Shadow Government

Thought leaders laying the groundwork for future policy change Gigi SohnDistinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy If there’s one thread uniting the career of a woman widely viewed as the godmother of progressive tech policy in Washington, it’s her ability to bridge the vast …

Rhiana Gunn Wright

Policy Director, New Consensus Fast Facts Green New Deal guru Industry: Environmental activismKey previous position: Policy director for Abdul El-SayedEducation: Yale Notable fact: Served on Michelle Obama’s policy team NJ50 Profile With a different twist or two in her career path in late 2018, Rhiana Gunn-Wright might now be poring over tort tomes …

Kay Coles James

President, The Heritage Foundation Fast Facts Chief of GOP’s policy lab Industry: Think tanksKey previous position: Director, Office of Personnel ManagementEducation: HamptonNotable fact: Served in Reagan administration NJ50 Profile Kay Coles James wants to make “conservative” a label people across the country can wear proudly. “We know—the data tells us—that …

Dr. Kavita Patel

Vice President, Johns Hopkins Health System Fast Facts Health-reform researcher Industry: AcademiaKey previous position: Director of Health Policy, New America FoundationEducation: U of TexasNotable fact: Advised ACA implementation NJ50 Profile Dr. Kavita Patel has a simple piece of advice to navigate D.C.: “No. 1, don’t be an asshole.” “You have …

Jeffrey Prescott

Executive Director, National Security Action Fast Facts Diplomacy virtuoso Industry: Foreign policyKey previous position: Special assistant to President ObamaEducation: Boston U; Yale Law Notable fact: Taught human rights in China NJ50 Profile National Security Action doesn’t have a flashy advertising campaign, nor does the organization stamp its logo on all of its …

Gigi Sohn

Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy Fast Facts Open-internet advocate Industry: Academia, TechnologyKey previous position: Counsel to FCC chairmanEducation: Boston U, Penn LawNotable fact: Mets/Jets/Caps/Mystics fan NJ50 Profile Throughout her 30 years in telecommunications and technology policy, Gigi Sohn has worn many hats—a telecom …

Tiernan Sittenfeld

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, League of Conservation Voters Fast Facts Climate-change crusader Industry: Environmental activismKey previous position: Heritage Forests CampaignEducation: DartmouthNotable fact: Studied in Kenya during college NJ50 Profile As lawmakers streamed out of the House on a sun-soaked, early May day, Tiernan Sittenfeld applauded those who had …

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 …