Staff

Leadership

Kevin Turpin II

President

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

Afzal Bari

Vice President, Strategy & Operations

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

Katie Collins

Chief Business Development Officer

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

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

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

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

Chris Dornfeld

Vice President, Digital Strategy

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

Michael Gottlieb

President of Ballast Research

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

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

Prior to his work at the White House, Mr. Gottlieb practiced law before the United States Supreme Court and clerked for the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith, nominated to the 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.

Gina Kim

Chief Analytics Officer

Gina Kim is Chief Analytics Officer 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 CEB (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. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two daughters.

Government Affairs

Jackie Breuer

Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

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

Rachel Allen

Strategic Engagement Associate

Rachel Allen is a Strategic Engagement Associate for National Journal. Rachel graduated from Tufts University Magna Cum Laude, majoring in International Relations and Economics. Before working at National Journal, she interned in the new business development department of Home Shopping Network. Originally from Tampa, Florida, she currently resides in Reston, VA.

Imani Bentham

Associate Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Imani Bentham is an Associate Dedicated Advisor at National Journal, serving our capitol hill clients. She joined National Journal from the Trust for the National Mall, where she served as Corporate Sponsorship Assistant. Imani graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs.

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.

Charlie Dillon

Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Charlie Dillon is a Dedicated Advisor with National Journal. Charlie graduated from Georgetown University, where he earned a BA in Government and was co-captain of Georgetown's baseball team. Originally from Chicago, Charlie currently resides in Washington, DC.

Tierney Dodge

Associate Director, Member Services

Tierney Dodge is an Associate Director 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.

Mookie Goodson

Product Analyst, Leadership Council

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

Cate Hargrove

Associate Manager, Business Development

Cate is an Associate Manager of Business Development with National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, she worked as a National Accounts Recruiter for VACO and then as a Recruiter for the Talent and Culture team here at Atlantic Media. Cate graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Policy and a minor in Anthropology. She is originally from Nashville, TN.

Christine Hayek

Director, Member Services

Christine Hayek is the Director of Member Services for National Journal membership and subscriptions. In this capacity, she oversees National Journal's client service team. 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 degree in Mathematics and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Aleksia Ilic Forster

Associate Director, Member Services

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

Kirby Kernan

Senior 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.

Caitlin Loyd

Manager, Member and Subscriber Services

Caitlin Loyd is a Manager of Member and Subscriber Services at National Journal. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Rob McArdle

Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Rob McArdle is a Dedicated Advisor at National Journal. A Virginia native, he attended the University of Richmond where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and also worked for a lobbying and public relations firm. Prior to National Journal, Rob was a client manager for an investment research services firm, first in Raleigh, NC and later in San Francisco. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Seanna McCall

Product Analyst, Leadership Council

Seanna McCall is a Product Analyst with the Leadership Council at the National Journal. A native of South Jersey, Seanna graduated from Amherst College in May of 2017 with a B.A. in Economics and Black Studies. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on a variety of topics ranging from employment regulations for F-1 visa holders to the effects of diverse representation in media on body image and the dietary habits of adolescents and young adults.

Michael McGinnis

Associate Manager, Business Development

Michael McGinnis is an Associate Manager of Business Development 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

Associate Director, Business Development

Heather McKeon is an Associate Director of Business 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.

Laura Márquez

Fellow, Member and Subscriber Services

Laura Márquez is a Fellow on the Member Services team at National Journal. She graduated in May 2017 from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with concentrations in Marketing and Strategy & Management Consulting. Laura is a native of Bethesda, Maryland.

Lauren Reliford

Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Lauren Reliford is a Dedicated Adviser for the Member Services team. Prior to joining the National Journal, Lauren lobbied on domestic and global health care policy for organizations such as the American Heart Association and PATH. She gradated from Boston College in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently pursuing her Masters in Science of Management at The Catholic University. A native to the DC area, she's a long-suffering DC sports fan that also enjoys reading, museum hopping, and cooking.

Sara Richard

Associate, Member Development

Sara Richard is a Membership Development Associate with National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, Sara was a Sales & Marketing intern at Washingtonian. Sara graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Communications and Film & Media Studies. She grew up in Winchester, VA and currently resides in Arlington.

Catie Seltz-Drew

Associate Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

Catie Seltz-Drew is an Associate Dedicated Advisor with the Member Services team. She works closely with Tierney Dodge to help support Tierney’s members and territory.

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.

Allie Sonneborn

Associate, Member Development

Allie Sonneborn is a Membership Development Associate at National Journal. She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. Originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago, she now resides in Washington, D.C.

Austin Spindler

Associate, Member Development

Austin Spindler is a Membership Development Associate for the Network Science Initiative. Born in Saint Petersburg, FL and raised in Savannah, TN, he is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he was a Public Policy & Leadership major. On account of his public service work and prior internship with the House of Representatives, Austin received additional distinction through his induction into the university's Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

MaryGrace Wajda

Dedicated Advisor, Member Services

MaryGrace Wajda is a Dedicated Advisor on the Member Services team. Prior to joining National Journal, MaryGrace worked as an Account Manager for Gartner. Originally from upstate New York, MaryGrace graduated from Union College with a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy.

Jack Woltman

Associate, Member Development

Jack Woltman is a Membership Development Associate at National Journal. He recently graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in International Relations and French. Originally from Upstate New York, he now resides in Washington, D.C.

Editorial

Brendan Bordelon

Technology Correspondent

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

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Ronald Brownstein

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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Alex Clearfield

Staff Correspondent

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

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Zach C. Cohen

Staff Correspondent, Hotline

Zach Cohen is the Senate races 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.

White House Correspondent

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

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Charlie Cook

Political Analyst

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

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Harrison Cramer

Fellow

Harrison Cramer is a fellow with National Journal. He previously held internships at The Century Foundation and The Council on American Islamic Relations. Harrison is originally from Wellesley, Mass., and graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in political science and Arabic.

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Brian Dabbs

Energy and Environment Correspondent

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

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Tom DeFrank

Contributing Editor

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

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

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

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Jennifer Duffy

Senior Editor, The Cook Political Report

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

 

 

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Jeff Dufour

Senior Editor

Jeff Dufour is a Senior Editor for National Journal, overseeing the "What We're Following" news feed as well as several features for the print version of 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 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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Drew Gerber

Editorial Fellow

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

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Justice Gilpin-Green

Digital Editor, Hotline

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.

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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John Irons

Graphic Artist

John Irons is the graphic artist for National Journal. Previously, he worked in the advertising department of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. After moving to D.C., he spent seven years was a graphic artist at CQ Roll Call, where he edited photos and created graphics and illustrations for CQ Today, CQ Weekly, Roll Call and various websites. He also was the lead designer on publications of CQ Almanac, Politics in America, The New Member Guide and others. John joined National Journal in May of 2016.

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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

Staff Correspondent, Hotline

Ally covers House races 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

Editor

Ben Pershing is 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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Madelaine Pisani

Staff Correspondent

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

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Nia Prater

Editorial Fellow

Nia Prater is a fellow with National Journal Hotline. A Philadelphia area native, Nia previously interned at Roll Call, the Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia magazine. She has a bachelor's degree from Temple University and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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Kimberly Railey

Staff Correspondent, Hotline

Kimberly Railey covers Senate races 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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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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Hanna Trudo

Staff Correspondent, Hotline

Hanna Trudo is a staff correspondent for National Journal Hotline covering national politics. Before joining National Journal, she covered nightly breaking news at POLITICO during the 2016 presidential election as a senior producer for its website. Hanna has written for The New Republic, WIRED, Foreign Policy, PBS FRONTLINE, The Boston Globe, and Marie Claire, among others, and was a 2014 Gerald Loeb Award finalist in investigative reporting for a year-long series published with ProPublica. She hails from New Hampshire.

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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, The Cook Political Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mackenzie Weinger

Policy Editor

Mackenzie Weinger is National Journal's policy editor.

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Casey Wooten

Tax Policy Correspondent

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

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Network Science Initiative

Regan Considine

Strategic Partnership Manager, Network Science Initiative

Regan Considine is the Strategic Partnership Manager for the Network Science Initiative at National Journal. She previously worked as a health policy analyst with NSI. Prior to joining National Journal, Regan worked as an Associate at the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center, where she conducted research on the impact of health reform on people with disabilities. Regan graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a BA in Political Science, studying health policy and international affairs. While at Yale, she was a member of the Yale Women's Crew team and Director of FOCUS on New Haven, the sophomore and transfer orientation program focused on community service.

Andy Elkins

Health Policy Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Andy Elkins is a Health Policy Analyst for the Network Science Initiative. He joined National Journal in 2018, following his graduation from the UNC Gillings Schools of Global Public Health as a Master of Science in Public Health in Health Policy and Management. Andy is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Columbia where he studied History and Sociology. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Gordon

Senior Energy Policy 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.

Rachel Heimann

Research Analyst, Network Science Initiative

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

Quinn Hirsch

Associate Research Director for Health Policy, Network Science Initiative

Quinn Hirsch is an Associate Research Director for Health Policy for the Network Science Initiative. Quinn joined the National Journal team in 2017, after completing her Master of Public Health in Health Law and Policy from Boston University. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Quinn went to American University and resides in Washington, DC.

Jenny Keroack

Health and Technology Policy Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Jenny Keroack is a Health and Technology Policy Analyst at Network Science Initiative. She graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2016, with a degree from the Law, Letters, and Society program. Prior to joining the Network Sciences Initiative, Jenny interned at the White House Communications Office, Facebook Government and Politics Team, and U.S. Embassy in Sweden. She also spent two years as the communications intern at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. Originally from New York City, Jenny now lives in Washington, D.C.

Dan O'Brien

Finance Policy Analyst, Network Science Initiative

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

Madeline Polese

Fellow, Network Science Initiative

Madeline Polese is the current fellow for the Network Science Initiative. Before joining National Journal, Madeline worked at a government relations firm in DC. She graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Global Health from Colorado College. Originally from Massachusetts, Madeline now lives in Washington, DC.

Adam Sherman

Associate Research Director, Network Science Initiative

Adam Sherman is an Associate Research Director for National Journal’s Network Science Initiative. Prior to joining National Journal, Adam conducted regulatory research at a financial services law firm and foreign policy research at the National Democratic Institute. He previously worked for the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania and interned in the Office of Senator Maria Cantwell and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Adam graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Government. He is a native of Yakima, Washington.

Rachel Topazian

Health Policy Practice Lead, Network Science Initiative

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

Kendall VanHoose

Health Policy Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Kendall is a Health Policy Analyst for the Network Science Initiative. Prior to joining National Journal, she served as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting clients across the federal health market. Kendall graduated from the College of William & Mary in May 2016 with a B.A. in Government and Philosophy.

Brendan Weintraub

Health Policy Analyst, Network Science Initiative

Brendan Weintraub is a Health Policy Analyst for Network Science Initiative. He joined National Journal after completing his Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. Brendan is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Before his MPH, he studied Health: Science, Society and Policy at Brandeis University in Boston, MA. Brendan is originally from Long Island, New York and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Events and Operations

Juliana Bonovich

Associate, Operations and Events

Juliana is the current associate on the Events and Operations team. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she attended Emory University in Atlanta and graduated with a BA in English and Creative Writing and a Certificate in Business Administration. Previously, Juliana edited a textbook on trademark law, interned in Global Communications at Agilent Technologies, and started a business, JMB Workshops, teaching writing classes.

Sarah Hofmann

Executive Assistant to the President

Sarah Hofmann is Executive Assistant to the President. She attended Elon University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. Prior to joining National Journal, Sarah worked in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and on a 2016 presidential campaign.

Meaghan Leech

Special Assistant to the President & Operations Manager

Meaghan is Special Assistant to the President and Operations Manager. She most recently served as a Manager of Operations and Events. Prior to that, Meaghan was the Dedicated Advisor to all House and Senate offices. She joined National Journal as a fellow in 2015. Prior to starting with National Journal, Meaghan worked in Member Services at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Hailing from Charlotte, N.C., Meaghan received a B.A. in Political Science and History from Wellesley College.

Sara Mazzoleni

Associate Director, Events

Sara Mazzoleni is the Associate Director of Events. 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.

Presentation Center

Adam Aldrich

Finance Fellow

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

Shruthi Ashok

Associate, Policy & Data Visualization

Shruthi is a policy and data visualization associate at the Presentation Center. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 with a BA/BS in biology and political science. Prior to joining National Journal, she worked in health care consulting. Originally from just outside of Chicago, Shruthi currently resides in Washington D.C.

Claire Carter

Manager of Research and Data Visualization

Claire is a manager 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.

Theodore Goetemann

Fellow, Presentation Center

Theo Goetemann is a fellow with National Journal's Presentation Center. Before joining National Journal, Theo worked as an analyst intern at Monitor 360. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he studied government and economics.

Taryn MacKinney

Fellow

Taryn MacKinney is a fellow with National Journal's Presentation Center. Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, Taryn graduated in 2017 with a BA in Biological Anthropology and English from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her work for National Journal, Taryn was a research assistant at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, aiding in intelligent robotics research. She also worked for Penn Law Professor Paul Robinson, researching and writing content for two books on criminal law, and as an editor for Hewlett-Packard. She now resides in east Washington, D.C.

Owen Minott Jr.

Technology Associate

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.

Adriana Morton

Fellow

Adriana Morton is a fellow with National Journal’s Presentation Center. Before joining National Journal, Adriana interned on Capitol Hill, on Kamala Harris’s Senate campaign, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in Senator Barbara Boxer's state office. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Adriana received her B.A. in political science from UCLA, where she did research on presidential primary elections. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

Katy Pentz

Defense and Cybersecurity Fellow

Katy is a fellow with National Journal's Presentation Center. Originally from Cocoa, Florida, Katy graduated with a B.S. in International Affairs and Political Science and a B.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the Florida State University. Prior to joining the National Journal, Katy interned at the International Rescue Committee’s Tallahassee branch and the Florida House of Representatives.

Daniel Stublen

Associate

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.

Maansi Vatsan

Health Policy Fellow

Maansi Vatsan is a health policy and data visualization fellow in National Journal's Presentation Center. Originally from the suburbs of Maryland, Maansi earned a B.A. in mathematics and biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. Prior to joining National Journal, Maansi was an ORISE Fellow at the Food and Drug Administration, where she worked on simulating clinical trials.

Christine Yan

Tax, Labor and Economy Associate

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.

Ballast Research

AJ Brown

Director of Partnerships

AJ Brown is a Director of Partnerships for Ballast Research. In this role, she consults with clients and grows partner relationships. Before joining Ballast, she held positions at two large, international law firms, the Federal Communications Commission and the Institute for Policy Integrity, in addition to clerking for a Federal District Court Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. AJ received her B.A. in Economics from Bates College, and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jason Clark

Senior Director of Strategy

Jason Clark serves as the Senior Director of Strategy for Ballast Research. In this role he oversees the consulting, research, and new product functions of Ballast Research. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Policymakers Network, an organization focused on serving the needs of federal and state policymakers. He formerly held a number of positions with Ballast Research and National Journal, including Director of Product Development, Research Consultant, and Strategy & New Product Development Associate. A native of Colorado, Jason worked in business consulting, product innovation, and strategic research before moving to DC.

Bill Cussen

Research Fellow

Bill Cussen serves as a Research Fellow with National Journal's Ballast Research. Prior to joining the Ballast team, Bill held positions at NPR and PBS NewsHour, where he worked in sponsorship, marketing, and market research. He received his B.A. in History from the College of William & Mary.

Andy Dennis

Outreach Manager

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

Christopher Farrow

Fellow

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

Christian Garcia

Research Analyst

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

Kerry Gibbons

Qualitative Research Specialist

Kerry Gibbons is a Qualitative Research Specialist for National Journal's Ballast Research. Prior to joining National Journal, she worked as a Research Associate on various K-12 and higher education projects at Hanover Research. Originally from Florida, Kerry graduated from the University of Chicago in 2015 with an A.B. in History and Law, Letters and Society.

Elise Gurney

Director of Research

Elise Gurney is the Director of Research for Ballast Research. 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

Director of Revenue

Sean Harper serves as Director of Revenue for Ballast Research. Sean is responsible for working with National Journal's Partner Organizations to assist them in better understanding and effectively positioning their Policy Brand among decision makers in Washington. Before joining National Journal in 2014, Sean worked as the Solutions Development and Client Delivery Manager for the consulting services organizations within both of Princeton Information Ltd. and Resolvit, LLC. Sean is a native of Silver Spring, MD and graduated in 2006 from the Boston College, where he holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History.

Ava Hartmann

Research Fellow

Ava Hartmann is a Research Fellow at National Journal’s Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast Research, she conducted independent research on U.S. foreign aid policy and women’s health in Kathmandu, Nepal and has interned across various political spaces in Washington, D.C. Ava graduated from The George Washington University in 2018.

Nate Jacobs

Research Analyst

Nate Jacobs is a Research Analyst at Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast, he worked in public opinion research, specializing in public health, education, and climate change. Nate graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a BA in history, and is originally from upstate New York.

Julia Kichorowsky

Fellow

Julia Kichorowsky is a Fellow at National Journal's Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast, she interned at Centerview Partners, a strategic advisory firm based in New York City. Originally from the Boston area, Julia graduated from Yale in 2017 with an honors B.A. in History.

Abigail Kleva

Senior Analyst

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

Amit Kumar

Senior Research Analyst

Amit Kumar is a Senior Research Analyst for Ballast Research on the State Policy Brand Research team. Amit has experience in journalism and policy analysis, and prior to joining National Journal he conducted social media strategy and policy analysis at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. Amit holds a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in U.S. foreign policy and national security from American University.

Alec Latimer

Senior Advisor, Research

Alec serves as a Senior Advisor of Research at Ballast Research. He researches best practices in advocacy strategy and operations. Before joining the advocacy space, Alec researched best practices in strategic planning and fundraising at the Advisory Board Company for hospital executives. He earned his BA from Wake Forest University and MA from Georgia State University, where he studied media and software business models.

Gabby Marzke

Research Fellow

Gabby Marzke is a Research Fellow at National Journal's Ballast Research. Gabby graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2017 with a B.A. in Gender Studies. During her time there, she worked in outreach, education, and research for various political organizations on campus and in the local community.

Victoria Nolte

Research Analyst

Victoria Nolte is a Research Analyst with National Journal’s Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast Research, she conducted research in Germany, the UK, and France for her work as a research assistant at Jacobs University and the LSE Centre for Economic Performance, as well as her own academic work. She received a BA in International Politics and History at Jacobs University Bremen and an MSc in Economic History at the London School of Economics.

Daniel Okonkwo

Director of Partnerships

Daniel Okonkwo is a Director of Partnerships for Ballast Research. Daniel provides Ballast Research partners with strategic advice and develops new methods of client service. Prior to joining Ballast, Daniel was a founder and executive director of a social justice policy and advocacy non-profit organization. He also has experience as a federal lobbyist and as a trial lawyer at the Office of the Public Defender in Miami, FL. Daniel holds degrees from Yale University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Taryn Thiele-Sardina

Outreach and Events Coordinator

Taryn Thiele-Sardina works as Outreach and Events Coordinator for Ballast Research at National Journal. Previously, she served as an Associate in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and as an intern at the National Venture Capitalist Association. Taryn graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in biological anthropology and political science.

Olivia Till

Research Analyst

Olivia Till is a Research Analyst at National Journal's Ballast Research. Prior to joining Ballast, she interned with the International Cooperation team at OUSD(AT&L), as well as at the National Association for Japan-America Societies’ AIG High School Diplomats program. Olivia graduated in May 2017 from the University of Notre Dame with an honors BA in Political Science. She is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Jacob Wellner

Fellow

Jacob Wellner is a fellow with National Journal’s Ballast Research. Before joining National Journal, Jacob interned in President Obama’s National Economic Council, where he worked on a portfolio that included fintech, financial regulation, housing finance, and consumer protection. A native of Washington DC, Jacob graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Katherine Westmoreland

Manager of Quantitative Research

Katherine Westmoreland is the manager of Quantitave Research for Ballast Research, leading the design of survey instruments and ensuring data quality for all quantitative projects. Katherine's research background stems from previous work on statewide and national academic survey projects and training in market research. She attended Brigham Young University and majored in Political Science with a minor in Nonprofit Management. Katherine is a proud Portland, Oregon native.

Digital

Gyeongbae Jung

Developer

Gyeongbae is a Developer at National Journal. He majored in Computer Science at American University and graduated May of 2017.

Rory Merrill

Project Manager, Digital Strategy

Rory Merrill is a 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 and Communications

Jesse Chimes

Manager, Marketing

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

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

Lesley Martinez

Director of Marketing

Lesley Martinez is Director of Marketing at National Journal where she is responsible for developing NJ’s marketing strategy and vision and overseeing marketing operations. 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 DC native and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

Chloe Newschwander

Content Marketing, Manager

Chloe is a Content Marketing Manager on National Journal’s marketing team. Prior to joining National Journal, she was a copywriter at Experian’s internal creative agency in New York City and worked in marketing in Nantucket, MA.

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

Brandon Stallings

Senior Manager, Communications

Brandon Stallings is National Journal’s Senior Manager of Communications. In this role, he manages the company’s public relations, media relations, and external communications. Brandon previously worked at DCI Group, where he crafted strategic communications and writing content for federal and state issue advocacy campaigns on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and helped manage grassroots field operations. Brandon has also served in research and communications roles supporting candidates running for U.S. Congress and the Council of the District of Columbia. Brandon holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
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