Staff

Leadership

Kevin Turpin II

President

Kevin Turpin II is the president of National Journal. As the former senior vice president of National Journal, Turpin led the product development, strategy research, digital, and marketing teams. In this role, he oversaw product research, evaluated potential partnerships, and established operational infrastructure for the new product pipeline. For more than a decade working at National Journal, Turpin has produced successful proposals to increase profit margins, identified efficiencies in vendor relationships, and created new revenue lines for the organization. Turpin also built a strategic advisory group of 60 government affairs executives from Fortune 100 corporations and influential trade associations; resulting in the launch of National Journal’s Leadership Council. He is also responsible for the launch of Policy Brands Roundtable and the Network Science Initiative. He began his career gaining deep insights into the Washington media market and the needs of public policy professionals while serving in roles ranging from sales to manager of signature National Journal products such as The Hotline. A proud Hoya, Turpin is a graduate of Georgetown University

Afzal Bari

Vice President, Strategy & Operations

Afzal Bari serves as the vice president of strategy and operations, where he oversees the product development, marketing, events, operations, the Presentation Center, and the Leadership Council's research functions. Afzal was previously a lead technology analyst at Bloomberg Government and advisor to several startups. He also spent five years with the Corporate Executive Board in its technology practice and its sales operations consulting division. Afzal holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland College Park. He lives in Chevy Chase, Md. with his wife Sofia and their two young children.

Katie Collins

Chief Business Development Officer

Katie Collins is the chief business development officer of National Journal. In this role, she manages the company’s relationships with heads of government affairs at Fortune 500 companies and leaders of industry trade associations and oversees business development strategy.

In her previous role as vice president of development, Katie successfully launched the Network Science Initiative and managed National Journal’s strategic advertising relationships. She also helped lead the transition of National Journal’s client base from individual subscriptions to organizational memberships as National Journal shifted from a media company to a consulting model providing research and advisory services.

Katie’s prior experience spans nearly 15 years in business development and advocacy at National Journal, Corporate Executive Board, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Katie is a graduate of Georgetown University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.

Chris Dornfeld

Vice President, Digital Strategy

Chris Dornfeld is vice president of digital strategy at National Journal, where he’s responsible for crafting and executing the vision for NJ’s interactive offerings as head of the digital products team. Prior to National Journal, Chris held senior leadership roles in engineering and analytics at Manifest and co-founded a DC-based web development firm. Chris holds a B.S. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon and is widely recognized for typing very fast and very loud. He lives in Washington.

Michael Gottlieb

President of Ballast Research

Michael D. Gottlieb is President and General Counsel of Ballast Research and Chair of the National Policymakers’ Network. A veteran of both Republican and Democratic administrations, Mr. Gottlieb has served every branch of federal government in his career as an attorney and policy adviser.

Most recently, Mr. Gottlieb served as Special Assistant and Associate White House Counsel to President Barack Obama. While at the White House, Mr. Gottlieb advised the President, Vice President, and senior White House advisers on a range of national policy issues, including those related to transportation and infrastructure, national defense and homeland security, privacy and technology, immigration, healthcare, and civil rights. He has worked on behalf of the President with every federal agency, either on specific questions of law and policy or in the implementation of government-wide executive actions and directions.

Prior to his work at the White House, Mr. Gottlieb practiced law before the United States Supreme Court and clerked for the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by President George W Bush. Mr. Gottlieb also worked in the executive branch under the Bush administration and spent several years consulting in the healthcare sector. He has taught at a variety of colleges and universities.

Mr. Gottlieb is a Captain in the United States Air Force Reserve Corps, currently stationed at the Pentagon, and a Reserve Officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, currently patrolling in the 6th District. He holds graduate and professional degrees from Yale Law School, Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Yale College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of London. He has been honored with awards from the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission, the LGBT Bar Association, the United States Air Force Air University, and Judge Advocate General’s School. He is married to Ari Shapiro, host of All Things Considered.

 
 

Luke Hartig

Executive Director, Network Science Initiative

Luke Hartig is executive director of National Journal’s Network Science Initiative.

Prior to joining National Journal, Luke served as senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council (NSC), where he was responsible for advising White House leadership on counterterrorism matters, co-managing the NSC’s counterterrorism policy and analysis team, and coordinating U.S. Government counterterrorism policy and programs. Luke previously served as the deputy director for counterterrorism operations and as a foreign affairs specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Luke has also served in various positions with the State Department, Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, and San Diego County. Luke began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.

Luke holds a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in international relations from Boston University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and was named a Next Generation Leader by the Center for a New American Security in 2013.

Luke lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons.

Gina Kim

General Manager, Presentation Center and Research

Gina Kim is general manager of Presentation Center and Research at National Journal. In this role, she provides the vision and drives the strategy for the product suite, leading a team of content producers and managers. Gina previously spent five years at Grant Thornton, including four years as director of public policy and external affairs. Gina also served as research director at CEB, managing quantitative and best-practice research studies for senior-most finance executives. During a six-year tenure at The NASDAQ Stock Market, she held a variety of research and strategy positions, including roles in the corporate client group and office of the vice chairman. Gina holds a master's degree in labor economics from Cornell University, where she was a Sage Graduate Fellow, and a bachelor's degree in economics from Bryn Mawr College. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two daughters.

Lesley Martinez

Managing Director, Marketing

Lesley Martinez is managing director of marketing at National Journal where she is responsible for developing NJ’s marketing strategy and vision and overseeing marketing operations and events. Prior to National Journal, Lesley spent six years at CEB where she managed demand generation, acquisition marketing, and retention strategies for their finance clients both in the large enterprise and smb space. Prior to CEB she was at The Chronicle of Higher Education/The Chronicle of Philanthropy managing marketing efforts for corporate advertisers and new product launches. Lesley is a D.C. native and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

Tyler Matuella

Director of Finance & Sales Analytics

Tyler Matuella serves as the director of finance and sales analytics, where he oversees FP&A, strategy, and sales analytics for National Journal. Tyler was previously a finance & sales operations manager at Decision Lens, which offers a SaaS-based, enterprise resource prioritization and optimization solution. He started his career at KippsDeSanto Investment Bank as an analyst, working primarily in its Technology/Cybersecurity practice. Tyler holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, as well as a minor in foreign affairs. He lives in Arlington, VA with his wife Samantha.

Government Affairs

Jackie Breuer

Senior Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Jackie Breuer is a dedicated advisor at National Journal. She was born and raised in the Silicon Valley, California before moving to Washington, D.C. to attend American University. She graduated with a B.A. in international relations with a focus in the Middle East and North Africa and a minor in Arabic language. She consulted for the federal government before coming to National Journal. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Lizzy Andrew

Associate Dedicated Advisor

Lizzy Andrew is an associate dedicated advisor for National Journal, working with the federal government including all agencies and Capitol Hill. Originally from Holland, MI, she graduated from the Catholic University of America with a B.M. in musical theatre. Prior to National Journal she worked as the student engagement specialist for the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at her alma mater.

Christie Ankrum

Manager, Business Development

Christie is a manager of business development with National Journal. Originally from Baltimore, Christie graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she earned a B.A. in political science and a minor in philosophy. Prior to National Journal, she spent four years at the Advisory Board Company across a variety of account management roles. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Charlie Dillon

Senior Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Charlie Dillon is a senior dedicated advisor with National Journal. Charlie graduated from Georgetown University, where he earned a B.A. in government and was co-captain of Georgetown's baseball team. Originally from Chicago, Charlie currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Sonja Erchak

Associate, Subscriber Services & Revenue Operations

Sonja Erchak is an associate for subscriber services and revenue operations at National Journal. Sonja graduated from Georgetown University in May, 2018 with a B.A. in english and psychology. Before joining National Journal, Sonja worked at Quinn’s Auction Galleries selling fine and decorative arts. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, she now resides in Washington, D.C.

Brianna Gilmore

Membership Development Associate

Brianna Gilmore is a membership development associate at National Journal. She graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in English literature. Prior to National Journal, Brianna worked as a development intern at several nonprofit organizations around the country. She is a native of Northern Virginia and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Mookie Goodson

Product Analyst, Leadership Council

Mookie serves as a product analyst for National Journal's Leadership Council. Previously, he held internships with the Library of Congress and the NBA; he also taught for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Mookie graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in commerce and foreign affairs. He was raised and resides in McLean, Virginia.

Sarah Hofmann

Associate Dedicated Advisor

Sarah Hofmann is an associate dedicated advisor at National Journal. She attended Elon University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science and international studies. Prior to joining National Journal, Sarah worked for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and on a 2016 presidential campaign.

Aleksia Ilic Forster

Associate Director, Member Services

Aleksia Ilic Forster is an associate director for National Journal, working with the federal government including all agencies and Capitol Hill.

Mustafa Koten

Manager of Business Data and Operations

Mustafa Koten serves as National Journal’s manager of business data and operations. In this role, he is responsible for optimizing the workflow of the company’s sales, marketing and customer support divisions through the implementation and management of e-business solutions such as Salesforce, Workday, Wrike and Marketo.

In his previous role as a business data analyst, he was responsible for designing and delivering enterprise-level Salesforce implementations for National Journal and its parent company Atlantic Media. Mustafa also previously served as the manager of business data and operations in Quartz’s Hong Kong office.

Prior to joining Atlantic Media, Mustafa executed a wide range of projects as a business and systems analyst for Blackboard Inc. He has extensive expertise in working with organizations across the media, technology, education, agribusiness, automotive and nonprofit industries, including multinationals based in Europe and Asia.

Mustafa holds a MBA from The George Washington University and a B.S. in industrial engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. He currently speaks four languages and is in the process of becoming fluent in Chinese (Mandarin).

Helen Marsh

Associate Dedicated Advisor

Helen Marsh is an associate dedicated adviser with the member services team. Prior to joining the National Journal, Helen interned in the House of Representatives. Originally from New Orleans, Helen graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in communication.

Heather McKeon

Senior Director, Client Relations

Heather McKeon serves as the senior director of client relations at National Journal. In her role, Heather manages a team of dedicated advisors who serve National Journal's extensive and growing client base. In her previous roles at National Journal including director of the Network Science Initiative and associate director for National Journal's membership program, Heather assisted government affairs professionals in finding research and data solutions to help them do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.
 
Prior to joining National Journal, Heather worked for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. Originally from Southern California, Heather currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Laura Mears

Strategic Client Engagement Associate

Laura Mears is a client engagement associate for National Journal. She attended college at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she ran cross country and graduated with a degree in international relations. Previously, she worked as a legal analyst for a telecom law firm in D.C., and has also interned on the Hill. Laura grew up in Vermont, and currently resides in Washington, D.C., where she attempts to run half marathons and eat her way through every Thai restaurant in the DMV.

Mary Rood Cunningham

Senior Membership Development Associate

Mary Rood Cunningham is a senior membership development associate at National Journal. She recently graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a B.A. in history. Mary Rood grew up in Davidson, North Carolina, but now resides in Washington, D.C.

Caleb Schafer

Dedicated Advisor

Caleb Schafer is a dedicated advisor at National Journal. Caleb graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master’s in global and international studies after completing his B.S. in policy analysis at Indiana University. Prior to joining the National Journal, Caleb served as the director of Graduate Affairs for the University of Kansas and interned with the House of Representatives. Originally from Indianapolis, Caleb currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Maia Walker

Fellow

Maia Walker is a fellow on National Journal’s member services team. Originally from Miami, FL, Maia is a recent graduate of Duke University where she studied psychology and art history. Prior to joining National Journal, she served as the editor in chief for Duke’s digital publication The Standard and interned with the customer experience team at Soludos. Maia currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Grace Wisbey

Membership Development Associate

Grace Wisbey is a membership development associate at National Journal. She attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and graduated with a degree in international business. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Grace now lives in D.C.

Jack Woltman

Manager, Business Development

Jack Woltman is a manager of business development at National Journal. He recently graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in international relations and french. Originally from Upstate New York, he now resides in Washington, D.C.

Editorial

Leah Askarinam

Hotline Editor

Leah Askarinam is the editor of Hotline, National Journal's indispensable daily tipsheet on campaigns and elections.

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Kirk A. Bado

Staff Writer, Hotline

Kirk is a staff writer at The Hotline. Originally from Pittsburgh, Kirk graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master's in mass communication after completing his B.S. in politics and public law at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. While at UNC, Kirk was a research assistant in the Reese News Lab where he reported on the evolving political media landscape in the American South, the epidemic of news deserts and the impact of Donald Trump's immigration policies in rural communities. Prior to National Journal, Kirk worked at USA Today, Reuters, the Arizona Republic, the Tennessean and EdNC.

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Brendan Bordelon

Technology Correspondent

Brendan Bordelon is the tech and cybersecurity policy reporter at National Journal. Previously he worked as a tech and cybersecurity reporter at Morning Consult and as a political reporter for National Review. He hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and now resides in Washington, D.C.

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Ronald Brownstein

Contributing Editor

Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is a National Journal contributing editor and a senior editor at The Atlantic. Prior to joining Atlantic Media, Brownstein was the national affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has also served as the Times' national political correspondent and the author of the weekly Washington Outlook column. Brownstein is a National Journal alumnus, having served as the magazine's White House and national politics correspondent from 1983-1986, and then as its west coast correspondent through 1989. In addition, he currently serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and also served as an electoral analyst for ABC News during the 2012 election. Previously, he served as a political analyst for CNN from 1998 through 2004 and has appeared on the Sunday shows of all four broadcast networks as well as other programs on cable and broadcast. His sixth and most recent book, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, was published by Penguin in November 2007. Brownstein was twice named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, receiving that recognition for his coverage of both the 1996 and 2004 presidential campaigns. In addition, he is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Exceptional Merit in Media award from the National Women's Political Caucus, the Excellence in Media award from the National Council on Public Polls in 2005, and the Journalist of the Year award from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2005. In 2007, the American Political Science Association presented him its Carey McWilliams award for lifetime achievement, granted to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.

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Alex Clearfield

Associate Editor

Alex Clearfield is Associate Editor for National Journal and National Journal Hotline. Before joining National Journal in 2017 as a staff correspondent he was a writer and researcher for CQ Roll Call covering the 2016 congressional elections and writing profiles of members of Congress. He is a native of Voorhees, NJ, and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

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Zach C. Cohen

Staff Correspondent

Zach Cohen is National Journal’s Senate correspondent and previously covered statewide campaigns for National Journal Hotline. Zach’s work has been published by The Washington Post, The Atlantic, TIME Magazine, and USA Today. He has also appeared on C-SPAN, Fox News, CBSN, and SiriusXM. Zach graduated with honors from American University’s School of International Service, where his reporting and editing at The Eagle garnered multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Zach was born and raised in New Jersey.

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George E. Condon Jr.

White House Correspondent

George E. Condon Jr. is White House correspondent for National Journal. He joined National Journal at the beginning of the Obama administration, covering the White House for CongressDaily. Prior to that, he covered the White House and national politics as Washington bureau chief for Copley News Service and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Condon has interviewed nine presidents and reported from 88 countries. He led the team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the corruption of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Condon is a past president of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club and past chairman of the National Press Foundation. He is a native of Cleveland and a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Charlie Cook

Political Analyst

Charlie Cook is editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, an independent, non-partisan newsletter he founded in 1984, and since 1998, a political analyst for National Journal, where he writes two weekly columns. In 2010, Charlie was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor "a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics." Charlie served as a Resident Fellow in 2013 at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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Harrison Cramer

National Security Correspondent

Harrison Cramer is National Security Correspondent, covering defense and foreign policy issues. He previously was a National Journal fellow, and before that held internships at The Century Foundation and The Council on American Islamic Relations. Harrison is originally from Wellesley, Mass., and graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in political science and Arabic.

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Brian Dabbs

Energy and Environment Correspondent

Brian Dabbs is the energy and environment policy reporter at National Journal. Previously he covered the same topics at Bloomberg BNA. Prior to that, Brian reported on U.S. trade policy and corresponded from East and North Africa. He has a bachelor's degree from Western State Colorado University and a master's in journalism from Georgetown. Brian grew up near Annapolis, MD.

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Tom DeFrank

Contributing Editor

Tom DeFrank is a contributing editor at National Journal and was Washington bureau chief of the New York Daily News from 1996 to 2012. DeFrank was Newsweek's senior White House correspondent for a quarter century, covering eight Presidents and 12 Presidential campaigns. He has reported on the resignation of one President, the impeachment of a second, and was an eyewitness to assassination attempts against a third. His reporting has been praised as "riveting." ABC News calls him "excellent, well-connected and influential," and "legendary." The American Journalism Review rated him "one of the unsung stars of Washington journalism." And President Gerald R. Ford called him "one of the finest journalists I have ever known. Everyone I know feels the same way: you are fair, trustworthy and professional."

His 2007 book on 30 years of private conversations with President Ford, "Write it When I'm Gone," was a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller. In 2006 DeFrank won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for distinguished Presidential reporting. He co-authored Secretary of State James A. Baker III's memoirs and "Quest for the Presidency 1992," Newsweek's critically-acclaimed look at the 1992 Clinton-Bush election. He has been a student of the Presidency since 1968, when he took his first Presidential trip with Lyndon Johnson as a Newsweek intern. He traveled extensively with Richard Nixon and was assigned to Vice President Gerald Ford in October 1973. A few weeks before Nixon's resignation, he was reassigned to the White House and remained when Ford became President in August 1974.

He has reported from 50 states and 48 countries and is a former president of the White House Correspondents' Association. In 1973 he covered the return of U.S. prisoners of war from Vietnam at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. DeFrank was on active duty at the Pentagon from 1968 to 1970 as a public affairs officer. Before joining Newsweek, he was a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bryan (Texas) Daily Eagle and Minneapolis Star. A native of Arlington, Texas, DeFrank is a 1967 high honors graduate of Texas A&M University, where he edited the campus newspaper, and has a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.

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Jennifer Duffy

Senior Editor, The Cook Political Report

Jennifer Duffy is a Senior Editor for The Cook Political Report, where she is responsible for U.S. Senate and Governors races. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of Presidential, U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. The New York Times has called The Cook Political Report, "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative."Jennifer has 26 years of experience in campaign politics, the last 23 of which have focused on non-partisan political analysis. In 1985, she served as Press Secretary for the National Republican Senatorial Committee; she joined The Cook Political Report in 1988 as its first Assistant Editor. While continuing to work as the Report's contributing editor, Jennifer also was a senior account executive with Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide and an associate with the lobbying firm of Cassidy & Associates.In 1995, Jennifer rejoined Cook & Company full-time. She has served as an off-air analyst for NBC News on Election Nights from 1996 through 2012. Jennifer has been quoted in numerous publications and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and C-SPAN's "Washington Journal." In June of 2011, BusinessInsider.com named her one of the 13 savviest political analysts in the country. She is a frequent public speaker on elections and national political trends.A native of Rhode Island, Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Government from Georgetown University in 1985. In May of 2012, Rhode Island College awarded her an honorary Doctorate in Social Science.

 

 

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Jeff Dufour

Editor in Chief

Jeff Dufour is editor in chief for National Journal Daily. Prior to National Journal, he was a columnist and editor for The Hill newspaper and the Washington Examiner. He also spent six years as the D.C. editor for UrbanDaddy, a lifestyle media company. He began his journalism career in 1998 at American Healthline, then a National Journal product. He has been a panelist and guest on NBC's "Today Show," Fox News, MSNBC, "The Dennis Miller Show," Sirius XM, and WTOP radio. A Connecticut native, Jeff is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Erin Durkin

Health Care Correspondent

Erin Durkin is a health care correspondent at National Journal covering Congress. She previously was the managing editor and reporter for FDA Week covering food, drug, and device regulation. Durkin also contributed to a project at The Center for Public Integrity by analyzing Medicare Advantage data. Originally from Baltimore, she graduated from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2013.

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Drew Gerber

Staff Correspondent, Hotline

Drew Gerber is a staff correspondent with National Journal Hotline, covering Senate races. A Chicago area native, Drew was previously a Hotline fellow and before that interned at The Washington Post and the Spokane Spokesman-Review. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and global health.

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Charles Green

Contributing Editor

Charles Green served as editor of National Journal from 1999 to 2013. During his tenure, National Journal and its reporters won numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award, the National Headliner Award, the Gerald R. Ford Award, the Military Reporters and Editors Award, the Aldo Beckman Award, the American Graphic Design Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award, and an Editor & Publisher award for online journalism.

Green joined National Journal in 1997 as deputy editor after 17 years in the Knight Ridder Washington bureau. At Knight Ridder he covered Congress, the White House, politics, and social issues before becoming a news editor and coordinating the bureau's coverage of the 1996 presidential election.

Before joining Knight Ridder, Green worked as a reporter and editor at the Hagerstown (Md.) Morning Herald and a reporter at States News Service. Green, a graduate of the University of Maryland, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1992 for a series he wrote on Medicaid. He was part of teams of journalists who won the George Polk award for coverage of the Iran-contra affair and the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for coverage of flooding in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Jerry Hagstrom

Columnist

Jerry Hagstrom is a columnist for National Journal. He writes and publishes The Hagstrom Report, a daily email newsletter on agriculture and for DTN, an Omaha-based agricultural news service.

Prior to his role as a columnist, Hagstrom covered agriculture and politics for National Journal. In the 1980s he pioneered the magazine's coverage of the political consulting industry. He is the author of Beyond Reagan: The New Landscape of American Politics; To Be, Not To Be Seen: The Mystery of Swedish Business; and, with Neal R. Peirce, of The Book of America: Inside 50 States Today.

Hagstrom grew up on a North Dakota farm homesteaded by his grandparents. He is a graduate of the University of Denver and has been a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and a research fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University. He lectures frequently in the United States and abroad. The American Journalism Review has named Hagstrom one of its "unsung heroes" for "sterling work in the shadows" covering agriculture.

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Matt Holt

Staff Correspondent, Hotline

Matt Holt is a staff correspondent with National Journal Hotline, specializing in the 2020 presidential race. Before joining the Hotline team, Matt interned for NBC's Meet the Press and worked at CNN. A Rhode Island native, he graduated from American University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science.

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Josh Kraushaar

Political Editor

Josh Kraushaar is the political editor for National Journal, and pens the weekly "Against the Grain" column. Kraushaar has held several positions since joining Atlantic Media in 2010, including as managing editor for politics at National Journal, and as executive editor and editor-in-chief of The Hotline. In addition to his management of The Hotline, Kraushaar plays a critical role in shaping National Journal's overall political coverage.

Prior to working at National Journal, he was a political correspondent for Politico, where he reported on congressional campaigns and managed the "Scorecard" blog devoted to up-to-the-minute coverage of elections. Kraushaar has also served as the editor of House Race Hotline, for which he covered the 2006 election cycle.

Kraushaar has appeared as a political analyst on television and radio, including FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and C-SPAN.

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Deron Lee

Copy Chief

Deron Lee is the copy chief for National Journal, having worked as a copy editor for the company since 2006. He has also served as a correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review and as an associate writer for National Journal Hotline. Deron received a master's degree from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, and a bachelor's degree from Trinity University in San Antonio.

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Mary Frances McGowan

Fellow, Hotline

Mary Frances McGowan is a fellow with the Hotline at National Journal. She graduated from John Carroll University in 2017, with degrees in journalism and political science. Prior to joining National Journal, she was a Tim Russert Fellow with Meet the Press, and a researcher at NBC’s Washington Bureau. She is a Cleveland, Ohio native and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

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Madelaine Pisani

Staff Correspondent, Hotline

Madelaine is the governors reporter for National Journal Hotline. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Madelaine earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago in political science. Prior to joining National Journal she was a political intern at ABC News covering the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. Madelaine also participated in a yearlong fellowship at the UChicago Institute of Politics in which she studied the leadership methodology of Sargent Shriver. Madelaine currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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Mini Racker

Digital Editor

Mini Racker is digital editor for National Journal Hotline. She previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, where as a political reporting intern she covered the legislative session in Sacramento, writing stories on diverse topics such as start times for California high schools and celebrity influence in the statehouse. Originally from Philadelphia, she was a mechanical engineering major at Stanford, but also found time to write poetry and report for the Stanford Daily.

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Amy Walter

National Editor, The Cook Political Report

Amy Walter is the national editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides analysis of the issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Her weekly column appears at CookPolitical.com.

Over the past 14 years, Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. She joins The Cook Political Report after a successful stint as political director of ABC News. Before ABC, Walter served as editor-in-chief of National Journal's Hotline where she served as the political publication's primary voice. She provided regular analysis of the national political environment in her weekly NationalJournal.com column, On the Trail.

This is Amy's second tour of duty with The Cook Political Report. From 1997 to 2007, she served as senior editor where she covered the U.S. House.

A regular panelist on PBS's "Washington Week with Gwen Ifill," Ms. Walter has provided political analysis on almost every major political television program. She was a member of CNN's Emmy Award-winning election night team in 2006.

Walter was named one of DC's "50 Top Journalists" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 and honored with theWashington Post's Crystal Ball award for her spot-on election predictions in 2000. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Colby College where she graduated summa cum laude.

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David Wasserman

House Editor, The Cook Political Report

David Wasserman is House editor for The Cook Political Report, where he is responsible for handicapping and analyzing U.S. House Races. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of Presidential, U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. The New York Times has called The Cook Political Report "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative."

Nate Silver of the New York Times' FiveThirtyEight Blog has written: "Wasserman's knowledge of the nooks and crannies of political geography can make him seem like a local," and the Los Angeles Times recently called David a "whip smart" and "scrupulously nonpartisan" analyst whose "numbers nerddom was foretold at a young age."

David has served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in 2012, 2010, and 2008, and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, C-SPAN Washington Journal, CNN, and NPR. His commentary on House races has been cited in numerous print and online publications including Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and RealClearPolitics.com.

In April 2011, David authored "Better Know a District," the The Cook Political Report's comprehensive 2012 redistricting outlook. He also serves as an associate editor of National Journal magazine and a contributor to the Almanac of American Politics 2014. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, David has shared his insights into the latest political trends with audiences at Georgetown's Government Affairs Institute, the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, and American University, among others.

Prior to joining The Cook Political Report in June 2007, David served for three years as House editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis newsletter and website founded by renowned Prof. Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. In that role, David led the publication to correctly predict Democrats would score a gain of 29 House seats in November 2006. He also served as an off-air analyst for BBC America's Election Night coverage of the 2006 midterm races.

David has also worked on numerous political campaigns, including competitive races in Iowa, South Dakota, and Virginia. A native of New Jersey, he holds a B.A. in government with distinction from the University of Virginia and was awarded the 2006 Emmerich-Wright Outstanding Thesis prize for his study of congressional redistricting standards.

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Mackenzie Weinger

Managing Editor

Mackenzie Weinger is National Journal's senior editor. She previously covered national security at The Cipher Brief and reported on politics and media at Politico. Her work has also appeared in the Financial Times, World Politics Review, and The Washington Diplomat, among others. Mackenzie is a Los Angeles native and has a master’s degree in war studies from King’s College London and a B.A. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Casey Wooten

Tax Policy Correspondent

Casey Wooten covers tax policy for National Journal. He previously covered agriculture and tax issues for Bloomberg BNA, and served as an energy and banking reporter at Houston Business Journal. A Houston native, he has a B.A. from the University of Houston and a master's in journalism and public affairs from American University.

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Network Science Initiative

Diane Bolme

Policy Analyst

Diane is a policy analyst with the Network Science Initiative. She previously worked for Samuel Hall, a think tank based in Nairobi, Kenya, conducting research in conflict and post-conflict environments for multilateral organizations and governments. She has also worked for USAID, food security non-profits, and as an independent consultant for various international development consulting firms. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with a B.A. in international studies. A Seattle native, Diane now lives in Washington, DC.

Brandon Campbell

Research Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Brandon Campbell is a research analyst with the Network Science Initiative. He joined National Journal in 2018 following his graduation from Trinity College with degrees in public policy & law and history. He previously interned for Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, the Connecticut Post, and focused his senior thesis on Facebook, the 2016 election, and regulatory recommendations. Brandon grew up in Fairfield, CT and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Chuck Corra

Policy Research Manager

Chuck Corra is a Policy Research Manager at National Journal. He earned his J.D. at Michigan State University where he studied first amendment and immigration law (among others). Previously, Chuck worked as a Director of Policy & Research at a boutique public affairs firm in Nashville, TN assisting major client research projects and grassroots campaigns in clean energy and immigration reform.

Kedar Dange

Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Kedar Dange is an analyst with the National Journal's Network Science Initiative. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Mathematics and Chemistry in 2017. Prior to working at the National Journal, he was a research assistant studying mental health law reform and involuntary commitment in Virginia's mental health system at the Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy alongside graduate school. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a Master's Degree in public health with a focus on policy, law, and ethics. Hailing from Charlotte, NC originally, Kedar now lives in Arlington, VA.
 

Elliot Danis

Research Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Elliot Danis is a research analyst with the Network Science Initiative. He graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in economics and political science. Upon graduation, Elliot spent two years working as a math teacher in the South Bronx through the Teach For America program. During that same time, he also received his Master's degree in special education from Relay Graduate School of Education. He is originally from Hollywood, Florida where he once interned for the successful campaign of the mayor of his city. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.
 

Annelise Escher

Senior Research Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Annelise Escher is a senior research analyst with the Network Science Initiative. She joined National Journal in 2018 following her graduation from Drake University with degrees in economics and international relations. She previously interned with the Harkin Institute for Public Policy, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Annelise grew up in La Crosse, WI and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Rasheed Evelyn

Fellow, Network Science Initiative

Rasheed Evelyn is a fellow with National Journal's Network Science Initiative. Rasheed graduated from George Washington University in May of 2019 with a B.A. in international affairs, with a particular focus on U.S. foreign policy and national security. Prior to joining National Journal, Rasheed interned on Capitol Hill for a member focused on criminal justice reform and civil rights. In addition to working in the public sector, Rasheed has also worked in government relations offices throughout D.C. spanning the automotive and financial services sector. Originally from New York City, he now resides in Arlington, VA.
 

Juliette Hackett

Senior Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Juliette Hackett is a senior analyst for the Network Science Initiative. Prior to joining National Journal, she worked as a research and strategy associate at a consulting startup. Juliette graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a B.A. in sociology and certificates in American studies and gender & sexuality studies. She is originally from California and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Kathleen Harrington

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Kathleen Harrington is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Network Science Initiative team of National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, Kathleen worked at the U.S Attorney’s Office in Boston on a team investigating a bank for financial crisis-era misconduct. The case ultimately resulted in the largest settlement imposed by the Justice Department for a crisis-era investigation. She also held internship positions at the U.S. Department of State and the International Trade Administration’s Office of Trade Negotiation and Analysis during her undergraduate and graduate studies. Kathleen holds an MBA from the George Washington University and a B.A in International Business with a focus on Asian Studies from The Catholic University of America. She studied in universities in Hong Kong, Milan, and Taiwan. Originally from the Boston area, she is now based in Washington D.C.

Rachel Heimann

Senior Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Rachel Heimann is an analyst for the Network Science Initiative at National Journal. She graduated from Duke University in May 2017 with a B.A. in public policy and a double minor in economics and psychology. Rachel grew up in San Francisco and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Emily McDonald

Fellow

Emily is a fellow with the Network Science Initiative. She joined National Journal in 2019 following her graduation from Williams College with degrees in English and psychology. She previously interned at Thomson Reuters Special Services and conducted research on implicit cognition and evaluation. Originally from Easton, CT, Emily currently resides in Virginia.

 

Dan O'Brien

Senior Finance Policy Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Dan O’Brien is a senior finance policy analyst with National Journal’s Network Science Initiative. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in May 2016, with a degree in economics and business. While at Trinity, Dan worked as a journalist and managing editor at The University Times, the largest student publication in Ireland. He previously interned in investment banking at JPMorgan Chase. Originally from Philadelphia, Dan now lives in Washington, D.C.

Amber O'Rourke

Research Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Amber O'Rourke is an analyst for the Network Science Initiative. Prior to joining National Journal, she worked as a policy analyst at the Council on Competitiveness. Amber graduated from Northeastern University in 2017 with a B.A. in political science and international affairs and a minor in Japanese. She grew up in Virginia and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Jackie Sirc

Research Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Jackie Sirc is a research analyst with the Network Science Initiative. Prior to joining National Journal, she conducted immigration policy research as a Fulbright Scholar in Geneva, Switzerland. She previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City after graduating from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in international relations and French. Originally from Pittsburgh, Jackie now resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Andrew Swick

Policy Research Manager

Andrew Swick is a Policy Research Manager at National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, he worked as an analyst with the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service and at the Center for a New American Security, focusing on military policy and defense issues. Andrew is a graduate of Georgetown University and the United States Military Academy, and previously served as an Army infantry officer.
 

Rachel Topazian

Senior Director of Research, Network Science Initiative

Rachel Topazian is the senior director of research for National Journal's Network Science Initiative. Prior to joining National Journal, Rachel conducted bioethics research at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. She is a graduate of Wheaton College, where she studied philosophy.

Kendall VanHoose

Practice Lead, Network Science Initiative

Kendall serves as the Network Science Initiative's practice lead for the business to government market. Prior to joining National Journal, she served as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting clients across the federal health market. Kendall graduated from the College of William & Mary in May 2016 with a B.A. in government and philosophy.

Presentation Center

Adam Aldrich

Senior Associate, Presentation Center

Adam Aldrich is a senior associate with National Journal's Presentation Center. Before joining National Journal, Adam worked as a wealth management intern at Merrill Lynch. A native Washingtonian, he graduated from Wesleyan University in 2017 with a B.A. in economics and French studies.

Jacob Arnett

Senior Associate, Policy and Data Visualization

Jacob is a senior policy and data visualization associate at the Presentation Center. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a B.S. in economics and a master’s in international affairs. Prior to joining National Journal, he worked in international tax consulting for PwC. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Jacob now lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Yanelle Cruz Bonilla

Fellow

Yanelle Cruz is a fellow with National Journal's Presentation Center. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in sociology. Prior to joining National Journal, she interned at The Urban Institute, Google, Civic Nation, The Latino Victory Project, and the Spanish Commission for Refugee Assistance. In her free time, Yanelle enjoys community organizing, making art, traveling, taking dance classes, and watching documentaries. Although a native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, she calls herself an honorary South Floridian and is happy to call Washington, D.C. her new home.
 

Madison DeLuca

Associate, Presentation Center

Madison DeLuca is an associate with National Journal’s Presentation Center, where she focuses on energy and environment policy. Madison graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public policy & leadership and global development studies. Before joining National Journal, Madison served a term with the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. As an AmeriCorps member, Madison researched and wrote reports on affordable housing and budgetary policy for the Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Originally from Houston, Texas, she now resides in Washington, D.C.

August Gebhard-Koenigstein

Fellow

August Gebhard-Koenigstein is a fellow with the Presentation Center. He recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in political science and a minor in survey research and data analytics. Prior to joining National Journal, August interned on Capitol Hill and served as a research assistant for the Wharton Public Policy Initiative. August was born in Germany but has lived in Atlanta, Georgia since he was 8 years old. He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Zachary Goldstein

Fellow

Zachary Goldstein is a fellow with National Journal’s Presentation Center. Prior to joining National Journal, Zachary studied at Brown University where he graduated with a B.A. in public policy and philosophy. At Brown, Zachary worked as a research assistant in the public policy department and gained internship experience in advocacy, campaigns, and local government. He is originally from Long Island, New York and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Madeline Hanson

Policy & Data Visualization Fellow

Madeline Hanson is a policy & data visualization fellow with National Journal’s Presentation Center. She has degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in public policy and political science, with highest honors, and a minor in Hispanic studies. She is a former research assistant in the UNC public policy department, where she researched the impacts of foreign intervention on intrastate conflict outcomes. She is from Memphis, Tennessee and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Alice Johnson

Associate, Policy and Data Visualization

Alice Johnson is a policy and data visualization associate with the Presentation Center. Alice graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a B.A. in political science and French & francophone studies. Previously, she interned with National Journal and Global Policy Group. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, she currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Johnson

Research Associate

Chris Johnson is a research associate with National Journal's Presentation Center. He graduated in 2018 from Gettysburg College with a degree in political science. Prior to joining National Journal, Chris interned with the Consumer Technology Association. Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Chris now resides in Reston, Virginia.
 

Saskia Kercy

Policy and Data Visualization Associate

Saskia is a policy and data visualization associate at the Presentation Center. Before joining National Journal, Saskia worked as a public affairs intern at Edelman and in nongovernmental organizations in Philadelphia and Washington D.C., focusing on economic policy. A Philly native, Saskia graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in economics and global studies. You can find Saskia at your local coffee shop diving into a good book.

Jeanne Lee

Fellow

Jeanne Lee is a fellow at National Journal's Presentation Center. She grew up in San Francisco, California, and then moved to Seoul, Korea. She is a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University with a B. A. in English and public health. In her free time, Lee enjoys writing, drawing, and playing the piano.
 

Gabrielle Nebeker

Project Manager

Gabrielle Nebeker is the project manager for the National Journal's Presentation Center Concierge service. Prior to joining the National Journal, she was a clerk at the D.C. Court of Appeals. Gabrielle received a J.D. from Michigan State College of Law and a B.A. in history from James Madison University. Gabrielle's extended family is from Michigan, but she grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, where she resides today.

Molly Newell

Fellow

Molly Newell is a fellow with the National Journal's Presentation Center. Molly received her B.A. from the University of Virginia where she studied public policy and leadership. Prior to joining National Journal, Molly interned in communications at STG Results and worked as a fellow for social entrepreneurship at UVA. Molly is a lifelong resident of the D.C. area and is excited to continue living in Washington.
 

Holly Stokes

Senior Associate, Policy & Data Visualization

Holly is a senior associate at the Presentation Center. She graduated valedictorian from Franklin University Switzerland in 2017, with a double major in international banking & finance and international economics. Prior to joining National Journal, Holly worked at POPVOX and Market News International, covering economic legislation and monetary policy implications.

Daniel Stublen

Research Manager

Daniel Stublen is the research manager for National Journal's Presentation Center. He graduated in May 2015 from Duke University with a B.A. in political science and French/francophone studies, as well as a certificate in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE). Before joining the Presentation Center, Daniel was a fellow with National Journal's Network Science Initiative. Originally from Kitty Hawk, NC, he currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Ashley Thieme

Policy & Data Visualization Fellow

Ashley Thieme is a fellow with National Journal’s Presentation Center. Ashley is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, where she studied Government & Politics and Women’s Studies. Prior to joining the National Journal, she worked as an Evidence Project Intern at the Bipartisan Policy Center and as an intern in the Office of Congressman Hoyer on Capitol Hill. Ashley currently resides in Bethesda, MD, where she is from originally.

Paige Wulff

Senior Associate, Policy and Data Visualization

Paige Wulff is an senior associate with the Presentation Center focusing on health policy and data visualization. A St. Louis native, she graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with degrees in political economy and international relations. Prior to joining National Journal, she worked for the Massachusetts Health Connector and served as field staff for a Missouri senatorial campaign. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Ballast Research

Cameron Bronson

State Research Fellow

Cameron Bronson is a state research fellow with Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast, he worked at Brigham Young University as both a Teaching Assistant and a Researching Assistant. Cameron graduated from Brigham Young University in May 2019 with a B.A. in political science. He is a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Max Chambers

Qualitative Research Intern

Max Chambers is a qualitative research intern with Ballast who will be on the team until early August. Come fall, he will begin his sophomore year at the University of Colorado Boulder, where is is pursuing a B.A. in political science and economics.

Ronald Chan

Analyst

Ronald JL Chan is an analyst at National Journal’s Ballast Research. Ronald graduated from Occidental College, CA in 2018 with a B.A. in diplomacy and world affairs with a focus in agriculture policy and trade. Prior to joining Ballast Research, he has worked at NPR as an intern and at various political campaign positions in Pennsylvania and California.

Jason Clark

Senior Director of Strategy

Jason Clark serves as the senior director of strategy for Ballast Research. In this role he oversees the consulting, research, and new product functions of Ballast Research. He is also a senior advisor to the Policymakers Network, an organization focused on serving the needs of federal and state policymakers. He formerly held a number of positions with Ballast Research and National Journal, including director of product development, research consultant, and strategy & new product development associate. A native of Colorado, Jason worked in business consulting, product innovation, and strategic research before moving to D.C.

Rebecca Cunningham

Consulting Fellow

Rebecca Cunningham is a consulting fellow at National Journal’s Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast Research, she interned with international political risk firm Luminae Group, as well as the Office of the Governor John Hickenlooper and New Chicago Consulting. She recently graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in history and political science. She is a native of Chicago.
 

Andy Dennis

Outreach Manager

Andy Dennis serves as the outreach manager for Ballast Research. He develops and maintains communication channels to ensure an effective system for gathering research information is upheld. He previously conducted research and writing for a boutique public affairs firm. Before moving to D.C., Andy managed a Kentucky-based, youth-driven civic engagement nonprofit, where he developed curriculum and led students through leadership development programs.

Christopher Farrow

Senior Associate

Chris Farrow is a senior associate at National Journal's Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast, he worked with institutional investors to help them analyze and report on the social impact of their portfolios. Chris graduated with a B.A. in economics in 2015 from Brown University.

Kameron Fisher

State Research Fellow

Kameron Fisher is a state research fellow with Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast, she interned at the Council on Foreign Relations, University of Pennsylvania Press, and a non-governmental organization in Madhya Pradesh, India. Kameron graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2019 with an honors B.A. in international relations and Middle Eastern studies. She is a native of Los Angeles, California.
 

Christian Garcia

Associate Director

Christian Garcia is associate director of National Journal’s Ballast Research. Prior to joining National Journal, he has held various research positions in the public policy, legal, and academic arenas. While working for the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the United States Senate, Christian conducted research on economic competitiveness, job creation, and community revitalization. He has also worked as an analyst for a financial litigation firm and as a research assistant for Harvard University. Christian received his honors B.A. in government from Harvard University. He is a native of Weehawken, New Jersey.

Michael Griffin

Head of Research

Michael Griffin is head of research at Ballast Research. Michael has more than 15 years of experience leading research and product at high-growth organizations. Michael served as an executive director and chief research cfficer at CEB (now Gartner) where he oversaw global research for CEB’s largest divisions. Michael also served as chief enterprise product officer at a leading venture-backed edtech startup and founded a data-driven research boutique in Washington, D.C. He serves as an advisor to a predictive analytics startup.

Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University where he received his B.S and J.D. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with wife and two daughters.

Sean Harper

Senior Director of Partnerships & Service

Sean Harper serves as senior director of partnerships & service for Ballast Research. Sean is responsible for working with National Journal's partner organizations to assist them in better understanding and effectively positioning their policy brand among decision makers in Washington. Before joining National Journal in 2014, Sean worked as the solutions development and client delivery manager for the consulting services organizations within both of Princeton Information Ltd. and Resolvit, LLC. Sean is a native of Silver Spring, MD and graduated in 2006 from the Boston College, where he holds a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in history.

Mia Herrington

Research Fellow

Mia Herrington is a research fellow with National Journal's Ballast Research. Mia graduated in 2019 from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in economics and foreign affairs, and a minor in Spanish. Prior to joining Ballast, Mia worked in various sectors including local government, international development, and market research. Although from Nashville, she now resides in Washington, D.C.
 

Jess Kirchner

Outreach Assistant

Jess Kirchner is the outreach assistant at Ballast Research, and works with the rest of the research team to design effective communication and collect useable data. Jess hails from Boston, and spent her time before Ballast interning on Capitol Hill and with Governor Baker on Beacon Hill. Jess graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2018 with a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in political science with a minor in Middle East studies, with a concentration in Arabic.

Abigail Kleva

Senior Analyst

Abigail Kleva is a senior analyst with Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast, Abigail worked with National Journal's Leadership Council team for two years where she conducted strategic government affairs research. Her portfolio ranges from digital communications strategies to performance metrics and organizational structures. She also analyzed policymakers' information consumption habits and long-term trends for the 2017 Washington in the Information Age study. Previously, Abigail worked in healthcare management at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gabby Marzke

Manager of State Research

Gabby Marzke is the manager of state research at National Journal's Ballast Research. Prior to this role, Gabby worked as a fellow and then analyst at Ballast. Gabby graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2017 with a B.A. in gender studies. During her time there, she worked in outreach and research for various political organizations on campus and in the local community. Gabby hails from South Bend, Indiana (home to Mayor Pete Buttigieg) and is a proud Hoosier.

 

Matthew McCarthy

Qualitative Research Manager

Matthew is the qualitative research manager at Ballast Research. In that capacity, he oversees Ballast’s interview-based research at the federal level. Prior to Ballast, Matthew worked at an education consulting firm conducting and managing qualitative research for district superintendents.

A native of Massachusetts, Matthew received an Honors B.A. in history and Central and Eastern European Studies from Grinnell College in Iowa. As an undergraduate, Matthew launched an NGO in the Czech Republic to teach the European refugee crisis to Czech secondary school students and supported the development of a curriculum to teach civic engagement to Iowa high school students through the lens of revolutionary Czechoslovak history.

Victoria Nolte

Associate Director

Victoria Nolte is associate director of National Journal’s Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast Research, she conducted research in Germany, the UK, and France for her work as a research assistant at Jacobs University and the LSE Centre for Economic Performance, as well as her own academic work. She received a B.A. in international politics and history at Jacobs University Bremen and an MSc in economic history at the London School of Economics.

Erin Phillips

Research Analyst

Erin Phillips is a research analyst with Ballast Research. She holds a B.A. in social innovation and enterprise from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a minor in nonprofit studies. She currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, though she grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She has previously worked as an intern for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, a nonprofit focused on smart development in the greater Washington region, and MDV-SEIA, the regional solar industry trade association. She has a passion for public policy, especially in the area of urban development, and has written articles on various aspects of urban life for Greater Greater Washington and Green Builder Magazine.

Mike Reddy

Head of Outreach

Mike Reddy is head of outreach at Ballast Research. He brings over 10 years of experience in public affairs, local politics, and policy creation and advocacy. Most recently, he worked in government innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, advising the City of Baltimore on effective criminal justice strategies. He also recently ran a non-profit that provides post-graduate service opportunities to 200 young adults across seven countries. Mike has his master's in public policy from the University of Chicago, with a concentration on the economics of crime and criminal justice.

Meghan Sullivan

Research Analyst

Meghan Sullivan is a research analyst for National Journal’s Ballast Research. Prior to joining National Journal, Meghan worked in the office of Congressman Tom Suozzi as a legislative correspondent. Meghan graduated from Brown University with an honors B.A. in political science. She is a native of Syosset, New York.

Mackai Tapleshay

Manager of Quantitative Research

Mackai Tapleshay is the manager of quantitative research at National Journal's Ballast Research. In this role she designs, implements and manages all of Ballast's quantitative projects and systems. Before joining National Journal, Mackai ran a research firm that specialized in measuring and evaluating the impact of corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives for companies and their communities. A California native, she is a graduate of Santa Clara University, and holds an M.B.A. with a specialization in global, social, and sustainable enterprises.

 

Brooks Troiani

Business Development Manager

Brooks Troiani is a business development manager for Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast Research he worked as a business development associate for D.C. based market intelligence firm, DuckerFrontier. Originally from Texas, Brooks has his M.A. in global policy studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
 

Allison Turnipseed

Research Strategist

Allison Turnipseed is a research strategist with Ballast Research. Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, she is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in public policy and management. Allison joined Ballast Research in January of 2019 after completing an internship in Washington D.C. with the United States House of Representatives.

Teddy Ulin

Associate Consultant

Teddy is an associate consultant at Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast, he worked on the research staff at the RAND Corporation focusing primarily on disaster recovery in Puerto Rico and U.S. security and defense in Africa. Teddy attended UCLA, graduating with a B.A. in global studies and a minor in entrepreneurship.

 

Charlie Van Doren

Associate Consultant

Charlie is an associate consultant at Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast, he worked as an associate in BP's division of Communications and External Affairs. Charlie attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.
 

Kares Vanderpuye

Consulting Analyst

Kares is a consulting analyst for National Journal’s Ballast Research. Prior to joining National Journal, she worked at a digital media publishing firm and a litigation law office. Kares graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in government and African and African-American studies. Kares grew up in the Northern Virginia area.
 

Digital

Christopher Hedrick

Web Developer

Christopher is a Web Developer at National Journal. Just before coming to National Journal, he worked at Novetta as a Full Stack Developer working with large datasets. Currently resides in-between DC and Virginia, where he enjoys exploring different restaurants, and visiting different MeetUp groups centered around Tech and Programming.
 

Adrian Sharpe

Web Developer

Adrian Sharpe is a web developer at National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, Adrian attended Tufts University in Medford, MA where he majored in computer science. Originally from London, Canada, he currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Salam Tessema

Junior Digital Project Manager

Salam is a junior digital project manager at National Journal. A Pacific Northwest native, she was raised in Portland, Oregon and received her bachelor's degree in international studies from Seattle University. Prior to joining National Journal, Salam worked in a variety of project coordination and operations roles in the travel and hospitality industries. She currently resides in Arlington, VA.

Robert Townley

Senior Web Developer & Interactive Lead

Robert Townley is a developer for National Journal, focusing primarily on the stability and development of National Journal’s in-house content management system, and laying the groundwork for innovative future products and offerings. Prior to joining National Journal, he ran a children’s educational organization in his hometown of New York City. Outside of work, he enjoys photography, classical guitar, and listening to science fiction audiobooks while cleaning the house.

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Jesse Chimes

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Jesse Chimes is National Journal’s marketing manager. He helps develop and implement strategies to expand National Journal’s membership base and strengthen its brand positioning. In previous roles, he led marketing strategy for a national healthcare association, managed digital content for a nonprofit founded by Microsoft, and produced a major market talk show for CBS Radio.

Jesse grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., graduated from American University in the District, and has no immediate plans to see what other cities actually look like.

Lindsey McGrath

Marketing Operations Associate

Lindsey McGrath is a marketing operations associate. Lindsey graduated from the College of Charleston in May 2019 with a B.A. in political science and communications. Before working at National Journal, Lindsey served as an intern at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and worked at a Charleston, SC based tech start up named Charityproud.

Chloe Newschwander

Senior Manager, Marketing and Events

Chloe is the senior marketing and events manager at National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, she was a copywriter at Experian’s internal creative agency in New York City and worked in marketing in Nantucket, MA.

After growing up in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, Chloe attended the University of Virginia where she received a Bachelor of Arts in American studies and government.

Shannon Paul

Executive Assistant to the President

Shannon Paul is the Executive Assistant at National Journal. She graduated with a B.S degree in Public Relations and a M.A in Organizational Leadership. Before joining National Journal, Shannon interned at Edelman Public Relations focusing on creating strategies for employee engagement. Originally from Pennsylvania, she now resides in Maryland.
 

Padget Satterwhite

Events Associate

Padget Satterwhite is an associate with National Journal's events team. Padget graduated from Wofford College in May 2018 where she was an English major and business minor with a concentration in digital media studies. Prior to working for National Journal, Padget worked as a congressional intern, as well as an intern for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina she currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Sara Stanton

Graphic Designer

Sara Stanton is the marketing graphic designer with National Journal. Sara graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in anthropology and studio art and is pursuing her master’s degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Prior to joining National Journal, Sara led her own graphic design studio. She grew up in New Hampshire and currently lives in Alexandria, VA.
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