This year's Holland Luncheon will feature Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, as guest speaker.
Mayor Gillum rose from one of seven children growing up in Miami, to being named as one of Gainesville’s “Persons of the Year” as a High School Graduate, and is a current Gubernatorial Candidate for the State of Florida.
He attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), where he married R. Jai Howard; a fellow FAMU graduate. They have two children, Jackson and Caroline Gillum,
At FAMU, Gillum served as President Student Government Association from and was the first student member of FAMU Board of Trustees. He was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as "Emerging Leader for 2003". Gillum was also a Board member of the Black Youth Vote Coalition, a program of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation in Washington, D.C. Gillum was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission prior to the completion of his college career, and was the youngest person at age 23, to ever be elected.
While on the City Commission, he spearheaded numerous projects to bring new economic life to Tallahassee. Gillum served a one-year term as Mayor Pro Tem from November 10, 2004 through November 9, 2005. Additionally, the joint body of City and County Commissioners, known as the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency, elected him to serve as their chairperson for a year, 2005. Gillum has also served as lead commissioner for the Long Range Community Based Target Issue Committee. After ten years as a city commissioner, Gillum began his campaign for the office of Mayor of Tallahassee in 2013.
Gillum was responsible for a number of community enrichment projects during his eleven years as a city commissioner and he championed the opening of the first Tallahassee Teen Center, The Palmer Munroe Center, which serves as a safe haven for many area youth and operates a restorative justice program.
In the August, 2014; Gillum became Tallahassee's Mayor-Elect, where he currently serves.