Dr. Kanika Tomalin
Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg
Dr. Kanika Tomalin is the Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. In this role she works in partnership with Mayor Rick Kriseman to strategically advance one of Florida’s largest cities toward its vision of standing as a city of opportunity that honors its past while pursuing the future. Dr. Tomalin’s role includes a citywide purview that ranges from policy to planning and extends the Mayor’s reach.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Mayor Dr. Tomalin served as the Regional Vice President of External Affairs for the five-county Bayfront Health Network and Director of Strategy for Health Management Associates’ Florida Group. For more than 13 years, in various leadership roles at Bayfront Medical Center, she guided the organization’s strategic planning; government relations; marketing; media; community affairs; external and internal communications and patient experience.
She has also worked at the St. Petersburg Times, the Palm Beach Post, WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, WAVE-TV in Louisville, KY and WRXB radio in St. Petersburg
Dr. Tomalin received a Journalism degree from Florida A&M University, an MBA from the University of Miami and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University in Boston. Her commitment to the community is evident in her outreach. Previous board and executive leadership positions include: Vice-Chair of the St. Petersburg College Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions; St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership; Bayfront Health, Education and Research Organization; Pinellas County Urban League; YWCA of Tampa Bay; Canterbury School of Florida; Great Explorations Children’s Museum; Pinellas Enrichment for Mental Health Services Advisory Board; USF St. Pete Celebrates! Host Committee; American Heart Association Go Red for Women Executive Cabinet and American Stage.
She has received numerous honors and appointments, including being named: St. Petersburg Chamber’s 2015 Businesswoman of the Year, inaugural “Iconic Woman to Watch” in 2012 and 2008 Young Business Leader of the Year; YWCA of Tampa Bay’s Woman of Distinction; one of Florida Business Observer’s 40 Under 40; one of Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council; recipient of the Florida Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award; one of Academy Prep’s Inaugural “Five Fabulous Females”; one of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 30 Under 30; PEMHS’ PACE Award for Community Service; Association of Healthcare Philanthropists fellow; and a Kaiser Family Foundation urban public health reporting fellowship.
Dr. Tomalin was married for 17 years to well-known adventurer Terry Tomalin, until his passing in 2016. She is the fifth generation of her family to call St. Petersburg home and enjoys life there with her children Kai and Nia.