Diana Ragbeer, director of Public Policy and Community Engagement for The Children’s Trust, has been appointed to the Children and Youth Cabinet by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
The Children and Youth Cabinet was created in 2007 as a council within the Executive Office of the Governor to better coordinate state agencies and programs that deliver children’s services.
The Cabinet aims to ensure that Florida public policy relating to children and youth promotes interdepartmental collaboration and program implementation in order for services to be planned, managed and delivered in a holistic and integrated manner to improve the self-sufficiency, safety, economic stability, health and quality of life of all children and youth in Florida.
The 15-member council, which includes state agency heads and five members from around the state who are representatives of children and youth advocacy organizations, traditionally meets six times a year in different regions of the state in an open public forum.
At The Children’s Trust, Ragbeer leads all legislative and advocacy efforts on behalf of children and families at the local, state and federal levels in areas such as school readiness, children’s health, child safety, the child welfare system and juvenile justice.
Ragbeer also leads community engagement efforts and oversees major youth initiatives for The Children’s Trust. She currently serves as chair of the Legislative Committee for the 11th Judicial Circuit Advisory Board and chair of the Legislative Committee for the Covering Kids and Families (CKF) Network.
The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.