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

Executive Director, Product and Marketing Strategy

Afzal Bari serves as the Executive Director of Product and Marketing Strategy, where he leads the Presentation Center and the New Product Development teams. 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.

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

Executive Director, Policy Brands Roundtable

Michael D. Gottlieb is Executive Director and General Counsel of National Journal Group’s Policy Brands Roundtable and Chair of its National Policymakers’ Council.

During more than 15 years as a consultant, policy adviser, and attorney in Washington DC, Mr. Gottlieb has advised a wide range of clients including the President of the United States, Board-and Executive-level leadership at Fortune 100 companies, state attorneys general, and all three branches of federal government under both Democratic and Republican administrations.

Before joining National Journal Research, Mr. Gottlieb was Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Associate White House Counsel for 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, 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 US Court of Appeals for the DC 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 and 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 US-UK 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.

David Hirsch

Vice President, Revenue and Service

Dave joins National Journal as the Vice President of Revenue and Service where he oversees the new business teams for membership, advertising, events and Network Science Initiative. Dave joins National Journal from CEB where he served in a variety of management and business development capacities. While at CEB, Dave was part of the rapid launch of several programs focused on finance executives following the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley. He led the newly formed renewal team for the launch of CEB's Middle Market offering in 2007 and most recently served as the national sales leader over CEB's finance practice. Dave attended University of Maryland, College Park after growing up in nearby Silver Spring and abroad in a Foreign Service family. Dave currently works, resides, runs, exercises and eats in Washington, DC.

Rebecca Hook Katona

Chief of Staff

Born and raised in Columbus, OH, Rebecca Katona is National Journal’s Chief of Staff. She joined National Journal in 2013 after five years with a DC-based international nonprofit. In her current role, Rebecca leads operational strategy and oversees an events team serving all Membership products. A 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University, Rebecca lives on Capitol Hill with her husband Joseph and enjoys biking, cooking, yoga, reading, and drawing in her free time.

Daryl Muller

Executive Director, Membership

Daryl Muller is the Executive Director of National Journal Membership Services overseeing account management and sales for Membership services.

Before his arrival at National Journal Membership Daryl was the Managing Director of Business Development at Politico Pro. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the launch of Politico's first paid subscription model focused on providing sector-specific coverage. Specifically he managed the exponential growth and development of the Energy, Health Care and Transportation verticals.

Prior to Politico, Muller worked at the Health Industry Distributors Association, where he was responsible for the renewal of distributor membership and recruitment of new members.  Muller spent his earlier career generating new business revenue for membership programs from hospital and health systems nationwide in an Associate Director role at The Advisory Board Company.

Muller is a graduate of The George Washington University and lives in Washington, DC.

Government Affairs

Imani Bentham

Executive Assistant

Imani Bentham is Executive Assistant to President and Senior Vice President for National Journal. Imani joined National Journal from the Trust for the National Mall, where she served as Corporate Sponsorship Assistant. Imani graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. She grew up in Queens, NY and now lives in Columbia Heights.

Patrick Boyden

Associate Manager, Membership Development

Patrick is an Associate Manager of Membership Development for National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, Patrick taught middle school in northern California, with the Alliance for Catholic Education program. Patrick graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Theology and also holds a M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame.

Molly Broemmelsiek

Senior Director, Business Development

Molly Broemmelsiek serves as the Senior Director of Business Development at National Journal. She oversees the sales team for National Journal's flagship Membership program, National Journal Leadership Council. Prior to National Journal, Molly worked as a senior product consultant at Cvent, directly managing a variety of clients and providing strategic event management solutions. Molly graduated from the University of Virginia with honors and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and in Religious Studies.

Justin Brown

Associate, Presentation Center

Justin Brown is a Associate with National Journal's Presentation Center. Originally from Maryland, Justin received his B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University where he did research on a wide range of topics including social inequality, geopolitical warfare, and infrastructure development. In 2013 he collaborated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on a project studying Syrian refugee migration patterns. He also has participated in a year-long internship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In his free time, Justin likes to explore his passions in improv comedy and circus arts.

Claire Carter

Associate, Presentation Center

Claire is an associate in National Journal's Presentation Center. Prior to joining National Journal, Claire worked in Government Affairs with both the Environmental Working Group and Beacon Consulting Group. She is a graduate of Emory University, where she studied Environmental Science and Political Science.

Yanni Chen

Fellow, Presentation Center

Yanni Chen is a Technology Policy and Data Visualization Fellow at the National Journal Presentation Center. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) in May 2016. Prior to working at National Journal, Yanni served as a Research Assistant for the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School. Born in Brisbane, Australia, Yanni grew up in Boston and Needham, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Margaret Clark

Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Margaret Clark is a Dedicated Advisor at National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, Margaret was a member of the sales team at SiteCompli, a technology company based in New York City, and graduated from Auburn University. She is originally from Overland Park, Kansas and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Meredith Crimmins

Senior Advisor, Member Services

Meredith Crimmins is a Senior Advisor for National Journal Membership. Meredith joined the National Journal team in 2013 from POLITICO. She previously worked in museum development at The Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) as well as integrated event planning with Linder Global Events (Washington, D.C.).

Meredith graduated from The George Washington University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and minor in Organizational Science. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently shares her time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

Tierney Dodge

Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Tierney Dodge is a Dedicated Advisor for the Member Services team. Tierney graduated from Colby College, where she earned a BA in Environmental Science and was a docent at the Colby Museum of Art. Tierney has also previously worked in Colby's development office and is originally from Connecticut.

Leah Garwood

Associate, Member Development

Leah Garwood is a Membership Development Associate with National Journal. Originally from Leetonia, Ohio, Leah previously worked in the fashion industry as a Buyer for Von Maur Department Stores corporate office in Davenport, Iowa. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Business. Leah currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Melanie Goff

Senior Advisor, Member Services

Melanie Goff is a Senior Advisor for National Journal Membership. She served as a Dedicated Advisor from January 2015 to January 2016. Melanie joined National Journal in 2015 from DSPolitical, where she served as Senior Accounts Manager. She previously worked for Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-07), the Center for American Progress and on political campaigns in Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky. Melanie graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in Political Communication. She grew up in Columbia, Maryland and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Gordon

Senior Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Jennifer Thea Gordon is a Senior Energy Analyst for the Network Science Initiative. Prior to joining National Journal, Jennifer had been a CIA political analyst and, later, a freelance writer and TV commentator. Jennifer holds a PhD in Middle Eastern History from Harvard University and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Wellesley College. Jennifer lives in Bethesda with her husband and their young son.

Jessica Grischkan

Fellow, Presentation Center

Jessica Grischkan is a Fellow with National Journal’s Presentation Center. Building on her interest in national security law and her senior thesis on NSA surveillance, Jessica researches and produces content for the Presentation Center’s cybersecurity vertical. Prior to joining National Journal, Jessica worked with the Corporate Partnerships team at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York City. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jessica graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science in 2015.

Hunter Hamrick

Fellow, Presentation Center

Hunter Hamrick is a fellow in National Journal’s Presentation Center. Before joining National Journal, Hunter worked as a Policy Consultant intern at Quinn Gillespie Associates and as a Legislative Intern for Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. In Fall 2016, Hunter starts attending George Mason University in order to obtain a Master of Arts in Political Science. He was born in Tampa, FL and now resides in Washington DC

Christine Hayek

Director, Member Services

Christine Hayek is the Director of Member Services for National Journal Membership. Christine joined National Journal from the Advisory Board Company, where she served as an Associate Director for Membership Operations. Christine graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Music. She grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Evan Horn

Associate, Member Development

Evan Horn is a Membership Development Associate with National Journal. Originally from Philadelphia, Evan attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he double majored in Business Management and Political Science and was captain of the club water polo team. Before joining National Journal, Evan worked with The Keelen Group, the Marwood Group, and Rep. Daniel Riemer.

Cliff Johnson

Practice Leader

Cliff Johnson is the Practice Leader for the National Journal Membership. In this capacity, Cliff focuses on developing best practices research and benchmarking initiatives to elevate the performance of government affairs and association professionals. His current areas of study include emerging legislative and regulatory risk factors, innovations in grassroots and grasstops program design, and social media applications for issue advocacy.

Prior to joining National Journal, Cliff served for several years in senior leadership positions at both the Direct Marketing Association and the National Association of Manufacturers. Before moving into association management, Cliff served as research director at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), a membership-based best practices research consultancy. While at CEB, he served as an executive advisor to C-level executives on sales and marketing strategy for mid-sized organizations around the world.

Cliff holds an M.B.A. from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Andrew Keenan

Manager, Business Development

Andrew Keenan is a Manager of Business Development with National Journal. Prior to joining the National Journal team, he worked in business development for a higher education software company called Symplicity. Andrew graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2014 with a BA in American Studies and minors in Religion and Political Science. He is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and currently resides in DC. 

Kirby Kernan

Manager, Business Development

Kirby Kernan serves as a Manager of Business Development at National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, Kirby worked as a Senior Account Management Associate with the National and Strategic Accounts division of the Advisory Board Company, where his team partnered with some of the largest and most progressive healthcare institutions in the country. Before the Advisory Board, Kirby served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, where he worked as a primary school English and Math teacher. Kirby graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in Political Science.

Elizabeth Kirk

Associate, Strategy Research

Elizabeth Kirk is a research associate with National Journal’s strategy research team. Before joining National Journal, Elizabeth worked in the House of Representatives and with a political consulting firm in San Francisco. Elizabeth is a proud graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied political science, Arabic, and Middle Eastern studies.

Abigail Kleva

Associate, Strategic Research

Abigail Kleva is a research associate on National Journal's strategic research team. Prior to joining National Journal, she gained experience in management and operations at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Abigail holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alec Latimer

Consultant, Strategy Research

Alec conducts strategic research for government affairs offices with National Journal Membership Research. He joined National Journal after 5 years with the Advisory Board Company, where he researched strategy for health system strategic planning executives and hospital foundation executives.

Alec studied and wrote about the media industries and consumer-producer relations over digital media platforms for his master's degree in Communication, earned at Georgia State University. He also earned a bachelor's degree in history and ancient Greek from Wake Forest University in 2007.

Meaghan Leech

Associate Dedicated Advisor, Government Services

Meaghan serves as Associate Dedicated Advisor to all House and Senate offices, having joined National Journal as a fellow. Hailing from Charlotte, N.C., Meaghan received a B.A. in Political Science and History from Wellesley College. Prior to starting with National Journal, Meaghan worked in Member Services at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Ben Leiner

Associate, Strategic Research

Ben Leiner is an Associate in the Strategy Research practice at National Journal. Prior to National Journal, he worked as a political strategist with Global Strategy Group and as an aide in the House of Representatives. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Ben graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a B.A. in History and Economics.

Caitlin Loyd

Associate Manager, Business Development

Caitlin Loyd is an Associate Manager of Business Development at National Journal, working on the sales team with National Journal's flagship Membership program. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ross Lyell

Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Ross Lyell is a Dedicated Advisor for the National Journal Membership team. Prior to joining the National Journal, Ross worked in healthcare marketing for the Advisory Board Company. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Journalism and a degree in Mandarin Chinese. He resides in Washington D.C. and is originally from Mobile, Alabama.

Sara Mazzoleni

Manager, Member Events and Meetings

Sara Mazzoleni is a Manager for Member Events and Meetings. She joined National Journal in 2014, as an events fellow for National Journal LIVE. A Florida native, she is a graduate of Florida State University with degrees in Hospitality Management and Political Science.

Michael McGinnis

Associate, Member Development

Michael McGinnis is a Membership Development Associate with National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, Michael worked as a Sales Coordinator at Leading Authorities, Inc. Michael graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is originally from Charlotte, NC and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Heather McKeon

Manager, Member Development

Heather McKeon is a Manager of Member Development at National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal in 2014, Heather worked in the front office for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. Originally from Southern California, Heather attended California State University, Long Beach where she majored in Political Science and played water polo.

Alan Merlehan

Senior Advisor, Member Services

Alan Merlehan is a Senior Advisor with the National Journal Membership team. Before joining Atlantic Media in 2014 he served in the Information Technology consulting and marketing industries. A native of Dublin, Ireland and Accountancy and Finance graduate, Alan now resides in Silver Spring Maryland.

Owen Minott Jr.

Associate, Presentation Center

Owen Minott is an Associate for National Journal's Presentation Center. Before joining National Journal, Owen taught English in Brazil on a Fulbright grant. A Boston native, he graduated from Bates College in 2014 with a BA in Politics and a concentration in Latin American studies.

Ashley Mullen

Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Ashley Mullen is as an Associate Dedicated Advisor on the Member Services team. Prior to joining National Journal, Ashley graduated from Baylor University and worked for a year in E-commerce Marketing and PR in Atlanta, GA. She grew up in Arkansas and now resides in Arlington, VA.

Dan O'Brien

Fellow, Network Science Initiatives

Dan O’Brien is a Fellow 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.

Megan O'Leary

Fellow, Member Services

Megan O’Leary is a Fellow with National Journal’s Membership Team. Megan graduated from Vanderbilt University, where she earned a dual Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in English Literature. Before joining National Journal, Megan interned at a Washington D.C. based public policy consulting firm, in the United States House of Representatives, and at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Megan is originally from Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Alex Perry

Associate, Presentation Center

Alex Perry is an associate in National Journal's Presentation Center. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in May 2015 and is interested in foreign policy and international law. He was born and raised in New York City and is an avid rock climber.

Madelaine Pisani

Fellow, Presentation Center

Madelaine is a Fellow with National Journal's Presentation Center. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Madelaine earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Political Science with a minor in French Language and Literature. Prior to joining the 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 and the school-to-prison pipeline in Chicago. Madelaine currently resides in Washington D.C.

Reem Rayef

Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Reem Rayef is an Analyst for Network Science Initiative. Reem joined the National Journal team in 2015, after graduating from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and Anthropology. She has research experience on Middle East policy, and previously worked for a strategic communications consultancy in New York City. Reem grew up in central New Jersey and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Royston

Associate, Member Development

Daniel Royston is an Associate of Member Development at National Journal. Before joining National Journal, Daniel spent his college years interning in both New York City and Washington, DC, gaining experience on the creative side of media and entertainment. Daniel received his B.A. in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015.

Emily Sarantschin

Fellow, Member Events and Meetings

Emily is a Membership Events and Operations fellow. She grew up in Pennsylvania and went to James Madison University where she studied Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, but she considers herself a D.C. native. Prior to joining the National Journal, Emily was a communication and Member events intern for the House Republican Conference, and a technical writing intern for Fidelity National Information Systems.

Connor Skahill

Associate, Member Development

Connor Skahill is a Member Development Associate. Connor graduated from the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs, with a concentration on European Affairs, and also a Bachelor of Arts in French. Before starting at National Journal, Connor interned for the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Hill during the summer of 2015 where he served both as a judiciary intern and a press intern. Connor is originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, and now resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Daniel Stublen

Associate, Presentation Center

Daniel Stublen is an Associate 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.

Alistair Taylor

Director of Strategic Content and Presentations

Alistair Taylor is the Director of Strategic Content and Presentations for National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, Alistair was the managing editor of Oxford Business Group in Istanbul and a communications consultant with the World Bank in Washington, DC. Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, he has an AB in History from the University of Chicago and an MA in Political Science from Sabanci University in Istanbul. Alistair currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife and cat.

Rachel Topazian

Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Rachel Topazian is an Analyst 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. 

Francis Torres Gonzalez

Fellow, Presentation Center

Francis Torres Gonzalez is a Fellow with National Journal’s Presentation Center. Before joining the National Journal team, he worked as a Policy and Communications intern at The Raben Group, a DC-based progressive advocacy and consulting firm. Francis graduated from Brown University in 2016, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Emilia Varrone

Fellow, Presentation Center

Emilia Varrone is a Health Policy and Data Visualization Fellow in National Journal’s Presentation Center. A recent Oberlin College graduate, she worked in bio-medical labs in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Oberlin while completing her B.A. in Neuroscience. Emilia grew up in Denver, Colorado, and has lived in Denmark, Connecticut, and Philadelphia. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

Nora Wiegand

Associate, Member Development

Nora Wiegand is a Membership Development Associate at National Journal, working with the Network Science Initiative. Originally from Northern New Jersey, she graduated from Colgate University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in International Relations and French Literature. She now resides in Washington, D.C.

Libbie Wilcox

Fellow, Presentation Center

Libbie Wilcox is a Fellow at National Journal’s Presentation Center. Originally from New York City, she graduated from Pomona College in 2016 with a Politics major. Prior to joining National Journal, Libbie worked on a campaign in New York’s 13th congressional district. In her free time, Libbie likes to experiment in the kitchen and garden.

Christine Yan

Associate, Presentation Center

Christine Yan is an associate in National Journal's Presentation Center. She graduated from Princeton University in June 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Certificate in Finance. She has lived in California, New Jersey, and Taiwan, and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Aaron Young

Managing Director, Strategy Research

Aaron leads the strategy research team at National Journal Membership. He joined National Journal in 2011 after four years with the Advisory Board Company. He earned a master's degree in international economics and European studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and in 2004, a bachelor's degree in history from Emory University.

Editorial

Sam Baker

Associate Editor

Sam Baker is a staff correspondent at National Journal. He previously covered health care and the Supreme Court for The Hill newspaper, and covered the passage and early implementation of the Affordable Care Act at Inside Health Policy. He is a native of Lexington, Ky. and a graduate of the University of Missouri.

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Alex Brown

Congressional Correspondent

Alex Brown is a Congressional Correspondent for National Journal. Previously, Alex was an Atlantic Media Fellow at National Journal Hotline, where he covered Midwest politics. A Michigan native, Brown studied journalism at Union University and won regional awards for his writing. He moved to D.C. and joined the National Journal team in June 2012.

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Ronald Brownstein

Editorial Director

Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.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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Karyn Bruggeman

Analyst

Karyn Bruggeman is an analyst for National Journal Hotline. She previously spent two years as a researcher at a national political data and research shop. Her work has also appeared in Politico and The Atlantic. A Virginia native, she graduated from the College of William and Mary with a bachelor's degree in government and women's studies. 

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Zach C. Cohen

Staff Correspondent, Hotline

Zach Cohen is the governors reporter for National Journal Hotline. Before joining National Journal in 2014 as its digital editor, he interned at The Washington Post, Time Magazine, USA Today and PBS MediaShift and wrote about politics and government for New Voices. Zach was born and raised in New Jersey and got his bachelor's degree in international relations from American University, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Eagle, the school newspaper.

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George E. Condon Jr.

Staff Correspondent, White House

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 eight 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.

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Charlie Cook

Political Analyst

Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and political analyst for National Journal, where he writes two weekly columns . He also writes a regular column for Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and is a political analyst for NBC News. 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."

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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. "His coverage of the White House demonstrated a particularly keen perception of relationships among principals and how these relationships influenced official policy," the judges noted. "His articles were consistently accurate, balanced in judgment, and usually ahead of his competitors." DeFrank 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 also co-authored "Bare Knuckles and Backrooms," the bestselling memoir of Republican political consultant Ed Rollins.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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Colin Diersing

Editorial Fellow

Colin is an editorial fellow with National Journal Hotline. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, and USA Today. Colin grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and studied government at Harvard.

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Andrea Drusch

Senate Correspondent

Andrea Drusch is the Senate Correspondent for the National Journal Hotline. She previously worked at Politico where she covered K Street for the daily lobbying tipsheet Politico Influence and worked on the website. She hails from the Lone Star State and is a proud alumna of the Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU.

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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, Real-Time News

Jeff Dufour is the editor of real-time news for National Journal, overseeing the "What We're Following" news feed. 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 Washington, D.C. editor for UrbanDaddy, the 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 television and radio outlets, including NBC's "Today Show," Fox News, MSNBC, "The Dennis Miller Show" 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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Ron Fournier

Contributing Editor

Ron Fournier is a Contributing Editor to National Journal. Prior to joining NJ, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington Bureau Chief. A Detroit native, Fournier began his career in Arkansas, first with the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and then with the Arkansas Democrat and the AP, where he covered the state legislature and Gov. Bill Clinton. In January 1993, Fournier moved to Washington, where he covered the White House and presidential campaigns for the AP. In 2005, Fournier served as a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, where he co-wrote " Applebee's America," a New York Times best seller that examined the shared attributes of successful political, business and religious leaders. He left the AP briefly to run a social networking start up, HotSoup.com, and returned to cover the 2008 presidential race. Fournier has won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 elections and a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award. His 2012 cover story on the decline of U.S. institutions, "In Nothing We Trust," was awarded an honorable mention in David Brook's essay contest, the Sidney Awards. He stepped down as editor-in-chief of NJ in November 2012 to return full-time to reporting. Fournier is writing a book for Crown

Books based on his National Journal cover story, "How Two Presidents Helped Me Deal With Love, Guilt and Fatherhood." Fournier serves on the Harvard Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Board.

Paid speaking engagements disclosure: HR Policy Council, March 5, 2015; National Apartment Association, March 17; American Coatings Associated, April 21; American Banking Association, July 15; Florida Realtors Association, August 21; Tiger Bay Club of Orlando, August 21; Silgan Containers, Green Lake, Wis. September 17; United Fresh Produce Association, Sept. 28; and MedStar Health, Cambridge, Md., October 15; American Beverage Association, Palm Beach, Fla., Oct. 26; U.S Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 16; National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Tuscon, Az. Jan. 12, 2016; Food Marketing Association, Miami, Jan. 26; Habitat for Humanity, Washington, D.C., Feb. 2; American Resort Development Association, Washington, D.C., March 1; American Hospital Association, Washington, D.C., March 8; National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Washington, D.C., March 16; Klick Inc., New York City, March 31; American Hospital Association, Chicago, April 6; National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, Arlington, Va., May 18.

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Ben Geman

Energy and Environment Correspondent

Ben Geman is a National Journal Energy and Environment Correspondent, and has nearly a decade of experience on the beat.

Before joining National Journal he spent four years as an energy correspondent for The Hill, where he helped launch the paper's energy blog.

From 2004-2009, Ben was a reporter for Environment & Energy Publishing, writing for Greenwire and other E&E newsletters.

Ben also worked at the newsletter Inside EPA, and before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2002 he wrote for several Boston-area newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix.

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Justice Gilpin-Green

Hotline Digital Editor

Justice Gilpin-Green is the digital editor for National Journal Hotline. Before joining the Hotline team in 2016, she worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, a state government reporter at the Columbia Missourian and Jefferson City News Tribune, and a reporter for the Jerusalem Post. She graduated from Mizzou School of Journalism.

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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, Agweek, which is published in Grand Forks, N.D., and for the Capital Press, a West Coast agricultural newspaper.

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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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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Ally Mutnick

Editorial Fellow

Ally is an editorial fellow for National Journal Hotline. Before joining National Journal, she was an intern for NPR's Washington Desk. A DC native, she graduated in 2015 from Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and political science. Ally has also written for USA TODAY and the Gannett newspapers, Texas Tribune and The Star in Johannesburg.

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Daniel Newhauser

Staff Correspondent

Daniel Newhauser is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he primarily covers the House of Representatives. He was formerly a House leadership reporter for Roll Call, where he started as an intern in 2010 and quickly earned a slot as a beat reporter.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Newhauser traveled further West to study journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and write for newspapers including the East Valley Tribune and the Green Valley News & Sun.

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Ben Pershing

Managing Editor

Ben Pershing is managing editor of National Journal. Before joining National Journal in 2014, he was a reporter at the Washington Post for six years, covering Congress as well as campaigns in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Prior to that, Pershing was at Roll Call for 10 years as a reporter and editor. He is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jason Plautz

Energy and Environment Correspondent

Jason Plautz is an energy and environment correspondent for National Journal. He previously covered transportation and EPA for Greenwire and his writing has appeared in Mental_floss, TheAtlantic.com, Pacific Standard, InsideClimate News and Sports Illustrated for Kids. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, he graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and political science.

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Kimberly Railey

Hotline House Races Reporter

Kimberly Railey is the House races reporter for National Journal Hotline. Prior to joining National Journal as an editorial fellow in 2014, she covered Congress at the Washington bureau of The Dallas Morning News. She has also written for The Boston Globe, USA TODAY, and The Christian Science Monitor. Originally from South Florida, she graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she served as managing editor of The Daily Northwestern.

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Alex Rogers

Staff Correspondent

Alex Rogers covers Congress as a staff correspondent for National Journal. He previously worked as a political reporter at TIME. He is a native of Bethesda, Maryland and a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

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Sam Schwarz

Editorial Fellow

Sam Schwarz is a fellow with National Journal Daily. Before starting at National Journal, Sam held internships with the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs and at CQ Roll Call, where he wrote for CQ Weekly magazine. Born and raised in New York City, Sam graduated from Georgetown University, where he studied government and journalism.

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Stephen Smith

Editor in Chief

Stephen G. Smith, who was editor of National Journal’s weekly magazine from 1996 to 1998, returned as editor in chief in December 2015. Smith is the only journalist to hold senior-level editing positions at all three American news magazines. He was editor of U.S. News & World Report, executive editor of Newsweek, and Nation editor of Time. Before returning to NJ, he spent eight years as editor of the Washington Examiner. He has also worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer and as Washington bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle. He was the founding editor of Civilization, which won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence after its first year of publication. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he lives in Washington with his wife, the biographer Sally Bedell Smith. They have three grown children.

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Stuart Taylor, Jr.

Contributing Editor

Stuart Taylor, Jr. is a journalist focusing on legal and policy issues and has coauthored two critically acclaimed books. He occasionally practices law and has taught at Stanford Law School.

Taylor's journalistic career began at the Baltimore Sun from 1971 to 1974. After detouring to Harvard Law School and a Washington law firm (Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering) from 1974-1980, he wrote for The New York Times, from 1980-1988; American Lawyer Media from 1989-1997; National Journal and Newsweek, from 1998-2010; and many other publications on a freelance basis. He has been interviewed on all major broadcast networks.

Taylor has won numerous journalism honors and has often been called one of the nation's leading legal journalists. He is known for breaking with both liberal and conservative conventional wisdom.

In 2012, Richard Sander and Taylor wrote Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It. They have filed related amicus briefs in the Supreme Court. In 2007, Taylor and KC Johnson wrote Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Fraud.

Taylor graduated from Princeton University in 1970 and from Harvard Law School in 1977.

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Kyle Trygstad

Editor, The Hotline

Kyle Trygstad is editor of National Journal Hotline. An Arlington, Va., native, he previously served as an editor, features writer and campaign reporter at Roll Call. Before that he reported for Real Clear Politics, was a researcher for The Almanac of American Politics and interned at The Hotline.

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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 The 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, 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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Adam Wollner

Staff Correspondent

Adam Wollner is a staff correspondent for National Journal, primarily covering the presidential race. Previously, he covered politics as an intern for NPR and the Center for Public Integrity. A native Wisconsinite, Wollner graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a bachelor degree in journalism and political science.

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Communications Council

Sarah Harkins

Research Analyst, Communications Council

Sarah Harkins serves as a Research Analyst on National Journal's Communications Council. Before joining National Journal, Sarah worked as a data analyst at ARPC and was a data journalism fellow at the Sunlight Foundation. She holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

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Aleksia Ilic

Executive Advisor, Subscriber Services

Aleksia Ilic is a Dedicated Advisor for National Journal, working with the federal government including all agencies and Capitol Hill.

Policy Brands Roundtable

Mariam Aamir

Fellow, Policy Brands Roundtable

Mariam Aamir is a Research Fellow with National Journal's Policy Brands Roundtable. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and minors in English and International Relations. Mariam grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and currently resides in Washington D.C.

Jason Clark

Policy Brands Roundtable; Research Consultant

Jason Clark serves as the Research Consultant for National Journal's Policy Brands Roundtable. He formally worked as the Strategy & New Product Development Associate for National Journal Membership. Prior to joining National Journal, Jason held a variety of positions which allowed him to develop skills within business consulting, product innovation, and strategic research.

Christian Garcia

Research Analyst, Policy Brands Roundtable

Christian Garcia is a Research Analyst for National Journal’s Policy Brands Roundtable. 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.

Elise Gurney

Research Analyst

Elise Gurney is a Research Analyst for National Journal's Policy Brands Roundtable. Elise has a background in data analytics and research management, and served as Research Coordinator at an economic consulting firm before joining National Journal. Elise received her B.A. in Economics from Carleton College in 2013.

Sean Harper

Associate Director, Policy Brands Roundtable

Sean Harper serves as the Associate Director of Partner Services for the Policy Brands Roundtable. 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.

Gina Kim

Managing Director, Research

Gina Kim is the Managing Director of Membership Research at National Journal. She 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 Corporate Executive Board, 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.

Sarah Knoesen

Associate Director, Research

Sarah Knoesen serves as the Associate Director of Research for National Journal's Policy Brands Roundtable.

Sarah's previous professional experience includes both academic and professional research. Prior to joining National Journal in 2015, Sarah worked at Hanover Research where she conducted and oversaw custom market research projects. She has conducted political economy research in Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and South Africa as a research consultant at the World Bank, a graduate researcher at the University of California, San Diego, and for her own academic work.

Sarah holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Brian O'Donnell

Executive Advisor, Member Services

Brian O'Donnell is a Executive Advisor for the National Journal Membership team. Prior to joining National Journal in 2014, he worked in fundraising for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Brian, a native Vermonter, graduated from Georgetown University in 2006 with a degree in Government, after which he spent a year teaching English in Istanbul.

Suffi Qarni

Manager, Data & Insights

Suffi Qarni is the Manager of Data and Insights of National Journal’s Policy Brands Roundtable. Prior to joining National Journal in 2015, Suffi worked at the AFL-CIO where he conducted research projects on public policy and organizing campaigns. Over his career, Suffi has worked in organizational roles, on state legislative and congressional elections, and on public policy research projects.

Suffi holds a graduate degree from the George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. He grew up in Baltimore, MD and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Priya Singh

Senior Research Analyst

Priya Singh is a Senior Research Analyst with National Journal's Policy Brands Roundtable. Prior to joining National Journal in 2014, Priya worked as a research consultant for the University of Arizona, where she earned her bachelor's degree. Priya also holds a master's degree from Oxford University.

Digital

Sana Javed

Developer

Sana Javed is a Developer at National Journal, where she focuses on building online experiences and digital platforms. Prior to National Journal, Sana was a Software Developer at the New America Foundation where she built a custom, open-source content management system. Sana graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a B.A. in Government and Politics.

Rory Merrill

Junior Project Manager, Digital Strategy

Rory Merrill is a junior Project Manager for the Digital team at National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, she attended The University of Georgia earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. She grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and now resides in Washington, DC.

Robert Townley

Developer

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.

Marketing

Shannan Bowen

Director, Audience Development & Member Engagement

Shannan Bowen serves as the director of audience development and member engagement at National Journal, where she leads strategies to engage members and audiences with content, research, tools and insights. Prior to joining National Journal, Shannan was the director of audience engagement at The Hill, where she led social media and digital engagement strategies focused on audience growth. And before that, she served as the editorial and audience development manager for Atlantic Media Strategies, the in-house digital consultancy of The Atlantic. Shannan began her career as a journalist in North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she has a Master's in Media Entrepreneurship from American University.

Jennifer Koper

Senior Director, Marketing

Jennifer serves as the senior director of marketing at National Journal, where she develops and executes marketing strategies that drive member engagement, reach new audiences, increase sales revenue and improve overall Brand equity.   She is responsible for developing product positioning guidelines and creating marketing strategies to launch new products, generate sales leads and improve Member retention.

Prior to National Journal, Jennifer worked at The Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation where she led the development of digital strategies focused on revenue growth and engagement.  Before joining the National Wildlife Federation, she worked at local software and internet organizations in several roles including Brand Strategy, Advertising Sales Strategy, Account Management, Demand Generation and Channel Marketing.   Jennifer lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband Chris.

Madeline Meyer

Fellow, Marketing and Communications

Madeline Meyer is a fellow on the Marketing and Communications teams at National Journal. Prior to working at National Journal, Meyer interned for Sen. Chuck Grassley, at the White House in the Office of The First Lady, and for CBS during the Democratic national debates. Meyer graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with a B.A. in politics with a concentration in broadcast news, where she wrote her honors thesis on the relationship between the political elite and the traditional news media.

Laura Sobrado

Digital Designer

Laura Sobrado is a digital designer for National Journal, supporting both the Marketing and Communications and Web teams. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, she graduated from Rhode Island School of Design where she received her M.F.A in Graphic Design. 

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