Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings Appoints Special Assistant to Act as LGBTQ+ Community Liaison
Orange County, Fla. – Recently, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced an important new staff appointment to his administration. Marc Espeso has been named Special Assistant to Mayor Demings and will act as LGBTQ+ Community Liaison.
Espeso will be expanding his current responsibilities as the County’s Digital Communications Editor to also serve as LGBTQ+ Community Liaison. The position is responsible for coordinating various community engagement activities and services. The position will also create outreach programs to educate the public on services associated with Orange County Government, as well as represent Orange County at related community events.
“I’m pleased to make this key staff member appointment, and I have the utmost confidence in Marc’s abilities to represent Orange County,” said Mayor Demings. “As someone who is dedicated to the welfare of each County resident, he will be an enormous asset to both the leadership of Orange County Government and the LGBTQ+ community.”
As a social media, event production, media relations and community outreach veteran, Espeso has already made a positive impact as an LGBTQ+ advocate. He has volunteered with Come Out With Pride Orlando for three years and currently serves on its board as communications director. Additionally, he has worked with the One Orlando Alliance to produce its 2018 Annual Report, Alliance Agenda: 10 issues affecting LGBTQ+ inclusiveness in Central Florida, as well as its Acts of Love and Kindness campaign for the third-year remembrance of Pulse.
“I am honored and eager to help enhance the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and Orange County Government,” said Espeso. “I look forward to working with residents and businesses to help Mayor Demings create a community that works for everyone.”
Espeso, along with the rest of the Orange County Communications team, is responsible for the public dissemination of information on digital platforms to Orange County’s more than 1.4 million residents and 75 million annual guests. On social media, he works to foster meaningful connections between residents and industries for the County’s departments, divisions and the Office of the Mayor. He has helped create award-winning communications plans for public safety, environmental and community initiatives.
“The Alliance is proud to see the Mayor’s message of inclusiveness include representation from the LGBTQ+ community in our region,” said Jennifer Foster, executive director of the One Orlando Alliance. “Marc has demonstrated his positive work ethic through various projects with the Alliance and other local groups. I look forward to our continued partnership, as well as growing and collaborating with Orange County Government.”