David was born in Tampa and raised in Winter Haven, Florida. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. He spent five years in Washington, D.C. serving first as a Legislative Officer at the United States Department of Transportation and later as the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the United States Peace Corps.
In 1993, David returned to Florida and earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs at Florida State University. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs with Summit Consulting, Inc. in Polk County. From 1996 to 1997 David served in the legislative office of then-Commissioner of Education, Frank Brogan. He left that post to become the Political Director for Jeb Bush’s successful 1998 campaign for Governor. David served on Governor Bush’s Transition Team and as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
After spending six years as the Vice President of Government Relations at WCI Communities, David accepted the role of Vice President of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Florida Home Builders Association in 2007. As of July 1, 2010, David has joined the Florida Chamber of Commerce in the newly created position of Executive Vice President to manage the Chamber’s extensive legislative and political operations.
David has served on the Board of Directors for Florida Tax Watch, the Bonita Springs Affordable Housing Development Corporation, the Southwest Florida Transportation Initiative and the Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Collier Economic Development Council and Finance Chairman for the Lee County Republican Party.
He is a graduate of Leadership Florida and is also a gubernatorial appointee on the Board of Directors for the Florida Fellows program. David and his wife have two children.
Frank Walker serves as Vice President of Governmental Affairs of Florida’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Frank manages the development and strategic implementation of the Chamber’s annual legislative agenda, the Florida Business Agenda, and leads the Chamber’s team of 20 lobbyists.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Frank spent nearly 11 years in Washington, D.C. serving two Members of Congress, two U.S. Senators and a sitting Governor. Having most recently served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Daniel Webster, Walker also held key policy and leadership positions with former Senator George LeMieux, Representative Dave Reichert, and former Senator Mel Martinez.
Frank’s policy work included advising Members on energy and natural resources, environment, agriculture and transportation. He also brings an understanding of congressional parliamentary procedure after serving as an Associate to the House Rules Committee.
Additionally, Frank has served on multiple successful congressional campaigns, including campaigns for Webster, Reichert, former Representative Steve Southerland and U.S. Senator Bob Corker.
Frank was raised in Tallahassee, Florida, where he went to Maclay School. He graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, with a B.A. in History and a scratch handicap. After college he moved to Kanazawa, Japan to teach English through the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) program before returning home and heading to our nation’s capital.
Frank and his wife reside in Tallahassee with their two daughters.
Matthew K. Choy
Matthew Choy serves as Director of Talent, Education and Quality of Life Policy at Florida’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Matthew’s legislative portfolio includes advocating on healthcare, PreK-12 and higher education as well as gaming issues.
Prior to joining the Florida Chamber Matthew worked as a Regional Field Manager for the Republican Party of Florida during the 2010 election cycle. He successfully aided to elect Bill Hagar and Elizabeth Porter to HD 87 and HD 11 respectively. Starting in 2012 Matthew worked in the Florida House of Representatives as Legislative Aide to MaryLynn Magar. There he coordinated with lobbyists, key stakeholders and staff to execute Representative Magar’s legislative agenda.
After his time in the Florida House Matthew directed multistate legislative and regulatory matters with emphasis on creating allied development, coalition building and affiliation with key influencers for The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company. His experience also included managing SMG’s Political Action Committee (PAC) at both state and federal levels.
Matthew was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Jupiter, Florida in 1999. Since that time, he has graduated from The Florida State University with a B.S. degree in 2008 and then Rollins College with a M.B.A. in 2010.
Christopher S. Emmanuel
Christopher Emmanuel is the Director of Infrastructure & Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as the primary advocate for transportation, utilities, energy, and property rights issues on behalf of the state’s largest business association. In this role, he has advised Fortune 500 companies and statewide political campaigns, and advocates at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Emmanuel also leads Autonomous Florida, the state’s advocacy group for Autonomous, Connected, Electric, and Shared Vehicles.
Emmanuel frequently speaks and writes about the public policy implications of changing demographics, politics, and technology. His commentary has appeared in nearly every Florida newspaper as well as a few national periodicals.
Emmanuel holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Florida and J.D. from the Florida State College of Law. Emmanuel sits on the Florida Transportation Plan Committee, serves a Railroad Advocate for GoRail, advises the international non-profit New Story, and is a member of the James Madison Institute’s Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Federalist Society, a graduate of Leadership Florida Connect, and is admitted into the Florida Bar. Emmanuel and his wife live in Tallahassee.
Carolyn Johnson advocates to help Florida create a business climate that generates high-paying jobs, vibrant communities and global competitiveness. Her advocacy efforts span two of the Florida Chamber’s Six Pillars of Florida’s Future Economy – Innovation and Economic Development and Business Climate and Competitiveness.
Carolyn is the Florida Chamber’s expert on lawsuit abuse reform, workers’ comp, taxation and insurance. She leads the Florida Chamber Small Business Council, made up of hundreds of businesses in every corner of the state, and the Workers’ Compensation Task Force. Recent legislative successes include fixing assignment of benefits, clarifying liability for owners of specialized mobile equipment and saving businesses over $500 million in tax relief. She serves on the state Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the State Advisory Board for the Florida Small Business Development Center Network.
Prior to joining the Florida Chamber in 2013, Carolyn was a District Administrator and Legislative Assistant for the Florida House of Representatives. She previously served as a Deputy Campaign Manager for a constitutional amendment campaign.
Carolyn is a native Floridian, hailing from St. Petersburg. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with undergraduate degrees in political science and advertising/public relations. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in urban and regional planning.
In her spare time, she enjoys running half-marathons and cheering on the Knights.