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Charles L. Griggs – Founder & CEO
Charles Griggs is a communication, media and government relations professional focused on issues to improve social economic outcomes. Griggs works as an experienced media and marketing professional who takes pride in creating ideas and strategies to improve outcomes of all people. His knowledge of the communications industry spans more than thirty years and involves various winning campaigns, associations and clients.
In 2005 Griggs began his tenure with the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, and served as the Director of External Affairs. In this capacity he managed external efforts that included media relations, risk communications and legislative affairs. In 2010, Griggs was honored as valedictorian of the University of South Florida Public Health Leadership Institute of Florida 13th graduating class.
As a community resource, Griggs is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville Class of ‘98 and a former board member of the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. He was also appointed by three different City of Jacksonville Mayors to serve on the Jacksonville Human Rights and Arts in Public Places Commissions and the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Bridge of Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Housing Authority. In 2015 he received the Mayor’s Lifetime Journey Award.
As President of the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc., Griggs has led the organization in various initiatives to support the growth and development of African American males. Griggs’ leadership of the J100 has positioned the organization to facilitate the process of educational, economic and social mobility to improve the quality of life for African American males.
Previously, as president of The Griggs Agency, Griggs was selected in 2004 as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s North Florida Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year. From 1997 through 2005, Griggs coordinated projects for the Jacksonville Port Authority, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, JM Family Enterprises/Southeast Toyota Distributors, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Teen Summit-Jacksonville (A Black Entertainment Television promotion), and the National Football League (Super Bowl XXXIX).
On the other side of the media table, Griggs has contributed as an editorial writer through his column titled BlacKoffee, syndicated and published in the Jacksonville Free Press. He previously hosted and produced The Next Page and First Coast Focus, radio talk shows that focused on community and social issues. Griggs currently contributes as a regular panelist on WJCT’s (NPR) First Coast Connect broadcast, which airs daily on 89.9 FM.