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Tarren Bragdon

President & Chief Executive Officer

Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

In 2008, Tarren was named chief executive officer of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free market think tank based in Portland, Maine.  Under his leadership, the organization grew to become the largest state-based free market think tank per capita.  In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation’s free market movement.

From 1996 through 2000, Tarren served in the Maine House of Representatives.  Elected at the age of 21, Tarren remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine Legislature.

A nationally recognized expert on health reform issues with a specialty in Medicaid reform, Tarren has served as a health policy analyst with the Manhattan Institute’s Empire Center for New Your State Policy.  He has testified before the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; state legislative committees in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine and New York; numerous national conferences; and the American Swiss Foundation in Switzerland.  His work has been featured on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, National Public Television’s NOW, in Wall Street Journal editorials and op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times and on National Public Radio.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maine and his Masters of Science of Business degree from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

Tarren and his wife Anna have four children; Wyatt, Waverly and the twins, Jude and Asher.

To contact Tarren, please e-mail tbragdon@floridafga.org

 

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Robert LevyRobert Levy

Board of Directors

Robert A. Levy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

In 1997, Robert joined the Cato Institute as a senior fellow in constitutional studies, after 25 years in the business, and now serves as Chairman of Cato’s Board of Directors. He also sits on boards of the Institute for Justice, the Federalist Society, and the George Mason University School of Law.

Robert founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of financial information and software, and was its CEO until 1991. He was law clerk for Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. From 1997 until 2004, Robert was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University.

He has written numerous articles on investments, law, and public policy. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Review, and many other publications. Robert has also discussed public policy on national radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, CNN’s Crossfire, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC’s Hardball, and NBC’s Today Show.

His latest book, co-authored with William Mellor, is The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.

Robert received his Ph.D. in business from the American University and his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.

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Andrea Forrest Brock

Board of Directors

Andrea Forrest Brock was born in New York City and educated at Hunter College.  She started her career as a retail security specialist at Lord and Taylor.  At the age of 26, she became Director of Security for Ups and Downs, a chain of women’s clothing stores.  Andrea opened her own investigative and polygraph firm, then serving as New York City’s sole female licensed private investigator.  Her clients included national retailers such as The Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and Calvin Klein, as well as a number of prestigious law firms.  During that period she was featured in a number of publications, wrote a column for Chain Store Age and appeared on the cover of Savvy Magazine.

In 1984, after a two-year courtship with Randy Brock, she moved to Vermont and started gardening.  Increasingly frustrated by Vermont’s short gardening season, she responded by inventing a way to grow plants designed for warmer climates.  She holds two U.S. design patents on garden products, and heads a small manufacturing company, Zoneup, Inc., which produces and markets her products.  Her gardens have twice been featured on the Flynn Theater Garden Tour.  Andrea serves as a member of the boards of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and of the Foundation for Government Accountability.  She is married to State Senator Randy Brock and has two children.

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Bridgett WagnerBridgett Wagner

Board of Directors

Bridgett Wagner is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

For more than thirty years Bridgett has served with the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. as the liaison to policy organizations, experts and activists at the state, national and international level. She has worked with think tank leaders from across the U.S. and around the world to build strong organizations and alliances for advancing free market ideas. Bridgett organizes Heritage’s annual Resource Bank meeting, a gathering of hundreds of conservative groups from across the nation and around the world to meet and discuss strategy.

In addition to her Heritage duties, Wagner serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Dallas and is a director of State Policy Network, the International Policy Network and the Dominican Foundation. She sits on the advisory boards of the Benjamin Rush Society, the National Civic Arts Society, and the Talent Market. She is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society.

Bridgett has previously served at Heritage as the director of development, director of business relations and director of events for Heritage’s 25th anniversary “Leadership for America” campaign. She also worked as speechwriter and special assistant for former Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner.

She is originally from Richardson, Texas, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas. She resides in Washington, D.C.

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