Chris Hand is a Jacksonville native with a long record of public, civic, and legal service in Florida.
From 1996 to 2000, Chris served as speechwriter, campaign press secretary, and Senate press secretary for former Florida Governor and then-U.S. Senator Bob Graham. With Sen. Graham, he is co-author of America, the Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall – and Win, a guide to helping Americans build and flex their citizenship muscles to make government respond.
Chris has practiced law at several Northeast Florida firms. At Eavenson Fraser Lunsford & Ivan, he has a Strategic Government practice through which he helps clients anticipate challenges and opportunities at every level of government, and design and implement the strategies needed to achieve positive outcomes with public entities and decision-makers. Chris also handles a wide range of civil litigation on behalf of clients.
From 2011 to 2015, Chris served as Chief of Staff for the City of Jacksonville, Florida—the largest city by area in the contiguous United States and the 12th largest by population in the entire nation—during the administration of Mayor Alvin Brown. As Chief of Staff, he led the advancement of strategic initiatives, coordinated the Mayor’s Cabinet of direct reports, and managed the Mayor’s Office team, with oversight for policy, advocacy, communications, outreach and scheduling. In his role, Chris was also engaged on economic development matters and led the City’s efforts to achieve comprehensive pension reform for taxpayers and public safety employees. Those efforts culminated in the enactment of a landmark agreement with the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund in June 2015.
Chris graduated with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1995. At Princeton, he was honored with the Daily Princetonian Award for his successful efforts to reform the university’s then century-old Honor Code. In 2003, Chris graduated with honors from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. At UF, the law school student body elected him as president of the John Marshall Bar Association. Chris also served as a research assistant to former Florida Governor and U.S. Representative Buddy MacKay, and as a member of the Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court team.
Chris is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2014 and Leadership Florida Class XXXVI (36). He previously served on the Board of Governors of the Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association (JBA).
An enthusiastic hiker who loves to visit city, county, state, and national parks, state and national forests, and conservation areas, Chris has led governmental advocacy trainings for environmental leaders through the Florida Conservation Coalition. He is a dedicated fan of the Florida Gators, Jacksonville Jaguars, and all things Ireland.
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