Eli Lehrer is the President of the R Street Institute.  He co-founded R Street in 2012 and has played a key role in establishing it as an important voice in the Washington, D.C. policy scene.

Prior to R Street he served as vice president for Washington, D.C. operations at the Heartland Institute, overseeing its D.C. office. Earlier in his career, he worked as a speechwriter to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.); as a project manager for the Unisys Corp.; as senior editor of The American Enterprise magazine; and as a fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Eli started his career as a reporter for The Washington Times.

He is a widely published writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Times, among other publications. Eli also serves as a contributing editor of National Affairs. He loves science fiction television, visiting museums and hiking.

Eli graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in medieval studies (cum laude). He received his master’s in government with honors from The Johns Hopkins University.

He lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife, Kari, son, Andrew and cat, Mia.