Senior Fellows

Shari Simmans

Strategic Parternership and Communication Fellow

Shari Simmans has over two decades’ experience in building collaborations at the C-suite level, focusing on developing successful partnerships between various stakeholders. She has assisted elected leaders and associations with media campaigns, winning a national award for communication and marketing.

Mari Stull

International Organizations and Trade Fellow

Mari Stull has over 20 years of senior international trade and regulatory experience. Stull was founding Executive Director of the Caribbean Agribusiness Association, established the International Council for Grocery Manufacturers Association, and served as director of International regulatory policy for the Grocery Manufacturers Association - the world's largest trade association representing food, beverage and consumer goods industry.

Dr. Henry R. Nau

National Security and Foreign Policy Fellow

​Henry R. Nau holds a B.S. degree in Economics, Politics and Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Gary Robbins

Economic and Tax Reform Fellow

​Gary Robbins is the President of Fiscal Associates. Gary served as an official in the Department of Treasury during the Reagan Administration, and regularly testifies before the House Committee on Ways and Means regarding taxation issues.

Carol Schweiger

Transportation Fellow

​Carol Schweiger has over 35 years of experience in transportation consulting, and is nationally and internationally recognized in the field of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) for public transportation, including real-time customer information systems.

Michael Bronzini

Transportation Fellow

​Michael Bronzini, Ph.D is retired from his position as Dewberry Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering.

Michael Genest

Transportation Fellow

​Michael Genest is the co-founder of Capitol Matrix Consulting where he provides consultation on regarding national and state transportation matters.

Jed Babbin

National Security and Foreign Policy Fellow

Jed Babbin served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense in the George H.W. Bush Administration.

Governor Jim Gilmore

American Opportunity President and CEO Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore served as the 68th governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. Gilmore gained national prominence during his campaign and governorship by advocating conservative policies that directly addressed the daily concerns of working men and women in every Virginia community.

Norm Kass

National Security and Foreign Policy Fellow

Norm Kass is the Founder and President of Drywit LLC, a consulting service aimed at identifying opportunities for marketing innovative technologies on a competitive basis and ensuring their successful integration in the global marketplace.

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