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JMI Sen⁠i⁠or V⁠i⁠ce Pres⁠i⁠den⁠t⁠ Sal Nuzzo Depar⁠t⁠⁠i⁠ng for New Oppor⁠t⁠un⁠i⁠⁠t⁠y


February 7, 2024

Logan Elizabeth Padgett

JMI Senior Vice President Sal Nuzzo Departing for New Opportunity

After ten years of service at The James Madison Institute, Sal Nuzzo is leaving for an exciting opportunity. Sal’s contributions to the entire organization and movement cannot be overstated. He has been an integral part of the JMI team for a decade.

Sal has accepted an opportunity to serve as Executive Director of Consumers Defense, a 501c4 policy and advocacy non-profit working around the country to reverse the steady creep of radical leftism into the markets, push back against the influence of China in our economy, and protect the country from woke corporatism. He’ll begin his new role on March 1st and will be based in Tallahassee while working throughout the United States.

Always thinking two steps ahead, Sal has been leading The James Madison Institute’s policy operation, coalition building and strategy deployment for the last 10 years. The victories he has been a part of during his tenure at JMI are far too many to count, and they are what helps make the Sunshine State a beacon of freedom across the country.

During his time at JMI, Sal was twice appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to serve on Florida’s Government Efficiency Task Force, by former Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Simone Marstiller to the State Consumer Health Information and Policy Council, and by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to serve as Chair of the Communications and Technology Task Force. He also serves as one of Florida’s Coalition Leads for Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform. His writing has been featured around the state and country — in publications like The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The Hill, and Newsweek. He also has served as a member of several policy work groups that advise Congressional and White House leaders (both Republican and Democrat). The policy success of JMI in recent years is in large part a result of Sal’s dedicated hard work. 

“Sal has been pivotal in our development over the past ten years, and we would not be where we are without him. He has been a tireless advocate for exporting Florida’s success story across the country. A relentless, dedicated and happy warrior, he will go anywhere, talk with anyone, and he answers the phone no matter who is on the other line. I am thankful for all the work he has put into making JMI so influential. I look forward to watching him continue to achieve success for the movement.” — Dr Robert McClure, President and CEO, The James Madison Institute 

“Sal is one of the most talented, thoughtful, and motivated people in the process. He is a dedicated leader, but more importantly he is a kind person. He ignores the fact that there is an aisle and works with anyone to achieve a common goal. Our offices have shared a wall for seven years. We spend the days yelling back and forth talking with each other. And although he is very loud and very Italian, I will miss days spent in the office with Sal. He has been a source of encouragement, a listener, an advocate, a cheerleader for my and other’s success. I am not only thankful to have worked alongside him, but I am honored to call him a friend and mentor. His departure from JMI is the definition of bittersweet. I am truly excited for him and proud of him.” — Logan Padgett, Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, The James Madison Institute 

“It has been the honor of my professional life to have served alongside Bob and the team at JMI. Over the years I have been here, I have seen staff members (young and not-so-young) develop their skills, evolve into truly remarkable professionals, and accomplish things we never dreamed possible. That is a testament to each and every one of them. I was incredibly blessed to see it all take place and play a tiny role. I have no doubt JMI will continue to succeed in the years ahead and have nothing but the greatest wishes for the team. I am thrilled to take on this new adventure, and know that while I am leaving the organization, I won’t be going away. I truly look forward to continuing my efforts and work both in Florida and across the country as the battle for the future of the Republic continues.” — Sal Nuzzo, Senior Vice President, The James Madison Institute


The James Madison Institute is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the ideals of limited government, economic freedom, federalism and individual liberty coupled with individual responsibility. The institute conducts research on such issues as criminal justice, health care, taxes and regulatory environments.