Jamal Allen Sowell is the former Florida Secretary of Commerce appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis. In this role, he led the state’s economic development agency, managed Florida’s international presence through a dozen foreign offices, led the state’s export program, and oversaw small and rural business growth. He is the President of Business Solutions at Indelible, a national management consulting firm. He was the Chief of Staff for Port Tampa Bay, which generates over $17.2 billion of total economic value. In 2023, Florida Trend named him as one of the 500 most influential business leaders in the state and he serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Defense Support Task Force.
Sowell is a Pat Tillman Scholar and United States Marine Corps Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. He serves in the United States Navy Reserve and is a member of the Florida Council of 100. He attended law school in Indiana and was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to the State Board of Health Facility Administrators and was chosen by the Federalist Society to be an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium. While in school, he worked for Congressman Todd Young and lived in Israel to work for Shurat HaDin, a non-governmental organization dedicated to fighting terrorist organizations through legal action. He is married to his wife Karen and they have one child.