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Office of Government Relations
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Edwards Hall 213
Fort Myers, FL. 33965

Phone: (239) 590-7410

Staff Contacts


Photo of Jennifer GoenJennifer Goen

Jennifer Goen has been the Director of Government Relations at Florida Gulf Coast University since August 2005 and is a member of the President’s Executive team. Before joining FGCU, Jennifer served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Florida State Senator Mike Bennett. From 2000 to 2003 she was the first Legislative Affairs Administrator for the Florida House Finance Corporation (FHFC), where she represented the Corporation’s interests before the United States Congress, Florida Legislature, Office of the Governor, Florida Cabinet and various State agencies. While at FHFC, Jennifer was awarded the Special Friend of Affordable Housing by her colleagues for her outstanding Legislative accomplishments. Prior to her management position at FHFC, she served as a Special Assistant to Florida Speaker Tom Feeney and as Chief of Staff for Florida State Representative Greg Gay of Cape Coral.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. She was born and raised in Indiana and moved to Florida in 1990 and to Fort Myers in 1992. In addition to her employment, she served on the Florida 4-H Foundation from 2000-2010.

She has earned the designation of Designated Professional Lobbyist (DPL) by the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists and currently serves as a member of the steering committee for the national higher education advocacy organization, the Public Higher Education Legislative Advocacy Professionals (PHELAP).

Phone: (239) 590-1020 | Email:



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Jennifer Susie Wentworth
Legislative Coordinator II

Jennifer “Susie” Wentworth holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Elon University; a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Florida in Political Science and Master of Science Degree from the University of Florida in Sports Management. 

Previously, Susie served as a Chief of Staff for Florida State Representatives Robert Casey and Hugh Gibson.  She also held the position as the Director of Communications for the National Right to Work Committee.  For the better part of the last decade, she was employed in the Retail Industry at several malls locations for Jones Lang LaSalle and Simon Properties as the Director of Marketing and Business Development.

Susie was born in Charlotte, N.C. and moved to Florida when her family retired there in 1995.  She is a sustaining member of the Junior League where she served as the Public Affairs Chair.  

Phone: (239) 745-4257 | Email:



Photo of Samantha LakeSamantha Lake
Legislative Coordinator

Samantha Lake graduated in Summer 2017 from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. She graduated as Magna Cum Laude in her class. While attending Florida Gulf Coast University, Samantha was selected for the President’s Society Legislative Internship in 2015 where she worked with Florida State Representative Matt Hudson.

Samantha previously worked at the Robert Harris Law Firm for six years. She also has contributed numerous hours of community service to non-for-profit organizations.

She was born in Massachusetts and raised in Florida where she attended K-12th grade.


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