Susan Wiles

WilesAdjunct Lecturer in Policy and Politics; Managing Partner, Jacksonville Office, Ballard Partners


phone: (904) 834-3354

Office: JU PPI Adjunct Office

With a professional history based in government relations, communications and public affairs, Susie Wiles has more than two decades of political experience and insight. Her record of success has been recognized nationally, receiving numerous awards in the fields of organizational leadership and communications in Florida.

Wiles was Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's first national campaign manager and worked to recruit the team and develop early-stage processes before a departure after six months. In 2010, Mrs. Wiles served as campaign manager for Florida Governor Rick Scott's successful election. Her national political experience includes service for President Ronald Reagan, former Congressman Jack F. Kemp and includes a senior role at the Department of Labor. Susie also previously served as co-chairman of the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign in Duval County and as a Transition Team member for former Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

Wiles political and communications experience is also well-rooted in Jacksonville and throughout North Florida. She served in senior level positions in the administrations of the two most recent mayors of Jacksonville. In the office of former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney, she served as Chief of Staff and later as Communications Chief for Mayor John Peyton until August 2008.

With a history in managing a variety of complex campaigns and initiatives, her private practice experience has led her to wo​rk with many of Florida's most important corporations. Wiles previously represented clients in the areas of environmental permitting, education, insurance, grassroots activism, water services and railroads.

Wiles serves on a number of local and statewide organizations, including the Jacksonville Women's Network, the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Commission, Republicans for Environmental Protection, Preservation North Florida, Fresh Ministries, the Mission House and is a past board member.


  • PPOL 662. Political Campaigns, Governance and Public Policy Initiatives