Justin Schardin is a BPC fellow and the former director of BPC’s Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative. Prior to joining BPC in January 2013, he served as a senior policy advisor for former Senator Kent Conrad. In that capacity, he handled Banking Committee issues for the senator.
Schardin was also a legislative assistant for former Senator Byron Dorgan, and helped Dorgan establish the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute in 2011. Schardin founded a web design and software company in 1996 in Fargo, ND that he grew to 65 employees in 10 years. A longtime radio host, he left Fargo in 2007 to cover the Iowa caucuses for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He then worked in 2008 as an organizer in several states for Obama for America.
Schardin graduated from Boston University with degrees in economics and political science