Meet the Experts

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Joshua S. Reichert

Executive Vice President
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Joshua Reichert is an executive vice president at Pew, directing all of its environmental work, including efforts to preserve large intact wilderness ecosystems and protect the global marine environment.

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David Becker

Director, Election Initiatives
The Pew Charitable Trusts

David Becker is director of Election Initiatives for Pew. He supervises work in election administration, including research and reform efforts to improve military and overseas voting; assess election performance through better data; use technology to provide voters with information they need to cast a ballot; and upgrade voter registration systems.

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Holly Binns

Director, U.S. Oceans, Southeast
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Holly Binns joined Pew in 2008 as manager of efforts to protect ocean life and end overfishing in the Gulf of Mexico, the South Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea..

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Jessica Donze Black

Director, Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Jessica Donze Black is the director for the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. As such, she advises research and policy efforts aimed at improving school nutrition.

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Nick Bourke

Director, Small-Dollar Loans
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Nick Bourke is the director of the Pew Safe Small-Dollar Loans Research Project, which conducts research on consumer needs and perceptions, market practices, and potential regulations of payday and other small-dollar loan providers. The project also offers policy recommendations designed to protect consumers from harmful practices and promote safe, transparent credit.

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Michael G. Caudell-Feagan

Vice President, Programs, Government Performance
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Michael Caudell-Feagan manages state advocacy campaigns and policy initiatives. This portfolio includes the Children’s Dental Health Campaign, Election Initiatives, Home Visiting Campaign, Public Safety Performance Project, and the Results First project.

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Allan Coukell

Senior Director, Drugs and Medical Devices
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Allan Coukell is senior director of drugs and medical devices, overseeing Pew’s initiatives related to drug and medical device innovation and safety, medical conflicts of interest, the pharmaceutical supply chain, pharmacy compounding, antibiotics, prescription drug abuse, the Food and Drug Administration, and specialty drugs, and other efforts related to health costs and care delivery

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Lee Crockett

Director, U.S. Oceans
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Lee Crockett joined Pew in June 2007 as director of Federal Fisheries Policy. He leads Pew’s efforts to establish policies to end overfishing and promote ecosystem-based fisheries management in the United States under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the federal law that governs ocean fish management.

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Erin Currier

Director, Economic Mobility
The Pew Charitable Trusts

As the director of the Economic Mobility project at Pew, Erin Currier oversees efforts to build broad and nonpartisan agreement on the facts and figures related to mobility and to spark an active debate on how best to improve opportunity in America.

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Phyllis Cuttino

Director, Clean Energy
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Phyllis Cuttino is director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, which works to accelerate the clean energy economy in order to seize its economic, national security and environmental benefits for the nation. Pew advocates for national energy policies that enhance industrial energy efficiency, expand energy research and development and deploy advanced transportation and renewable technologies.

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Jane Danowitz

Senior Officer, Environment
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Jane Danowitz joined Pew in 2002 as a senior officer responsible for the U.S. public lands protection program, which seeks to preserve America’s wilderness areas and undeveloped national forests through federal legislation and regulations.

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Larry Eichel

Director, The Philadelphia Program
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Larry Eichel is the director of the Philadelphia program at The Pew Charitable Trusts. The initiative provides timely, impartial research and analysis on key issues facing Philadelphia for the benefit of the city’s citizens and leaders. 

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Sandra Eskin

Director, Food Safety
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Sandra Eskin is the director of the Food Safety Campaign. The campaign seeks to reduce health risks from foodborne pathogens by strengthening federal government authority and the enforcement of food safety laws.

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Michael Ettlinger

Senior Director, Fiscal and Economic Policy
Pew Charitable Trusts

Michael Ettlinger manages Pew's fiscal and economic policy portfolio, a multifaceted set of projects and initiatives that research fiscal and economic issues and promote evidence-based policies and practices at all levels of government.

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Alistair Gammell

Director, Global Ocean Legacy,
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Alistair Gammell joined Pew in 2009 as director of the Global Ocean Legacy campaign to designate the Chagos as a no-take marine reserve.

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Shelly Gehshan

Director, Children's Dental Health
The Pew Charitable Trusts

As director of the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign, Shelly Gehshan supervises the project’s work with states to expand access to prevention and treatment for children through policy changes in Medicaid, sealant programs, community water fluoridation and the dental workforce.

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Adam Gelb

Director, Public Safety Performance Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Adam Gelb is director of the Public Safety Performance Project, which helps states advance policies and practices in adult and juvenile sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control corrections costs.

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Polita Glynn

Director, Pew Marine Fellows Program
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Polita Glynn joined Pew in 2009 as manager of the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation, which provides fellowships to outstanding natural and social scientists, researchers and others around the globe to support innovative projects aimed at developing and implementing solutions to critical challenges facing the world’s oceans.

 

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Rebecca Goldburg

Director, Ocean Science
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Rebecca Goldburg joined Pew in 2008 as director of Pew’s Ocean Science Division, focusing on support for marine conservation research, including the Lenfest Ocean Program, the Sea Around Us project and the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation.

 

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Michelle Grady

Director, Oceans and Western Australia
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Michelle Grady joined Pew in 2008 as manager of the Outback Australia Program. Grady has worked for 18 years as a conservation advocate at the local, national and international levels; a managing director of nonprofit organizations; and campaign manager and senior policy adviser to government.

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Marilyn Heiman

Director, U.S. Arctic
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Marilyn Heiman joined Pew in January 2009 as director of the U.S. Arctic Program, which works to protect the U.S. Arctic Ocean and its marine life from rapid industrialization made possible by the warming climate and the melting ice cap.

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Scott Highleyman

Director, International Arctic
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Scott Highleyman joined Pew in 2009 to direct the International Arctic Program.

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Kil Huh

Director, State and Local Fiscal Health
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Kil Huh is director of the State and Local Fiscal Health project, which conducts in-depth research to better understand the factors contributing to state budget woes and budget shortfalls. The project also provides critical insights as state policy makers seek to navigate a difficult fiscal landscape in the years to come.

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Henry Huntington

Senior Officer, International Arctic
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Henry Huntington joined Pew in 2009 as the science director for the Arctic Program.

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Elizabeth Jungman

Director, Drug Safety & Innovation
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Elizabeth Jungman is director of drug safety and innovation, overseeing Pew’s initiatives related to antibiotics and innovation, drug safety, and prescription drug abuse.

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Andrea Kavanagh

Senior Officer, Southern Ocean Sanctuaries
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Andrea Kavanagh is a Senior Officer for the Southern Ocean Sanctuaries campaign, a project dedicated to conserving the most intact marine ecosystem on the planet. Kavanagh joined Pew in January 2008, as manager of the Marine Aquaculture Campaign and later managed the Antarctic Krill Conservation Project, and the Protecting the Deep Sea Campaign.

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Gerald Leape

Senior Officer, International Environmental Policy
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Gerald Leape is a senior officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, focusing primarily on international marine issues. His responsibilities have included conserving krill, reforming salmon aquaculture production practices and significantly reducing illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing through a binding global treaty.

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Alyssa Stewart Lee

Director, American Cities Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Alyssa Lee is the director of Pew’s American Cities Project, which focuses on the biggest city in each of the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas.

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Diane Lim

Chief Economist, Government Performance
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Diane Lim is the chief economist at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She works with research and advocacy initiatives to produce analyses and reports that inform critical policy debates and identify strategic opportunities to educate and engage the public and policymakers.

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Luis Lugo

Director
Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project

 Luis E. Lugo became the director of the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project in January 2004.  Prior to joining the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, he served as the director of the Religion program at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, a position he held for seven years.

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Christopher Mann

Director, Environment
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Christopher Mann joined Pew in 2007 and leads projects to develop science-based, precautionary standards for marine aquaculture and to advance federal legislation, implementing recommendations of the Pew Oceans Commission for ecosystem-based management of U.S. ocean waters.

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Mike Matz

Director, U.S. Public Lands
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Mike Matz joined Pew in 2010 when the Campaign for America’s Wilderness became part of The Pew Charitable Trusts. As the director, Matz works to protect the nation’s remaining wild lands to ensure an enduring legacy of wilderness for future generations.

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Amanda Nickson

Director, Global Tuna Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Amanda Nickson joined Pew in 2010 to lead advocacy efforts with regional fisheries management organizations, the international bodies that govern the treaties regulating commercial fishing on the high seas.

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Anita Pepper

Director, Biomedical Programs
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Anita Pepper directs the Pew Programs in the Biomedical Sciences.

Anita graduated from Cornell University and received her master’s degree in Molecular Systematics from New York University and the New York Botanical Gardens. She was awarded her doctorate in Developmental Genetics from New York University. From 2003 to 2008, she completed postdoctoral training with Dr. Tom Jongens at the University of Pennsylvania studying a genetically inherited form of mental retardation, Fragile X syndrome. In 2008, she decided to use her scientific background outside of academia and joined the Pew programs in the biomedical sciences.

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Lee Rainie

Founder and Director
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Lee Rainie is the founder and director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, he was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report, after a period of covering politics and editing the magazine's national and science coverage.

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Ken Rait

Director, U.S. Public Lands
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Ken Rait became the Director of the Western Lands Initiative in September 2011. Rait is the former director of the Heritage Forests Campaign, an initiative that successfully advocated for the conservation of nearly 60 million acres of roadless, wild national forestlands.

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Laura Rogers

Director, Human Health and Industrial Farming
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Laura Rogers serves as the director for the campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, an initiative that seeks to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics by phasing out the overuse and misuse of the drugs in food animal production.

 

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Karen Sack

Senior Director, International Ocean
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Karen Sack joined Pew in September 2009 as director of International Ocean Conservation. She manages the international marine program which includes projects that focus on ending overfishing in Europe, conserving sharks, tunas, deep-sea life, establishing large-scale marine reserves, and combating illegal fishing.

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Maria Schiff

Director, State Health Care Spending
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Maria Schiff is director of the State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to help policymakers understand state expenditures related to health care and to manage these costs while maintaining or improving Americans’ health.

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Ingrid Schroeder

Director, Fiscal Federalism Initiatives
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Ingrid Schroeder oversees Pew’s efforts to provide independent and unbiased data on the health of the federal budget and its long-term sustainability. The research also examines the effects of a variety of fiscal policies to inform the debate on current, pressing concerns and to increase fiscal accountability, responsibility, and transparency.

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Anne Stauffer

Director, Fiscal Federalism
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Anne Stauffer is the director of the Fiscal Federalism Initiative, which examines fiscal and policy relationships between the federal government and the states.

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Karen Steuer

Senior Director, Government Relations
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Karen Steuer joined Pew in 2008 and directs government relations activity for all environmental projects.

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Paul Taylor

Executive Vice President
Pew Research Center

Paul Taylor is the executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, and serves as the director of the center's Social and Demographic Trends project and director of the Pew Hispanic Center. From 1996 through 2003, he served as president and board chairman of the Alliance for Better Campaigns.

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Barry Traill

Director, Outback Australia
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Barry Traill joined Pew in 2007 as director of Outback Australia, a joint program of Pew and the Nature Conservancy. He works with partner organizations to obtain protection for large wilderness areas in Australia on land and sea.

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Susan K. Urahn

Executive Vice President
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Susan Urahn, executive vice president of The Pew Charitable Trusts, leads efforts to help policymakers identify and implement pragmatic, data-driven solutions to our nation’s toughest challenges. She directs Pew’s nonpartisan research, technical assistance, and advocacy to promote effective and fiscally sound government, enhance family economic security, and prevent unnecessary health risks.

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Gary VanLandingham

Director, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
The Pew Charitable Trusts

As director of the Results First initiative at Pew, Gary VanLandingham manages Pew’s work to advance the use of cost-benefit analysis and to cultivate a climate for evidence-based decision-making that can enable states to eliminate ineffective programs and shift resources to those that generate the best outcomes.

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Tom Wathen

Vice President, Environment
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Tom Wathen joined Pew in June 2008 as a deputy director, managing programs in North American ocean conservation, wilderness protection and marine science.

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Susan K. Weinstock

Director, Safe Checking
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Susan K. Weinstock is the director for Pew’s Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project, an initiative that advocates for policies that inform American checking accountholders.

 

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Aaron Wernham

Director, Health Impact Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Dr. Aaron Wernham is the director of the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, established to promote and support the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the United States.

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Thomas Wheatley

Manager, U.S. Oceans
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Tom Wheatley joined Pew in August 2009 as manager of the Gulf Surface Longline Campaign.

 

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Robert Zahradnik

Director, State Policy, State Fiscal Health and Economic Growth
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Robert Zahradnik is director of research on states’ economic vitality at Pew. He oversees efforts to research and analyze efficient and effective options for addressing state economic challenges and building a strong foundation for long-term economic vitality.

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Imogen Zethoven

Director, Global Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Imogen Zethoven joined Pew in 2007 as project manager for the Coral Sea Campaign and, two years later, became director of the program to establish the world’s largest fully protected marine park.

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Experts Feed

April 3, 2014

Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2013

Clean Energy
Phyllis Cuttino, Director, Clean Energy, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Global clean energy investment fell 11 percent to $254 billion, and renewable power generating capacity...

January 16, 2014

Power Surge: Energy Security and the Department of Defense

Project on National Security, Energy and Climate
Phyllis Cuttino, Director, Clean Energy, The Pew Charitable Trusts

The U.S. Department of Defense defines installation energy security as the ability to assure access...

November 13, 2013

Senate Hearing to Focus on Fish in the Southeast

Federal Fisheries Policy Reform Project
Lee Crockett, Director, U.S. Oceans, The Pew Charitable Trusts
The future of the nation’s fishery law is up for debate this week as Congress continues a series of hearings...