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Kevin Turpin II
Kevin Turpin II is the President of National Journal Group. As president, Turpin has transitioned National Journal from a traditional media company to an information services organization. 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. With over 10 years 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. Turpin has a deep passion for mentorship of young people and serves on the board of City Year DC; a non-profit dedicated to mentoring young people during their primary and secondary years of education. He is a board member of the Carlton Club. In addition, Turpin serves as a member of the Economic Club of Washington and the Council on Foreign Relations. A proud Hoya, Turpin is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Emily Akhtarzandi is Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives of National Journal. In this role, she leads growth of the National Journal portfolio, new client development and product launches.
CFO and Chief Strategy Officer, National Journal Group
Afzal Bari serves as CFO and CSO for National Journal Group. Afzal previously held roles at Bloomberg Government, Corporate Executive Board, Capco Consulting, and several startups. Afzal holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland College Park, and is a CFA Charterholder. He lives in Chevy Chase, Md. with his wife and two children.
Senior Vice President, Technology
Chris Dornfeld is senior vice president of technology at National Journal, where he’s responsible for crafting and executing the vision for NJ’s interactive offerings and overseeing information technology. 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.
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.
Vice President, Finance and Sales Operations
Sarah Feinberg is the Vice President, Finance and Sales Operations. Prior to joining National Journal, Sarah served as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at The Washington Post and more recently, the Director of Finance for the News and Consumer Sales Division at Gannett. Sarah began her career as a Marine Officer, serving for 5 years in active and reserve roles both in the U.S. and the Middle East. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Sarah lives in Virginia with her husband and three sons.”
Vice President, Talent & Culture
Chief Research Officer
Gina Kim is Chief Research Officer 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. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Bryn Mawr College, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two daughters.
Vice President, Marketing and Product
Lesley Martinez is vice president of marketing and product at National Journal where she is responsible for developing NJ’s marketing and product 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.
Executive Director, Member Services
Christie is an Executive Director of Member Services 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.
Senior Membership Development Associate
Kyle Atlas is a Senior Membership Development Associate with National Journal. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University where he earned a degree in Political Science as well as English. He previously served in development and outreach roles at the non-profit “Team Impact” and the online presentation company “Webinar.net.” Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, he now lives in Adams Morgan.
Kees Bruggen serves as a Dedicated Advisor for Government Relations. Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL , as well as from George Washington University with a Masters’ Degree in Political Management. His previous work experience is on political campaigns, interning on Capitol Hill, at a political strategies firm and most recently at POLITICO Pro. Has lived in DC for most of his life but is originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Has lived in South Carolina and Santander, Spain. Currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Anna Joy DeGregorio
Anna DeGregorio is so excited to be joining the Revenue Team at National Journal as a Dedicated Advisor. Originally from Boston MA, She received her BA in English Literature from Wheaton College, and her MS from Babson College. In the past, Anna has held Account Executive and Operational roles, and currently resides in Brooklyn.
Aleksia Ilic Forster
Director, Member Services
Aleksia Ilic Forster is a director for National Journal, working with the federal government including all agencies and Capitol Hill.
Strategic Engagement Associate
Jamie Lance is a Strategic Engagement Associate with National Journal. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2022 with a major in Culture and Politics and a minor in Arabic. Prior to National Journal, she worked in politics at the state and federal level and in non-profit fundraising. Jamie is originally from Massachusetts and currently resides in Washington, DC.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Angie Pati is a Director of Strategic Partnerships at National Journal. Prior to her role at NJ, she led fundraising and digital grassroots advocacy strategy for hundreds of organizations as the Executive Director of Nonprofits at Grassroots Analytics, a political technology company. A proud Syracuse alumna and Fulbright Scholar, she has a strong history of working in and with social good organizations to make lasting change.
Alondra Peña is a part of National Journal's Revenue Team as a Dedicated Advisor. Alondra is originally from Schuyler, Nebraska and earned a BA in English Literature from Clemson University. Alondra recently earned her MPA with a concentration in Public Management and Management Consulting from American University. Previously, Alondra served in Americorps' Teach for America in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and later supported the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser as a Program Support Specialist. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Manager, Revenue Operations
Kavya Ramagiri is the manager of revenue operations at National Journal. She graduated from Baylor University, where she earned a degree in International Studies. Previously, Kavya served as the deputy executive director of strategic coalitions on President Trump’s re-election campaign. Originally from Dallas, TX, she now resides in Arlington, VA.
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.
Charlie Cook is a political analyst for National Journal where he publishes a weekly column and hosts a biweekly virtual series. In 1984, he founded The Cook Political Report, an independent, non-partisan newsletter. He is a regular contributor to the newly named The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, co-author of The Almanac of American Politics, and 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." Charlie served as a Resident Fellow in 2013 at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
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.
Editor in Chief
Jeff Dufour is National Journal's editor in chief. He was previously a columnist and editor for The Hill newspaper and the Washington Examiner, and an editor for Condé Nast Publications. He began his journalism career at American Healthline, which was then a part of the National Journal Group. He has been a 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.
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.
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.
Technology Policy Editor
Philip Athey is the technology policy editor, covering tech for National Journal Daily and overseeing the PolicyView: AI publication. Previously he covered the Marine Corps for Military Times and environmental policy for E&E News. Philip has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University. Prior to entering journalism, he was a cannoneer in the United States Marine Corps. Philip is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Kirk A. Bado
Managing Editor, Hotline
Savannah Behrmann is a staff correspondent covering the U.S. Senate. Before joining National Journal, Savannah was a reporter at USA TODAY where she covered Congress and all things politics, including the 2020 election. Prior, she worked at CNN. Hailing originally from Utah, Savannah graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in political communication. She resides in the D.C. area.
Zach is a student at George Washington University where he is the editor of The Hatchet. Zach writes and produces Hotline, as well as copyedits Hotline and National Journal Daily.
James A. Downs
Staff Correspondent, Hotline
Hotline Editorial Intern
Lauren Green covers Congress and policy for National Journal. She previously served as the D.C. Correspondent for the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord News and has contributed to Texas Monthly. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in journalism with a political focus. She is currently pursuing a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Lauren is a Houston, Texas native and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Natalie Jackson writes the "Leading Indicators" column for National Journal. She is currently a vice president at GQR Research Institute. She previously developed surveys at the Public Religion Research Institute, and held senior and management positions at JUST Capital, HuffPost, and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. She received a BA in political science and history from West Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oklahoma. She also writes the newsletter "Herding Cats & Polls" at Substack.
Hotline Senate Race Correspondent
Sydney Kashiwagi is the Senate campaign correspondent for National Journal's Hotline. She was previously a breaking politics reporter in CNN's D.C. bureau. Before that, Sydney was a City Hall reporter for The Staten Island Advance, New York City’s only borough-based daily newspaper. In this role, she covered the administration of former Mayor Bill de Blasio out of "Room 9" and eventually all things related to state and local politics and policy for the publication including the NYPD disciplinary trial of ex-officer Daniel Pantaleo, Staten Island’s NY-11 congressional race, the city and state’s response to the pandemic and Staten Island’s efforts to secede from New York City. Originally from Hawaii, Sydney is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C.
Managing Editor, National Journal Daily
Ledyard "Ledge" King is managing editor of National Journal Daily, overseeing content and production. He was previously at USA Today and the Gannett network of papers for more than 20 years, covering the White House, Congress, and presidential races. He’s also worked at the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Annapolis Capital-Gazette.
National Security Correspondent
Cristina Maza is foreign policy and defense correspondent for National Journal. She previously covered foreign policy and international affairs for Newsweek, was the Washington D.C. correspondent for the German news wire DPA, worked as a reporter for the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, and was a reporting fellow for the Christian Science Monitor in Washington. She has a B.A. from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a master's degree from University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
Mary Frances McGowan
Staff Correspondent, Hotline
Senior Production Editor
Taameen Mohammad is the Senior Production Editor at National Journal. Previously, she worked at Voice of America as part of the Media Resource Team and interned at NBC Washington. She graduated from American University in 2019 with a BA in broadcast journalism and a minor in international relations. During her time at American University, she worked at the student-run newspaper The Eagle as a Multimedia Editor. Taameen was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area and still resides there.
Hotline Associate Editor
Hannah Thacker is associate editor of Hotline. Before joining National Journal, Hannah was a copy aide at The Washington Post, where they worked on records requests and aided in reporting on the Investigative team. Hannah graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in political communication and a concentration in journalism. While at GW, Hannah served as a writer, editor, and eventually the managing director of the university’s independent student-run newspaper, The GW Hatchet. Originally from Los Angeles, Hannah currently lives in D.C.
Senior National Correspondent, Hotline
Zac is senior national correspondent at National Journal's Hotline, specializing in national politics and the presidential race. He also covered all the Jan. 6 committee’s public hearings, and has reported several stories on efforts to amend federal election laws. Prior to joining Hotline, he was a project manager with National Journal’s Presentation Center. Zac has also worked as a political analyst for Ballast Research, examining the performance of various government affairs offices, and analyzing the extent of racial discrimination in specific sectors. He had worked as an analyst for Oxford Economics, calculating the impact of various tax policies, and of Britain’s exit from the European Union. He holds a master’s degree in Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, both from the University of Edinburgh. Born in London, he currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Senior Congressional Correspondent
Casey Wooten is senior congressional correspondent for National Journal, covering House leadership and tax policy. 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.
Senior Project Manager
Benjamin Ansley is a project manager with the National Journal Presentation Center team. Benjamin studied political science with minors in Spanish and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Benjamin previously worked at TransPerfect as an account executive in the legal division. Benjamin is from Hickory, North Carolina and has lived in Washington, D.C. since July of 2018.
Policy & Data Visualization Associate
Yosra is a Policy & Data Visualization Associate specializing in technology policy. Originally from the Chicago area, Yosra graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Information Science and minors in Business and Spanish.
Senior Policy & Data Visualization Associate
Takuya Amagai is a Senior Policy & Data Visualization Associate with the National Journal's Presentation Center. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Takuya previously worked as a research associate at Vote Smart, informing Americans about their candidates. Most recently, Takuya was working as a Counties Future Labs Intern at the National Association of Counties, where he worked on projects such as the American Rescue Plan. Takuya holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Carleton College, and a Masters in Public Policy Degree from McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Research, Data, & Automation Manager
Jehan Bugli is a Research, Data, & Automation Manager with National Journal's Presentation Center. He recently completed his B.S. from the University of Michigan, studying Economics and Biology. Jehan is from Novi, MI and will be moving to Washington, D.C. this summer.
Senior Project Manager
Kat Caleca is a Senior Project Manager with the Presentation Center covering tech and cyber. She previously supported the president of National Journal, the president of National Journal Membership, and the president of National Journal Research as the Executive Assistant. Prior to joining National Journal, Kat organized for elections in Georgia and North Carolina and interned at the EastWest Institute and US Department of State. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in International Studies, a BA in Political Science, and a minor in Spanish. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Kat currently resides in Washington, DC.
Senior Project Manager
Jessica Coghlan is a Senior Project Manager with National Journal’s Presentation Center, focusing on tax, labor, economics, and finance policy. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a Masters in Public Policy and a B.A. in Government and Politics. Jessica is originally from Sykesville, MD and currently resides in the D.C. area.
Digital and Multimedia Content Associate
Bri Curran is the Digital and Multimedia Content Associate at National Journal. She graduated from Davidson College in 2023 with a degree in English and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Bri previously worked as a Graphic Design Assistant at Davidson College Communications. She is originally from Miami, FL.
Associate Project Manager
Colin Donnelly is an Associate Project Manager at the National Journal’s Presentation Center. Colin graduated from American University in May 2022 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Administration and Policy. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Political Management at George Washington University. Prior to joining National Journal, Colin interned for FiscalNote and his home state Congresswoman, Lisa Blunt Rochester. Originally from Newark, Delaware, Colin lives in Washington, DC.
Policy and Data Visualization Associate
Eleanor Griffiths is a Policy and Data Visualization Associate with National Journal’s Presentation Center. Eleanor graduated from Lafayette College in 2022 with a B.A. in Government and Law, and International Affairs. While at Lafayette, they were involved in political research - most notably a senior thesis that received double departmental honors. Prior to National Journal, they worked in various roles to support community projects, political campaigns, and writing pedagogies. While she is originally from the U.K Eleanor grew up in the U.S, living in Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and (currently) Virginia.
Product Research Manager
Jaylen Joseph is a Product Research Manager at National Journal. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2022 with a degree in International Political Economy & Business. While studying at Georgetown, he also worked with National Journal’s Presentation Center as a Policy & Data Visualization Intern. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Jaylen currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Senior Policy & Data Visualization Associate
Helena Lykke is a Senior Policy & Data Visualization Associate with the National Journal’s Presentation Center, focusing on Elections, Courts, and Congress. She graduated from Rhodes College with a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Prior to joining National Journal, Helena worked at a criminal justice non-profit to create a comprehensive voter education website before a crucial D.A. election. She has previous experience in campaigns, non-profits, policy analysis, and research. Helena is from Dallas, TX, and currently resides in the D.C. area.
Policy and Data Visualization Associate
Emily Orem is a Policy and Data Visualization Associate with National Journal. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Boston College with a concentration in Climate Change and Societal Adaptation and a minor in English Literature. Prior to National Journal, she held internships in the sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation fields. A Washington local, she currently resides in the DC area.
Policy & Data Visualization Associate
Caroline Palmer is a Policy & Data Visualization Associate with the National Journal's Presentation Center. She graduated from a dual-degree program in the spring of 2023, receiving a B.A. from Duke University and a B.S. from Duke Kunshan University in Global Health and Public Policy with a minor in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. While at Duke, she was involved in a number of research projects related to health policy, covering topics including COVID-19 environmental health, and health equity. She has lived in Connecticut and North Carolina and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Senior Web Developer
Andrew Littler is a Senior Web Developer with National Journal. He graduated from University of St. Thomas in Minnesota with a B.A. in Computer Science. Prior to joining National Journal, Andrew worked in various IT related roles at different companies. He currently lives in Minnesota.
Marketing and Events
Senior Director of Marketing
Jesse Chimes is the Senior Director of Marketing at National Journal. He helps develop and implement strategies to expand National Journal’s membership base and strengthen its brand positioning. Jesse graduated from American University and lives in Washington, DC.
Marketing Operations Specialist
Chris Holden is the Marketing Operations Specialist at National Journal. He manages National Journal's marketing automation software and executes a variety of campaigns that serve the team’s overall goal of attracting and retaining members. Prior to this role, Chris worked at strategy firms, PACs and established his own start-up consulting firm in marketing and research roles. He graduated from George Mason with a degree in Government and International Politics, and currently lives in Arlington, VA.
Sara Stanton is the creative lead at National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, Sara led their own graphic design studio specializing in data visualization and social impact. Sara holds a masters degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont. Originally from New Hampshire, Sara lives in Virginia with their wife and dog.
Graphic Design Associate
Brian Torruellas is a Graphic Design Associate for National Journal. He graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art, where he earned a degree in Graphic Design. After spending 15 years as a Pastry Chef, he pivoted careers to pursue his passion for art and design. Originally from Yonkers, New York, Brian moved to Washington DC in 2010 where he currently resides with his wife and son.
Audrey Williams is a Marketing Manager at National Journal. Prior to joining the marketing team, Audrey worked as the government and external affairs coordinator at the Cato Institute. She also served in Rep. Justin Amash’s D.C. office for four years, starting as an intern and departing as legislative correspondent.
Audrey graduated from Taylor University with a degree in political science and international studies. She grew up in Canton, Ohio, and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Eamonn Howerter is excited to be joining the National Journal's Vignette team as a Research Associate. Eamonn attended Marquette University, where they received a B.A. in Political Science in 2021. Prior to joining National Journal, Eamonn interned for Senator Tammy Baldwin. Originally from the small town Hinckley, Illinois, they currently reside in Washington DC.
Talent and Culture
Market Research Associate & Executive Assistant to the Presidents
Jessica East serves as a Market Research Associate and Executive Assistant to the President of National Journal and the President of Bradley Media Holdings. In her research role, she conducts market analysis and sizing to inform business strategies. As an executive assistant, she provides support to the presidents of both organizations.
Jessica graduated in 2023 from Georgetown University with a BA in Anthropology, minoring in Spanish and Linguistics. Prior to joining National Journal, she held an HR internship with the Libra Group, and worked under the Georgetown Anthropology department researching bio-militarization, human enhancement technology, and the weaponization of natural resources.
Originally from Idaho, Jessica now resides in the Washington D.C. metro area.
Associate of Talent & Culture Strategy & DEI
Julia Fayer is the new Associate of Talent & Culture Strategy & DEI on the Talent & Culture team at National Journal. She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in English & Creative Writing and a minor in Anthropology. Prior to joining National Journal, Julia was an intern with the Walt Disney Company. She is a Washington, D.C. area native and currently resides in Arlington, VA.
Associate Director of Recruiting
Shaly Joseph is the Associate Director of Recruiting at National Journal. Prior to joining the team, Shaly served as the Assistant Director of Membership and Intern Operations at NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. During her tenure at NASPA, Shaly managed membership initiatives, implemented strategic renewals campaigns, and developed short and long term data reporting solutions. In addition, she launched a robust internship program providing students with professional development opportunities that support their particular career interests/goals. Earlier, she worked in the Professional & Liberal Studies admissions office at Saint’s Joseph’s University, planning orientation and other recruitment events. Originally from Pennsylvania, Shaly earned a B.A from Saint Joseph’s University in Political Science with concentrations in History, Asian Studies and European Politics.
Elli Kennedy Miller
Employee Experience and Wellness Manager
Elli Kennedy Miller is the Employee Experience and Wellness Manager on the Talent and Culture team. Previous to this role, she worked for 2 years in people operations for a Utah based tech start up called Chatbooks. Elli is a Colorado native and a proud graduate of Brigham Young University. She is currently attending graduate school at Georgetown University alongside her husband. They reside in downtown DC.
Accounts Receivable Specialist
Edgard Lacayo serves as the Accounts Receivable Specialist on the Finance team. Originally from Managua, Nicaragua, he graduated from Roanoke College with a BBA and a concentration in Finance and another concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. In his previous position, he worked as an accounting assistant in Nicaragua. During his time at Roanoke College, he served as a research assistant to multiple professors in the Modern Languages and History departments as well as a staff reporter for the college’s student run newspaper, The Brackety Ack. He currently resides in Annandale, Virginia.
Isabel Levatino is the Executive Assistant to the President of National Journal Membership and the President of Gravity Research. She recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. During her time in Delaware, Isabel interned for the Federal U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and was also involved in many activities on campus. Isabel graduated as a McNair Scholar and was awarded the UD Benjamin McLuckie award for her commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, she currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Facility and Office Operations Manager
Kevin Ponder is the Facility and Office Operations Manager at National Journal. He manages the onsite operations and responsibilities that are required to run the National Journal offices. Prior to National Journal, he worked in both Human Resources and Facilities Management roles at Spire Energy in St. Louis, MO. He received his B.S. in Psychology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Kevin now lives in Washington, DC.