August 10, 2021 – With extensive expertise in government and civic relations, legislation and public policy, Lee Health’s Michael Nachef has been tapped to serve the health system in a new role.

Nachef has been named vice president of government relations. Before being appointed to his new position, Nachef served as Lee Health’s system director of government relations.

As an in-house registered lobbyist, Nachef works closely with elected officials and their staff at the local, state and federal levels. This work is focused on policy and funding issues that affect healthcare delivery and cost for residents of Southwest Florida. He also collaborates with hospital, community and statewide leaders to achieve positive outcomes for Lee Health and the region. The strong working relationships with elected officials and staff benefit healthcare delivery for Lee Health and all of Southwest Florida.

Nachef has been with Lee Health since 2016 when he joined the organization as director of government relations. Prior to his role at Lee Health, Nachef spent more than six years working for the State of Florida. He served as a legislative assistant with the Florida Senate, where he helped to craft legislation and move it through the legislative process.

“Michael has been instrumental in our government and civic relations and has helped to elevate Lee Health on the local, regional and national level,” said Dr. Larry Antonucci, president and chief executive officer of Lee Health. “I look forward to all that he’ll accomplish in his new role.”

Nachef earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a graduate of College Leadership Florida and an active member of the Leadership Florida organization.

Nachef currently serves as chair of the Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Board of Directors and as a member of the Sanibel Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is also a corporate board member, governance committee chair, and chair-elect for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

In 2019, Nachef was appointed by the governor to serve on the Florida Greenways and Trails Council.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at