Meet Rick Kriseman
Rick Kriseman served as the 53rd mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida from 2014-2022.
As mayor, he led an organization of approximately 3,500 employees and 270,000 residents. Under his leadership, St. Pete was ranked as Florida’s best-managed and fiscally strongest city and received numerous accolades, including being named one of the top places to visit in the world by the New York Times and one of the 20 best places to live by Southern Living.
In his first term, Rick Kriseman delivered on his promise to build a new pier and police station, establish community-oriented policing, implement curbside recycling, and elevate St. Pete’s profile in the world. His work to prepare St. Pete for a changing climate, transition the city to 100 percent clean energy, and expand and preserve green space continued into his second term. In 2019, the global network ‘Apolitical’ named Mayor Kriseman one of the world’s 100 most influential climate policy leaders. He was subsequently asked to lead the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Environment Standing Committee.
A proponent of alternative transportation, Mayor Kriseman spearheaded the Cross Bay Ferry and worked with the St. Petersburg City Council to adopt a Complete Streets policy, implement the city’s bike share program, and introduce Bus Rapid Transit to the Sunshine City – the first of its kind in Tampa Bay.
Mayor Kriseman’s top priority – to provide more opportunity for residents through training, employment, higher wages, grants, and second chances – helped to reduce St. Pete’s African-American poverty to an all-time low. And, inspired by former President Barack Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative, Mayor Kriseman launched ‘My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper’ to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men and women of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Programs under the MBSK umbrella, such as the Cohort of Champions and the anti-gun violence ‘Not My Son’ campaign, made St. Pete a better and safer place.
As mayor, Rick Kriseman was a champion for small business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, and St. Pete’s main streets, while ensuring the continued success for the city’s largest employers. St. Pete’s economy thrived throughout the mayor’s time in office, and successfully endured the impacts of COVID-19.
Prior to becoming mayor, Rick Kriseman served for six years in the Florida House of Representatives and as his caucus’s policy chairman from 2011-2012. From 2000-2006, he represented District 1 on the St. Petersburg City Council and served as the council chairman in 2005.
Mayor Kriseman earned a B.S. in broadcasting from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the Stetson University College of Law. He is married to Kerry, a St. Petersburg native, and they have two children, Jordan and Samuel.