Jin Liu moved to Tampa in 2004 and is a shareholder with Carlton Fields, where she represents resort developers and other developers of large commercial and residential projects in the purchase and sale of both improved and unimproved property, business planning and implementation, transaction structuring, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures, and a variety of loan transactions. She also represents note holders, servicers, and other financial institutions in a variety of loan transactions, loan sales, workouts, and disposition of real estate. Jin has experience advising developers and financial institutions with respect to Florida condominium filings and condominium-related due diligence issues. She is also the current Chair of the Development Industry Group at Carlton Fields.
As a bi-cultural and bilingual attorney who received legal education in both the United States and China, Jin has represented international, particularly Chinese, clients in EB-5 investment immigration-related development projects and a variety of other commercial transactions. Jin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sichuan International Studies University and her Bachelor of Laws degree from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 2002. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude in 2005 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Since 2021, Jin has been listed as one of ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ in Real Estate Law, and in 2022 she was listed as a Florida Legal Elite in the Florida Trend Magazine. In 2023, Jin was named Businesswoman of the Year in the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Jin has been involved in the Tampa Downtown Partnership since 2018 and served as the 2022-2023 Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.
Jin resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and three children.
Shaun Drinkard, LPM, serves as the Interim President with the Tampa Downtown Partnership. In Shaun’s previous role as Vice President of District Services, he lead district operations & public programming which includes the Downtown Ambassador and Clean Team program as well as all public space events/activations within the Special Services District (SSD).
Since 2010, Shaun has taken a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. He has been instrumental in bringing monthly and annual programs to Downtown Tampa ranging from Rock the Park, a free monthly music series, to Winter Village, an eight-week holiday experience featuring waterfront dining, ice skating, and holiday shops in Tampa’s Downtown.
The most impactful work he’s lead includes the development and implementation of the organizations Homeless Liaison program and being acknowledged by the City’s administration and nationally as a thought leader for signature / nationally recognized events.
In addition to his previous role as the Director of Placemaking, Shaun also served as the Executive Director with the Friends of the Riverwalk, Inc. from 2013 to 2017. Prior to his non-profit work, Shaun was with WilsonMiller / Stantec’s Urban Design Studio. While at Stantec he worked as part of the design team for projects including: Channel District Strategic Action & Implementation Plans (Tampa, FL), award winning Washington Street Park (Channel District, Tampa, FL), and Albert Whitted Waterfront Park (St. Petersburg, FL).
Shaun holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in 2004. In 2017 he was selected as one of the industry’s brightest professionals by the International Downtown Association to participate in their prestigious Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program. In 2021 he was awarded certification as a Leader in Place Management by the International Downtown Association. Most recently, he has joined the Board of Directors for the International Downtown Association. He stays involved in the local community and arts by serving on the Board of Directors for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts where he served as the 2013 Board of Directors President.
Shaun resides in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Carolyn and twin boys Wylie & Wynton.