Ed is the President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, a Tallahassee based association of 29 private, not for profit colleges and universities. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Facilities Finance Authority in Florida, a statutory body. He serves as a Member of the Workforce Florida Inc. Board of Directors and also serves on numerous civic and charitable boards.
Prior to serving in this position Ed served as Staff Director for the Florida House of Representatives Policy Committee and concurrently served as Staff Director of the Select Committee on Medical Liability Insurance, the Select Committee on Worker’s Compensation and the House Public Security Coordinating Committee. In these roles he was engaged in legislative efforts on such complicated issues as medical malpractice, worker’s compensation, public security, public official integrity, environmental permitting, constitutional amendment consideration, court funding, and many others.
He has consulted for the International Republican Institute and the US Department of State on citizen engagement and NGO development. He has also consulted with the British Embassy both in the US and in London concerning American politics and governance issues. He recently co-wrote and edited a manual for the US Department of State titled “The Power of Ideas”.
Ed has recently completed an extensive research project on the impact of term limits on policy development in Florida and how the organization’s learning capabilities are affected when organizational actors keep changing. Organizational learning and policy development are two of his focus areas.
Prior to his service on the Florida House staff he was President and CEO of The James Madison Institute, a public policy think tank based in Tallahassee. Ed has vast experiecne in the NGO sector having headed two significant organizations of this type in Florida and also having served on the boards of multiple service and policy organizations.
Previously, he was in private consultancy in Illinois for 21 years, when he also served that state in various capacities such as a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Governor’s Privatization Council and the Illinois K-20 Joint Education Board.
He is a fifth generation Floridian, from a native Florida family that originally settled in Florida in the early 1800s. He grew up in Alachua, Dade and Broward counties, attending Florida public schools from kindergarten through his doctoral work.
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