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DeSantis To Tap Florida’s First Climate Change Czar. Her Resume Lacks Climate Credentials.

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MIAMI HERALD
Julia Nesheiwat, the Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the Department of State, is likely to be named Florida’s first Chief Resilience Officer this week.";

Florida’s first chief resilience officer, the person in charge of adapting the most vulnerable state in the nation to climate change, has an impressive resume. But it’s missing one thing — any obvious experience with climate change or resilience.

The candidate Gov. Ron Desantis is expected to name as soon as Wednesday, sources tell the Miami Herald, is Julia Nesheiwat. The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Nesheiwat had no comment. No formal announcement has been made.

The last four years, she’s been the deputy special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, where she works with hostage families, foreign governments and the multi-agency group called the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell to bring Americans back home.

Read more from our news partner the Miami Herald.