Staff

Ian Adams, Associate Vice President of State Affairs
Ian is responsible for coordinating R Street’s outreach and engagement at the state and local level. He also is involved in the institute's insurance research, matters related to next-generation transportation and is a frequent commentator on the disruptive impact of burgeoning technologies on law and regulation.
David Bahr, Communications Director
David works to connect R Street scholars with reporters, columnists, bloggers, editorial boards and television and radio producers.
Nila Bala, Senior Criminal Justice Fellow
Nila develops policy to advance reforms in juvenile justice and economic justice, including reducing barriers ex-offenders face in returning to society.
Ethan Bishop-Henchman, Operations Associate
Ethan is responsible for supporting day-to-day operations of the institute’s headquarters, as well as researching and identifying best practices to help retain and engage employees.
Lauren Bouton, Federal Affairs Manager and Coalitions Coordinator
Lauren works with third-party groups from across the political spectrum, including launching a left-right coalition that attempts to bring groups together over policy issues and democratic norms.
Casey Burgat, Governance Project Fellow
Casey researches and writes about congressional capacity and ways to make the First Branch of government work better.
C. Jarrett Dieterle, Director of Commercial Freedom Policy
Jarrett oversees the commercial freedom, postal, labor, and disintermediation policy programs at R Street. His research and writing centers around regulatory affairs, alcohol policy, occupational licensing and commercial freedom issues.
Charles Duan, Associate Director of Technology and Innovation Policy
Charles works with the technology team on projects and papers, providing research and insight on intellectual property issues.
Melissa Dunlap, Senior Operations & Financial Specialist
Melissa is responsible for providing executive support to the whole staff and helping with the day-to-day operations and finances of the institution.
Margaret Given, Communications Associate
Margaret manages TV and radio relations while serving as liaison to Capitol Hill press staff.
Zach Graves, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy
Zach oversees R Street's tech program, which engages on issues that include intellectual property, cybersecurity, surveillance, cryptocurrency, privacy, the sharing economy, transparency and open data.
Steven Greenhut, Western Region Director
Steven is responsible for overseeing R Street's efforts in California, Oregon, Washington state, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.
Jonathan Haggerty, Criminal Justice Policy Associate
Jonathan's research centers on jail reform, prisoner reentry, national security, the sharing economy and civil liberties.
Luke Hammerman, Editorial Assistant
Luke works with R Street's communications and editorial teams to track the institute's media performance and assist in front-page management.
Devin Hartman, Electricity Policy Manager
Devin researches and promotes competitive electricity markets, efficient energy innovation and environmental policies, and sensible electric rate designs.
Marc Hyden, Southeast Region Director
Marc directs R Street's policy initiatives in the Southeastern states.
Nicolas John, Northeast Region Manager
Nicolas is responsible for educating state and local lawmakers and executive-branch officials throughout the Northeast about R Street policy positions on harm reduction and a variety of other topics.
Joe Kane, Technology Policy Associate
Joe works primarily on Internet, telecommunications, antitrust and intellectual property issues to push for regulatory frameworks that will promote long term innovation.
Jesse Kelley, State Affairs Manager for Criminal Justice
Jesse supports R Street's criminal justice experts by traveling to states to help lawmakers implement effective public policies related to juvenile justice, post-conviction life and other related topics.
Caroline Kitchens, Federal Affairs Manager
Caroline helps to manage R Street’s coalition efforts, as well as providing education and outreach to policymakers and their staff. She has written extensively about agriculture issues for R Street.
Kevin Kosar, Vice President of Policy
Kevin oversees all of the institute's research across its commercial freedom, criminal justice, energy and environment, financial markets, governance, income mobility, innovation policy, insurance and public health policy programs.
R.J. Lehmann, Director of Finance Insurance and Trade Policy
R.J. oversees the institute's research into effective and efficient regulation of financial services and the benefits of the international rules-based trading system.
Eli Lehrer, President
Eli oversees all R Street operations, makes major strategic decisions and is ultimately responsible for all of R Street's products. He also tells pirate jokes.
Sasha Moss, Federal Affairs Manager
Sasha Moss handles outreach, coalition building and event coordination for R Street’s technology policy portfolio.
William Murray, Federal Energy Policy Manager
Bill helps coordinate advancement of free-market solutions to solve difficult problems regarding energy and the environment. These issues include fuel choice diversity, climate change and conflicts over public lands.
Josiah Neeley, Energy Policy Director
Josiah leads the institute’s energy program, which works to advance a well-defined and limited role for government in shaping decisions about infrastructure, wholesale and retail electricity, research and development, fuel choice and diversity, and climate adaptation and mitigation. He also leads the institute’s work on legislation and issues affecting Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Clark Packard, Trade Policy Manager
Clark conducts research on and develops trade policy. Additionally, Clark does outreach for the finance, insurance and trade department at R Street.
Christina Pesavento, Editorial Manager
Christina is responsible for ensuring the quality and accuracy of R Street's written materials, particularly regulatory comments, letters and research proposals.
Ann Phelan, Editorial & Communications Specialist
Ann assists the editorial team with a wide variety of R Street's publications and works with the communications team on media strategy.
Alex J. Pollock, Distinguished Senior Fellow
Alex provides thought and policy leadership on financial issues, broadly defined. These include understanding financial systems, cycles of booms and busts, financial crises, risk and uncertainty, central banking and the politics of finance.
Faith Rahman, Executive Assistant
Faith is primarily responsible for managing and maintaining the president's schedule, in addition to other administrative duties.
Easton Randall, Federal Affairs Manager
Easton is responsible for bridging the gap between R Street fellows and decision-makers in Congress, promoting R Street’s ideas and finding ways to implement them into law.
Megan Reiss, Senior National Security Fellow
Megan writes about cybersecurity and other pressing national security issues.
Arthur Rizer, Director of Justice and National Security Policy
Arthur heads institute programs dealing with a variety of issues related to intelligence, national security, crime and policing.
Lauren Rollins, Editorial Director
Lauren is responsible for editing all of R Street’s grant and policy proposals and managing its editorial calendar of white papers.
Paul Rosenzweig, Senior Tech & Innovation Fellow
Paul works on legal and policy issues relating to cybersecurity and tech policy, including the intersection of privacy and security.
Murray Rothbark, Canine Policy Director
Murray's research includes squirrel control and transportation systems, with a particular interest in bicycles and skateboards.
Erica Schoder, Senior Vice President of Operations and Finance
Erica leads the operations team, who support R Street’s physical and remote offices and staff. In addition, she manages the legal, compliance and overall risk strategy for the organization and heads development and implementation of processes and strategies that keep R Street running smoothly.
Daniel Semelsberger, Research Associate
Daniel researches a range of financial, economic and constitutional issues, notably financial sector structure, central banking, financial crises, regulatory reform and political norms.
Patricia Simon, Special Projects Manager
Patricia manages, coordinates, leads and executes organizational initiatives outlined by the senior vice president and the director of operations and finance. In addition, she manages the R Street internship program.
Cameron Smith, Vice President of Implementation
Cameron oversees how R Street implements and communicates the policy solutions its experts develop. He also handles a wide range of the institute's legal matters.
Tom Struble, Technology & Innovation Policy Manager
Tom leads R Street’s work on telecom, antitrust, privacy and data-security issues. His role also calls for him to meet with policymakers and stakeholders, file regulatory comments and amicus briefs, and write op-eds, coalition letters and white papers.
Kelly Todd, Operations Associate
Kelly is responsible for the onboarding process for all new hires and manages common areas of the office.
Lars Trautman, Senior Fellow of Justice and National Security
Lars Trautman is a criminal justice fellow at the R Street Institute, where he researches federal criminal justice reforms, over-criminalization, and ex-offender re-entry and recidivism.
LT Tucker, Program and Finance Specialist
LT is a program and finance specialist with the R Street Institute, where she assists the senior programs manager on the development of program budgets, serves as liaison to the program departments for their profit and loss budgets, and manages contracts.
Carrie Wade, Harm Reduction Policy Director
Carrie is responsible for directing R Street's harm-reduction agenda, which offers policy analysis and real world solutions to public health issues like opioids and tobacco.
Philip Wallach, Governance Project Senior Fellow
Philip conducts research on America's separation of powers and the relationship between Congress and the administrative state. He also follows a wide range of regulatory policy issues.
James Wallner, Governance Project Senior Fellow
James is a member of R Street's Governance Project and Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group teams. He researches and writes about Congress, especially the Senate; the separation of powers; legislative procedure; and the federal policy process.
Joi Washington, Director of Operations & Finance
Joi  is responsible for managing the institute's overall day-to-day operations and assisting the senior vice president of operations and finance in developing and implementing organizational processes and priorities.
Caleb Watney, Technology Policy Associate
Caleb leads R Street’s work on emerging technologies, including autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, drones, robotics and medical tech.
Garrett Watson, Senior Manager of Program Services
Garrett is responsible for grants and proposals, strengthening and growing fundraising efforts, and measuring the policy impact of R Street's work.
Shoshana Weissmann, Digital Media Specialist
Shoshana manages the institute's social media and email marketing, in addition to contributing graphics and video skills.
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