Alexis Tsoukalas joined FPI as a Policy Analyst in 2019 and focuses on state immigrant and labor issues. She was a State Policy Fellow with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and a THRIVE Economic Stability Fellow with the Central Florida Foundation. Alexis was awarded 2020’s Emerging Public Service Professional by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and named 2021’s Outstanding Practitioner by the Association for Community Organization and Social Action (ACOSA).
While originally hailing from the Chicago area, Alexis has lived in Florida for 25 years and understands the state’s unique threats and opportunities. She holds a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University — a macro social work degree emphasizing policy practice and social change. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Affairs (Social Work concentration) at University of Central Florida.
Alexis’ career path began in direct service, then shifted to policy and advocacy once she witnessed the inequitable harms of misguided laws and funding. She has worked in the restaurant business and with the child welfare population, young adults experiencing homelessness, individuals recovering from substance use disorder, and isolated older adults. Alexis also served as a Legislative Chair and State Delegate with the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She is a founding member of NASW-FL’s Immigration Justice Task Force.
In her “free time,” Alexis likes to sing, absorb books/documentaries/comedy, and relax with her husband and fur children.