Ned Pope is a fifth generation Floridian with a long track record of success in project management and implementation. As President of the Florida NEXT Foundation he has implemented and directed the organization’s signature projects such as the Impact Forum series, Give Day Tampa Bay, and the One Spark strategic partnership. Overall, these programs have led to over $3 million in crowdfunding for startups and nonprofits. Pope previously served as the vice president of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Project Management for the Collins Center for Public Policy, where he implemented and directed court-ordered mediation programs in six court circuits, a Florida statewide program sponsored by Fannie Mae, and a statewide program on behalf of the Oregon Attorney General.
Pope also served under Alex Sink as director of external affairs during her administration as chief financial officer of Florida. Before taking that position he served as the Department of Financial Services’ primary certified contract negotiator, representing the state as lead negotiator in the 2008 Worker’s Compensation Medical Case Management Project. In 2007, Pope co-managed and developed the nationally recognized searchable contract transparency website, currently known as “FACTS”. Before going to work directly for DFS he served as the operations manager for the agency’s Hurricane Insurance Mediation Program, administered by the Collins Center from 2004-07.
Ned Pope is a 2001 graduate of Georgia Southern University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Print Management/Publishing, and 2004 graduate of Florida State University, with a Master of Science degree in Communications, New and Interactive Technology. He is also the owner and CEO of the Pope Management Group, a project management firm that consults private companies on workflow efficiency and compliance with their government contracts.
Pope lives in Tampa with his wife, Merris, daughter, Avery, and son, Miles.