Thomas A. Lynch
Dr. Lynch holds a doctorate in Economics and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. He has special interests in the areas of environmental, energy, and transportation economics. He served as director of CEFA and an adjunct professor at FSU. His research experience ranges from working with the Center for Applied Power Systems at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory on the economic analysis of superconducting materials to health care policy issues.
Dr. Lynch was Florida's Chief Environmental Economist with the Department of Environmental Protection for 10 years and Chief of the Center for Health Statistics, Florida Health Care Administration for three years. He has served on numerous committees, task forces, and commissions, including serving as assistant director of the Florida High Speed Rail Transportation Commission (six years), staff director on the Florida Hurricane Academic Task Force (three years), and on the State of Florida 2020 Electric Energy Deregulation Advisory Commission. The Commission completed its report to the governor and the legislature on the future direction that Florida's electric energy industry should go to supply the state energy needs and to address the concerns of electric utility deregulation over the next two decades and beyond.
He also has served as the chief expert witness on a wide number of cases dealing with health care planning and finance, energy and environmental and transportation economics, personal injury, and medical malpractice. For two years, he worked as the chief economics damage witness on the Florida Medicaid class action tobacco lawsuit. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on Health Care Finance, Urban Planning Statistics and Research Methods, and Micro and Macro Economics at FSU.
Dr. Lynch has written numerous publications, including High Speed Rail in the U.S.: Super Trains for the Millennium. He frequently gives presentations and lectures to the public and private sectors and often performs pro bono economic analyses for nonprofit organizations.