Sophia E. Eccleston

Sophia E. Eccleston
Army Veteran and Jamaican national, Sophia Eccleston is a Director of Origination on the Nextera Energy Resources Origination team. In her role, she helps large fortune 500 commercial and industrial companies with solutions to help meet their decarbonization goals.

Sophia has a proven track record of success in both her professional and community leadership roles. Prior to joining the Origination team, she served as a Senior External Affairs Manager in Palm Beach County, where she was responsible for advocating with local elected officials and key community stakeholders on behalf of Florida Power and Light Company (FPL). She also led the emergency response management team for FPL and developed universal solar energy projects located in Desoto, Manatee, and Charlotte counties. In that role, she also supported local nonprofit organizations through donations and sponsorships to help advance their mission.

Sophia's military background, which includes over eight years of active and reserve duty, has provided her with the skills to lead and manage complex projects. She supported the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and was responsible for managing equipment and supplies for the 95th Military Police Battalion and the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion. Her experience extends beyond the military, as she also worked for Halliburton and KBR Inc. in the Middle East and Africa, negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts to support the Iraq war, and starting up the first Regional Expediting Department in Dubai.

Sophia's community leadership is just as impressive. In 2020, she was appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the CareerSource Florida Board and the Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind in 2022. In 2019, he also appointed her to the Florida Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission. She currently serves on multiple boards, including the Boca Regional Hospital board, the Healthcare District of Palm Beach county’s financial committee. Additionally, she is the 2023 Chair of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, where she conducted a survey to identify the issues affecting women and girls in the state of Florida, resulting in unique data that she shared with Florida legislators and local government officials to enact change. In her prior role as the chair of the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, she personally raised over 1 million dollars and brought it to over 3 million for the organization in two years and was instrumental in moving the elderly and veteran homeless families and individuals from John Prince Park during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her contributions to the community have not gone unnoticed. In 2021, she was awarded the Diamond award by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Change Agent award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, South Palm Beach Chapter. In 2018, she was named by Legacy Magazine of South Florida as one of South Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders. In 2017, Sophia was honored by the City of West Palm Beach as a Hometown Hero.

Sophia holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development. She is a certified organizational development professional (OD) and holds a Lean Sigma green belt certification. She has completed a training program on Leadership and Negotiations from Harvard Law School and is also an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County. Sophia is single and resides in Wellington, FL. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world.