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JMI Welcomes New D⁠i⁠rec⁠t⁠or of Technology and Innova⁠t⁠⁠i⁠on Pol⁠i⁠cy Cen⁠t⁠er

By: Logan Padgett / 2020


CONTACT: Logan Elizabeth Padgett

JMI Welcomes New Director of Technology and Innovation Policy Center

Tallahassee, Fla.- The James Madison Institute announces the newest addition to our team, Andrea O’Sullivan, director of JMI’s Technology and Innovation Policy Center. Launched in 2019, this center focuses on policy goals to ensure Florida is best positioned to be a major driver of innovation in the 21st Century.  The Tech and Innovation Policy Center focuses on areas such as data privacy, broadband infrastructure, antitrust, transportation innovation, and the future of work in the digital age.

“As the information age navigates its third decade, it is imperative that Florida position itself globally as a welcoming home for innovation, entrepreneurship, and opportunity. That requires a commitment to sound public policy that embraces free markets, promotes long-term vision, and ensures global leadership.” – Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy, The James Madison Institute.

In her position, Andrea is responsible for examining the current technology policy issues facing Florida in the decade ahead and educating policymakers and all Floridians on how market-centered policy can make Florida a pivotal force. Andrea joins JMI as a successful tech policy expert with vast knowledge in cybersecurity, surveillance, internet freedom and the economics of technology.

“We are pleased to welcome Andrea O’Sullivan as our new director of the Center for Technology and Innovation. Her background and policy knowledge along with her shared belief in the principles of freedom and liberty make her the perfect candidate to help the leaders of our state navigate both the challenges and opportunities in this critically important arena.”- Dr. Bob McClure, President and CEO, The James Madison Institute

Before joining our team, Andrea served as a program manager at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she coauthored Liberalism and Cronyism: Two Rival Political and Economic Systems with Randall G. Holcombe and Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers with Jerry Brito. Her writing has been published in the Wall Street JournalChicago TribuneNewsweekWashington TimesUS News and World Reports, and other outlets. In addition, Andrea pens a regular column on technology topics for Reason. She was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in policy in 2016.

After studying economics and political science undergrad at Florida State University, Andrea went on to George Mason University where she studied economics at the graduate level.

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