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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Jan 25, 2021

This week we have Cesar Fernandez of Converge Government Affairs on the show.

Cesar has spent his career navigating some of Florida’s most challenging issues facing companies, political campaigns, and government. He has been at the forefront of advocacy in the innovation and technology sector, held senior positions in six political campaigns, and worked in the Florida Senate.

Prior to joining Converge Government Affairs, Cesar was on the Public Policy team at Uber for nearly four years. Cesar managed Uber’s government affairs work before state and local government in Florida for three years and was instrumental in the passage of statewide ridesharing regulations. His advocacy at Uber also extended to autonomous vehicle legislation, negotiating a multi-million dollar settlement with Miami-Dade County, and leading strategy for contract negotiations with a half-dozen Florida airports.

Shortly after, Cesar transitioned to a role on Uber’s Public Policy team for Central America and the Caribbean, where he represented the company’s interest before the national governments of seven countries.

In addition to his work in corporate government affairs, Cesar has extensive experience managing political campaigns. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Political and Constituency Outreach for Mayor Andrew Gillum’s campaign for Governor. Cesar also served as the Political Director on Governor Charlie Crist’s 2014 bid for Governor, and managed the campaign of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman as well as other successful state and local races in Florida.

Cesar is also host of The Miami Tech Pod, a weekly show that talks about all the recent news, events, happenings, and trends in the #MiamiTech community.

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