Washington, D.C., May 9, 2012—The Heritage Foundation, the nation’s leading conservative think tank, today announced a restructuring designed to enhance the promotion of its cutting-edge research and public policy prescriptions.
A new position, senior vice president and deputy chief operating officer, will be filled by David Addington. He joins the executive team of Heritage President Edwin Feulner and Executive Vice President Phillip Truluck, which has led the foundation for the past 35 years.
In his new post, Addington will supervise four departments—Marketing, Communications, Government Studies and External Relations—dedicated to educating key audiences about the public policy recommendations developed by Heritage’s research analysts. He will also manage the foundation’s strategic operations directors, who coordinate issue development and promotion among all departments at Heritage.
Derrick Morgan, previously chief of staff to the president of Heritage, will assume Addington’s post as vice president for domestic and economic policy. He will direct all research on domestic issues, including the work of four major policy centers: the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, the Center for Health Policy Studies and the Center for Data Analysis.
Charles “Cully” Stimson, currently a senior legal fellow in Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, will become the new chief of staff to Feulner.
"Heritage has grown tremendously over our first 40 years, and has developed a reputation for both innovative policy development and innovative marketing,” Feulner said. “With these new organizational arrangements—and the people filling these positions—we have every confidence that Heritage will continue providing effective conservative leadership on public policy issues for decades ahead.”
Addington has been a Heritage vice president since 2010. He came to the think tank after serving as chief of staff and counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney. Prior to that, he had held senior positions at the CIA, the Department of Defense and the White House, as well as in the legislative branch. His private sector experience includes management posts at several law firms, and serving as senior vice president and general counsel of American Trucking Associations Inc.
Morgan also joined Heritage in 2010. His background includes service in all three branches of government. As a policy expert for the Republican Policy Committee, he wrote influential analyses on domestic policy issues ranging from energy and the environment to labor and agriculture. He also led a bicameral staff working group to defeat cap-and-trade legislation and support efforts to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
Morgan worked for four years as staff secretary to Vice President Cheney and represented the Office of the Vice President as legal counsel. Before entering public service, he practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP.
As a senior legal fellow in Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Stimson has written and lectured extensively on legal and policy issues related to national security, homeland security and crime control. He started at Heritage in 2007 following service as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, where he coordinated the Pentagon’s detention policy and operations. Before that, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney.
Stimson’s private sector experience includes working for Marsh McLennan as vice president for private equity/mergers and acquisitions. A 20-year Navy veteran, he continues to serve in the Reserves as a commander and military trial judge.
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