About the Council


Brittany Olivieri Birken, Ph.D.

Dr. Birken is the CEO of the Florida Children’s Council, leading businesses, organizations, agencies and other key stakeholders in efforts that support Florida’s children, youth and families. She coordinates resources and system development activities to enhance Florida’s collective efforts and ensure children are healthy, well cared for, learned, and prepared for a successful future. With recognition of the critical linkages between educational investments and economic development, Dr. Birken works closely with business and decision makers to create policies that support the current workforce, promote economic revitalization and develop a sustaining educational infrastructure to ensure talent growth and expansion for a continued vibrant and prosperous future for Florida.

In addition to her role with the Florida Children’s Council, Dr. Birken serves as a member of the Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency Council, a board trustee for the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a member of the Workforce Florida Board of Directors and serves on many committees of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. Through her work on the Innovation and Talent Caucus aligned to the Chamber of Commerce Six Pillars, as well as supporting the development of the Workforce Florida, Inc., Talent Pipeline initiative, Dr. Birken is focused on leveraging public and private partnerships in support of a comprehensive workforce development system.

Dr. Birken earned her Ph.D. in Child Development from Florida State University and has served at every level of the early education service delivery system. As a U.S. Health and Human Services Research Bureau Scholar, she has contributed to federal, state and local research, and has worked in many state-level education program and policy areas. As the former Director of the Office of Early Learning, Dr. Birken did extensive work in the development and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated system for Florida’s early education programs.