Brian Aungst, Jr. is an attorney and shareholder at the law firm of Macfarlane Ferguson and McMullen, P.A. A resident of Clearwater since 1988, Brian graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with degrees in Political Science and Telecommunication-News and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Florida in 2008. For his outstanding legal work Brian has been recognized by Florida Trend as an “up and comer” and by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star.
Mr. Aungst was appointed to the Juvenile Welfare Board by Governor Rick Scott in 2011, and was elected as Chair in 2017. He believes that investing in our children is not only essential to their future but also to the future of our county, state, and country. While serving on the Juvenile Welfare Board, Mr. Aungst has worked to maximize efficiencies and supported initiatives that increase children’s access to healthcare in Pinellas County through innovative public-private partnerships.
As a product of Pinellas County’s public schools and a father, Mr. Aungst is passionate about quality early learning and education. He has promoted efforts to provide food and nutrition to students when they are not in school, support for families balancing work with trying to raise a family, and quality early learning opportunities for at-risk young children.
Mr. Aungst has served the community as the Chairman of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the successful 2015-2016 Clearwater Charter Review Committee, and Chairman of the Clearwater Business Task Force. He has provided guidance as a board member of the YMCA of the Suncoast, Ruth Eckerd Hall, St. Petersburg College’s Public Policy Advisory Board, Morton Plant Mease Skip Cline Society, and Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
As an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Mr. Aungst served on the church’s council and as Finance Committee Chairman; he currently serves on the church’s Staff-Parish Relations Committee.