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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: 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: James B. Lockhart, III

James B. Lockhart, III

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

James B. Lockhart III is a senior fellow at BPC and 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: Jason J. Fichtner

Jason J. Fichtner


Jason J. Fichtner is a fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center and also a senior lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Author: Shai Akabas

Shai Akabas

Director of Economic Policy

Shai Akabas is BPC's director of economic 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

associate director

Kenneth Megan is an associate director for BPC’s Economic Policy Project where his research focuses on higher education financing and postsecondary student outcomes. Prior to joining BPC, Megan served as an economic fellow at Third Way

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Author: Arnold Punaro

Arnold Punaro


Major General Arnold L. Punaro, USMC (ret.) is a BPC fellow and member of its Task Force on Defense Personnel. He has decades of experience in defense, legislative affairs, federal budget, and acquisition 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: Adrienne Schweer

Adrienne Schweer


Adrienne Schweer is a BPC fellow and leads its Paid Family Leave Task Force.

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Author: Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw

Associate Director

Tim Shaw is the associate director 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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