A Conservative Women's Network Event co-hosted by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute
Diana Furchtgott-Roth is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, director of MI's Economics21 program, and a columnist for MarketWatch.com and Tax Notes. Furchtgott-Roth also served as a volunteer adviser to Donald J. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. During 2003–05, she was chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2001–02, Furchtgott-Roth was chief of staff of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. During 1991–93, she was deputy executive director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and associate director of the Office of Policy Planning under President George H. W. Bush. Furchtgott-Roth was an economist on the staff of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1986–87.
Furchtgott-Roth is coauthor, with Jared Meyer, of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America's Young (2015). She is the author of Women’s Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America (2012); Regulating to Disaster: How Green Jobs Policies Are Damaging America’s Economy (2012); How Obama’s Gender Policies Undermine America (2010); and The Feminist Dilemma: When Success Is Not Enough (2001). She is the editor of Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship in the United States (2008). Her articles have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Los Angeles Times, and Le Figaro.
Furchtgott-Roth is a frequent guest on Fox Business News and BBC’s Business Matters and has appeared on numerous other TV and radio shows, including CNBC’s Larry Kudlow Show and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. She holds a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College and an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University.
A vice president of The Heritage Foundation, Jennifer A. Marshall runs the think tank’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. In that capacity, she oversees research into a variety of issues that determine the strength and character of American society.
Marshall collaborates with Heritage colleagues to explore how moral values and civil society relate to issues such as limited government, a strong national economy and foreign policy. She also edits Heritage’s annual Index of Culture and Opportunity, which tracks key social and economic trends to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right track.
Before joining Heritage in 2003, Marshall worked on cultural policy issues at Empower America, a free-market think tank. Before that, she was senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council and taught at an American school in Lyon, France.
She is the author of “Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century” (Multnomah Publishers, 2007). The book evaluates the cultural, practical and spiritual issues that marriage-minded young women confront as the age of first marriage continues to rise in America.
Marshall holds a master of arts in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in statecraft and world politics from the Washington-based Institute of World Politics, and a bachelor’s degree in French from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where she also earned teacher’s certification. She currently resides in Arlington, Va.
Cleta Mitchell is a partner and political law attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP, and a member of the firm’s Political Law Practice. With more than 40 years of experience in law, politics and public policy, Ms. Mitchell advises nonprofit and issue organizations, corporations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure. Ms. Mitchell practices before the Federal Election Commission, the Ethics Committees of the US House and Senate and similar state and local enforcement bodies and agencies.
Ms. Mitchell represents numerous candidates, campaigns and members of Congress, as well as state and national political party committees. She has served as legal counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Ms. Mitchell served as co-counsel for the National Rifle Association in the Supreme Court case involving the 2002 federal campaign finance law.
Ms. Mitchell has extensive experience on the federal lobbying and ethics law enacted by Congress in 2007, having taught dozens of seminars on the subject since its passage. In 2008, Ms. Mitchell authored The Lobbying Compliance Handbook, published by Columbia Books, Inc.
Ms. Mitchell has testified before Congress on numerous occasions related to election law, campaign finance and lobbying and ethics laws, and is a frequent speaker and guest commentator on political law. In 1999, she authored "The Rise of America’s Two National Pastimes: Baseball and the Law," published by the University of Michigan Law Review, and in 2012, Ms. Mitchell authored “Donor Disclosure: Undermining The First Amendment,” published by the Minnesota Law Review. In 2013, she was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, “How to Investigate the IRS.”
Ms. Mitchell received her B.A. (high honors, 1973) and J.D. (1975) from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Mitchell is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the State of Oklahoma, the Supreme Court of the United States and federal district and appellate courts.
As president and CEO of State Policy Network (SPN), Tracie Sharp serves a 130+ member peer network community of independent, non-partisan, free market allies across the states.
State Policy Network is the incubator and connector of the free market, independent, state-focused think tank network. Tracie has been an active leader in state and local public policy since 1988, serving on the SPN board of directors since 1992 and chosen as president in 1999.
Under Tracie’s leadership, State Policy Network has grown from 36 think tanks in 34 states with combined revenues of about $15 million. Today SPN serves over 130 think tank members, including 65 state-focused think tanks across the states and in Puerto Rico, with combined revenues estimated at $140 million. During that time SPN’s own revenues have grown from just under $200,000 in 1999 to exceeding $9 million in 2015.
Before joining SPN, Tracie helped launch Oregon’s market-oriented state think tank, Cascade Policy Institute, in 1991. During Tracie’s tenure Cascade became the leading market-oriented voice in the state, thriving on nationally-recognized public policy research, most notably in the areas of K-12 education reform and urban planning/smart growth policy analysis.
Prior to her leadership at Cascade Policy Institute, Tracie worked alongside Washington State radio commentator John Carlson, serving as director of programs at the Washington Institute for Policy Studies in Seattle (now Washington Policy Center). She was also active during that time in the Puget Sound Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Born and raised in central Washington State, Tracie grew up working in her family’s apple orchards. She earned a degree in history from the University of Washington. She and her husband were married in 1993 and have two sons. They currently live in the San Francisco Bay area. Her family is active in local charitable efforts, including the award-winning e-Soccer program, serving special needs children across the Bay area.