Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) is pleased to welcome Ann-Marie Knight and Steve Swann to its volunteer Board of Directors. Knight is Vice President, Community Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer for University of Florida (UF) Health Jacksonville and Swann is City Engineer for the City of Atlantic Beach, Fla.
According to Groundwork Jacksonville Board Chair Kristina Nelson, partner at Finger, Nelson & Maguire, PLLC, “Groundwork is fortunate to have Steve and Ann-Marie join our growing Board. Ann-Marie’s experience in community engagement and health equity, and Steve’s environmental and water quality expertise will bring valuable technical knowledge to our group while their passion for our mission expands Groundwork’s reach and advocacy in the community.”
At UF Health, Ann-Marie Knight is responsible for the development of external and internal activities that contribute to improvements in the long-term health of the community and the reduction of health disparities. She also provides vision and leadership for the diversity, inclusion and equity efforts across the Jacksonville enterprise. She previously served as the community engagement administrator for Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, directing community investments and employee engagement.
A retired Navy veteran, Knight began her healthcare career at Naval Health Clinic Pearl Harbor, Oahu, HI and ended her military care here in Jacksonville at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. Knight holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Business in finance from University of North Florida (UNF).
Knight is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as the Regent for the North and Western Florida Chapters. Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Non-Profit Cen
ter of Northeast Florida and served as Vice-Chair on the City of Jacksonville’s 2019-2020 Charter Revision Committee, the JAX Chamber Board of Governors, and is an alumnus of Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2016.
Steve Swann is a professional engineer with more than 30 years of environmental and agricultural engineering experience. Prior to joining the City of Atlantic Beach, Swann spent 25 years with Applied Technology & Management, Inc., a multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm, working on water resources and engineering projects for municipal, industrial and agricultural clients throughout coastal areas of the southeast U.S. and in over 26 countries. He began his career as an intern with JEA, followed by five years in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District Office as a permitting and compliance engineer.
Swann’s primary areas of expertise include dredging design and permitting, water quality evaluations, nutrient management planning, stormwater and wastewater treatment system design, wetland system restoration and construction and environmental impact assessments. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Florida.
Swann currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Jacksonville International Airport Community Redevelopment Agency and the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Migratory Pelagic Species Advisory Panel. Steve previously served two terms on the Jacksonville Waterways Commission.