Florida TaxWatch names two new Tallahassee staff members

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Nonprofit government watchdogs Florida TaxWatch announced the addition of two members to its Tallahassee staff.

Dave Aussicker joins TaxWatch as vice president for development, and Gabriela “Elle” Piloseno will be research analyst for the TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice, specializing in criminal justice reform.

“I am very pleased to welcome Elle and Dave as the newest members of our exceptional and accomplished team at Florida TaxWatch,” said Florida TaxWatch CEO Dominic Calabro in a statement on Friday.

Previously, Aussicker was a philanthropy consultant in the Great Lakes Region focusing on fundraising programs for healthcare systems, colleges, and other nonprofit organizations. He was also vice president for Advancement at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan-based independent, nonprofit research and education organization based in.

Aussicker had also served as faculty member and assistant dean at Tulane University, an academic administrator and adjunct professor at The American University and an assistant professor at Old Dominion University. He most recently was a senior officer for Foundation and Corporation Development at Florida State University.

“Adding Dave to our team at Florida TaxWatch will ensure that we continue to achieve our mission to provide high-quality, independent research and public policy analysis for the hardworking taxpayers of Florida and the lawmakers who represent them,” Calabro said.

Piloseno received the first Dr. Neil S. Crispo Fellowship at Florida TaxWatch during the completion of her masters in Criminology at Florida State University. The Crispo Fellowship is named for the late Dr. Neil Crispo, Florida TaxWatch Vice President of Research Emeritus and professor at the FSU Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

Piloseno’s role will be as a full-time research analyst and criminology expert on the Advisory Board of the TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice, which serves to research and create recommendations for improving the state’s criminal justice system.

A Tampa native, Piloseno graduated Tulane University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She received her masters’ in Criminology from the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at FSU. While there, she served as Vice President of the Criminology & Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association.

“TaxWatch is proud of the dedication shown by Elle to increase the efficiency of Florida’s criminal justice system,” Calabro said, “and we look forward to the future contributions she will bring to improve public policy in our state.”

 More information about the TaxWatch staff and operations is available at FloridaTaxWatch.org.

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