Jimmy Peluso

Peluso graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. Upon completing two sea tours, he was selected to teach Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) students at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). While teaching, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from UPenn.

After resigning from active service, Peluso moved back to Jacksonville, FL and began working in governmental affairs with the St. Johns River Water Management District. In 2020, he was placed on active duty service and deployed to the United Arab Emirates to work as a Liaison Officer for Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT). Peluso now works at VyStar Credit Union as the Government Affairs Manager, and currently serves in the US Navy Reserves, holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander. 

Peluso has served on the Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida’s Board of Directors, the Changing Homelessness Continuum of Care, and on the Memorial Park Association Board of Directors. He has also been a member of the Veterans Council of Duval County. He has received three Navy Achievement Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals, in addition to a Meritorious Service Medal for work at the State of Florida Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Matthew.

Through his Council assignments, Peluso also serves as Chair on the Jacksonville Waterways Commission and as a member of the Downtown Investment Authority and James Weldon Johnson Park.