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Kevin Turpin II
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Dedicated Advisor, Member Services
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.
Senior Advisor, Member Services
Ashley Davidson is as a Senior Advisor on the Member Services team. Prior to joining National Journal, Ashley graduated from Baylor University and worked for a year in E-commerce Marketing and PR in Atlanta, GA. She grew up in Arkansas and now resides in Arlington, VA.
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.
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.
Membership Development Associate
Caitlin Essig is a Membership Development Associate for the Network Science Initiative. Originally from a tiny town called Hartville, Ohio, she graduated from The Ohio State University in 2015, majoring in Journalism and minoring in International Relations & Diplomacy and Creative Writing. Prior to joining National Journal, Caitlin was the social media manager for Ohio State University's cancer hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and she now lives in Virginia.
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.
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.
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.
Manager, Business Development
Andrew Keenan is a Manager of Business Development with National Journal. Prior to joining the National Journal team, he worked in business development for a higher education software company called Symplicity. Andrew graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2014 with a BA in American Studies and minors in Religion and Political Science. He is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and currently resides in DC.
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.
Manager, Member and Subscriber Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Membership Development Associate
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zach C. Cohen
Staff Correspondent, Hotline
Zach Cohen is the governors reporter for National Journal Hotline. Before joining National Journal in 2014 as its digital editor, he interned at The Washington Post, Time Magazine, USA Today and PBS MediaShift and wrote about politics and government for New Voices. Zach was born and raised in New Jersey and got his bachelor's degree in international relations from American University, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Eagle, the school newspaper.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stuart Taylor, Jr.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam Wollner is a staff correspondent for National Journal, primarily covering defense and foreign policy issues. Previously, he covered politics as an intern for NPR and the Center for Public Integrity. A native Wisconsinite, Wollner graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a bachelor degree in journalism and political science.
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.
Network Science Initiative
Intern, Network Science Initiative
Reid is a research intern with National Journal's Network Science Initiative. He is currently an undergraduate student at Georgetown University majoring in Government. Reid was born and raised in Colorado.
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.
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.
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.
Health Policy Analyst, Network Science Initiative
Quinn Hirsch is an Analyst 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 currently resides in Washington, DC.
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.
Health Policy Analyst, Network Science Initiative
Conor R. Laing is a Health Policy Analyst for the Network Science Initiative. Prior to joining the National Journal, Conor was a Legislative Research Analyst for Stateside Associate's Healthcare and Insurance Team, a Public Policy Analyst for Morningside Research and Consulting, and a Public Policy Assistant for Consumers Union's Health Reform Team. Conor graduated with his Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies from Fort Lewis College. Originally from Leadville, Colorado, he currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
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.
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.
Associate Product Manager, Network Science Initiative
Reem Rayef is an Associate Product Manager for Network Science Initiative. Reem joined the National Journal team in 2015, after graduating from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Anthropology. She has research experience on Middle East policy, and previously worked for a strategic communications consultancy in New York City. Reem grew up in central New Jersey and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
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.
Robyn is a Research Analyst for the Network Science Initiative. In 2017 she graduated from Brown University with a Master of Public Affairs and BA in International Relations, focusing on Persian. Prior to moving to DC, she traveled to Alaska to research diplomacy and policy in the Bering Strait in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard Academy. She has also interned with the United States Trade Representative and worked as a teaching assistant for international relations and public policy courses at Brown. Prior to joining National Journal, Robyn worked on a fishing vessel in Southeast Alaska. Originally from Washington State, Robyn now lives in DC.
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.
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.
Events and Operations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tax, Labor and Economy Fellow
Michael Brady is a fellow with National Journal’s Presentation Center. Before joining the National Journal team, he worked as an investment banking intern at Goldman Sachs. Michael graduated from Middlebury College in 2017, with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He is originally from Indianapolis, IN and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Madelaine is an Associate with National Journal's Presentation Center. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Madelaine earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Political Science with a minor in French Language and Literature. Prior to joining National Journal she was a political intern at ABC News covering the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. Madelaine also participated in a yearlong fellowship at the UChicago Institute of Politics in which she studied the leadership methodology of Sargent Shriver and the school-to-prison pipeline in Chicago. Madelaine currently resides in Washington D.C.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Senior Advisor, Research
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
As a Senior Developer at the National Journal, Nathan Danielsen builds and maintains digital products with a focus on the data-centered offerings such as the Almanac and Racetracker.
Prior to joining National Journal, Nathan worked as a senior project manager at large international non-profit organizations focused on education, health, media and civil society. Nathan served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, where he worked as a Sustainable Agriculture Advisor. Nathan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in International Political Economy.
In his spare time, Nathan organizes community educational events for the python programming language, contributes to open-source data science projects and is on a continual quest for the best baguette in DC.
Sana Javed is a Developer at National Journal, where she focuses on building online experiences and digital platforms. Prior to National Journal, Sana was a Software Developer at the New America Foundation where she built a custom, open-source content management system. Sana graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a B.A. in Government and Politics.
Gyeongbae is a Developer at National Journal. He majored in Computer Science at American University and graduated May of 2017.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.