Health Care & Economic Expert
Dr. Robert A. Book is a health economist, and Senior Research Director at Health Systems Innovation Network, LLC, where he works primarily on economic and statistical modeling of the effects of health care reform, primarily through the lens of the effects of changes in the law on the incentives faced by individuals, employers, providers, and insurers.
Director of Regulatory Policy
Dan Bosch is the Director of Regulatory Policy at the American Action Forum.
Donald Bruce is the Douglas and Brenda Horne Professor of Business in the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He holds a B.A. with honors in economics from Drew University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University.
Director of Energy Policy
Ewelina Czapla is the Director of Energy Policy at the American Action Forum.
Michele Davis is a Partner at the Brunswick Group, a global corporate communications advisory firm. She has broad experience in formulating and communicating economic policy, having worked in the Administration of George W. Bush and in the Congressional leadership.
For two decades Douglas L. Faulkner has been a leader in expanding the global use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is President and Founder of Leatherstocking LLC, a clean-technology advisory firm that draws inspiration and its name from the classic early-American frontier novels by James Fenimore Cooper. The firm provides advice on global business strategy where politics, diplomacy, trade, technology, finance and science overlap. Mr. Faulkner offers guidance on sustainable partnerships for business development as well as pathways through federal and state governments for assistance.
Emil H. Frankel
Emil H. Frankel is a transportation expert and currently an independent consultant on transportation policy and public management issues.
Paul Gessing became the first full-time President of the Rio Grande Foundation in March of 2006. Since joining the Foundation, Gessing has been a prominent voice for limited government and individual liberties in policy areas including: Constitutional liberties, taxes, health care, education, and transportation.
Labor Market Expert
Ben Gitis is the former Director of Labor Market Policy at the American Action Forum.
Senior Regulatory Policy Analyst
Dan Goldbeck is a Senior Research Analyst for Regulatory Policy at the American Action Forum.
Rick Grafmeyer is a partner at Capitol Tax Partners, Washington’s largest independent consulting firm specializing in tax legislative and regulatory matters.
Lisa Graham Keegan
Lisa Graham Keegan has spent 11 years as Principal Partner at the Keegan Company, where she consults, writes, and speaks on critical issues and emerging markets in American education.
Sally Gray Lovejoy
Sally Gray Lovejoy served for eighteen years on the House Education and the Workforce Committee before she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Education Attaché to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in May, 2006.
Director of Fiscal Policy
Gordon Gray is the Director of Fiscal Policy at the American Action Forum.
Sarah Hale Smith
Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Smith is the Chief Operating Officer at the American Action Forum.
Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education at Stanford University. A leader in the development of the economic analysis of educational issues, his research spans the impact on achievement of teacher quality, high-stakes accountability, and class-size reduction. He pioneered measuring teacher quality on the basis of student achievement, the foundation for current research into the value-added evaluations of teachers and schools. His work on school efficiency is central to debates about school finance adequacy and equity; his analyses of the economic impact of school outcomes motivate both national and international educational policy design.
Former Director of Defense Analysis
Rachel Hoff is the Policy Director of the Ronald Reagan Institute.
Director of Health Care Policy
Christopher Holt is the Director of Health Care Policy at the American Action Forum.
Director of Technology and Innovation Policy
Jennifer Huddleston is the Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum.
Former Health Care Policy Analyst
Jonathan Keisling is a former Health Care Policy Analyst at the American Action Forum.
The Honorable Holly Kuzmich is the Vice President of Margaret Spellings and Company, a public policy and strategic consulting firm. Led by former U.S. Secretary of Education and White House Domestic Policy Advisor Margaret Spellings, the firm's experts offer decades of experience developing public policy and strategies on national, state, and local issues. Kuzmich has deep policy knowledge in education—from preschool and early reading to higher education—and extensive experience in legislative issues. She is a leading authority on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) from inception to implementation.
The Honorable Lauren Maddox is a Senior Policy Advisor at Holland & Knight, providing clients with strategic and crisis communications experience, a global perspective on education policy, in-depth knowledge of how federal policy is shaped at the most senior levels of government, and extensive legislative and executive branch contacts. Lauren served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education from September 2006 to November 2008. She was the primary communications advisor to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on K-12 and higher education matters, and the top strategist on outreach to opinion leaders and the stakeholder community.
Mark R. Maddox has held a variety of senior strategic policy, communications, and political positions during his 25-year career, and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Arcadian Networks, where he serves as chief strategist on government policy and as a member of the executive team. He is currently a member of the Gridwise Alliance Board of Directors.
Doug Mesecar has served in senior operational and policy roles at leading education companies, the U.S. Department of Education, and in Congress. His cross-cutting expertise ranges from curriculum development and education technology, to teaching and public policy, with a strong focus on the use of data in every role. Doug currently is Senior Vice President of Blended Learning Solutions for EdisonLearning. In addition, Doug continues to write on important education topics like government markets and performance based funding.
Former Director of Financial Services Policy
Meghan Milloy is the former Director of Financial Services Policy at the American Action Forum.
Tara O'Neill Hayes
Director of Human Welfare Policy
Tara O'Neill Hayes is the Director of Human Welfare Policy at the American Action Forum.
Former Director of Technology and Innovation Policy
Will Rinehart is Former Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum.
Harvey S. Rosen is the John L. Weinberg Professor of Economics and Business Policy at Princeton University. He was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Rosen has been a member of Princeton's Department of Economics since 1974. He served as Chairman of the Department from 1993 to 1996, and has been Co-Director of the Center for Economic Policy Studies since 1993. In 1986 he was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society.
Health Care Expert
Shalla Ross is President of the Ross Group, LLC and has extensive experience in the health care policy space, having guided a wide array of health industry and provider clients through the policy making and political process. She provides her clients with comprehensive policy analysis and solutions to complex issues. She concentrates on health care, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the budget.
Health Care Expert
Conor previously served as AAF's Senior Health Care Data Analyst. He previously worked as a Statistician at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
Labor Market Policy Data Analyst
Isabel Soto is the Labor Market Policy Data Analyst at the American Action Forum.
Former Health Care Data Analyst
Andrew Cutler Strohman is the Former Health Care Data Analyst at the American Action Forum.
Former Director of Immigration and Trade Policy
Jacqueline Varas is the Former Director of Immigration and Trade Policy at the American Action Forum.
Director of Financial Services Policy
Thomas Wade is the Director of Financial Services Policy at the American Action Forum.