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Matthew D. Ubben, Executive Director
Matthew D. Ubben

Matthew D. Ubben, a public affairs professional with more than 30 years experience working for state government, associations and corporations, began service as Executive Director of the Florida Transportation Commission in August, 2016.

Ubben's state government service in Florida includes stints as the Director of Legislative & Cabinet Affairs at the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs and the agency's chief spokesman, Executive Director of the Florida Commission on Veterans' Affairs; Public Affairs Director of the Florida Transportation Commission; Director of External Affairs at the Department of Management Services' Division of State Group Insurance; and Deputy Communications Director at the Florida Department of Education.

Ubben's non-profit advocacy in Florida includes serving as President of Floridians for Better Transportation; serving as Executive Director of the Florida Chapter of Consumer Energy Alliance; serving as Vice President of the Florida Trucking Association; and, serving as chief development officer and director of public policy at Volunteers of America Florida.

Prior to his arrival in Tallahassee in 1997, Ubben spent more than a decade in public affairs positions in Washington, DC. He managed political action committees for United Technologies Corporation and MCI Communications, directed a major-donor program at the Republican National Committee and lobbied for the Helicopter Association International.

Ubben, founder of Confianza Consulting, Inc., a government and public affairs consulting firm, received a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in International Relations, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ubben is married to Michelle, a partner at Ron Sachs Communications. They have six children.

Rick Gallant, CPA, Manager of Finance and Performance Monitoring
Rick Gallant

Mr. Gallant joined the Florida Transportation Commission in 2007 and currently serves as the Manager of Finance and Performance Monitoring. He has overall responsibility for statutorily required annual reports that review Performance and Production and the Tentative Work Program of the Florida Department of Transportation. His responsibilities also include the production of an annual Monitoring and Oversight Report that incorporates numerous transportation authorities operating within the state, as well as conducting research and evaluating various transportation issues with statewide impact. Mr. Gallant served for seven years as a Senior Financial Analyst with a transportation consulting firm prior to joining the Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida, Master of Business Administration degree from Florida State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Beatriz 'Bibi' Ramos, FTC Liaison
Bibi Ramos