Founders

Author: Howard Baker

Howard Baker

Co-Founder; Former Senate Majority Leader

The late Howard H. Baker, Jr. (1925-2014) was a BPC co-founder. He served as the Senate majority leader from 1981 to 1985. Baker was the U.S. ambassador to Japan through the first term of President George W. Bush.

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Author: Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle

Co-Founder; Former Senate Majority Leader

Tom Daschle, a BPC co-founder, co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform and Health Project. He served as Senate minority leader from 1995 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2005, and as the majority leader from 2001 to 2003.

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Author: Bob Dole

Bob Dole

Co-Founder; Former Senate Majority Leader

Bob Dole is a BPC co-founder. He served as the Senate majority leader from 1985 to 1987, and from 1995 to 1996, and set a record as the nation’s longest-serving Republican leader.

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Author: George Mitchell

George Mitchell

Co-Founder; Former Senate Majority Leader

George J. Mitchell is a BPC co-founder and co-chair of its Housing Commission. He served as the Senate majority leader from 1989 until 1995. After leaving the Senate, Mitchell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in negotiating a peace agreement in Northern Ireland.

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Board of Directors

Author: Frank Keating

Frank Keating

Board Chair; Former Governor of Oklahoma

Frank Keating chairs BPC’s board of directors. He served as governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003 and is currently a partner at Holland & Knight. Keating previously worked as president and CEO of the American Bankers Association.

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Author: Dennis Archer

Dennis Archer

Board Member; Former Mayor of Detroit

Dennis Archer is a member of BPC’s board of directors. He was the mayor of Detroit from 1994 to 2001 and served on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1986 to 1990. After leaving public office, he became the first African American president of the American Bar Association.

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Author: Norman R. Augustine

Norman R. Augustine

Board Member; Former Under Secretary of the Army

Norman Augustine is a member of BPC’s board of directors. He is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the nation’s largest defense contractor, and a former under secretary of the Army.

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Author: Paul Brest

Paul Brest

Board Member; Professor of Law, Emeritus and Former Dean of Stanford Law School

Paul Brest is a member of BPC’s board of directors. A leading scholar and teacher of constitutional law, he joined the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969 and served as dean from 1987 to 1999 before becoming president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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Author: Sheila P. Burke

Sheila P. Burke

Board Member; Former Secretary of the Senate

Sheila P. Burke is member of BPC’s board of directors. She chairs the federal public policy group at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Burke was chief of staff to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole from 1986 to 1996.

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Author: Ralph Cavanagh

Ralph Cavanagh

Board Member; Co-Director of NRDC's Energy Program

Ralph Cavanagh is a member of BPC’s board of directors. He is co-director of NRDC’s energy program. Cavanagh served from 1993-2003 on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, and he chairs the Portland-based Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

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Author: Jason Grumet

Jason Grumet

President

Jason Grumet, founder and president of BPC, is respected on both sides of the aisle for his innovative approach to improving government effectiveness. Grumet’s first book, City of Rivals: Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy, was released in September 2014.

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Author: Mark W. Heising

Mark W. Heising

Board Member; Managing Director of Medley Partners

Mark Heising is a member of BPC’s board of directors. He is managing director of Medley Partners in Palo Alto, CA, a firm he founded in 2004.

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Author: Mariam C. Noland

Mariam C. Noland

Board Member; President of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Mariam C. Noland is a member of BPC’s board of directors. She became the first president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in 1985.

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Author: Susan N. Story

Susan N. Story

Board Member; President and CEO of American Water

Susan Story is a member of BPC’s board of directors and a co-chair of BPC’s Executive Council on Infrastructure. She is president and CEO of American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

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Author: Olympia Snowe

Olympia Snowe

Senior Fellow; Former Senator from Maine

Olympia Snowe is a member of BPC’s board of directors, a BPC senior fellow, and a co-chair of BPC’s Commission on Political Reform. She was the first woman in U.S. history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress.

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Author: Julie Spellman Sweet

Julie Spellman Sweet

Board Member; Group Chief Executive—North America at Accenture

Julia Spellman Sweet is a member of BPC’s board of directors. She is group chief executive—North America at Accenture, responsible for operations in the United States and Canada.

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Author: Charles F. Wald

Charles F. Wald

Board Member and Co-Chair, National Security Program; Former Deputy Commander of EUCOM

Charles F. (Chuck) Wald is a member of BPC’s board of directors and co-chairs its Iran Task Force. As deputy commander of U.S. European Command, he was responsible for all U.S. forces operating in 91 countries spanning Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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Author: Mark Walsh

Mark Walsh

Board Member; Associate Administrator of the SBA's Office of Investment and Innovation

Mark Walsh, a BPC board member, is the associate administrator of the Office of Investment and Innovation within the Small Business Administration. He previously served as the executive chairman of Homesnap.

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Author: Anthony A. Williams

Anthony A. Williams

Board Member; Former Mayor of Washington, D.C.

Tony Williams is a member of BPC’s board of directors. He is a former mayor of Washington, D.C. and the current CEO of the Federal City Council, an organization that focuses the talents of the city's leaders on major problems and opportunities facing the District.

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Senior Fellows

Author: Robert F. Bennett

Robert F. Bennett

Senior Fellow; Former Senator from Utah

Robert F. Bennett is a BPC senior fellow. He served as a senator from Utah from 1993 to 2011. Bennett was the senior member of both the Senate Banking Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.

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Author: Pete V. Domenici

Pete V. Domenici

Senior Fellow and Co-Chair, Debt Reduction Task Force; Former Senator from New Mexico

Pete V. Domenici is a BPC senior fellow and co-chair of its Debt Reduction Task Force, Health Care Cost Containment Initiative, and Task Force on Defense Budget and Strategy. He served as chairman and ranking minority member of both the budget and energy committees.

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Author: Byron L. Dorgan

Byron L. Dorgan

Senior Fellow; Former Senator from North Dakota

Byron L. Dorgan is a BPC senior fellow and co-chair of its Energy Project. He was a congressman and senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring from the Senate in 2011. Dorgan served in the Senate leadership for 16 years.

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Author: Bill Frist

Bill Frist

Senior Fellow, Former Senate Majority Leader

Bill Frist is a BPC senior fellow and co-chair of its Health Project. In addition to being a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, he was Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2007.

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Author: Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman

Senior Fellow; Former Secretary of Agriculture

Dan Glickman is a BPC senior fellow and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform, Democracy Project, and Prevention Initiative. After serving Kansas for 18 years in the House of Representatives, he was the secretary of agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001.

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Author: Slade Gorton

Slade Gorton

Senior Fellow; Former Senator from Washington

Slade Gorton is a BPC senior fellow and previously served as a co-chair of its National Transportation Policy Project. He was a senator from Washington State from 1981 until 1987, and again from 1989 until 2001. Gorton served as a member of the 9/11 Commission.

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Author: James L. Jones

James L. Jones

Senior Fellow; Former National Security Advisor

General James L. Jones, USMC (ret.) is a BPC senior fellow and co-chairs its Energy Project and Task Force on Defense Budget and Strategy. He served as commander of U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander, Europe from 2003 to 2006.

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Author: Trent Lott

Trent Lott

Senior Fellow; Former Senate Majority Leader

Trent Lott is a BPC senior fellow and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform and Energy Project. He represented the state of Mississippi in the Senate from 1989 to 2007, serving as majority leader from 1996 to 2001.

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Author: Olympia Snowe

Olympia Snowe

Senior Fellow; Former Senator from Maine

Olympia Snowe is a member of BPC’s board of directors, a BPC senior fellow, and a co-chair of BPC’s Commission on Political Reform. She was the first woman in U.S. history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress.

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Author: Tommy G. Thompson

Tommy G. Thompson

Senior Fellow; Former Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services

Tommy G. Thompson is a BPC senior fellow and co-chairs its Long-Term Care Initiative. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Thompson Holdings, and former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and four-term governor of Wisconsin.

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Author: Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Senior Fellow; Former Mayor of Los Angeles

Antonio Villaraigosa is a BPC senior fellow. He is the former mayor of Los Angeles. As president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Villaraigosa became a national spokesman for education reform and expanded investment in America’s transportation infrastructure.

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Leadership

Author: Jason Grumet

Jason Grumet

President

Jason Grumet, founder and president of BPC, is respected on both sides of the aisle for his innovative approach to improving government effectiveness. Grumet’s first book, City of Rivals: Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy, was released in September 2014.

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Author: Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson

Senior Vice President

Julie Anderson is a senior vice president at BPC. Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Anderson served in the White House where she was a special assistant for legislative affairs, handling energy and environment issues for President Clinton.

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Author: Jon K. Gossett

Jon K. Gossett

Senior Vice President for External Relations

Jon K. Gossett is the senior vice president for external relations. He comes to BPC with more than 20 years of fundraising experience and is recognized for repeatedly leading development organizations in setting records in amounts raised and enabling non-profits to significantly increase their scope of services provided.

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Author: G. William Hoagland

G. William Hoagland

Senior Vice President

G. William Hoagland is BPC’s senior vice president. In this capacity, he helps direct and manage fiscal, health, and economic policy analyses. Before joining BPC in September 2012, Hoagland served as vice president of public policy for CIGNA Corporation.

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Author: Martha Houle

Martha Houle

Vice President of Development

Martha Houle is vice president of development at BPC. Houle has 25 years of experience in the business and nonprofit community having served as secretary of the board and vice president of development at the Committee for Economic Development.

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Author: Lisel Loy

Lisel Loy

Vice President of Programs and Director of the Prevention Initiative

Lisel Loy is BPC's vice president of programs and director of its Prevention Initiative, which seeks to reduce obesity and chronic disease, and their associated health care costs, through constructive engagement with public and private stakeholders across multiple sectors.

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Author: Elena Muehlenbeck

Elena Muehlenbeck

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Elena Muehlenbeck is BPC’s vice president of finance and administration, responsible for the day-to-day financial management and operations of the organization. Muehlenbeck, who previously served as controller and director of finance at BPC, has more than 10 years of financial management experience in the nonprofit sector.

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Author: Michele Stockwell

Michele Stockwell

Vice President of Public Policy and Executive Director of BPCAN

Michele Stockwell is vice president of public policy at BPC. She also serves as the executive director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network. Stockwell is a seasoned veteran of Capitol Hill, having served for over 10 years in both the House and Senate at the top levels.

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Author: Robert Traynham

Robert Traynham

Vice President of Communications

Robert Traynham is vice president of communications for BPC. Before joining BPC, Traynham served as Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Comcast Networks, where he originated the news and public affairs content.

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Project Directors

Author: Lisel Loy

Lisel Loy

Vice President of Programs and Director of the Prevention Initiative

Lisel Loy is BPC's vice president of programs and director of its Prevention Initiative, which seeks to reduce obesity and chronic disease, and their associated health care costs, through constructive engagement with public and private stakeholders across multiple sectors.

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Author: Steve Bell

Steve Bell

Senior Director of Economic Policy

Steve Bell is BPC’s senior director of economic policy. He served on the staff of former Senator Pete Domenici from 1974 to 1986 and then again from 1996 to 2009. From 1981 until 1986, Bell was staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, which Domenici chaired.

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Author: Theresa Cardinal Brown

Theresa Cardinal Brown

Director of Immigration Policy

Theresa Cardinal Brown is BPC’s director of immigration policy. She came to BPC from her own consulting firm, Cardinal North Strategies, LLC. Brown previously served as director of immigration and border policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Author: John C. Fortier

John C. Fortier

Director of the Democracy Project

John C. Fortier is the director of BPC’s Democracy Project. Prior to joining BPC, he was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he served as the principal contributor to the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and the executive director of the Continuity of Government Commission.

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Author: Katherine Hayes

Katherine Hayes

Director of Health Policy

Katherine Hayes is BPC’s director of health policy. Previously, she worked as an associate research professor in the Department of Health Policy at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

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Author: Janet M. Marchibroda

Janet M. Marchibroda

Director of Health Innovation

Janet Marchibroda is the director of BPC’s Health Innovation Initiative and the executive director of its CEO Council on Health and Innovation. She previously led stakeholder engagement activities for the National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Author: Blaise Misztal

Blaise Misztal

Director of National Security

Blaise Misztal is the director of BPC's national security program, having previously served as associate director. Prior to joining BPC, Misztal spent a year as a Nuffield Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University.

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Author: Nikki Rudnick

Nikki Rudnick

Director of the Executive Council on Infrastructure

Nikki Rudnick is the director of BPC’s Executive Council on Infrastructure, which aims to bring business solutions to America’s infrastructure challenges. She previously served as the director of BPC's Senior Health and Housing Task Force and the associate director of its Housing Commission.

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Author: Justin Schardin

Justin Schardin

Acting Director of the Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative

Justin Schardin is the acting director of BPC’s Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative. Prior to joining BPC, he served as a senior policy advisor for former Senator Kent Conrad.

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Author: Tracy Terry

Tracy Terry

Director of Energy

Tracy Terry is the director of BPC's Energy Project. Prior to joining BPC, she worked at the Department of Energy analyzing the economic effects of electricity restructuring and environmental policies related to the electric sector.

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