Chief Executive Officer
Chester Spellman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Florida on April 27, 2012 by Governor Rick Scott. At Volunteer Florida, Spellman oversees more than $32 million in federal, state and local funds supporting AmeriCorps and volunteer programs to meet critical needs in Florida’s communities. Spellman also leads the statewide coordination for volunteers and donations in the case of a disaster for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Additionally, Spellman is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a nonprofit charity that serves as a direct support organization to Volunteer Florida.
A Jacksonville native, Spellman previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Project SOS, a community-based nonprofit organization in Jacksonville focused on strengthening families and youth development. He has more than 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, including serving at several faith-based organizations. Prior to joining Volunteer Florida, Spellman worked for Governor Rick Scott, most recently serving as Director of Appointments in the Executive Office of the Governor.
Spellman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and a Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Spellman is also a fellow of the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Center for Social Innovation in Stanford, California.
Spellman currently serves in a number of leadership roles, including the statewide executive committee for the James Madison Institute (JMI) Leaders Fellowship program and as the Founder and Dean of the Awesome Foundation in Tallahassee. He serves as Chair of the Connect Florida Board of Governors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program and as Chair of the America’s Service Commissions (ASC) national board. Spellman is a member of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network and serves as a mentor in Tallahassee with Take Stock in Children.
In 2016, Spellman was honored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida with its Young Floridian Award.
Spellman and his wife, Amanda, reside in Tallahassee with their three children, William, Graham and Rosalia.