Kevin Carrico, born the son of a U.S. Army officer, grew up living all over the country and all over the world. Ultimately, his family settled in Jacksonville and he graduated as a Mandarin Mustang in 200I, where he played for the school football team and sang for the choir.
In his adult life he continued to move a lot. He graduated from Florida State University (Go 'Noles!) in 2005 with a BS in sociology. From there he had a successful career in private country club management, working in many places throughout the South. After a tug on his heartstrings to do more meaningful work, Kevin answered the call and returned to Jacksonville to work at the Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary, where he eventually became the President of the Board.
On his journey in public service, Kevin went on to work as the Vice President of Operations for the Clara White Mission from 2012-2016, where his organization helped Jacksonville's homeless population, giving them a chance to work their way into better circumstances. In 2016 he became the Vice President of Operations for the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida. Kevin is passionate about keeping kids safe through prevention and intervention, and reaching kids at an early age to make a difference in their lives. The organization serves 8,000 kids in northeast Florida and has grown from 12 to 38 clubs since 2016.
Kevin earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of North Florida in 2016. He also graduated from Lifework Leadership in 2016 and Leadership Jacksonville in 2019. He has served as a member of Stakeholder Relations Committee for the MPA Program at UNF since 2013, and was a mayoral appointee to the Citizens Planning and Advisory Committee, Zone 4 from 2014-2016.
Kevin and his wife Shawnelle have a baby girl named Monroe. The family has attended Impact Church since 2016, where Kevin sings in the church choir.
Kevin ran for City Council in 2020 out of a genuine love for people and service. He loves all people, no matter who they are or where they're from. Though he has lived and traveled all over the country, Jacksonville holds a special place in his heart, and he is devoted to serving the people in his community.
Written by Kevin Kraft
Student of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts