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, President of Schweiger Consulting, has over 37 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

James S. "Jim" Gilmore III, was the 68th Governor of Virginia (1998-2002). In 1971, Mr. Gilmore enlisted as a volunteer in the U.S. Army after college and worked as a counter-intelligence agent in then-West Germany after intensive language training in German, in which he became fluent. In 1974, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Service to NATO.

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.

Jack L. Schenendorf

Transportation Fellow

For nearly 25 years, Mr. Schenendorf served on the staff of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was Chief of Staff from 1995 to 2001. In BNA's Daily Report for Executives, Mr. Schenendorf was described "as one of the most powerful staffers on the Hill, [who] has played a large role in crafting every piece of major transportation legislation in the past decade."

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