Nikki Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is a lifelong Floridian, attorney and passionate activist.
Born and raised in Miami, Commissioner Fried graduated from the University of Florida, where she received her bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctor degrees. While at the University of Florida, she served as student body president – the first woman to hold the position in nearly two decades.
As an attorney, she was head of the Felony Division at the Alachua County Public Defender’s Office and worked in private practice in South Florida, defending homeowners against foreclosure during the 2007-2008 housing crisis.
Prior to being elected, Fried worked at law firms as a government consultant, advocating on behalf of clients before the Florida Legislature. In 2017, she formed her own firm to advocate in Tallahassee for at-risk children, the Broward County School Board, and for the expansion of patient access to medical marijuana.
Throughout her career she has served with numerous organizations including the Young Lawyers Board of Governors, Chair of the Broward Days Board of Directors, Legal Needs of Children Bar Committee, LeRoy Collins Institute, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, University of Florida Governmental Relations Advisory Committee, University of Florida Board of Trustees, Florida’s Children First, and others.
Fried is a member of Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.
Commissioner Fried is championing science-backed initiatives such as “Be SMART” to get Florida back on track. Be SMART Florida is an acronym asking Floridians to Social distance, Mask up, Avoid crowds, Remember to wash or sanitize hands, and Throw away disposable items like masks, gloves, and wipes. These common-sense steps are crucial to slowing COVID-19; a World Health Organization-backed study showed that COVID-19’s spread is reduced by up to 85% through wearing masks and up to 82% by social distancing.
It is Commissioner Fried’s mission to ensure that every child in Florida has access to a healthy, nutritious meal each day. She works tirelessly to increase awareness and consumption of Florida’s agricultural commodities; reduce food insecurity among Florida’s most vulnerable populations, and encourage healthy lifestyles among Florida residents.
Commissioner Fried has been in communication with major retailers encouraging them to keep stores stocked with Florida-grown products. She has also asked major retailers to end consumer purchasing limits on milk, allowing consumers to purchase as much as necessary, a common-sense step for both retailers and consumers that will alleviate milk dumping.
“With COVID-19 sweeping the nation and deeply affecting our economy, especially agriculture, Florida farmers are facing difficult and unprecedented times. It’s my top priority to support our farmers with comprehensive solutions and ensure we keep Florida agriculture strong,” said Commissioner Nikki Fried.