Danielle Doane, a veteran government relations manager, directs the Government Studies department of The Heritage Foundation. Doane also is Heritage’s David L. Coffey fellow in government studies.
Since joining Heritage in 2002, Doane has taken on increasing responsibility for educating members of Congress and their staffs about the think tank’s mission as well as its latest research and policy solutions.
Doane is the principal organizer of the think tank’s Conservative Members Retreat, an annual gathering on policy issues attended by some of the top thinkers of the day as well as dozens of conservative members of Congress. She also organizes another premier Heritage event, the bi-annual “new member orientation” for newly elected U.S. representatives and senators.
She previously was government affairs director of Citizens for a Sound Economy, having joined the grassroots advocacy group in 2000 to develop that shop. In addition to communicating the group’s research to officials in the executive and legislative branches, she built relationships with other conservative groups.
Doane worked on Capitol Hill for five years, first as Rep. Dan Miller’s legislative assistant on appropriations and budget issues, then as the Florida Republican’s legislative director and chief of staff. (Miller didn’t seek re-election in 2002, honoring his self-imposed term limit of 10 years.)
As Miller’s aide on matters before the House Appropriations Committee, Doane was responsible for ensuring that his legislative proposals would limit federal spending. Her primary assignments included the departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. As chief of staff, she managed Miller’s office and the work of the Government Reform Committee’s census subcommittee, where Miller was chairman.
Doane holds a master’s degree in international management from the University of Maryland. She received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.
Her husband, Adam Thierer, is a senior research fellow at Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. They have two children and currently reside in McLean, Va.