Matthew J. Brouillette (pronounced "Bree-Yet") is President and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Matt is a prominent voice in statewide public policy debates through frequent appearances in print, television, and talk radio across the Commonwealth.
Prior to joining the Commonwealth Foundation in 2002, Matt served as the Director of Education Policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan. And before his career in public policy, Matt spent seven years teaching history and coaching football and baseball at the high school and middle school levels. Matt also taught history and economics at the university level.
Matt is a board member of the REACH Foundation, a Pennsylvania school choice advocacy organization, and the Joshua Group, a Harrisburg nonprofit ministry serving at-risk youth. He is on an advisory board for the Economics Department at Duquesne University. Previously, Matt served on an advisory council of the E. G. West Centre for Market Solutions in Education at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, on an advisory committee for the New York City-based Atlantic Legal Foundation, and as an advisory board member for the American Academy for Liberal Education in Washington, D.C., a national organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting liberal education through accreditation and research.
Matt received his bachelor of arts (B.A.) in both U.S. History and Education from Cornell College and earned a master of education (M.Ed.) from Azusa Pacific University and a master of arts (M.A.) in history from the University of San Diego. He is currently ABD in his doctorate (Ph.D.) work in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. Matt is married and has four children.
Charles F. Mitchell is Executive Vice President of the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Charles grew up in Delaware County and is a graduate of Pennsylvania's public schools. He has been a financial supporter of the Commonwealth Foundation for many years and returned to the Keystone State in 2010 to join its staff. Charles has spent his career in the freedom movement, with stints at the Heritage Foundation and American Council of Trustees and Alumni in Washington, D.C., and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in Philadelphia.
Charles is a graduate of the Koch Associate Program, the Mackinac Center's Leadership Conference, and the Claremont Institute's Publius Fellowship Program. His writings have appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Allentown Morning Call and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among others, and he has been interviewed on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, National Public Radio, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
Charles earned a B.A. at Bucknell University, where he appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine and, more importantly, met the woman who became Mrs. Mitchell. Charles and his family live in the Harrisburg area, where it is their privilege to serve their church, New Covenant Fellowship, in various capacities.
Nathan A. Benefield is Vice President of Policy Analysis for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Nate has researched and written on public policy issues including taxes, government spending, education reform, transportation funding, health care policy, and economic development. Nate's work has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Patriot News, and Allentown Morning Call amongst others. Nate frequently provides testimony to the Pennsylvania House and Senate and often lends his policy expertise to WHP 580 and KDKA radio.
Nate graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois with a degree in political science and economics, and also earned a masters degree in public service management from DePaul.
Amy J. Grimm is Director of Compliance & Finance for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Amy oversees the Foundation's contributor relations and finances, and she is the coordinator of Foundation events.
She attended Harrisburg Area Community College and received her associate degree in accounting while working in the college public relations office before joining the Foundation. Amy is an entrepreneur and animal lover, and the two often overlap.
Amy lives in the Harrisburg area with her husband and their daughter.
Katrina Anderson is Senior Policy Analyst & Director of Government Affairs for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Katrina is a graduate of Messiah College with a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in adventure education. Katrina's primary research areas include liquor store privatization, energy, corrections and pension reform. Her writing has appeared in newspapers including the Patriot News and Philadelphia Inquirer. She has also spoken on these issues at forums throughout the commonwealth, including numerous television and radio appearances.
In her free time, Katrina enjoys camping, backpacking, kayaking, and almost any outdoor activity.
Dawn Meling is Director of Community Relations for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Dawn has lived in western Pennsylvania since childhood, except for her years at Bucknell University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in business management. Prior to joining CF, Dawn worked in management positions for U. S. Steel at their Pittsburgh headquarters. While working at U. S. Steel, Dawn also completed her Masters in Business Administration from Duquesne University.
Dawn's writing has been featured in the Patriot News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and she has appeared on various western Pennsylvania news outlets, including KDKA, WPXI, and PCNC.
Dawn loves her hometown of Pittsburgh and can often be found running along its rivers or enjoying a baseball game at PNC Park.
Cindy Hamill-Dahlgren is the Director of Strategic Communications for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Prior to joining CF, Cindy had a career in TV news, reporting for WCAU-TV and FOX 29 in Philadelphia where she covered politics, police, courts and more. She also reported for stations in Portland, Oregon and southern Illinois, as well as wrote and performed other newsroom duties in the San Diego and New York markets. Cindy has also written and produced fundraising videos for various non-profit organizations through Interlink Media in South Jersey. She won a number of awards in both news reporting and non-broadcast production.
Cindy earned her master’s degree in American government from Regent University and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from William Paterson University. She is active in local politics in Delaware County where she lives with her husband and their daughter.
Priya Abraham is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
She has a master of arts in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a degree in journalism from Texas Christian University. Before joining CF, she was an international affairs journalist for WORLD Magazine and communications director for the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.
Priya's primary research areas include education reform and labor policy. Her expertise has been featured in various outlets including: KDKA, WITF, WHYY, the Patriot News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, amongst others.
A native of Zambia, Africa, Priya has lived, worked and traveled across the United States (though still admits to a strong fondness for soccer). She is deeply passionate about America's founding principles, crafting sound public policy to better people's lives, and ballroom dance.
Elizabeth Stelle is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Elizabeth has researched and written on government reform, health care, welfare, energy, and government transparency. Her work has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Patriot-News, Philadelphia Inquirer and a variety of radio and television programs throughout the commonwealth. Elizabeth is a graduate of Grove City College where she earned a bachelor's degree in history.
A native of Ohio, Elizabeth makes her home in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and daughter. She enjoys swimming, traveling to historic landmarks and exploring the moral foundations of capitalism.
John Bouder is a Policy Analyst & Communications Officer for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
John is a lifelong resident of Central Pennsylvania. He attended high school at Northumberland Christian School and college at Susquehanna University. He holds a B.A. in Writing and is a short story aficionado and an antiques collector.
John and his wife are the parents of two daughters and he is committed to bequeathing to his family a free and prosperous Pennsylvania.
Bob Dick is a Policy Analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Bob graduated summa cum laude from Neumann University with a degree in Political Science in 2012. Bob’s passion for liberty led him to an internship with Commonwealth Foundation in 2012 before he joined the staff full-time in March of 2013. During his time with CF, Bob has worked on a number of issues including liquor privatization and education reform.
As an avid baseball fan, Bob enjoys attending Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, where he currently resides.
Abhi Samuel is a Senior Community Liaison for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Abhi came to United States from India in 2005 and graduated from Grove City College in 2008. While at Grove City he embraced free-market economics and hopes to one day take those ideas back to his home country. In his free time he enjoys reading theology and trying out craft brews, but more importantly serving at his local church, Liberti Harrisburg.
Prior to joining Commonwealth Foundation, Abhi was part of the Koch Internship and Associate Program. At the Commonwealth Foundation, he works to inspire key stakeholders to become long term partners in the fight for liberty in Pennsylvania.
Tom Bako is a Senior Community Liaison for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
After finishing high school in Romania, where he was born and raised, Tom immigrated to the United States, his chosen homeland. He attended Towson University near Baltimore, Maryland, earning a Bachelor's degree in political science cum laude. During his college years, he actively volunteered with the Baltimore Urban Debate League and the Baltimore Catholic Forensic League, and competed on Towson's policy debate team. Before joining the Commonwealth Foundation in 2013, he coordinated research and internship programs for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and its WhatWillTheyLearn.com project in Washington, D.C.
Along with some research and writing, Tom spends most of his time building enduring relationships with current and potential investors of the Commonwealth Foundation in the greater Philadelphia area. He and his wife reside in the Philadelphia area with their son.
Bethany Wilston is Executive Assistant for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Prior to coming to CF, she served as a director for Mary Kay, Inc. for 13 years and has excelled in administrative positions since 1987. As a standout in the sales industry, she earned seven cars and was able to enroll her children in private Christian school from the time they were in middle school until graduation.
An avid baker who enjoys traveling with her husband of 25 years, Bethany lives in the Harrisburg area with her son and two daughters.
Richard C. Dreyfuss is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Rick, an actuary and business consultant, worked for The Hershey Company (formerly Hershey Foods Corporation) for 21 years, and held numerous positions there, including director of compensation and benefits, prior to his retirement in 2002. Rick also chaired the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council from 2001-02.
Rick is a pension and health care expert who has written and testified before Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly on strategies to effectively manage long-term employee benefit costs.
Rick is a graduate of Connecticut College, with a B.A. in mathematics and economics, and he earned a master's degree in actuarial science from Northeastern University.
The Honorable Robert W. O'Donnell is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Bob is a Philadelphia-based attorney and a former Democratic Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. As a member of the House for 19 years, Bob rose through the ranks of leadership, serving as caucus chairman, majority whip, majority leader, and Speaker of the House. While in public service, he developed a reputation as a thoughtful, dynamic, and intellectually honest member of the House. He has been a consistent advocate for equality of opportunity including supporting school choice throughout his tenure in the legislature.
Bob has served as a member of Public Employees Retirement Study Commission, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Mayor's Tax Budget and Advisory Committee (Philadelphia), the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the General State Authority, the Mayor's Economic Recovery Task Force (Philadelphia), the Milrite Council, and the Philadelphia Port Corporation Board of Directors.
Bob is a graduate of Temple University and its law school, and attended The Hague Academy of International Law. Honorary degrees have been awarded to Bob by Arcadia College and Philadelphia University. He has received many public awards including citations from the Pennsylvania League of Cities Service and Common Cause. He resides in Chestnut Hill with his wife, Dr. Donna Gentile O'Donnell.
The Honorable Jeff Coleman is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Jeff is the principal of Churchill Strategies, a Harrisburg-based communications firm known for innovative and highly successful policy and communications campaigns, and a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was elected to the House in 2000 at the age of 25, defeating a longtime incumbent. He served there for four years, developing a reputation as one of Harrisburg's leading advocates for free-market policies. Previously, he was a member of Apollo Borough Council.
The son of Presbyterian missionary parents, Jeff spent many of his formative years in places like Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. But it was observing the 1986 "People Power Revolution in Manila, the overthrow of the Philippines' 20 year dictator, that Jeff credits with awakening a lifelong passion for public service.
Jeff is a graduate of Liberty University. He lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife and their three children.
Dr. Victoria C. G. Coates is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Victoria is an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a consulting curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the author of the forthcoming book David's Sling: A History of Art and Democracy from the Parthenon to Picasso, and co-curator and catalog author for the new exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania specializing in Italian renaissance studies and regularly contributes to conferences and symposia in the United States and Europe. Victoria is also a former Director of Research for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, providing editorial support and content analysis for Mr. Rumsfeld's New York Times best-selling memoir, and a former foreign policy advisor to the Rick Perry presidential campaign. She contributes to the blog RedState.com.
Victoria is a lifelong Pennsylvanian with ties to Lancaster and Centre Counties who currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.
Amy Clingensmith Mongiovi is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Amy is the owner of Clingensmith Communications, a freelance writing, editing and graphic design business in Lititz, Pa. With nearly 20 years of experience in the communications field, Amy started her career as a reporter, copy editor and page designer at a daily newspaper in western Pennsylvania. From there, she transitioned to the public relations office at Grove City College, where she worked for nine years, most recently as Senior Director of Communications. In 2009, Amy added marketing to her repertoire, and today works in marketing for two Chick-fil-A locations in central Pennsylvania. She has also taught writing at the college level, and she helps a wide variety of clients with their communications needs-from a Christian school in Amish country to a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant group in Cleveland.
A native of New Castle, Pa., Amy has a bachelor's degree in business and communications from Grove City College and a master's degree in professional writing from Slippery Rock University. She lives in Lititz with her husband, Dave.
Gordon Tomb is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Gordon is a communications consultant and writer of speeches, annual reports and journalistic pieces. His clients include the natural gas and nuclear power industries and the operator of the nation's largest high-voltage transmission system.
He has spoken on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency on lessons of the Fukushima and Three Mile Island nuclear accidents and is a winner of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards.
As an executive in the electric utility and nuclear power industries, Gordon led communications teams in the recovery from the TMI accident, the development of an electric transmission project and the reorganization of a FORTUNE 500 company. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist and as a consultant with an international management consulting firm.
He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended Grove City College. Gordon and his wife reside in York County and have two adult children and a granddaughter.
Emily Kuebler Cox is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Emily is a development manager at the American Enterprise Institute, the premier free enterprise think tank in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining AEI, Emily was the development director at the Federalist Society. She is a graduate of the Koch Associate Program and has been fundraising for free-market non-profits since college. Emily earned a B.A. from the George Washington University with a major in international affairs and a minor in anthropology.
Emily was born and raised on the shores of Lake Erie and currently resides with her husband, Alex, in Arlington, Virginia.
Darryl White is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Darryl is the founder of Darryl White Enterprises, LLC which provides consulting services, executive coaching, trainings in leadership, problem-solving and communication to nonprofit organizations, businesses, professional associations and faith-based organizations.
Darryl is a former vice president for advancement for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. At Mackinac, he led fundraising operations. Darryl has also served as the executive director of four nonprofit organizations: the Voluntary Action Center of Midland County, Pregnancy Resource Center of Mid-Michigan, MITECH + and the Michigan Center for Construction Education and Research.
Darryl holds a master's degree from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Darryl also continues to be a registered Radiologic Technologist. He is married and has two children.