Policy Whisperers

Trusted staff advising policymakers shaping the new Washington Ellen Lord Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment The Pentagon spends hundreds of billions of dollars contracting to thousands of defense companies every year. Ellen Lord is charged with streamlining and protecting that sprawling supply chain. “She’s moving the needle, which is …

Marc Short

Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence Fast Facts Pence’s right hand Industry:Government, consultingKey previous position: White House legislative liaisonEducation: Washington & Lee; University of VirginiaNotable fact: Ties to Reagan Ranch NJ50 Profile In a town of big egos and self-promotion, Marc Short stands out by trying to stand …

Lina Khan

Majority Counsel, House Judiciary Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee Fast Facts Antitrust legal scholar Industry: Academic, legalKey previous position: Open Markets InstituteEducation: Williams; Yale LawNotable fact: Thesis was on Hannah Arendt NJ50 Profile Within a few months of the publication of Lina Khan’s doctrine-shattering study on the antitrust threat …

Kerry Rom

Communications Director for Rep. Dan Crenshaw Fast Facts House GOP message maker Industry: CongressKey previous position: Director of media affairs, NRCCEducation: Franklin & Marshall Notable fact: College volleyball player NJ50 Profile Kerry Rom is driving the communications strategy for a House Republican freshman who has garnered the kind of media attention …

Justin Muzinich

Deputy Treasury Secretary Fast Facts GOP adviser and financier Key previous position: 2016 adviser to Jeb BushEducation: Harvard; Yale Law Industry: FinanceNotable fact: Avid squash player NJ50 Profile Justin Muzinich has served as an economic adviser to an array of Republican Party luminaries, but his time in the Treasury Department has …

Eric Hargan

Deputy Secretary, Health and Human Services Department Fast Facts GOP health care official Industry: Health care lawKey previous position: Acting HHS deputy secretary under George W. Bush Education: Harvard; Columbia LawNotable fact: Volunteers at local church NJ50 Profile For Eric Hargan, it’s not too much of a stretch to say …

Ellen Lord

Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment Fast Facts DoD acquisition official Industry: DefenseKey previous position: President of Textron SystemsEducation: Connecticut College; U of New HampshireNotable fact: Worked in the private sector for 30+ years NJ50 Profile The Pentagon spends hundreds of billions of dollars contracting to thousands of defense companies …

Jennifer DeCasper

Chief of Staff, Senator Tim Scott Fast Facts Trailblazing Senate staffer Industry: CongressKey previous position: Colorado prosecutorEducation: U of Michigan Law Notable fact: Worked as Dulles gate agent NJ50 Profile DeCasper didn’t ask for the spotlight. The longtime aide to Sen. Tim Scott had finally accepted the South Carolina Republican’s offer …

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 …