Lucia Farriss, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Research, Analytics and Public Policy
Dr. Lucia Farriss is the Senior Director of Research, Analytics, and Public Policy at the Tampa Bay Partnership.
Prior to joining the Tampa Bay Partnership, Dr. Farriss worked for the University of Michigan’s Economic Growth Institute as the Interim Research Manager and Research Project Manager. She was responsible for performing both quantitative and qualitative analysis on various grant-funded projects, including economic impact modeling of energy transitions across the country. She collaborated with industry leaders to promote green technology development in the manufacturing sector.
In addition to her research, Dr. Farriss also has 20 years of higher education experience, teaching for various Tampa Bay colleges and universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has taught economics for the University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College, and Saint Leo University, where she more recently served as Assistant Professor of Economics. She holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in Economics from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. in International Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has published research in economic development and migration, and her research interests revolve around inclusive economic growth and economic opportunity.
Dr. Farriss grew up in the Tampa Bay area and is passionate about making a difference in her hometown. She loves spending time with her husband, Scott, and their two children, John and Kayla. She enjoys paddleboarding, hiking, and especially watching the Tampa Bay Lightning play for the Stanley Cup!