John P. Backiel


As director of accounting and controller, John P. Backiel is responsible for all aspects of The Heritage Foundation’s accounting department, among them the annual budget, audit and tax filings. His duties also include financial transparency, internal controls, financial reporting and strategic thinking.

Before joining Heritage in October 2012, Backiel was chief financial officer at one of New England’s largest chauffeured transportation companies. Before that, he spent six years in public accounting and financial advising. 

Backiel holds a master’s degree in financial planning from Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., and a bachelor of arts degree in accounting and business administration from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. He is a certified public accountant.

Backiel grew up in Trumbull, Conn., and he and his wife, Jessica, currently reside in Washington, D.C.

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