Government Relations

Since Moffitt’s statutory creation by the Florida Legislature in 1981, Government Relations has played a critical role in the growth and success of Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Our team advocates for increased funding for research and education and supports policies to help end the burden of cancer and improve patient outcomes.  Our team has spearheaded several successful advocacy campaigns including the annual Moffitt Day event at the Florida State Capitol. While our efforts are focused on sustaining the robustness of Moffitt Cancer Center, the outcome leads to a healthier Florida.  

Our Team:

Jamie Wilson

Jamie WilsonJamie Wilson serves as Vice President of Government Relations for Moffitt Cancer Center. His responsibilities include both state and federal government relations.

A founding member of Liberty Partners of Florida, LLC, a governmental and political consulting company located in Tallahassee, Fla., Mr. Wilson spent seven years specializing in business representation before state government, as well as client issues in many Florida cities and Washington, D.C. He previously served as Vice President at Dutko Poole McKinley, a Tallahassee firm he joined shortly after the inauguration of President George W. Bush in 2001.

During the 2000 election cycle, Mr. Wilson served as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Florida, one of the largest state party organizations in the country. He was responsible for the strategic vision and the day-to-day operations of the party.

Prior to his work with the Republican Party of Florida, he spent 11 years as a top aide to former United States Senator Connie Mack, R-Florida.

Mr. Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, a Master of Science degree from Florida State University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida.

John DeMuro

John DeMuro John DeMuro is the Federal Legislative Affairs Director for Moffitt Cancer Center. He represents Moffitt on a range of federal policy issues that affect cancer treatment and research. This includes advocacy for increased funding for cancer research and as well as policies promoting access to cancer care through private and government-sponsored health insurance programs.

John serves as Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers as well as Chairman of the Government Relations Work Group of the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network.

John was instrumental in the creation of Speak Out for Moffitt, a grassroots coalition of Florida citizens who support Moffitt’s cancer programs.

Prior to joining Moffitt Cancer Center, John worked to build government and private support for Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit groups before serving as a community development consultant to local and state governments in New York and New Jersey. 

Merritt Martin 

Merritt MartinMerritt Martin serves as the Director of Public Affairs at Moffitt Cancer Center.  Her responsibilities include advocating for Moffitt and cancer patients before the Legislature and Cabinet while also increasing Moffitt’s awareness in the community and state.

Prior to her role at Moffitt, Ms. Martin worked for the Florida House of Representatives as a legislative aide for State Representative Bill Heller. She also managed his successful re-election campaign in 2008.

During the 2006 elections, Ms. Martin served as the Finance Director for a constitutional amendment campaign which ensured funding for youth tobacco prevention. She also spent several years as the Advocacy Director for the American Cancer Society.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of South Florida and is the incoming Chair of their Alumni Board of Directors. Ms. Martin has been named the Young Professional of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, "40 under 40" by the Business Observer, and a Tampa Bay "Up and Comer.”

Bobbie McKee, Ph.D.

Bobbie McKeeBobbie McKee, Ph.D., serves as the External Board Manager for Moffitt Cancer Center. Her responsibilities include administration of Florida’s Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council (CCRAB) and Medical Marijuana Research and Education Board, both of which are statutorily housed within Moffitt, as well as the grassroots coalition, Speak Out for Moffitt.

Prior to her role at Moffitt, Dr. McKee worked in advocacy and public policy at the American Cancer Society from 2005 to 2015, during which time she conducted policy research, organized events, and directed grassroots volunteer involvement for numerous federal and state legislative campaigns focused on cancer research funding, access to cancer screening and treatment, tobacco control, and palliative care. She also spent several years working on projects related to population health management as a Research Associate in the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. McKee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Youngstown State University, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida.

Tom Joos

Tom joosTom Joos serves as Moffitt’s State Legislative Affairs Manager. Tom comes from an extensive career in health care policy, advocacy and budget administration within the state of Florida. Tom served for three years in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget to develop health care policy and maintain $3 billion in health care agency budgets including the Department of Health, the Department of Elder Affairs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Most recently, Tom served a four-year stint with the Department of Health’s legislative affairs office advocating on behalf of the department for a host of issues relating to disease control and health protection, epidemiology, communicable diseases, environmental health, vital statistics, and medical marijuana. Tom is a graduate of Florida State University with master's and bachelor's degrees in political science.