Board Member and Senior Fellow; Former Senator from Maine
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan G. Blair is a BPC senior counselor. He is an internationally-recognized expert and leader in public policy and administration, with more than 30-years of experience in top leadership positions in the nonprofit, governmental—including executive and legislative branches—and regulatory sectors.
Co-Founder; Former Senate Majority Leader
Rick Dearborn is a senior fellow for BPC's Campus Free Expression Project. For the past thirty years Dearborn has served two U.S. Presidents, six U.S. Senators, a premier think tank and a major trade association on Capitol Hill.
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.
Senior Fellow; Former Secretary of Agriculture
Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Nebraska
David Heineman is a member of BPC's Governors' Council. He is the longest serving governor in Nebraska history, serving from 2005-2015. He is a former chair of the National Governors Association.
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.
Beverly G. Hudnut
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.
Christopher Thomas is a fellow with BPC’s Democracy Project. Thomas is retired from the Michigan Department of State on June 30, 2017 after 40 years of election administration service, which included 36 years as Michigan’s Director of Elections.
Donald R. Wolfensberger
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.
John C. Fortier
Director of Governmental Studies
John C. Fortier is Director of Governmental Studies. 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.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Michele Nellenbach is director of BPC’s strategic initiatives. 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.
Director of the Congress Project
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.