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Doug Bandow

Special Assistant to the President (1981-1985)

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Doug Bandow is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a former associate at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Institute for Policy Innovation, and Heritage Foundation, and served as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.

He writes a weekly column for Forbes online and contributes regularly to National Interest online, the Huffington Post, the American Spectator online, the Daily Caller, and other online publications. Previously a columnist for antiwar.com, a nationally syndicated columnist with Copley News Service, and editor of the monthly political magazine Inquiry, he has been widely published in such periodicals as Time, Newsweek, and Fortune, as well as leading newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has written several books, including Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire (Xulon Press), The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington (Transaction), and Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics (Crossway).

He received his B.S. in Economics from Florida State University in 1976 and his J.D. from Stanford University in 1979. He is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. bars.

Hon. Morton C. Blackwell

Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison (1981-1984)

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Morton C. Blackwell founded the Leadership Institute, a nonpartisan educational foundation, in 1979. After decades of work in politics, he served as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan (1981-1984). Mr. Blackwell is one of Virginia’s and the nation’s most influential conservatives, and through his Arlington-based Leadership Institute training programs has helped to prepare thousands of politicians, journalists and activists.

Susan A. Carleson

Special Assistant, Dep. Under Sec. of Education; Asst. Atty. General, Office of Justice Programs (1985-1989)

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Susan A. Carleson began her career in public policy in 1981 as an advisor on health care financing policy during the Reagan transition and then as a senior advisor to the Greenspan Commission on Social Security Reform. She joined the staff of the House Republican Conference in 1982 and later served as Legislative Director for Jack Kemp. During the second Reagan term, Mrs. Carleson was a Special Assistant to the Deputy Undersecretary of Education and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Justice Programs. From 2002 until 2006, she served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the Social Security Administration.

Hon. Linda L. Chavez

Staff Director, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1983-1985)

Linda Chavez was Director of Public Liaison in the Reagan White House and served as Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1983-1985). She is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity in Washington, DC. Mrs. Chavez was editor of American Educator, the quarterly journal of the American Federation of Teachers (1977-1983), and was U.S. Expert on the United Nations Sub-Commission on Human Rights (1992-1996). She is a syndicated columnist and a regular on several television talk shows.

Dr. Kenneth W. Clarkson

Associate Director, Office of Management & Budget (1982-1983)

Kenneth W. Clarkson is Professor of Law and Economics, Emeritus, University of Miami. He helped develop budget policy while Associate Director for Human Resources, Veterans and Labor, Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan Administration (1982-83). He earned a Ph.D (Economics), University of California at Los Angeles, 1971; C. Phil (Economics), University of California, Los Angeles, 1968; M.A. (Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1966 and an A.B. (Economics), California State University, Chico (formerly Chico State College), 1964.

Hon. John F. Cogan

Deputy Director, Office of Management & Budget (1988-1989)

John F. Cogan is the Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a Professor in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University, researching U.S. budget and fiscal policy, Social Security and health care. He was Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1988-1989), Associate Director for Economics and Government and subsequently Associate Director for Human Resources (1983-1986) at OMB and Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor (1981-1983).

T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs (1986-1988)

T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr. is past President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He was Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs in the Reagan Administration, serving as President Reagan's top advisor on domestic matters. Earlier in the Administration he held the position of Counselor to the Attorney General. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board from 1989 to 1992. He has been President of the Collegiate Network, Inc., an association of independent college newspapers; President of the Council for National Policy; and Counselor to the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. In November 2005, Mr. Cribb was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Francisco Marroquîn.

Stephen J. Entin

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, Dept. of Treasury (1981-1988)

Mr. Entin is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury. He joined the Treasury Department in 1981 with the incoming Reagan Administration. He participated in the preparation of economic forecasts for the President's budgets, and the development of the 1981 tax cuts, including the “tax indexing” provision that keeps tax rates from rising due to inflation.

Mr. Entin represented the Treasury Department in the preparation of the Annual Reports of the Board of Trustees of the Social Security System, and conducted research into the long run outlook for the system. In his work in eight annual reports of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance Trust Funds, Mr. Entin was instrumental in revamping the reports to make their economic and demographic assumptions more realistic and to present their information in a more informative and understandable format. This information triggered several proposals in the Congress to adjust the formulas determining social security benefits in order to avoid future payroll tax increases.

Prior to joining Treasury, Mr. Entin was a staff economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress, where he developed legislation for tax rate reduction and incentives to encourage saving.

Peter D. Hannaford

Director of Public Affairs for Governor Reagan

Peter D. Hannaford is the Editor of the Editorial Pages of the Reporter, a daily newspaper in Eureka, Calif. He is President of Hannaford Enterprises, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm and a Senior Counselor to APCO Worldwide, a public affairs and strategic communications firm based in Washington, DC. From 1975 to 1995 he was Chief Executive of The Hannaford Company, Inc. (founded as Deaver & Hannaford, Inc.), merging it with another firm in 1996. He is on the Board of Trustees of the White House Preservation Fund and several other boards, and the author of nine books, including The Reagans: a Political Portrait.

Wendy Borcherdt LeRoy

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Wendy Borcherdt LeRoy is a former special assistant to the President for Public Policy and associate director of Presidential Personnel in the White House under President Reagan. She also served as acting Deputy Under-Secretary of Education in the Reagan administration. Mrs. LeRoy is on the board of overseers, trustee emeritus, at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and she serves on the executive committee of the Parents Television Council. In addition, she is a board member and executive committee member of the Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh and a board member at the School for Public Policy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Mrs. LeRoy holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Stanford University.

John McClaughry

Senior Policy Advisor, W. H. Office of Policy Development (1981-1982)

John McClaughry recently retired after 17 years as President of the Ethan Allen Institute, a Vermont free market public policy research and education organization. He served in the Vermont House from 1969 to 1972 and in the Senate from 1989 to 1992.

Mr. McClaughry was Senior Policy Advisor and speechwriter for Gov. Ronald Reagan in his campaign and transition (1980-81); Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Policy Development and Executive Secretary, Cabinet Council on Food and Agriculture (1981-82). He was appointed to four national commissions by Presidents Nixon, Carter and Reagan. He was a Major, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, retired in 1988 with 22 years service, and the author of several books, including A Better Path — From Welfare to Work (1993), and numerous articles and reviews in major national publications. In 1983 he was a Visiting Fellow in Monetary Policy at the Heritage Foundation.

Hon. Edwin Meese III

Counselor to the President (1981-1984)

Attorney General of the United States (1985-1988)

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Edwin Meese III served as the 75th Attorney General of the United States (1985-1988). He was Counselor to President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985), functioning as the President’s chief policy adviser. He had management responsibility for the administration of the cabinet, policy development, and planning and evaluation and was a member of the National Security Council.

Mr. Meese served as Governor Reagan’s executive assistant and chief of staff in California from 1969-1974 and as legal affairs secretary from 1967-1968. Before joining Governor Reagan’s staff in 1967, he was Deputy District Attorney of Alameda County, California.

Mr. Meese is a distinguished fellow and holder of the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation; a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; a member of the Board of Regents of the National College of District Attorneys, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute of United States Studies, University of London. He has written many scholarly books on American government, most recently The Heritage Guide to the Constitution. He earned his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley

Hon. William A. Niskanen

W.H. Council of Economic Advisers (1981-1985)

William A. Niskanen was chairman emeritus and a distinguished senior economist at the Cato Institute. Between 1985 and 2008, Niskanen was the chairman of the Cato Institute, following service as a member and acting chairman of President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. Niskanen served as director of economics at the Ford Motor Company, professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, assistant director of the federal Office of Management and Budget, a defense analyst at the Rand Corporation, the director of special studies in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the director of the Program Analysis division at the Institute of Defense Analysis. He wrote on many public policy issues including corporate governance, defense, federal budget policy, regulation, Social Security, taxes, and trade. Niskanen's 1971 book, Bureaucracy and Representative Government, is considered a classic. His most recent book is Reflections of a Political Economist: Selected Articles on Government Policies and Political Processes. Niskanen held a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago honored him with a lifetime professional service award.

Hon. John A. Svahn

Commissioner of Social Security (1981-1983)

Jack Svahn is President of JASCO Associates, a Nevada corporation that consults in health and human services. He is on the boards of L&L Acquisition Corp. and the Foundation for the Future of Aging.

Mr. Svahn was part of the welfare reform task force with Robert B. Carleson under California Gov. Reagan. He chaired the Reagan Transition Team for the Health Care Finance Administration. In 1981, President Reagan appointed him Commissioner of Social Security and in 1984, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He later served as Assistant to the President for Policy Development, manager of the President's Economic Policy Advisory Board and a member of the Domestic Policy Council, the Economic Policy Council and the Trade Policy Council. Mr. Svahn also has been a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation; a Member of the Board of Visitors of the University of the Pacific School of Law, and on the Board of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.

Hon. Kenneth Y. Tomlinson

Director, Voice of America (1982-1984)

Kenneth Y. Tomlinson served as chairman of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all non-military U.S. International broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL); Radio Free Asia (RFA); Radio and TV Marti, and the new broadcasting initiative in the Middle East.

Mr. Tomlinson has more than 35 years of journalistic experience. He began as a reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1965. In 1968, he joined the Washington bureau of Reader’s Digest, and was a correspondent in Vietnam and Paris. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed him Director of the Voice of America, where he served until 1984. Mr. Tomlinson returned to Reader’s Digest as managing editor and was named executive editor in 1985 and editor-in-chief (1989-1996).

Lewis K. Uhler

Special Advisor, Tax Limitation/Balanced Budget Amendment (1981-1986)

Lew Uhler is founder and President of the National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC). For decades, he has been at the forefront of the movement for a Tax Limitation/Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In 1968, then-Gov. Reagan appointed him to the California Law Revision Commission. In 1970, he became the Governor’s State Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. In 1972, Mr. Uhler organized and served as Chairman of the Governor’s Tax Reduction Task Force, whose advisory panel included Nobel Laureates Milton Friedman and James Buchanan. The task force developed California’s Revenue Control and Limitation Act, a model for state tax-expenditure limitation. In 1990, he co-authored Proposition 140, California’s pioneering state term-limit initiative. Mr. Uhler co-chairs the “Tax Cut Working Group” in Washington. He is the author of the book Setting Limits: Constitutional Control of Government. Mr. Uhler is a graduate of Yale and the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.