IFAS Governmental Affairs
The UF/IFAS Office of Governmental Affairs secure funding and affect legislation that allow UF/IFAS to continue serving the people of Florida through education, research and extension.
Our office works closely with local, state and federal governments to educate policy-makers and staff on issues that are vital to the mission of IFAS. We help communicate key political issues to internal and external stakeholders. We also work closely with the University Office of Government Relations to help serve the University mission and community.
UF/IFAS Government Affairs Team details happening and the political layout in Tallahassee, FL during session in FYIFAS each week.
FYIFAS can be read here:
Mary Ann Gosa-Hooks, director of governmental affairs for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), is responsible for educating state and federal legislators on IFAS programs and issues. She monitors and affects legislation that impacts the IFAS budget, programs and other initiatives. Gosa-Hooks also acts as a liaison to the agriculture industry and other IFAS stakeholders.
Her professional background has focused heavily on the legislative process, water, land use, growth management and environmental policy.
Gosa-Hooks served as director of government and community affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation ( FFBF) from 2005 until 2009. In that position, she was a liaison between FFBF members, state and federal agencies, legislators and local governments.
She had been with the FFBF staff since 1996 and, until 2005, was assistant director of government and community affairs. Before joining the FFBF, Gosa-Hooks was a legislative assistant to state Rep. Bert Harris Jr., D-Lake Placid, from 1989 until 1995, managing legislation, tracking it from committee to final vote, writing speeches and handling constituent inquiries.
From 1988 until 1989, she was an assistant to state Sen. Don Childers, D-West Palm Beach, handling similar duties.
Gosa-Hooks is a Florida native who grew up in the cattle industry in Lorida, FL. Mary Ann Hooks resides in Tallahassee FL, with her husband.
Victoria Price, Assistant Director for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, along side Mary Ann Gosa-Hooks at the office of governmental affairs. She helps monitor legislative issues that affect UF/IFAS and related industries. Victoria develops and implements strategies designed to build governmental partnerships stimulating funding opportunities, fostering innovation, and increasing capacity for UF/IFAS. She also manages and coordinates the UF/IFAS Council on Agriculture, Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET).
Victoria previous worked with UF/IFAS Global as the communications coordinator for the department and on USAID project in Haiti Appui à la Recherche et au Développement Agricole project (AREA). She held internships with AgCareers.com and Osborn Barr Advertising Agency, where she found her passion for the agriculture and natural resource industry.
Victoria earned her Bachelors of Sciences in public relations and minor in agricultural and natural resources ethics and policy from the University of Florida. While at UF, she was involved in the Florida Cicerones, Student Government- The Big Event, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and is a member of Florida Blue Key Tapping Class Fall 2015 remaining an active alumnae.
Victoria grew up in Pensacola, Fla. area, close to her families's farms, Price Family Pecans LLC. and Cassabaum Farms, both in Lillian, AL.
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Office of Governmental Affairs
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
215 South Monroe Street, Suite 110
Tallahassee, FL 32301