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Economy

Author: Steve Bell

Steve Bell

Senior Advisor; Former Staff Director of the Senate Budget Committee

Steve Bell is a BPC fellow, having previously served as senior director of economic policy. He worked 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: 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: Alice M. Rivlin

Alice M. Rivlin

Co-Chair, Debt Reduction Task Force; Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Alice M. Rivlin co-chairs BPC’s Debt Reduction Task Force. She was director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in the first Clinton administration and served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996 to 1999.

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Author: Kent Conrad

Kent Conrad

Co-Chair, Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings; Former Senator from North Dakota

Kent Conrad co-chairs BPC’s Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. As a former senator from North Dakota, he was chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Conrad was a member of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

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Author: James B. Lockhart, III

James B. Lockhart, III

Co-Chair, Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings; Former Director of FHFA

James B. Lockhart III co-chairs BPC’s Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. He is vice chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC. Lockhart previously served as the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

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Author: Arnold Punaro

Arnold Punaro

Fellow; Former Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee

Major General Arnold L. Punaro, USMC (ret.) is a BPC fellow and member of its Task Force on Defense Budget and Strategy. As CEO of the Punaro Group, he consults for Fortune 100 companies on strategy related to the federal budget, government relations, business risk analysis, and compliance.

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Author: G. William Hoagland

G. William Hoagland

Senior Vice President

G. William Hoagland is a BPC 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: Sandy Davis

Sandy Davis

Senior Advisor

Edward “Sandy” Davis is a senior advisor with BPC’s Economic Policy Project. He joined BPC after over three decades of experience working for Congress on federal budget issues.

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Author: Shai Akabas

Shai Akabas

Director of Fiscal Policy

Shai Akabas is BPC's director of fiscal policy. He joined BPC in 2010 and staffed the Domenici-Rivlin Debt Reduction Task Force that year. He also assisted Jerome H. Powell in his work on the federal debt limit in 2011.

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Author: Kenneth Megan

Kenneth Megan

Senior Policy Analyst

Kenneth Megan serves as a senior policy analyst for BPC's Economic Policy Project. Prior to BPC, Megan served as an economic fellow at Third Way where he analyzed labor market trends and higher education policy.

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Expert

Timothy Shaw

Senior Policy Analyst

Timothy Shaw is a senior policy analyst for BPC’s Economic Policy Project. Prior to joining BPC, Shaw was a senior analyst at the Government Accountability Office, where he prepared reports for Congress.

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Energy

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: 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: Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden

Co-Chair, Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative; Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Michael Hayden co-chairs BPC’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative. As former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions, and capabilities of America’s adversaries.

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Author: Curt Hébert

Curt Hébert

Co-Chair, Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative; Former Chairman of FERC

Curt Hébert co-chairs BPC’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative. He served four years in Washington as a presidential appointee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Author: Susan Tierney

Susan Tierney

Co-Chair, Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative; Former Energy Assistant Secretary for Policy

Susan Tierney co-chairs BPC’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative. A former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Energy, she is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries.

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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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Author: Brad Townsend

Brad Townsend

Associate Director for Energy Innovation

Brad Townsend is associate director for energy innovation for BPC’s Energy Project. Prior to joining BPC in September 2015, he was the program director for OurEnergyPolicy.org, managing relationships with partners, federal agencies, and congressional offices.

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Author: Blair Beasley

Blair Beasley

Senior Policy Analyst

Blair Beasley is a senior policy analyst with BPC’s Energy Project. Prior to joining BPC in 2013, Beasley worked as a research assistant at Resources for the Future. Her work focused on federal policies impacting the electricity sector.

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Author: Erin Smith

Erin Smith

Policy Analyst

Erin Smith is a policy analyst for BPC’s Energy Project. Prior to joining BPC, she worked as a research assistant at University of California Berkeley, where her work focused on greenhouse gas accounting methods in biofuel policies.

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Finance

Author: Martin Neil Baily

Martin Neil Baily

Co-Chair, Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative; Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

Martin Neil Baily co-chairs BPC’s Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative. He is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at The Brookings Institution, where he holds the Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Development.

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Author: Phillip L. Swagel

Phillip L. Swagel

Co-Chair, Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative; Former Treasury Assistant Secretary

Phillip L. Swagel co-chairs BPC’s Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative. He is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses on international economics. Swagel is also a senior fellow at the Milken Institute and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Author: Justin Schardin

Justin Schardin

Director of the Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative

Justin Schardin is the 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: Ashmi Sheth

Ashmi Sheth

Policy Analyst

Ashmi Sheth is a policy analyst with BPC’s Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative. Prior to joining BPC, Sheth was an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked in both financial markets and advisory forensics services.

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Infrastructure

Author: Sarah Kline

Sarah Kline

Fellow

Sarah Kline is a BPC fellow. She is a recognized leader in transportation policy, with a specialty in public transportation and transit-oriented development. Kline previously served as the director of policy and government relations for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

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Author: Andy Winkler

Andy Winkler

Senior Policy Analyst

Andy Winkler serves a senior policy analyst for BPC's housing and infrastructure projects. Prior to joining BPC, he was the director of housing finance policy at the American Action Forum, working to advance comprehensive housing finance reform.

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Author: Michele Nellenbach

Michele Nellenbach

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Governors' Council

Michele Nellenbach is director of BPC’s strategic initiatives and of its Governors’ Council. Prior to joining BPC, Nellenbach was the director of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Natural Resources Committee where she directed and oversaw NGA’s federal legislative agenda.

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Governance

Author: Mike Beebe

Mike Beebe

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Arkansas

Mike Beebe is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. He served as governor of Arkansas from 2007 to 2015. Beebe’s education policies and initiatives garnered nationwide attention, and during his tenure, Arkansas ranked fifth in overall K-12 education.

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Author: Steven Beshear

Steven Beshear

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Kentucky

Steven Beshear is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. He served as governor of Kentucky from 2007-2015.

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Author: Jim Douglas

Jim Douglas

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Vermont

Jim Douglas is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council and Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. He served as governor of Vermont from 2003 to 2011.

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Author: Chris Gregoire

Chris Gregoire

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Washington

Chris Gregoire is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. She served as the governor of Washington from 2005 to 2013. During her two terms as governor, Gregoire proposed significant reforms to the state’s education system which went on to receive national recognition.

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Author: Dirk Kempthorne

Dirk Kempthorne

Co-Chair, Commission on Political Reform; Former Governor of Idaho and Secretary of the Interior

Dirk Kempthorne co-chairs BPC’s Commission on Political Reform. He served as a senator from Idaho from 1993 to 1998 and as the governor of Idaho from 1999 to 2006. He also served as the secretary of the interior from 2006 to 2009.

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Author: Linda Lingle

Linda Lingle

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Hawaii

Linda Lingle is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. She served as governor of Hawaii from 2002 to 2010. Lingle was the first Republican governor of Hawaii in more than 40 years and the first woman to hold the position.

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Author: Sonny Perdue

Sonny Perdue

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Georgia

Sonny Perdue is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. He served as governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. As governor, Perdue advocated reforms designed to cut waste in government, most notably the sale of surplus vehicles and real estate.

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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: 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: 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

Board Member and 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: Beverly G. Hudnut

Beverly G. Hudnut

Fellow

Beverly G. Hudnut is a BPC fellow with the Democracy Project. Hudnut works on several initiatives—including the Commission on Political Reform and the Presidential Commission on Election Administration—to facilitate outreach and collaboration with peer organizations.

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Author: Donald Palmer

Donald Palmer

Fellow

Donald Palmer is a BPC fellow focusing on the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. He was appointed secretary of the Virginia Board of Elections by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2011 and served as the commonwealth’s chief election official until July 2014.

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Author: Tammy Patrick

Tammy Patrick

Fellow

Tammy Patrick is a BPC fellow focusing on the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. Previously, she was a federal compliance officer for the Maricopa County Elections Department in Arizona.

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Author: Donald R. Wolfensberger

Donald R. Wolfensberger

Fellow

Donald R. Wolfensberger is a BPC fellow, and congressional scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives for 28 years, beginning as legislative director for his home district Representative John B. Anderson.

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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: Michele Nellenbach

Michele Nellenbach

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Governors' Council

Michele Nellenbach is director of BPC’s strategic initiatives and of its Governors’ Council. Prior to joining BPC, Nellenbach was the director of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Natural Resources Committee where she directed and oversaw NGA’s federal legislative agenda.

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Author: John Richter

John Richter

Senior Advisor

John Richter is a BPC senior advisor. He worked for former Senator Olympia Snowe, serving in numerous capacities in her office, including as speechwriter, deputy legislative director, and most recently as chief of staff.

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Author: Matthew Weil

Matthew Weil

Associate Director of the Democracy Project

Matthew Weil is associate director of BPC’s Democracy Project. Prior to joining BPC in February 2013, he worked at the Department of the Treasury on domestic finance issues in the office of public affairs.

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Author: Tim Harper

Tim Harper

Policy Analyst

Tim Harper is a policy analyst for BPC’s Democracy Project. Prior to joining BPC in November 2015, Harper worked for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on projects in Iraq and Libya.

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Author: Michael Thorning

Michael Thorning

Senior Policy Analyst

Michael Thorning is a senior policy analyst for BPC’s Democracy Project. Prior to joining BPC, Thorning worked on Capitol Hill for Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall.

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Health

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: 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: Chris Jennings

Chris Jennings

Fellow, President, Jennings Policy Strategies

Chris Jennings is a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is an over three decades-long health policy veteran of the White House, Congress and the private sector

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Author: Mike Leavitt

Mike Leavitt

Co-Chair, Prevention Initiative; Former Governor of Utah and Secretary of HHS

Mike Leavitt co-chairs BPC’s Prevention Initiative. A former three-term governor of Utah, he served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Author: Avik Roy

Avik Roy

Senior Advisor, President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity

Avik Roy is senior advisor to BPC. He is the President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP.org), a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that conducts original research on expanding opportunity to those who least have it.

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Author: Donna E. Shalala

Donna E. Shalala

Co-Chair, Prevention Initiative; Former Secretary of Health and Human Services

Donna E. Shalala co-chairs BPC’s Prevention Initiative. She served for eight years as President Bill Clinton’s secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Shalala was the president and a professor of political science at the University of Miami from 2001 to 2015.

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Author: Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt

Senior Advisor, Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Andy Slavitt is a Senior Advisor to BPC. Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care, business and technology.

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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: Ann M. Veneman

Ann M. Veneman

Co-Chair, Prevention Initiative; Former Secretary of Agriculture

Ann M. Veneman co-chairs BPC’s Prevention Initiative. She served as the secretary of the Department of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. Most recently, Veneman served as the executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund from 2005 to 2010.

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Author: Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D.

Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D.

Senior Advisor, President of Samaritan Health Initiatives, Inc.

Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach serves as Senior Advisor to BPC’s Health Innovation Initiative. He also serves as the president of Samaritan Health Initiatives, Inc. and as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Author: G. William Hoagland

G. William Hoagland

Senior Vice President

G. William Hoagland is a BPC 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: Katherine Hayes

Katherine Hayes

Director of Health Policy

Katherine Hayes is BPC’s director of health policy. Prior to joining BPC, she held the position of 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: 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: 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: Anand Parekh

Anand Parekh

Chief Medical Advisor

Anand Parekh is BPC’s chief medical advisor providing clinical and public health expertise across the organization. Prior to joining BPC, he completed a decade of work at the Department of Health and Human Services, serving as deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015.

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Author: Matthew McKearn

Matthew McKearn

Associate Director of Health Policy

Matthew McKearn is BPC's associate director of health policy. Prior to joining BPC, he served as the director of the office of legislative affairs and budget for the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Author: Peter Fise

Peter Fise

Senior Policy Analyst

Peter Fise is a senior policy analyst with BPC’s Health Project. Prior to joining BPC, he served as an associate attorney in the health policy practice of a large, international law firm, where he specialized in public policy development and advocacy relating to Medicare and Medicaid payments.

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Author: Timothy Swope

Timothy Swope

Senior Policy Analyst

Timothy Swope is a senior policy analyst for BPC’s Health Innovation Initiative. Prior to joining BPC in March 2015, he was the research policy analyst at FasterCures, where he analyzed policy developments and initiatives vital to the medical research ecosystem.

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Author: Hannah Martin

Hannah Martin

Policy Analyst

Hannah Martin is a policy analyst with BPC’s Prevention Initiative. Prior to joining BPC, she was a nutrition policy fellow at the Food Research and Action Center where her work focused on the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Women, Infants, and Children program.

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Author: Marisa Workman

Marisa Workman

Senior Policy Analyst

Marisa Workman is a senior policy analyst for BPC's Health Project. Prior to joining BPC, she completed her Master of Public Health with a focus on domestic health policy at The George Washington University.

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Housing

Author: Christopher S. “Kit” Bond

Christopher S. “Kit” Bond

Co-Chair, Housing Commission; Former Governor of Missouri and Senator

Christopher S. “Kit” Bond co-chairs BPC’s Housing Commission. He is a former senator from Missouri. Bond became known as an advocate for improving public housing, enhancing community development, reducing lead-paint poisoning among children in public housing, and fighting to end homelessness.

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Author: Henry Cisneros

Henry Cisneros

Board Member; Co-Chair, Housing Commission and Immigration Task Force; Former Secretary of HUD

Henry Cisneros, a BPC board member, co-chairs BPC’s Housing Commission, Immigration Task Force, and Senior Health and Housing Task Force. He served as the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in President Bill Clinton’s administration.

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Author: Mel Martinez

Mel Martinez

Co-Chair, Housing Commission; Former Secretary of HUD and Senator from Florida

Mel Martinez co-chairs BPC’s Housing Commission and Senior Health and Housing Task Force. He served as a senator from Florida from 2005 to 2009. He is currently the chairman of the Southeast U.S. and Latin America for JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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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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Author: Allyson Y. Schwartz

Allyson Y. Schwartz

Co-Chair, Senior Health and Housing Task Force; Former Representative from Pennsylvania

Allyson Y. Schwartz co-chairs BPC’s Health and Housing Task Force. She is a former member of the House of Representatives for Pennsylvania (2005 to 2015) and is a nationally recognized leader on health care issues.

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Author: Vin Weber

Vin Weber

Co-Chair, Senior Health and Housing Task Force; Former Representative from Minnesota

Vin Weber co-chairs BPC’s Health and Housing Task Force. Weber served in the House from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. He was a member of the Appropriations Committee and an elected member of the House Republican Leadership.

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Author: Michael A. Stegman

Michael A. Stegman

Fellow

Michael A. Stegman is a BPC fellow who focuses on housing finance reform and affordable housing. He formerly served for more than four years in senior housing policy roles in the Obama administration.

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Author: Anand Parekh

Anand Parekh

Chief Medical Advisor

Anand Parekh is BPC’s chief medical advisor providing clinical and public health expertise across the organization. Prior to joining BPC, he completed a decade of work at the Department of Health and Human Services, serving as deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015.

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Author: Andy Winkler

Andy Winkler

Senior Policy Analyst

Andy Winkler serves a senior policy analyst for BPC's housing and infrastructure projects. Prior to joining BPC, he was the director of housing finance policy at the American Action Forum, working to advance comprehensive housing finance reform.

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Immigration

Author: Haley Barbour

Haley Barbour

Co-Chair, Immigration Task Force; Former Governor of Mississippi

Haley Barbour co-chairs BPC’s Immigration Task Force. Barbour served two consecutive terms as governor of Mississippi. A founding partner of BGR Group, he heads advocacy coalitions, lobbies on behalf of his clients, and remains a major force in Republican party politics.

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Author: Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff

Co-Chair, Immigration Task Force; Former Secretary of Homeland Security

Michael Chertoff co-chairs BPC’s Immigration Task Force. From 2005 to 2009, he served as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Author: Henry Cisneros

Henry Cisneros

Board Member; Co-Chair, Housing Commission and Immigration Task Force; Former Secretary of HUD

Henry Cisneros, a BPC board member, co-chairs BPC’s Housing Commission, Immigration Task Force, and Senior Health and Housing Task Force. He served as the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in President Bill Clinton’s administration.

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Author: Edward G. Rendell

Edward G. Rendell

Co-Chair, Immigration Task Force; Former Governor of Pennsylvania

Edward G. Rendell co-chairs BPC’s Immigration Task Force. He served as the Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011. He currently sits on several boards, is a Brookings fellow, and teaches government and politics courses at the University of Pennsylvania.

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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 previously served in immigration and border policy positions at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and under Secretaries Chertoff and Napolitano at the Department of Homeland Security.

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Author: Lazaro Zamora

Lazaro Zamora

Senior Policy Analyst

Lazaro Zamora is a policy analyst for BPC’s Immigration Task Force. Zamora previously worked for BPC’s Energy Project and supported its transportation initiative.

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National Security

Author: Jim Talent

Jim Talent

Senior Fellow, Former Senator from Missouri

Jim Talent is a BPC Senior Fellow who specializes in issues related to defense and national security. He represented the state of Missouri in Congress from 1993 to 2007.

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Author: Thomas H. Kean

Thomas H. Kean

Co-Chair, National Security Program; Former Governor of New Jersey

Thomas H. Kean co-chairs BPC’s National Security Program. Kean served as governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990, and was the president of Drew University from 1990 to 2005. He also served as chairman of the 9/11 Commission from 2002 to 2004.

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Author: Lee H. Hamilton

Lee H. Hamilton

Co-Chair, National Security Program; Former Representative from Indiana

Lee H. Hamilton co-chairs BPC’s national security program. He served Indiana in the House of Representatives from 1965 to 1999. Hamilton was also the vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, which issued its report in 2004.

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Author: Charles Robb

Charles Robb

Co-Chair, National Security Program; Former Governor of Virginia and Senator

Chuck Robb co-chairs BPC’s national security program and Iran Task Force. He served as a senator from Virginia from 1989 until 2001. Robb became the only senator to simultaneously serve on all three national security committees: Armed Services, Foreign Relations, and Intelligence.

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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 national security program and 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: Morton Abramowitz

Morton Abramowitz

Co-Chair, Turkey Initiative; Former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand and Turkey

Morton Abramowitz co-chairs BPC's Turkey Initiative. He is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. Abramowitz, a former U.S. ambassador to Thailand and Turkey, retired in 1997 as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and from the State Department in 1991.

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Author: Eric S. Edelman

Eric S. Edelman

Co-Chair, Turkey Initiative; Former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Turkey

Eric S. Edelman co-chairs BPC’s Turkey Initiative. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Finland during the Clinton and Bush administrations. Edelman retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009.

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Author: Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden

Co-Chair, Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative; Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Michael Hayden co-chairs BPC’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative. As former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions, and capabilities of America’s adversaries.

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Author: Curt Hébert

Curt Hébert

Co-Chair, Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative; Former Chairman of FERC

Curt Hébert co-chairs BPC’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative. He served four years in Washington as a presidential appointee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Author: Susan Tierney

Susan Tierney

Co-Chair, Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative; Former Energy Assistant Secretary for Policy

Susan Tierney co-chairs BPC’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative. A former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Energy, she is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries.

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Author: Paula J. Dobriansky

Paula J. Dobriansky

Fellow; Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs

Paula J. Dobriansky is a BPC fellow. She previously served as co-chair of BPC's Stabilizing Fragile States Initiative. From 2001 to 2009, Dobriansky served as under secretary of state for democracy and global affairs.

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Author: Arnold Punaro

Arnold Punaro

Fellow; Former Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee

Major General Arnold L. Punaro, USMC (ret.) is a BPC fellow and member of its Task Force on Defense Budget and Strategy. As CEO of the Punaro Group, he consults for Fortune 100 companies on strategy related to the federal budget, government relations, business risk analysis, and compliance.

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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: Anand Parekh

Anand Parekh

Chief Medical Advisor

Anand Parekh is BPC’s chief medical advisor providing clinical and public health expertise across the organization. Prior to joining BPC, he completed a decade of work at the Department of Health and Human Services, serving as deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015.

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Author: Nicholas Danforth

Nicholas Danforth

Senior Policy Analyst

Nicholas Danforth serves as a senior policy analyst for the national security program. He completed his Ph.D. in history at Georgetown University and has written widely about Turkey, U.S. foreign policy, and the Middle East.

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Author: Jessica Michek

Jessica Michek

Policy Analyst

Jessica Michek serves as a policy analyst for BPC's national security program. Prior to joining BPC in May 2013, Michek served as a virtual intern for the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, working to monitor trials related to the unrest in Bahrain since the Arab Spring.

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Author: Sean O’Keefe

Sean O’Keefe

Senior Policy Analyst

Sean O’Keefe is a senior policy analyst with BPC's national security program. Prior to joining BPC in March 2016, he served as an active duty Air Force officer.

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