Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Visits Jewish Day School in Broward County

DeSantis was in South Florida to Finalize Hiring Shane Strum as Chief of Staff to the Governor

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – During a tour and roundtable event today at the Leon and Leona Brauser Maimonides Academy (BMA), Governor-elect Ron DeSantis discussed the importance of continuing to support and stand with Florida’s Jewish community and asked the legislature to consider making funding for hardening security for at-risk non-public schools recurring in the state budget. BMA has previously received state grants for security hardening to help protect its students and faculty amid an increase in anti-Semitic threats. DeSantis also criticized Airbnb for taking “steps against Israel” with recent business decisions that have been hailed as a victory for the anti-Semitic “Boycott, Divest, Sanctions” movement. The Governor-elect warned the company that if it continues, Florida will look to take steps against them.
Governor-elect DeSantis also highlighted his support for Florida’s school choice scholarship programs, including the Florida Tax-Credit Scholarship Program which covers tuition for about 80 students at BMA.
DeSantis was in Broward to finalize hiring former Broward Republican Chairman Shane Strum as Chief of Staff to the Governor. Strum, who currently serves as senior vice president of the Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Fla., will begin his service to Governor-elect DeSantis and the State of Florida on January 8, 2019.
Prior to joining Memorial Healthcare System, Strum was vice chancellor of business development for Keiser University. Strum’s career also includes serving as a transition advisor to Governor Rick Scott from January to February 2011 and serving as chief of staff to Governor Charlie Crist from October 2009 to January 2011. Additionally, Strum served as a member and chair of the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners from 2001 to 2009.
“I am very pleased to announce that Shane is returning to public service and bringing his expertise to our administration,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “Having spent many years in both the private and public sector, and previously serving two Florida Governors, Shane will be a great addition to our team.”
Strum earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.