West Palm Beach
Stephanie Grutman, Partner, Fort Lauderdale Office
Stephanie has worked in all aspects of Florida Government. She began her career nearly 20 years ago as a senior aide to then State Representative now Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Stephanie went on to serve as the Executive Director of a statewide health care association where she ran the day-to-day operations of their 501c(3) and 501c(4) organizations.
In 2009, she was tapped by then Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink to serve as her Deputy Chief of Staff and restructure the day-to-day operations of the CFO's Capitol Office. She oversaw 5 departments, assisted the Chief of Staff and Deputy CFOs with department operations, and served as a senior advisor to the Communications, Legislative Affairs, and Cabinet Affairs departments.
Stephanie served as the Finance Director for the Senate Democratic Caucus under Florida Senate Democratic Leaders Nan Rich, Chris Smith, and Arthenia Joyner. Under her leadership in 2012 the Senate Democrats had their most successful fundraising cycle in their history raising more than $6.4 million and winning 3 of their 4 targeted races. The Senate Democrats increased their caucus by 2 seats for the first time since 1983.
Over the years Stephanie worked on the campaigns of Mayor Buddy Dyer, Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Senator Darren Soto, Senator Joe Abruzzo, Senator Maria Sachs, Congressman Ron Klein, Congressman Tim Mahoney, and many other candidates at the local, state, and federal levels.
Most recently Stephanie served as the Director of Development for the University of Florida Hillel. Stephanie, a second generation Miami native, has deep roots throughout South Florida. She lives in Broward County with her husband, Jason Zauder, her 4 year old daughter Brooke, and 2 year old son Adam.