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November 8, 2018

Sadaf Knight, Holly Bullard to Lead Florida Policy Institute

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As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.
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Knight and Bullard were selected to lead the Institute after a nationwide search

LAKE MARY, FL – The Florida Policy Institute Board of Directors today announced that Sadaf Knight has been chosen to lead the organization as chief executive officer. The board also announced that Holly Bullard has been selected as chief strategy and operations officer.

In August 2018 the board retained a D.C.-based firm to conduct a competitive nationwide search to facilitate the leadership transition. Prior to their new roles, Knight and Bullard served as interim co-executive directors at the Institute.

“There were many exceptional candidates, but Sadaf and Holly stood out for their outstanding work at the Institute, strong backgrounds in policy and non-profit management and their shared vision for growing the organization,” said Board Chair Mireya Eavey. “As leaders at the helm of the Institute, they will be building on the infrastructure already in place and they will be working to increase the organization’s outreach and advocacy efforts. The board looks forward to the Institute’s continued growth in their extremely capable hands.”

“In this pivotal moment for Florida, the work of the Institute is more critical than ever,” said Knight. “I am excited and optimistic about the possibilities ahead and look forward to working with our exceptionally talented staff and board to expand economic opportunity for all Floridians. Together with Holly, we hope to lead the Institute toward greater impact in our communities and to serve as a resource for our partners. I am grateful to the Institute’s board for this opportunity.”

“This opportunity brings together my passions– data, research and advocating for policies that improve the quality of life for all Floridians. As new leaders of the Institute, Sadaf and I believe that the only way to achieve true impact is through collaboration,” said Bullard. “We welcome new partners to increase our reach. I thank the board of the Institute for this opportunity and look forward to what we can achieve together.”

Knight has over 10 years of experience in public policy research, advocacy and nonprofit management. She previously served as the vice president of policy and research at Carolina Small Business Development Fund, where she provided research and analysis on public policy issues related to community development financing and economic development in the State of North Carolina. Knight’s prior experience also includes serving as a policy analyst and community leadership fellow at MassBudget and as a program manager at New York Jobs with Justice (now called Align NY). She holds certificates in non-profit management and community development finance. Knight received a bachelor’s degree in conservation & resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from Columbia University.

Bullard previously served as senior director of Financial Stability Initiatives at United Way Suncoast, where she oversaw the planning and implementation of financial stability programs, strategies and collaboratives in the Tampa Bay and Sarasota/Manatee areas. Prior to joining United Way Suncoast, Holly worked as legislative aide to U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, a senior member on the House Financial Services Committee. She served as his lead adviser on financial services and housing issues, with a focus on financial empowerment for low-income Americans. Bullard has also worked at the U.S. Department of Education and at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.  She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University. She is proudly a product of Pinellas County public schools and a daughter of Florida public educators.

The Institute is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing state policies and budgets that improve the economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians.

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