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COSSPP Student Spotlight: Eric Carr

Published: July 28, 2022

Eric Carr, a Florida State University alumnus and master’s student at FSU in the Applied American Politics and Policy (MAAPP) program, was named the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Florida Commission on Offender Review (FCOR).  

In his new role, he will serve as the office’s chief lobbyist and manager of the Office of Legislative Affairs within FCOR. 

Carr (left) with Senator Shervin Jones (middle) and State Representative Tom Fabricio (right) during a legislator tour at a prison in Miami.

MAAPP is a top national master’s program for applied learning in several political fields, including campaigns, fundraising, political communications, lobbying, legislative affairs, and more. The program’s 500+ alumni are some of today’s top political professionals in the Florida and Washington, D.C., political arenas. 

“I chose the FSU Master of Applied American Politics & Policy (MAAPP) because, after thorough research, I believed this program would enhance my skill-set and advance my career,” Carr stated. “The lobbying, policy analysis, and communication course offerings are precisely the research areas where I wanted to focus my studies, and the MAAPP program excelled in these offerings. In addition, MAAPP offers a pragmatic curriculum and flexible enrollment for working professionals.” 

His academic experience in the program as well as prior experience as Social Media Manager for the Florida Medical Association (FMA), Coordinator for the FMA’s Political Action Committee (FMA PAC), the legislative analyst for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and Operations Coordinator for the Governor of Florida Inaugural Committee, allow him to better serve the FCOR as Director of Legislative Affairs. 

“I’m humbled and honored to serve the people of the great state of Florida,” Carr said. 

Carr (middle) with former Governor Rick Scott (right) and First Lady Ann Scott (left).

The new role will not interfere with Carr’s academic ambitions or studies, as the MAAPP program allows for practicum work and flexibility for employed students.  

“As a working professional, upon graduation with a Master of Science, I plan to elevate my career with a focus on public policy work that will help improve the lives of all Floridians.” 

We wish him luck in this incredible new role and can’t wait to see what he does beyond graduation! 

For more information about the MAAPP program, visit coss.fsu.edu/maapp