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Joseph Pennisi
Executive Director
Mr. Pennisi has enjoyed a distinguished career operating in high level positions in state and local government providing policy advice, budget expertise, outcome-based management, housing and community development, and financial administration in support of public sector objectives. Over that period of time he has developed a reputation as an innovative leader, collaborator, and team builder committed to the goals of service, integrity, transparency, and accountability. His experience includes tenures as Secretary to the New York State Senate Finance Committee where he served as chief budget and fiscal advisor to the Senate’s majority conference, Executive Director of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and Commissioner of the City of Albany, New York’s Department of Housing and Community Development. He received a Bachelors degree in Government from Georgetown University and a Masters degree in Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joe (at) fpi (dot) institute

Anne Swerlick
Policy Attorney and Analyst
Anne Swerlick, Policy Attorney and Analyst for FPI, has over 30 years of experience as a public interest attorney, focusing on health, economic and social justice issues. Prior to her employment with FPI, Anne served as policy director for Florida CHAIN, a statewide grassroots health advocacy organization promoting access to affordable and quality health care for all Floridians. Throughout most of her professional career, she has worked as a legal services attorney representing indigent clients throughout Florida on a broad range of poverty law issues. Anne received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1977.

Swerlick (at) fpi (dot) institute

Tachana Joseph
Policy Analyst

Tachana Joseph, Policy Analyst at FPI, focuses on criminal justice reform, education and human services. Prior to joining the Institute, she served as a Google Public Policy Fellow in Washington D.C. where she worked on Artificial Intelligence, net neutrality and broadband deployment. Her experiences ranged from economic development initiatives, to legislative affairs and federal regulations. Tachana holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Bachelor Degrees in Political Science and Criminology with Minors in Latin American Studies and Interdisciplinary of Arts and Certificate of Public Leadership from the University of Florida.

Tachana (at) fpi (dot) institute

Sonia Lindell
Communications Specialist
Sonia Lindell, the Communications Specialist for FPI, most recently worked as a lobbyist for The Business Council of New York (BCNYS), specializing in education, workforce development and contract procurement issues. Sonia also has over six years of experience working in various communications roles at both BCNYS and the New York State Assembly, where she served as chief editorial writer, press officer and regional coordinator. Sonia is a former legislative appointee to the New York State Procurement Council and former member of the ReadyNation advisory board. She received her B.A. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.

Lindell (at) fpi (dot) institute

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