Gypsy Gallardo

2021 CHAIR

Gypsy has 27 years of experience in community economic development, helping to design, fund and evaluate place-based solutions for economic equity for lower-income people and communities. She has worked with 40+ development organizations, public and private, in the U.S. and overseas, to design state, regional, city and sub-city initiatives to accelerate job creation, earnings growth, business growth, and commercial revitalization.

In St. Petersburg, Gypsy’s roles include nine years as Vice President (and Director of Development) for Urban Development Solutions, an award-winning organization that co-developed Tangerine Plaza Shopping Center and Lakeview Apartments and aided in the reopening of the Manhattan Casino. She also served as lead Organizer of a 6-year advocacy effort that inspired the creation of the South St. Petersburg  Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), now forecasted to generate tens of millions of dollars in tax increment funding to community initiatives over 30 years.

Gypsy is CEO of The 2020 Plan, a collective impact initiative to reduce the city’s black poverty rate by 30% by the year 2020. In 2019, she also became Executive Director of the One Community Plan, a 10-year equity initiative (2020-2029) to “grow the paychecks, bank accounts, and balance sheets of African Americans in St. Petersburg” through programs that build wealth and support entrepreneurs to thrive.

Gypsy has been honored with two dozen awards for leadership, service and innovation. Her work has been featured at national, state and regional conferences. Gypsy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Whitney Young College of Leadership at Kentucky State University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Tashika Griffith

2020 CHAIR

Dr. Griffith serves as campus Provost for the Downtown/Midtown Centers and The Palladium Theater for St. Petersburg College. With more than two decades of educational experience, she provides leadership and oversight of students and staff and manages all campus operations.

Dr. Griffith’s years of experience are in both public and private higher education institutions including previous roles within Multicultural Affairs, University Police, Career Services, Student Activities and the Dean of Students Office. She is also a graduate of the 2018 Florida State College Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar cohort and served on the national board of the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Center for Women.

Dr. Griffith received her Bachelor’s degree in English with a Certification in Ethnic Studies from Florida Atlantic University, and her master’s degree in Higher Education and Leadership Policies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She completed her doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.


City of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg EDC
St. Petersburg Arts Alliance
Pinellas County Urban League
One Community
St. Pete Business League
St. Pete Downtown Partnership
St. Petersburg Innovation District
St. Pete Works
St. Petersburg Greenhouse
St. Pete Chamber of Commerce
Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Association
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg


St. Petersburg College
Eckerd College
St. Petersburg Community Church
Pinellas County Schools
Florida Blue
Regions Bank
Habitat for Humanity
Deuces Live
St. Petersburg Police Department
Orlando Health
Sierra Club
St. Petersburg Community Church
Pinellas County Schools
Florida Blue
Regions Bank



Jocelyn Howard
Grow Smarter Manager