Ethan Merchant, DPL

Governmental Affairs Coordinator

Ethan serves as Governmental Affairs Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the President at Liberty Partners of Tallahassee. Before joining Liberty Partners full-time, Ethan served as a Legislative Intern for the firm during the 2017 and 2018 Florida Legislative Sessions and also served as a Page in the Florida House of Representatives. Additionally, Ethan has experience working with grassroots campaigns at the local, state, and federal level and is a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) and has earned the Designated Professional Lobbyist (DPL) title.

Before moving to Tallahassee, Ethan worked at First Federal Bank of Florida for nearly two years in Bonifay, Florida. Ethan also previously assisted the baseball team and Athletic Director at Chipola College in Marianna by serving as the Athletic Student Manager. Ethan was very active in Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). 

Ethan graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) from Chipola College, where he was a member of the Honor’s Program and Dean’s List and earned his bachelor’s Degree in political science with a minor in Economics from Florida State University. He currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Jennifer J. Green, CAE, DPL
President & Owner

Jennifer Green is President and owner of Liberty Partners of Tallahassee, LLC and founded the firm in early 2007 with former U.S. Senator Connie Mack (R-FL). With nearly 25 years of experience in political, lobbying and grassroots activities in the State of Florida she consults primarily on state Legislative and Executive branch issues affecting corporations, trade associations, local governments and not-for-profits. 

Tim Parson, DPL
Vice President


Tim Parson is the Vice President Liberty Partners of Tallahassee, LLC and is a key leader within the firm. He served previously at the firm's Director of Governmental Affairs and has help the firm with tremendous growth during his tenure. With over 15 years of experience in the state legislature, he has accumulated tremendous insight into state government and the legislative process. He is a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) board and has earned the Designated Professional Lobbyist (DPL) title.

Before joining Liberty Partners, Tim served as the Legislative Affairs Director for the Florida Department of Children and Families where he lobbied the Legislature on issues such as child welfare, human trafficking and public benefit fraud. While there, Tim was responsible for developing the agency’s policy proposals and budget priorities and then leading the legislative advocacy team during the legislative session. Additionally, he served as the lead liaison for the agency before state lawmakers and key stakeholders as the Director of Florida’s Children and Youth Cabinet consisting of the secretaries of the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Agency for Health Care Administration, as well as the directors of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Office of Early Learning, the State Surgeon General, the Commissioner of Education, the director of the Guardian ad Litem Office, and the director of the Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection. Tim also served as the Director of the Florida Drug Policy and Advisory Council.

Prior to his tenure in the Executive Branch, Tim served as the Chief Legislative Assistant to two state Senators where he was responsible for drafting legislative proposals and representing the Senators before select committees. 

Tim was recently chosen as a James Madison Institute Fellow for their program designed for “under 40” professionals in the state. Tim received both his master’s Degree in Public Administration and bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of West Florida. He and his family reside in Tallahassee, Florida.

Jennifer is the Past Chairman of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) and still serves in numerous volunteer capacities for the organization. She serves as Chairman of the FAPL Educational Foundation and was instrumental in developing the association’s Designated Professional Lobbyist (DPL) credentialing program. She was also selected by her peers as the first recipient of the Ken Plante Founder’s Award for ethics in lobbying and serves as an expert witness in court cases related to ethics.


Prior to Liberty Partners, Jennifer served as the Deputy Executive Director and lead lobbyist for the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Jennifer headed up the legislative, communications, regulatory, political committee and membership functions of the 18,000-plus member organization with a $13 million annual budget. Jennifer’s direct staff reports consisted of more than 20 management and director-level employees and she was responsible for the administration and fundraising efforts of five political action committees totaling more than $350,000 in contributions per election cycle and a statewide grassroots network with more than 400 individual CPAs. Jennifer has represented the CPA profession as a registered lobbyist before the Florida Legislature and Cabinet for more than 22 years.

Previous to her tenure with the FICPA, Jennifer lobbied the Florida Legislature on behalf of the Florida Bankers Association and a private lobbying firm. In addition, Jennifer participated in several statewide Florida political campaigns including the 1992 Bush-Quayle Presidential campaign and former Governor Jeb Bush's 1994 and 1998 campaigns.

In addition to lobbying, Jennifer's background includes experience in many aspects of advocacy including political action committee fundraising, grassroots activities, coalition building, strategic management, communications, member relations and marketing. Jennifer has a wide range of business-related expertise along with a strong portfolio of local government clients that depend on her consulting advice navigating both state and Federal funding opportunities. 

Jennifer has worked with several business coalitions and directed the efforts of a group of 27 organizations that successfully defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have created a services tax in Florida. Her efforts related to other proposed constitutional amendments in Florida include the 2016 Amendment 4 “Florida for Solar and the 2018 Amendment 3 “Voters in Charge” which gave voters the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling.

Jennifer earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executive (ASAE) after graduating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s four-year association management program held at the University of Delaware and earned the Designated Professional Lobbyist (DPL) title from the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL). Jennifer has been a guest speaker at many statewide and national events has been named as one of Florida’s best “boutique” lobbying firms by Florida Politics Influence Magazine and has been featured in several issues of the publication. Jennifer serves as a spokesperson for many of her clients on issues relating to legislative and regulatory issues and has developed a strong reputation with many of Florida’s most influential news outlets.

Jennifer is a member of ASAE, the Florida Society Association Executives (FSAE) and serves on the Florida Chamber Political Institute Advisory Council, previously served on the Florida Chamber CCE and is a past member of FSAE's Board and FSAE Foundation Board.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Florida State University. She and her husband reside in Tallahassee, Florida.

Katie Taff
Director of Grants Management


Katie Taff is the Director of Grants Management at Liberty Partners of Tallahassee, LLC and heads up the firm's Grants Division. With over 10 years of experience in the local government arena, she has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and insight into local government processes and programs. Katie primarily focuses on local government and non-profit grant management and has assisted the firm in growth in this new Division. 

Previously, Katie worked for the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners and the Wakulla County Property Appraisers offices implementing new policies and procedures, spearheading policy reorganization, developing procurement strategies, drafting grant applications, submission of grants, and all grant management. Prior to her time in local government she worked accounting and management roles in the private sector at Hydra Engineering and Constructions, and Residential Elevators. Katie has a heart for philanthropy. She is a Rotarian serving he Wakulla Rotary Club and accumulates over two hundred volunteer hours per year. 

Katie is a graduate of Florida Metropolitan University, where she received her associate degree in accounting. She and her family reside in Crawfordville, FL.

Adam W. Potts, DPL

Director of Governmental Affairs

Adam Potts is the Director of Governmental Affairs for Liberty Partners of Tallahassee, LLC and has over 17 years of experience in the Florida legislative and political process. Adam earned the Designated Professional Lobbyist (DPL) title from the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) and served on FAPL's task force to develop the DPL program in 2008.

Before joining Liberty Partners, Adam served as the Legislative Director for the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) where he was responsible for advocating on behalf of the Commission on policy and budget issues that effected the provision of safe and reliable utility services. Prior to his time at the PSC, Adam managed a successful State Senate race in the Florida Panhandle and has also served as the Legislative Affairs Director at the Florida Department of Education where he was responsible for developing the agency’s legislative priorities.  Adam also held a Legislative Affairs position at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

Prior to his time in state government, Adam was the Governmental Affairs Manager at the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accounts. At the association, he was responsible for advocating on behalf of the 18,000+ members, for the administration and fundraising efforts of five political action committees totaling more than $350,000 in contributions per election cycle, and a statewide grassroots network with more than 400 individual CPAs. 

Adam received his bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from Florida State University. Adam, his wife, and their two daughters reside in Tallahassee, Florida.