Paul Bonicelli, Ph.D. 

Senior Policy Advisor for US Senator Rick Scott (FL), Washington, DC

Paul Bonicelli currently serves as policy and legislative advisor for Senator Scott on the following issue areas: defense, foreign policy, veterans affairs, and education.


Bonicelli served in President George W. Bush’s administration at the US Agency for International Development (USAID); he was confirmed by the US Senate to serve as assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, overseeing all foreign assistance programs in the region.  Pursuant to the president’s national security strategy, Bonicelli worked with the National Security Council and the State Department to devise and implement the president’s Freedom Agenda.  The goal of the strategy was to support peoples seeking to build political and economic freedom in their countries. 


During his time in the administration Bonicelli had oversight of USAID’s global democracy and governance programs (80 countries as well as international organizations), testified before Congress three times, served as head of delegation in multilateral fora and represented the United States in negotiations with foreign governments and international organizations such as the United Nations.

He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, an MA in Public Policy from Regent University, and a BA in English from the University of Memphis.  

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