Future of Florida Summit
COVID-19 and Florida Economics Panel

COVID-19 and Florida Economics Panel

Tequila McKnight

Tequila McKnight was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. A proud graduate of Gainesville High School, she is the founder of a local business called TNT Dynamite Cleaning Service. Tequila is passionate about ending the mass incarceration in Florida. As a 2020-2021 Community Spring Fellow, Tequila co-founded Torchlighters Reentry Support and a Grassroots COVID Recovery Campaign. Prior to Community Spring, she worked on the campaign for Amendment 4, which restored the voting rights for nearly 1.5 million formerly incarcerated Florida residents. As a proud mother of five children and five grandchildren, she is driven to build a stronger, more prosperous community for future generations.

Dr. Sean Snaith

Sean Snaith, Ph.D., is the director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Forecasting and a nationally recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting. Snaith is the recipient of multiple awards for the accuracy of his forecasts, his research and his teaching. He has served as a consultant for local governments and multinational corporations such as Compaq, Dell and IBM. Before joining UCF’s College of Business, he held teaching positions at Pennsylvania State University, American University in Cairo, the University of North Dakota and the University of the Pacific.

Snaith is a member of several economic organizations and national economic forecasting panels, including The Wall Street Journal’s Economic Forecasting Survey, the Associated Press’ Economy Survey, CNNMoney.com’s Survey of Leading Economists, USA Today’s Survey of Top Economists, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Survey of Professional Forecasters, Bloomberg and Reuters.

Anne Swerlick

Anne Swerlick has over 40 years of experience as a public interest attorney, advocating in multiple forums on health, economic and social justice issues. She was formerly employed with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid ( 1977-1987), the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities (1988-1991), Florida Legal Services (1991-2016) and the Community Health Action Information Network (2016-2017). Since 2017 she has worked with the Florida Policy Institute focusing on health care and safety net program policy. Anne received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.