Rodney MacKinnon named executive director of the Office of Early Learning.
Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart today announced the appointment of Rodney J. MacKinnon as Executive Director of the Office of Early Learning.
Commenting on his new role, MacKinnon stated that he looked forward to working with early learning stakeholders, coalitions, partners and elected leaders across the state to ensure access to high-quality early education and care for Florida's young children and their families.
Background: After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida State University, MacKinnon – a St. Petersburg native – began his career in early learning in 2002 as the external auditor for the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, a children’s services council. Working during the day, he attended Stetson University College of Law at night, earning a Juris Doctor in 2006.
In 2007, he joined the Office of Early Learning as a compliance analyst and served in that position until 2010. Again he attended school while working and earned an MBA from FSU in 2009. MacKinnon served as an assistant general counsel for OEL from 2010 to 2012 and inspector general from 2012 to 2014. In December 2014, he was named interim executive director.
MacKinnon is a member of the Florida Bar and a certified inspector general.