Lucia Branton started her career in social services when she worked in children’s psychiatric facilities in the mid 1990’s. In 1998, she began working as a case manager in the child welfare system where she served at-risk children and families who struggled with substance abuse, mental health and domestic
violence issues. Through the years, she served in supervisory roles, management and administration. In 2013, Lucia was awarded the Excellence in Child Welfare Award by the Florida Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. This experience led her to serve as the system’s advocate on
legislative issues pertaining to child welfare where she presented to local and state-wide legislators advocating for law and practice changes to improve the system for abused children.

Lucia graduated from the University of South Florida in 1996. “Although many days were difficult, dealing with difficult issues with children and families, it never felt like work. I believe it is my calling to serve those who need a voice.”