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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.

Ph: (850) 645-9694


Judy Kirk

Judy Kirk, Business Manager at the DMC, handles the administrative duties. She has been with the Center since 2007. Judy graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Business Management.

Ph: (850) 644-3849


Mark McNees

Mark McNees, Dmin., Director of Social Entrepreneurship, is an international speaker on social entrepreneurship, non-profit innovation, and organizational culture. He is the founder and President/CEO of RedEye Coffee and the Founding Pastor of Element3 Church He has authored two books and, as a professor, runs a social entrepreneurship seminar at FSU.



Val Rodriguez, is the Social Entrepreneurship Project Manager and the co-founder of Driftour. Her role within the DMC is to cultivate and develop opportunities for students in the field of social entrepreneurship. Through events, mentorship of student social entrepreneurs, and management of research interns, her role focuses on the budding social entrepreneurial ecosystem emerging at FSU.


For more information, see the Social Entrepreneurship Group section

Mike Avi

Mike AviEconomics; Portuguese – is the Outreach Coordinator. His work at the DMC focuses on coordinating product release and event planning between the policy, data analytics, and social entrepreneurship research groups. He is the Southeast Regional Director of Students For Liberty as well as the Southeast Regional Director for the Libertarian Youth Caucus.


For more information, see the Outreach Group section

Giovanna Da Silva

Giovanna Da SilvaHistory; International Affairs - is the Blog Content Manager. She is a senior at FSU. She edits blog posts and works with research assistants to produce policy content. Her research focuses on issues relating to licensing and regulation, tourism, and natural disasters. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese and is a Campus Coordinator with Students For Liberty.


For more information, see the Blog Content Group section

Austin Eovito

Austin Eovito - Computer Science - is the Data Analytics Director. Austin is responsible for revamping the Florida Open Gov website. He manages data analysis projects and interns including the CRA investigation. In his free time, Austin enjoys spending time with his dog, flying drones, and reading.


For more information, see the Data Analytics Group section

Kathy MakinenSenior Editor

Ph: (850) 644-8101