Angelina (Angel) M. Colonneso is a lifelong resident of Manatee County, Florida. She attended St. Joseph’s School and later graduated from Manatee High School in 1986. While she was in High School and college, she worked for Bealls Department Store and was the first scholarship recipient of the Robert M. Beall Trust Fund Scholarship. Angel earned her Associate of Arts degree from Manatee Community College in 1989 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1991. She received her Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000.
Angel has 25 years of public service to Manatee County. She served as an Assistant State Attorney under Earl Moreland for over a decade, prosecuting numerous crimes including gang violence, homicides and DUIs, as well as nearly 15 years of service with the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court, serving in multiple departments, including serving as General Counsel to R.B. “Chips” Shore.
Angel has been a member of the Manatee County Bar Association since 2000, having served as both a Director and an Officer. She is a member of the Manatee Memorial Hospital Women’s Action Committee, Bradenton Kiwanis Club and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and is on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum as well as having served on the board of the Leadership Manatee Alumni Association and is a member of the Manatee County Historical Commission. Her other community activities include: Take Stock in Children – Mentor; Manatee County Mock Trial competition panel judge; Trial Judge for Teen Court; Manatee County History Fair judge; she has also volunteered for various community events and projects involving Habitat for Humanity, Bill Galvano One-Stop Center, Speaking of Women's Health and Visible Men Academy. She is a 2012-2013 graduate of Leadership Manatee.
Angel serves as an officer on the Executive Committee of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptroller’s Association and is active in many of the Association’s committees. She has also served on various Best Practices Committees of the Florida Clerk’s Association and has made presentations at both Clerk’s Conferences and the New Clerk’s Academy. She currently serves on the Access Governance Board and has served on the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee, both subcommittees of the Florida Courts Technology Commission. Angel was also featured on ABC 7 News Amazing Woman of the Suncoast.