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Staff of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2013 include:[1]

Executive Director

Nelson became executive director effective July 30, 2014.[4] Unlike ALEC's immediate past executive director, Ronald Scheberle, she had no known ties to ALEC before taking the position.

Scheberle became executive director in January 2010. As stated in his biography on the ALEC website, he is "Chairman Emeritus of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board. He has been an active private sector member of ALEC for over 25 years, serving as Private Enterprise Board National Chairman from 1988 to 1994 and as a member of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board of Directors continuously since."[5]

Scheberle is also a "senior consultant" at Bingham Consulting Group -- the lobbying arm of Bingham McCutchen, a global law firm that represents corporate clients.[6]

Policy Department

  • Karla Jones - Director, International and Federal Relations
  • Alex Rued - Legislative Analyst, Communications and Technology Task Force
  • Todd Wynn - Director, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force

Communications and Public Affairs Department

  • Molly Fuhs - Manager, Media and Public Relations

Development Department

  • Ngan Nguyen - Legislative Study, Registration Account Specialist

Administration Department

  • Lisa Bowen - Senior Director, Finance and Administration

Former Staff

This list is not complete:

  • Rob Shrum - former Director, Corporate and Non-Profit Relations
  • Danielle Muckley - former Manager, Member Relations
  • Chaz Cirame - former Senior Director, Membership and Meetings
  • Chris Atkins - Director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[8]
  • Sandy Liddy Bourne - former Director of Legislation and Policy, Director of the Natural Resources Task Force, and advisor to ALEC’s Homeland Security Working Group[8][13]
  • Lori Drummer - former Director of the Education Task Force[8]
  • Catherine Ellis - Director of the Criminal Justice Task Force[8]
  • Jim Frogue - former Director of the Health and Human Services Task Force[8] and Director of Programs[12][13]
  • Brian Garst - Former ALEC Policy Research Intern (September 2009 – December 2009) (4 months)[16]
  • Caitlyn Korb - former Director of External Relations, Membership
  • Morgan Long - Director of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force[8]
  • Megan Lott - former Senior Director of Membership and Meetings
  • Trevor Martin - former Director of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force, and Director of the Trade and Transportation Task Force[8]
  • Lee McVaugh, Director of Recruiting[10]
  • Karen Miller, Director of Task Forces[10]
  • John Shanahan, Director of Policy[9]
  • Daniel Simmons - former Director of the Natural Resources Task Force
  • Alan B. Smith - former Executive Director (February 2008 - December 2009)
  • Audrey Ward - former Exhibit Coordinator of Events and Meetings
  • David Wargin - former Director of Public Affairs[11][12]


The following former staff list is from about 1999, compiled by the Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research.[18] Additional sources of information are footnoted individually:

  • Samuel Brunelli, Executive Director
  • Tim Beauchemin, Legislation & Policy
  • Kristin Becker, Legislation & Policy
  • Ross Bell, Legislation & Policy
  • Lee McVaugh, Legislation & Policy
  • Karen O'Brien, Legislation & Policy
  • Greg Smith, Legislation & Policy
  • Daniel Denning, Executive Director
  • Lane Dolly, Administration
  • Beverlee Lee, Administration[9]
  • Steve Walker, Administration
  • Denise Winston, Administration
  • Jose Fernandez, Administration
  • Gina Abubakar, Administration
  • George Rasley, Development
  • A. Lining Burnet, Development/Programs[9][14]
  • Kerry Jackson, Public Affairs
  • Carolyn Fallis, Public Affairs
  • Brad Boutilier, Membership & Conferences
  • Dennis Bartlett, Membership & Conferences
  • Harolyn Jubar, Membership & Conferences
  • John Cart, Legislation & Policy
  • Christine Hall, Legislation & Policy
  • Julie Sells, Legislation & Policy
  • Tammy Johnson, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Task Force
  • Michael J. Flynn, Director of Policy[14][10]
  • J. Gary Barrett, Director of Membership[14][10]


  • Lang Group Chartered, CPA[9]

Articles and resources

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  1. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Meet our Staff," organization website, accessed May 14, 2013
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council, Lisa Nelson, organizational biography (originally from Ulysses Consulting, Inc.), accessed July 8, 2014.
  3. Niraj Chokshi, ALEC, the free-market group liberals love to hate, gets a new boss, Washington Post, July 8, 2014.
  4. American Legislative Exchange Council, Lisa B. Nelson Joins The American Legislative Exchange Council As Chief Executive Officer: Nelson to advance public-private partnership's limited government, free market and federalism priorities, organizational press release, July 8, 2014.
  5. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Ron Scheberle," organization biography, accessed July 1, 2011
  6. Bingham Consulting Group LLC, Ronald F. Scheberle, firm biography, accessed July 11, 2011
  7. American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Sponsors, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 American Legislative Exchange Council, ADVISORY: ALEC’S POLICY EXPERTS AVAILABLE, organizational website archived at, captured June 1, 2006
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 American Legislative Exchange Council, Form 990, form filed with the IRS and available from, May 14, 1999
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 American Legislative Exchange Council, 2000 Form 990, form filed with the IRS and available via, April 26, 2001
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 American Legislative Exchange Council, 2001 Form 990, form filed with the IRS and available via, April 24, 2002
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 American Legislative Exchange Council, 2002 Form 990, form filed with the IRS and available via, June 27, 2003
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 American Legislative Exchange Council, 2003 Form 990, form filed with the IRS and available via, June 13, 2004
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 American Legislative Exchange Council, 1999 Form 990, form filed with the IRS and available via, June 31, 2000
  15. Mike Flynn, Mike Flynn LinkedIn profile, accessed March 30, 2015.
  16. LinkedIn Profile of Brian Garst, accessed July 27, 2011
  17. Ashcroft Group, Andrew Schauder, lobbying firm biography, accessed September 1, 2011
  18. Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research, project of the Environmental Working Group, Information on American Legislative Exchange Council, archived organizational profile, archived by Wayback Machine December 2, 2000, accessed August 19, 2011
  19. Andy Madden, Technology at the Crossroads: The Future of the Internet, ALEC Issue Analysis, American Legislative Exchange Council issue brief, December 1998, p. 1, archived by the "Wayback Machine," accessed June 2012
  20. Andrew Madden, Andrew Madden, Principal at Madden Public Affairs Group,, online career profile, accessed June 2012
  21. ACA International, ACA International Announces New Additions To Government Affairs Team, organizational press release, June 26, 2012

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