The Claremont Institute is happy to announce the names of those selected for our 2006 Lincoln Fellows Program. Lincoln Fellowships are offered to young professionals serving elected officials or appointed policy-makers in the federal government, as well as staff members of national political parties and non-profit institutions that research and publish on public policy and constitutional issues.
The Lincoln Fellowship program began in 1996 with the aim of teaching the rising stars of the conservative movement. We now have over 60 Lincoln Fellows alumni, which include senior staff of United States Representatives and Senators, White House speech writers, legal counsel and senior advisors in the U.S. Departments of Justice and State, as well as political editorialists for the Wall Street Journal and Weekly Standard.
This year the Lincoln Fellows program will be held August 5-13, 2006, in Rancho Mirage, California. The program features intensive seminars on the theory and literature of the American Founding, the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, and the rise of modern liberalism and the administrative state, all with a view to recovering constitutional government and the moral conditions of free society.
The 2006 Lincoln Fellows:
Michael Del Rosso is President and CEO of Executive Technology Solutions, Inc. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer at Quantum Corporation, Legato Systems, Inc., and OTG Software, Inc. Mr. Del Rosso has contributed to Department of Defense information security research projects, and has designed and implemented information security products for the commercial, intelligence, and defense marketplaces. His areas of expertise include computer security, critical infrastructure protection, information warfare and cyber-terrorism.
Brian Gaffney is an Executive Producer of documentaries at Fox News Channel. Under his leadership, his unit has produced highly-rated pieces on the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program, the Iranian nuclear threat, and the War in Iraq. Prior to his current position, he was Fox News Channel's executive producer of weekend programming. A recipient of numerous awards in journalism, Mr. Gaffney has held several positions in the television industry, including producer for Dateline NBC. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and holds an A.B. in Philosophy from Duke University.
David Glancy is Special Assistant at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Eurasia Policy. In addition to directing special projects for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, he has supported Secretary Rumsfeld during several NATO ministerial meetings and led delegations to review defense reform efforts in the Balkans. Dr. Glancy lectured on U.S. defense policy at the Naval War College and taught a course on U.S. foreign policy at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and holds a PhD in International Relations and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Mark Greenblatt is Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Previously Deputy Chief Counsel, he was co-leader of a two-year investigation into corruption in the United Nations Oil for Food Program, which culminated in four Subcommittee hearings and four reports establishing that several European officials--including Members of the U.K. Parliament and the Russian Duma--engaged in corrupt transactions with the Hussein regime. Mr. Greenblatt also led subcommittee investigation into alternative fuel tax credit abuse. From 2002-2003, he was a litigation associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and before that, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and holds an A.B. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.
Joel Harris is Associate Director at the Office of Strategic Initiatives in the White House. An executive branch think tank, OSI provides strategic research and analysis on a range of policy issues. Previously, Mr. Harris was the director of Colorado Governor Bill Owens' office in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated state lobbying on such issues as energy policy, Internet taxation, Endangered Species Act reform and Indian gaming. He also served as a senior policy advisor to Colorado Governor Bill Owens, helping to draft and lobby for passage of the Governor's legislative packages. Mr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Denver, holding a B.A. in Political Science and Public Affairs.
Thomas Joscelyn is a terrorism researcher, economist, and writer. He frequently contributes to The Weekly Standard and its online publication, The Daily Standard, on issues related to the war in Iraq, terrorism, foreign policy and U.S. intelligence. Mr. Joscelyn has made regular appearances on radio programs across the country and maintains a web log that was recently recognized by Power Line as a "Blog of the Week." Co-author of a study on thoroughbred racetrack economics, Mr. Joscelyn manages economic research projects focused on antitrust, regulatory and securities issues for National Economic Research Associates. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Mary Kissel is Editorial Page Editor for The Wall Street Journal Asia. Beyond directing daily editorial and opinion page coverage, she authors the bulk of locally-written editorials on Asia. Her work is regularly published in The Wall Street Journal's U.S. and European print editions. Previously, Ms. Kissel covered finance and economics as a staff reporter, authoring the weekly "Heard in Asia" investment column. She began her career as an analyst in leveraged finance and investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York and London. Ms. Kissel holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and an A.B. in Government from Harvard University.
Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political analyst and commentator based near Los Angeles. She has guest-hosted for the nationally-syndicated "Hugh Hewitt Show," and has also provided analysis and commentary on PBS, CNN, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and "The Dennis Miller Show." She has contributed to the editorial pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her work has also appeared online in National Review, The American Spectator, Human Events and FrontPage Magazine. Mrs. Liebau is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and holds an A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Michael Makovsky has had a leading role in formulating Iraqi energy policy for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Coalition Provisional Authority the past few years. Dr. Makovsky has extensive business experience in energy markets, most recently as a senior research analyst for Edison Mission Marketing & Trading. He has also managed political campaigns for state office and served as legislative correspondent to U.S. Senator John Danforth. He earned his PhD in U.S. Diplomacy at Harvard University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an A.B. in the History of American Foreign Affairs from the University of Chicago. He has written a book about Winston Churchill that will be published by Yale University Press in spring 2007.
Louis Marchetti is a Member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff. In this capacity, Mr. Marchetti provides independent policy analysis and advice on foreign assistance and on International Organizations, including the United Nations. His service on a small team tasked with reforming U.S. foreign assistance culminated in the creation of a U.S. Director of Foreign Assistance, to whom Mr. Marchetti has provided ongoing policy advice. A two-time recipient of the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, Mr. Marchetti has helped to draft Congressional testimony and speeches for the Secretary of State and represented the U.S. on delegations to the United Nations and international foreign assistance consultations. Previously, he was an investment banker with Morgan Joseph & Co. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also played varsity football.
Jennifer Marshall is Director of Domestic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. In this role, she oversees research efforts in education, welfare, marriage and the family, and religion and civil society. Previously, Ms. Marshall was a policy analyst and government relations liaison for Empower America and held several positions with the Family Research Council, including senior director of family studies and director of education policy. Ms. Marshall has also served as an educational administrator and teacher at The American School of Lyon, France. She holds a B.A. in French from Wheaton College and a Masters in Statecraft and World Politics from the Institute of World Politics.
David Skinner is an Assistant Managing Editor of The Weekly Standard and a regular contributor of articles on a range of cultural and political topics. In his spare time, Mr. Skinner edits Doublethink, a quarterly journal published by the America's Future Foundation. Previously, he was managing editor of The Public Interest. His work has appeared in such publications as Boston, Education Next, The New Atlantis, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Salon and Slate, and he is a member of the Usage Panel for the American Heritage Dictionary. Mr. Skinner is a graduate of Kenyon College, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science.
Nathaniel Stewart is a Law Clerk for the Honorable Alice M. Batchelder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is currently a Roe Fellow in Law at the Property and Environment Research Center and a fellow at the Institute for Global Security and Law Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Previously, Mr. Stewart spent two summers clerking in the U.S. Department of Justice. He has been published in the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation. Mr. Stewart is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and holds a Masters in Religious Studies from John Carroll University and a B.A. in American Studies from Hillsdale College.
Josh Trent has just accepted a position as Chief of Staff of the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In his new position, he will help manage 80 staff as they help refugees, Cuban/Haitian entrants and asylees start new lives in the U.S. Previously, Mr. Trent was Deputy Assistant Director of Presidential Personnel for The White House. His responsibilities included identifying, recruiting, interviewing and recommending political appointees to the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Trent developed the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, a state-wide mock legislature conference held in the state capitol. He is a fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute and a graduate of Union University, holding a B.A. in Communications Arts and Christian Ethics.
Joshua Trevino is Vice President for Public Policy at the Pacific Research Institute, with responsibility for directing and supervising research, managing the institute's online activities, and relations with outside organizations. Prior to his current role, Mr. Trevino was an associate in Booz Allen Hamilton's international health business. He has held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services as an international communications coordinator and speechwriter. Having served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, Mr. Trevino went on to found redstate.com and tacitus.org, recognized by Forbes.com as one of the "top five best warblogs" in 2003. He holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Furman University.
Patrick Wright is a Senior Legal Analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. His work includes filing amicus briefs to highlight free-market issues and providing advice and technical assistance on legal policy matters. Previously, Mr. Wright held several legal positions in the public and private spheres, including commissioner for the Michigan Supreme Court, and assistant attorney general for Michigan. He is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.