Personnel note: Bob Nave joins Florida TaxWatch

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Robert “Bob” Nave will join the Florida TaxWatch Research Team as Director of the TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability, the organization announced this morning. As the Director of the Center, Nave will serve as a Senior Education Policy Analyst and lead efforts by Florida TaxWatch to ensure Floridians receive “the best value from their nearly $20 billion annual investment in education,” according to a release. 

Prior to joining Florida TaxWatch, Nave spent 27 years as a public servant with the State of Florida as an executive level policy adviser, developing and executing state policy in the fields of criminal justice, emergency management, growth management, gaming, K-12, and higher education. 

As Chief of Staff of the Florida Lottery, Nave implemented strategies that dramatically increased annual Lottery sales, while reducing the size of the Lottery’s workforce by almost 40 percent and reducing operating costs to the lowest level in more than a decade.  

Following his public service career, Nave served as Vice President of Convergys HR Management, where he secured a 5-year renewal of the $350 million People First contract with the State of Florida. 

“Bob has the strategic planning and policy skills to function as a trusted resource to education policymakers in Florida, and lead the Center’s research efforts,” said Dominic Calabro, president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. “Bob’s experience in Florida policymaking and execution will be a resource to the entire team at Florida TaxWatch.” 

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