JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (November 3, 2023) – The Fiorentino Group (“TFG”), one of Florida’s leading government relations and business development consulting firms, today announced Cody McCloud has joined their team as principal in the firm’s Tallahassee office.

McCloud joins TFG from the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), where he served as State Political Director and the primary liaison between the Party and the 2022 statewide campaigns of Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, and Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson. He also assisted with several key congressional races throughout the state, and was the lead organizer of two of the most successful events in RPOF history, including the 2022 Sunshine Summit.

Prior to his role at RPOF, Cody served as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), and as Press Secretary to Governor Ron DeSantis, where he staffed and traveled with the Governor throughout his first two and a half years in office. Prior to his role with Governor DeSantis, Cody worked at a Tallahassee-area lobbying firm. He began his political career as a session intern with The Fiorentino Group.

“We are excited to welcome Cody to our firm,” said TFG founder and president Marty Fiorentino. “His experience working inside state government at the highest levels, along with his strong political background, give him tremendous bandwidth in Florida’s complex policy-making process. Cody’s dedication, strong character and exceptional talent will be an asset to our firm and our clients for years to come.”

In his role with the firm, McCloud will utilize his experience in media relations and political and legislative affairs to develop successful government relations strategies and deliver results for TFG clients.

“The Fiorentino Group made a great choice in adding Cody McCloud to their team,” said Chris Spencer, Director of Policy and Budget for Governor Ron DeSantis. “Cody served the administration in both communications and legislative policy, and that experience gives him unique insight into addressing complex issues. I have no doubt he will excel in this new role.”

“I could not be more excited to join The Fiorentino Group,” said McCloud. “TFG is where I got my start years ago, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to return and join their outstanding team. I look forward to providing premium service to the firm’s first-rate roster of clients.

McCloud is a proud alum of Florida State University and was previously named a 2023 Rising Star in Florida Politics by Influence Magazine.

About The Fiorentino Group: Founded in 2002, TFG is a full-service government relations and business development firm with offices in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. The firm provides a broad range of consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and other highly regarded organizations looking to influence public policy and create new business opportunities. With more than 50 years of combined experience in local, state and federal government relations, TFG is distinguished by its unparalleled relationships with decision-makers, work on complex issues, and high client success and retention rate.