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Policy Research Group

Dr. Sam Staley

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D., Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center, is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and professor at FSU where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. He has authored several books and has published more than 100 articles, studies and reports.

Chad Thomas

Chad ThomasEconomics – is a policy analyst intern. His research has focused on the effects that anti-price gouging laws have on storm recovery processes. Specifically, his work takes a look at the interaction between market supply signals and privatized resource allocation efforts and how these laws play a role in supply shortage rates. He is a member of NABE and likes sci-fi movies.

N'Namdi Green

N'Namdi GreenEconomics and International Affairs – is a policy analyst intern. His research for the DMC has focused on Major faith based organizations and the role they play in economic development. Specifically, the role of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Tallahassee in the Frenchtown redevelopment initiative. His personal research interests include United States international trade with foreign countries and economic development.

Kristen Carpenter

Kristen Carpenter - International Affairs - is a policy analyst intern. Her research focuses on women empowerment in the Middle East through social entrepreneurship. She is a senior at Florida State University studying International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies.

Patrick Martin

Patrick Martin - Economics and Political Science - is a policy analyst intern. His research has focused on Florida tax incentive policy for the film and movie industry, and how an industry-funded report and state-funded report can have wildly different conclusions about that same program. His most recent work focuses on the Opioid epidemic in Florida and nationally. He proudly represents Florida State as a University Ambassador and Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity, as well as the Koch Internship Program as a summer intern for the James Madison Institute.

Jordan Greer

Jordan GreerEconomics – is a policy analyst intern. His research focuses on the economic history of Frenchtown in Tallahassee in order to better contextualize the effectiveness of community redevelopment initiatives. Some of his accomplishments include receiving the UNCF-Koch scholarship, being named as a YP4 Fellow, and being a Seminole Torch Bearer. He currently serves as the Vice President of the FSU chapter of the NAACP, and as a student senator on FSU’s 69th Student Senate.

Maia Hass

Maia Hass - International Affairs and Marketing is a policy analyst intern. Her research primarily focuses on the sharing economy and the economic performance of various companies - like Uber and AirBnB. She also works on research projects related to the Florida tourism industry. Although she works in public policy she hopes to transition to the data analytics team in the upcoming year to continue studying Florida tourism from a more intensive statistical perspective.

Jason Blackthorne

Jason BlackthorneEconomics – is a policy analyst intern. His primary research has focused on evaluating the efficiency of the permitting process in the city of Tallahassee for both commercial and residential buildings. By creating a database to track and analyze permit wait times, Jason has begun to test the city’s claim that their residential permitting process has improved. Jason is involved on campus with Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, and Dance Marathon.