Eli Lehrer 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.

Having previously served as vice president for Washington operations at the Heartland Institute, overseeing its D.C. office, Eli co-founded R Street in June 2012. 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 serves as a contributing editor of National Affairs and prior to its closing in 2018, wrote regularly for The Weekly Standard. He also serves on the board of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for LGBT conservatives and their allies.

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

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


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