COSSPP Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Guarine

Headshot of COSSPP alumni, Jonathan Guarine in a suit and tie smiling at the camera

Jonathan Guarine – a two-time COSSPP alumnus – was selected as one of thirty-five Rising Stars of Florida Politics in the Winter 2022 issue of INFLUENCE Magazine. 

INFLUENCE Magazine selects students and young professionals for this recognition based on public policy research and achievements. The magazine aims to highlight the diversity of concentration, background, and education of the Rising Stars, to showcase the inclusivity and opportunity within politics.

“The award profile details my time at Florida TaxWatch where I contributed my applied economics training from FSU to study pressing policy issues, most notably consumer data privacy,” Guarine said.

Guarine earned a B.S. in Economics and Political Science in 2019 and a Master’s in Applied Economics in 2020. He credits the knowledge and experience he gained in his master’s program with giving him the practical skills and network necessary for success in his previous position as a Research Economist at Florida TaxWatch. Guarine recently accepted a new position as an Economist for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

“FSU’s ability to provide top-level instruction alongside practical internship experience has provided me with innumerable career opportunities,” Guarine said. “My economics background has supplied me with the practical skills to use data-driven analysis to answer pressing policy issues. I give much credit to the Master’s in Applied Economics program for teaching me how to merge data science with statistical analysis while tackling various issues.”

During the 2021 Florida legislative session, Guarine researched and highlighted the compliance costs and unintended consequences of a proposed Florida consumer data privacy bill. His findings led to the significant reconsideration and revision of the bill, with its subsequent rejection by the Florida Legislature. Additionally, Guarine focuses his political and economic research on socioeconomic issues, such as educational equity, intergenerational poverty, and economic mobility.

As an undergraduate student at FSU, Guarine seized every opportunity to get involved. Some of his extracurriculars included the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and working closely under former FSU President John Thrasher with FSU’s Chief Legislative Officer to advocate for the university before the Florida Legislature.

Throughout his time at FSU, Guarine pursued research through a senior honors thesis and an assistantship position on a Fulbright-sponsored dissertation project. Additionally, he was invited to participate in various government-related internships with the Florida Senate, United States Senate, and Enterprise Florida.

Guarine concludes, “In the future I hope to continue advancing down a career path dedicated to promoting economic mobility through data-driven research and evidence-based policies and programs.”