Disruptors

Champions for change in Washington Ady Barkan Cofounder, Be a Hero PAC Speaking is more difficult than ever before for progressive activist Ady Barkan, but the more ALS riddles his body, the louder his voice is heard.  Barkan emerged on the national scene in 2017 after an airplane confrontation with …

Ady Barkan

Cofounder, Be a Hero PAC Fast Facts All-purpose activist Industry: AdvocacyKey previous position: Center for Popular DemocracyEducation: Columbia; Yale LawNotable fact: Recently published a memoir NJ50 Profile Speaking is more difficult than ever before for progressive activist Ady Barkan, but the more ALS riddles his body, the louder his voice …

Tom Manatos

Vice President of Government Relations, Spotify Fast Facts Jobs guru for Hill staffers Industry: Tech, lobbyingKey previous position: Senior adviser to Nancy PelosiEducation: Cornell; Johns Hopkins Notable fact: Greek-American NJ50 Profile Drop Tom Manatos’s name around Washington and you’re bound to get a reaction—though it may not have anything to …

Tim Hwang

Founder and CEO, FiscalNote Fast Facts Political tech executive Industry: Data services, mediaKey previous position: Founder of youth lobbying organizationEducation: Princeton Notable fact: Son of South Korean immigrants NJ50 Profile Tim Hwang’s email had a simple-enough subject line: “Changing Government.” It was the vision he laid out in that email for …

Linda Singer

Head of Motley Rice’s Public Client Practice Fast Facts Public-interest attorney Industry: LawKey previous position: D.C. attorney generalEducation: Harvard; Harvard LawNotable fact: Handles extensive pro bono work NJ50 Profile On a Friday morning in early March, Motley Rice attorney Linda Singer began questioning former Purdue Pharma president Richard Sackler about …

Josh Ginsberg

CEO, Zignal Labs Fast Facts Political number cruncher Industry: Data servicesKey previous position: Romney field directorEducation: Vanderbilt Notable fact: Veteran of three presidential campaigns NJ50 Profile The old New Yorker cartoon says that on the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. Perhaps that may still be true. But thanks to Josh Ginsberg, …

Jon Cohen

Chief Research Officer, SurveyMonkey Fast Facts New-school pollster Industry: Public-opinion researchKey previous position: Washington Post pollsterEducation: Johns Hopkins; U of California, BerkeleyNotable fact: Also worked on the polling teams at ABC and Pew NJ50 Profile When Jon Cohen first got into public-opinion research, landline polling was everything. But over the …

Carlos Mark Vera

Executive Director and Cofounder, Pay Our Interns Fast Facts Next-gen labor advocate Industry: Political activismKey previous position: Media-relations associateEducation: American UniversityNotable fact: Serves in the Army Reserves NJ50 Profile Carlos Mark Vera believes in the power of internships. A good one, he says, can really make a difference for a …

National Journal 50

In celebration of our 50th year, we’re honoring 50 individuals who are driving positive impact and conversation in Washington through their work. Our NJ50 special report celebrates individuals whose work has an outsized impact in Washington. It also introduces National Journal Group’s ever growing capabilities to serve you through our …