Javon Knight earned his Master’s in Public Policy in May 2020, where his policy interests in affordable housing, public transportation, and economic development informed his research on chronic homelessness in Florida.
Knight is a distinguished young professional. He's served as the inaugural minority fellow within the Public Policy Institute, a nationwide fellow and legislative assistant for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network Millennial Cohort, as well as a member of the district office of U.S. Representative Al Lawson.
“My interest in policy came out of my desire to drive positive change in the Jacksonville community,” said Knight. “The Public Policy Institute gave me the skills to identify, analyze, and create ethical, effective policy while connecting me with the opportunity to practice those skills on The Hill within the House of Representatives.”
Now, Knight is currently a Policy Associate at Husch Blackwell Strategies and serves as the founding Community Engagement and Partnership Chair of the Public Policy Alumni Network. Knight is connected with local, state, and federal policy communities and is a champion of several social justice initiatives through public policy advocacy.
“As I grow within the policy field, I look forward to returning to Jacksonville to encourage the adoption of excellent public policy," Knight added. "This will allow Jacksonville to reach its full potential and become a city in which all its citizens flourish."