Selected Experience

May 2016 - Present

Director, Office of Research & Planning
Florida Department of Financial Services

Jacob serves as the agency’s chief economist, performance measurement specialist, and researcher. Jacob’s day-to-day work includes making sure that Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is up to speed on developments in the economies of Florida and the nation; analyzing complex economic data and turning into a compelling narrative; drafting speeches for CFO Patronis on a diverse set of topics; publishing Florida’s Bottom Line, a quarterly magazine on Florida’s economy; leading the agency’s performance measurement and reporting initiatives; coordinating the agency’s strategic planning; and leading a wonderful team of employees.

Jan 2013 - May 2016

Legislative Analyst, Finance & Tax Committee
Florida House of Representatives

Jacob performed policy analysis on a wide variety of tax and bonding issues. He wrote bill analyses, drafted legislation and amendments, assisted members in understanding and drafting legislation, and made presentations before the committee. His areas of expertise included economic development incentives, insurance premiums tax, documentary stamp tax, gaming taxes, and alcoholic beverage and tobacco taxes.

Sep 2011 - Mar 2012

Deputy Chief of Staff
Florida Office of Financial Regulation

Jacob led the Office’s regulatory reform initiative to eliminate regulations which placed a large burden on the industries regulated by the Office but which did little to protect Florida’s citizens. He assisted the Commissioner in revamping the Division of Finance to respond to changes in the mortgage market after the collapse of the industry. He also helped develop the Office’s Legislative Budget Request and represented the Office before the Legislature and Cabinet.

Nov 2008 - Sep 2011

Legislative Assistant
Florida House of Representatives

Jacob served as the Legislative Assistant to Representatives Tom Grady and Kathleen Passidomo. He assisted the Representatives in drafting, filing, tracking, and passing legislation. He also developed and implemented the Representatives’ communications strategies. And he helped constituents resolve problems with state government.

May 2007 - Dec 2007

Research Analyst
The Tarrance Group

Analyzed polling data and organized focus groups for a variety of campaigns, including a Presidential campaign, a gubernatorial campaign, the appointment of a United States Senator, and a ballot measure in California.

Aug 2004 - Aug 2006

Middle School Math Teacher
Teach for America - Indianola, MS

Taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade mathematics at an underserved middle school in the Mississippi Delta.


May 2004

Tulane University
B.S. in Economics, minors in Mathematics and Music

May 2008

University of Florida
M.A. in Political Science, specialization in Political Campaigning

May 2016

Florida State University
Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture