Professor Richard Mullaney
Rick is the Founding Director of the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute (“Institute”), political analyst for WJXT Channel 4 and WOKV, 104.5 FM in Jacksonville, Florida, and host of a radio program, Policy Matters, on WJCT 89.9 FM. Mullaney received a BA in Political Science at the University of Florida (1973-1977), graduating Phi Beta Kappa and first in College of Arts and Sciences, as well as graduating from UF law school (1977-1980). In over 40 years in the private and public sectors, Mullaney has represented diverse public entities, been involved in numerous public policy initiatives and political campaigns, and lectured on legal and public policy topics in more than 20 states. For 20 of those years, he served as legal counsel and advisor to Jacksonville’s consolidated government and Jacksonville mayors Ed Austin, John Delaney, and John Peyton. Mullaney serves on numerous non-profit boards, including the World Affairs Council, Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, and the Government and Public Policy Institute for the University of the Bahamas. He is past Board Chair for Gateway Community Services and the Saint Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation. Mullaney is a member of Leadership Jacksonville (1988) and Leadership Florida (2001). He and his wife Lynn have been married for over 30 years and have three children – Taylor, Richie and Katie.
Samantha is the Director of Government Relations, advancing UF’s interests at the state level. Before joining UF, Samantha served as the Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida, a P&C insurance trade association based in Tallahassee. Her main responsibilities included advocating the association’s interests before the Florida Legislature, Florida Cabinet and executive branch agencies, developing legislative and regulatory strategies to advance the collective priorities, and represents the association in all meetings and hearings. Samantha also served as the Director of Government Affairs for the PACE Center for Girls, Inc. During her tenure with PACE, she expanded PACE’s public sector resources at the local and state level, positioned PACE as the lead advocate for at-risk girls and supported the program’s expansion into Georgia. Samantha has been recognized as a 2020 Local Patriot by The Village Square, Bob Graham Civic Scholar, ‘30 under 30 Rising Star’ of Florida politics, 2016 Golden A.C.E. by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals, and Rising Star in the lobbying industry by INFLUENCE Magazine. She was recognized in 2020 by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of the 25 Women You Need To Know. Samantha volunteers with the Junior League of Tallahassee and serves as the organization’s President. Samantha graduated from the University of Florida with her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and Certificates in International Relations and Political Campaigning. She remains an active member of Florida Blue Key.
Kimberly G. Jackson, ESQ.
Kimberly G. Jackson is a native of Crete, Illinois. She has her B.A. from Spelman College in Political Science, J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and MIPP from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Sciences. Ms. Jackson practiced locally in St. Petersburg and gained a passion for non-profit advocacy with family-oriented agencies. She transitioned from her legal career to education after her daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Her journey at St. Petersburg College was largely based on her commitment to equity. She held the position of Political Science Chair prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, (ISPS). Kimberly is dedicated to generational equity in all areas. She serves on the boards of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, The St. Petersburg Chapter of the YMCA, Academy Prep, The Arts Alliance, The St. Petersburg Arts Advisory, and The Council for Parents, Attorneys and Advocates for those with Disabilities, (COPAA). Kimberly is active with the Fred G. Minnis Bar Association, and is a member of St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., The St. Petersburg Chapter of the Links, Inc., and The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. She is 2004 Graduate of Leadership St. Pete. While advocacy is her passion, she travels whenever she has the opportunity.