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Amy Mercado, Orange County Property Appraiser

Orange County Property Appraiser

Amy Mercado was elected to the office of Orange County Property Appraiser in November 2020. She is an effective, trustworthy, results-oriented business leader with vast experience including operations, budget management, leading teams, and public policy. In 2016, she was elected as a State Representative for Florida House District 48 and was subsequently re-elected in 2018, serving on a wide array of committees including as the ranking member on the important Ways & Means Committee.

Most recently, Amy served as the Director of Operations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Mango Board, where she was responsible for managing a multi-million-dollar budget, overseeing a multinational board, reputation and crisis management, organizational leadership, vendor procurement, compliance and human resources.

Amy earned her Executive MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from American Intercontinental University.

Amy is of Puerto Rican descent and was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Amy has called Orange County home since 1996 and she and her husband have raised their blended family in Orlando.

Amy has built a reputation as an effective and trusted community activist. Her community involvement includes:
  • Vice Chair of the Florida Democratic Party
  • Vice Chair of the Legislative Progressive Caucus
  • Former Member of Orange County’s Membership and Mission Review Board (Dist. 3 Rep.)

MEMBERSHIPS
Amy’s memberships include:
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management
  • Former Member of the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Orlando

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Amy has received recognition and accolades for her legislative and professional work from various organizations, including:
  • Fiambrera Award, Dedicated Community Servant, 2020 (Puerto Rican Bar Association of FL)
  • Named one of Central Florida’s Most Powerful Politicians by FloridaPolitics.com, 2019
  • Democratic Women’s Club of Florida (DWCF) Legislative Advocate of the Year, 2019
  • Catholics in Public Life Champion Award, 2019
  • Florida League of Cities, Legislator Award, 2018
  • Florida Renal Coalition, Legislator of the Year, 2018
  • True Health, True Champion Award, Community Champion, 2018
  • Florida Democratic Party Disability Caucus, Upcoming Legislator, 2018
  • Vamos4PR Action Líder Excepcional Refugiados Por Viviendas, 2018
  • Florida Association of Counties, County Champion Award, Legislative Session, 2017
  • Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and FWD.us, The Esperanza Award, 2017
  • The National Congress of Black Women, Inc., Certificate of Appreciation for Co-Sponsoring HB 1199, 2017
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida, Outstanding Community Service, 20th Anniversary of Puerto Rico Day
  • Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, Defending Public Education