A communications expert with more than 20 years of experience, Ousley has advised Florida’s highest-ranking elected officials, trade associations and business leaders on strategic messaging, media management, crisis communications and public affairs campaigns. Her successful tenure in political communications and public affairs stems from her in-the-trenches experience and training, serving as spokesperson for elected officials, on high-profile issues, on state constitution referendums and for a leading trade association, and her daily interaction with Florida’s Capitol Press Corps, as well as state and national media outlets.
Ousley’s previous experience includes serving as spokesperson for Governor Lawton Chiles, communications director for former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings during her second term as President of the Florida Senate, director of communications for the Florida Home Builders Association and senior account manager for Herrle Communications (now Salter Mitchell) – a leading public relations firm.
Throughout her tenure, Ousley has served as lead communications strategist and spokesperson on numerous topics ranging from economic development and Florida’s business climate, to public health issues including a statewide Smoke Free for Health ballot referendum and Florida’s Drug Control Summits held in conjunction with then Governor Jeb Bush. She honed her crisis communications skills during several of Florida’s statewide natural disasters, following the death of Florida’s highest elected statewide leader, during nursing home-related tragedies and during the peak of Florida’s housing boom when key residential construction products failed. Her passion for political communications stems from her love of politics, and gubernatorial grassroots campaign work in Arkansas and Florida.
Ousley is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. While a native of Crossett, Arkansas, Ousley has lived in Tallahassee since 1992.