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City Of Tampa Celebrates Women’s History Month; Honors First Chief Diversity Officer

Mayor Jane Castor presented the 2024 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award to OCEA WYNN, Administrator of Neighborhood and Community Affairs.


     The City of Tampa held its 27th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. The 10:30 a. m. free event was held at the Tampa Bay History Center.

     Speakers for the event were Mayor Jane Castor and City Councilwoman Gwendolyn Henderson.

     Mayor Castor presented the 2024 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award to Ocea Wynn, Administrator of Neighborhood and Community Affairs.

      Ms. Wynn has served the City of Tampa for nearly 20 years. As an Electrical Engineer, with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, she has been a trailblazer in fields where women are often underrepresented.

     The 2024 Women’s History Month theme is Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. As the City of Tampa’s First Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Wynn has embodied that theme throughout her career.

    The Josephine Howard Stafford Award was created to honor a current or former City of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding commitment to her position and the community.

     The award is presented in memory of Josephine Howard Stafford who served as an Assistant City Attorney for 24 years. Ms.Stafford was the first female judge in Hillsborough County and a pioneer for women’s issues, both professionally and in the community.

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