Director, Office of Research and PlanningMay, 2016 – PresentFlorida Department of Financial ServicesI help the Chief Financial Officer and executive agency leadership understand and communicate about Florida’s economy and the performance of the agency. I serve as the agency’s chief economist and track and analyze data on the national and Florida economies. I work with the Office of Communications to write speeches for the CFO to communicate about economic issues. I create data visualizations to help executive leadership track economic trends and to help the Legislative Affairs team educate legislators on issues. I oversee the publishing of a magazine about Florida’s economy. I analyze and visualize data to help executive leadership understand the performance of the agency’s divisions.
Legislative Analyst, Finance & Tax CommitteeJanuary, 2013 – May, 2016Florida House of RepresentativesI served as the main analyst on a variety of tax issues including economic development incentives; transient rental taxes; documentary stamp taxes; gaming, tobacco, and alcohol taxes; and others. I drafted a variety of Proposed Committee Bills and amendments. I wrote bill analyses. I worked with members to ensure that their legislation accomplished what they wanted. I performed analyses for the Revenue Estimating Conference. I made presentations before the committee.
Deputy Chief of StaffSeptember, 2011 – March, 2012Florida Office of Financial RegulationI assisted the Commissioner in designing and implementing an agency reorganization in the wake of the collapse of the real estate market. I helped develop the agency’s communications strategy.
Legislative AssistantNovember, 2008 – September, 2011Florida House of RepresentativesI served as the Legislative Assistant to 2 members of the House. I coordinated the drafting of their bills and amendments. I assisted constituents with resolving issues with the state government. I represented the office at community meetings. I drafted press releases and fielded press calls.
Mathematics TeacherAugust, 2004 – August, 2006Teach For AmericaI taught mathematics in grades 6, 7, and 8 at Robert L. Merritt Middle School in Indianola, MS. I served as one of the lead teachers in implementing a new mathematics curriculum designed to assist students who were multiple years behind get caught up.
Master of Arts, Political ScienceMay, 2008University of FloridaConcentration in Political Campaign Management
Bachelor of Science, EconomicsMay, 2004Tulane UniversityMinors in Mathematics & Music
Other Training & Certifications
Digital Marketing NanodegreeNovember, 2017UdacityStudied and did real-world projects in:
- Digital marketing fundamentals
- Content marketing
- Social media marketing
- Social media advertising
- Search engine optimization
- Search engine marketing
- Display advertising
- Email marketing
- Google Analytics
Graduate Certificate, Information ArchitectureDecember, 2015Florida State UniversityTook graduate level classes in:
- User experience design
- Persuasive design
- Information architecture
- Web application design
Florida Master Naturalist ProgramIn ProgressI have completed the Coastal Systems and Uplands Systems modules of the FMNP.
Skills & Software
- Data analytics
- Data visualization
- Communicating about data
- Digital marketing
- A/B testing
- Google Analytics
- Public speaking
- Making custom backpacking gear
- Playing board games
- Playing the harp
- Making mead