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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

Esubalew Legesse Dadi
Policy Analyst
Esubalew, a Policy Analyst at FPI, has worked with human rights and social justice issues. Particularly, he is interested in work related to refugees, women and children, business and human rights, good governance and democracy including environmental democracy, international development and rule of law.  Prior to joining FPI, Esubalew was the Program Manager of Refugee Services at Lutheran Services FL where he has also received a Community Leadership Award from African Leaders Council. He served as volunteer expert for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was a Legal Intern at World Resources Institute, a Research Coordinator and Consultant at Legal Atlas and was a member of the sustainable development research cluster at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law. Esubalew has also worked as Assistant Lecturer and head of the department of law at Mizan-Tepi University in Ethiopia.  Esubalew holds degrees from Loyola University Chicago  (LL.M. in Rule of Law for Development), the University of Oslo  (LL.M. in Public International Law), and Mekelle University (LLB Law).

Dadi (at) fpi (dot) institute

Dhanraj Singh
Policy Analyst
Dhanraj Singh, a Policy Analyst at FPI, studied economics in order to find out how to break the cycle of poverty. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Guyana 2010, then received a Chevening scholarship to complete a masters degree in Political Economy at the London School of Economics in 2012.  Dhanraj has been an economic researcher at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Guyana, and has also lectured in economics in Guyana and in Florida. He has been a project manager for local economic development programs in Guyana and the Caribbean. He has also done consulting work for the World Bank Inter American Development Bank and the Pan American Health Organization. Prior to joining FPI, Singh worked as an Economic Development Manager, a Lecturer/ Adjunct Professor of Economics, and has more than ten years of community economic development experience internationally.

Singh (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

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

Terry Golden
Policy Director
Terry Golden has almost 20 years of experience in state-level policy and budget with the Florida House of Representatives and Governor’s Office. Terry’s focus is education from prekindergarten through university levels, including workforce development. She considers the creation of the Florida Prepaid College Program and Florida College Savings Program the highlight of her public service. Terry has another decade of experience as a lobbyist representing the Florida Prepaid College Program, then a variety of public- and private-sector education clients. As Policy Director, Terry oversees the research of the Institute, researches and writes briefings on education and workforce development, and represents the Institute in the Florida Capitol. Before she joined FPI, Terry was Executive Director for Educator Effectiveness Initiatives with the Florida Department of Education and Education Chief Policy Analyst, Executive Office of the Governor. Terry’s degrees are from Florida State University (BS Communications, MS Instructional Systems).

Golden (at) fpi (dot) institute

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