of Staff to President/CEO Paul Anderson. Combining his policy, political, and industry relations experience, Hollis works closely with Anderson and the senior staff to facilitate the numerous ongoing projects at the port, as well as the local, state, and federal relationships integral to the port's success.