Director, Public Policy Institute Jacksonville University
Sep 05, 2019
Richard A. Mullaney, Esquire
Director, Public Policy Institute Jacksonville University

Rick Mullaney is the Director of the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute (“Institute”), political analyst for WJXT Channel 4 and WOKV, 104.5 FM in Jacksonville, Florida, and host of a radio program, Policy Matters, on WJCT 89.9 FM. He is the Founding Director of the Institute, which offers four graduate degree programs in public policy, including a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree and three dual degree programs (MPP-JD, MPP-MBA, and MPP-Marine Science). He teaches PPOL 513 Law and Public Policy in the MPP program.


Mullaney received a BA in Political Science at the University of Florida (1973-1977), graduating Phi Beta Kappa and first in College of Arts and Sciences. He also graduated from law school at UF (1977-1980), serving on the Moot Court Team and as Executive Editor of the Law Review. After graduation, he worked as a business lawyer for Carlton, Fields, prosecutor, Mayoral Chief of Staff, and General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville. He has received the Prosecutor of the Year Award for the state of Florida and the Lawyer of the Year Award for the City of Jacksonville. He ran for Mayor of Jacksonville in 2011.


During nearly 40 years in the private and public sectors, Mullaney has represented diverse public entities, been involved in numerous public policy initiatives and political campaigns, and lectured on legal and public policy topics in more than 20 states. For 20 of those years, he served as legal counsel and advisor to Jacksonville’s consolidated government and Jacksonville mayors Ed Austin, John Delaney, and John Peyton.
Mullaney serves on numerous non-profit boards, including the World Affairs Council, Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, and the Government and Public Policy Institute for the University of the Bahamas. He is past Board Chair for Gateway Community Services and the Saint Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation. Mullaney is a member of Leadership Jacksonville (1988) and Leadership Florida (2001).

He and his wife Lynn have been married for over 30 years and have three children – Taylor, Richie and Katie.

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