Director of Regulatory Policy
Sam Batkins is director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum. Batkins focuses his research on examining the rulemaking efforts of administrative agencies and Congress. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hill, Reuters, and The Washington Post, among other publications. He has testified before the U.S. House, Senate, and state legislatures across the country.
Carlos E. Bonilla is a partner in Airline Forecasts, an aviation consulting and investment advisory firm. He served as Special Assistant for Economic Policy to President George W. Bush from 2001-2003. At the White House he held the labor portfolio, was part of the tax policy team at the National Economic Council, and did extensive work on aviation issues. Prior to that he was an adviser to the George W. Bush election campaign.
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.
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.
Andy is the Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist for BMO Capital Markets' Investment Banking Division in Chicago. He is a senior fellow on economic issues for the Illinois Policy Institute. Mr. Busch consults with the staffs from the U.S. Treasury, Congress, and the White House on economic and financial market issues. He was an adviser on the economy and the financial markets to U.S. Republican Presidential candidate John McCain. Andy met recently with all the most senior staff at the U.S. Treasury. He has met and advised the last three U.S. Treasury Secretaries including Tim Geithner.
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.
Scott Fleming is an expert on higher education policy and student financial aid programs. He previously served as Senior Education Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Emil H. Frankel
Emil H. Frankel is a Visiting Scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) in Washington, DC, and an independent consultant on transportation policy and public management issues. Previously, he served as BPC’s director of transportation policy. In June 2009, BPC’s transportation project, under Frankel’s leadership, issued its report and recommendations, Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy. He is a Senior Fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation and a Senior Advisor of Crosswater Realty Advisors.
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.
Director of Labor Market Policy
Ben Gitis is the Director of Labor Market Policy at the American Action Forum.
Dan Goldbeck is a research analyst for regulatory policy at the American Action Forum. His primary focus is researching the political ramifications of bureaucratic and legislative regulatory actions.
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 joins the Forum after serving in a series of congressional and campaign positions.
Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Hale has experience with a broad range of domestic policy issues, and nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining the American Action Forum she served as Chief of Staff for Representative Sue Myrick.
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.
Economic and Regulatory Expert
Dr. Thomas A. Hemphill, an associate professor of strategy, innovation and public policy in the School of Management, University of Michigan-Flint, received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a primary field in Strategic Management and Public Policy and Secondary Field in Technology and Innovation Policy from The George Washington University. Dr. Hemphill teaches in the areas of business and society, innovation management, strategic management, and international business.
Director of Defense Analysis
Rachel Hoff is Director of Defense Analysis at the American Action Forum.
Director of Health Care Policy
Christopher Holt previously served as the Legislative Assistant for health care policy to Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).
Douglas Holtz-Eakin has a distinguished record as an academic, policy adviser, and strategist. Currently he is the President of the American Action Forum and recently was a Commissioner on the Congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Since 2001, he has served in a variety of important policy positions.
Health Care Data Analyst
Jonathan is a Health Care Data 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.
Brittany La Couture
Health Policy Counsel
Brittany has a J.D. from Georgetown University where she focused her studies on health care policy, and is licensed in New Jersey.
The Honorable Lauren Maddox is a Principal at the Podesta Group, 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.
Cameron McCosh has experience with a broad range of domestic policy issues. She worked for DHE Consulting, an economic and policy consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
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.
Director of Education Policy
Chad Miller is the director of education policy at the American Action Forum. He comes to the Forum with over a decade of education policy and advocacy experience having worked on a varity of issues ranging from school choice to impact aid.
Director of Financial Services Policy
Meghan is the Director of Financial Services Policy at the American Action Forum.
Tara O'Neill Hayes
Health Care Policy Analyst
Tara O'Neill Hayes is a health care policy analyst with American Action Forum.
Health Care Expert
Stephen T. Parente is the Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance in Carlson School of Management and the Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota.
Director of Technology and Innovation Policy
Will Rinehart is Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum, where he specializes in telecommunication, Internet, and data policy, with a focus on emerging technologies and innovation.
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.
Philip Rossetti is a data analyst at the American Action Forum. As a data analyst, Philip specializes in energy policy, with an emphasis on clean energy.
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.
Director of Energy Policy
Kimberly VanWyhe is the Director of Energy Policy at the American Action Forum.