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Tarren Bragdon

Chief Executive Officer

Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, founded in 2011.

Tarren is a nationally recognized expert on health reform issues with a specialty in Medicaid reform.  He has testified before the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; state legislative committees in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, New York and Ohio; 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.

From 2008 to early 2011, Tarren was CEO 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.

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@thefga.org.

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Senior Fellow

Josh Archambault is a senior fellow at the Foundation Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, Josh served as the director of the Center for Healthcare Solutions and as program manager for the Middle Cities Initiative at Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based free-market think tank. While at Pioneer he co-authored the nationally acclaimed book The Great Experiment: The States, The Feds, and Your Healthcare (2012) and published numerous studies on the potential impact of payment and delivery system reform proposals on patients and Obamacare’s impact on Massachusetts residents and businesses. He testified before several state legislative committees and before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health.

Josh was previously selected as a health policy fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., where his research concentrated on the impact of Obamacare on small businesses and the lessons that could be learned from the Massachusetts experiment.

In the past, Josh served as a legislative director in the Massachusetts State Senate for Scott Brown and as senior legislative aide for then-Governor Mitt Romney in his Office of Legislative Affairs.

Josh’s work has earned coverage in outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Fox News, NPR, Money Magazine, and National Review Online. He is also a regular contributor to the influential Forbes.com blog, The Apothecary.

Josh holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in political studies and economics from Gordon College.

To contact Josh please e-mail josh@thefga.org.

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Chief Operating Officer 

Jonathan Bechtle is chief operating officer at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, Jonathan served as chief executive officer of the Freedom Foundation, a free-market think tank based in Olympia, Washington. During his time at the Freedom Foundation he became a recognized national expert on election integrity and government transparency issues. He testified before Congress on vote-by-mail concerns and has been a guest lecturer at the National Republican Lawyers Association Election Law School and the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s FOI Summit.

Jonathan’s past experience includes working as the senior legal assistant for a non-profit legal advocacy firm in Washington, D.C., serving as an aide to state senators in Georgia and Indiana and as a medical law analyst for the Indiana Attorney General.

Jonathan has been published in many national and state media outlets, including the Seattle Times, Washington Post and National Review Online, and has appeared as a guest commentator on the Lou Dobbs Show.  He is co-author of the book, “To Protect and Maintain Individual Rights,” a citizen’s guide to Article I of the Washington State Constitution.

Jonathan earned a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law in Fresno, California, and is a member of the California and Washington Bars. He and his wife Melissa live in Naples, Florida with their three children.

To contact Jonathan, e-mail jbechtle@thefga.org.

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Chris Cinquemani

Communications

Chris Cinquemani is chief communications officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Before joining FGA Chris directed communications at the Maine Heritage Policy Center in Portland, Maine, where he facilitated media, legislative and public outreach.  At MHPC he testified before the Legislature on issues related to open government, elections reform, fiscal accountability and education spending.  In 2010 he built and led a coalition of open government advocates to develop and advance legislation to strengthen Maine’s public records law, which was signed into Maine statute in May 2012.

From 2007-2009 Chris served as public affairs director and legislative liaison for Maine Leads, a conservative advocacy institute in Augusta, Maine.  In 2009 he chaired the statewide initiative campaign to reduce the vehicle excise tax, and directed communications for an initiative to cap government spending.  In 2006 Chris was tapped to direct communications and outreach for the 17 members of the Maine Senate Republican caucus, and in 2007 he was recruited to direct a statewide campaign to preserve Maine’s term limits law.  Chris got his start in policy in 2006, serving as grassroots coordinator and communications director for a Maine Taxpayer Bill of Rights initiative.

Chris has trained more than 1,000 free market leaders, activists and candidates in messaging and communications strategies.  In 2011 he received the first ever Writers Box Award, presented by Americans for Prosperity-Maine, for his command of communications and the written word to advance the free market movement.

Chris holds a B.A. in political science from Binghamton University in upstate New York.

To contact Chris, e-mail chris@thefga.org.

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Senior Fellow for Tax Policy

Joyce Errecart is senior fellow for tax policy at the Foundation for Government Accountability, overseeing the think tank’s research and advocacy of tax policy to stimulate competitiveness, financial security and economic growth.

From 2003-2009 Joyce served in the Vermont House of Representatives.  She served on the Ways and Means, Commerce, Natural Resources and Energy, No Child Left Behind Oversight and Health Access Oversight Committees.

Joyce previously served as Commissioner of Taxes for the State of Vermont from 1991-1994.  She was responsible for overseeing the collection of all General Fund taxes, administering property tax relief programs, providing assistance to municipalities with collecting property taxes, and coordinating the Administration’s tax legislative policy.

She has represented IRS in the U.S. Tax Court, advised the U.S. Treasury Department in Bucharest, Romania, served on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, and clerked at the U.S. Tax Court.  Joyce has consulted on tax administration and has also practiced law in Burlington, Vermont.

Joyce now resides in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Wellesley College, a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law of the American University, and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

To contact Joyce please e-mail jerrecart@thefga.org.

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Chad GooteChad Goote

Director of Development

Chad Goote is the director of development for the Foundation for Government Accountability, a nonpartisan research and advocacy think tank founded on the principles of free markets and limited government.

Prior to joining FGA, Chad managed the day-to-day efforts of a multi-million dollar multi-state campaign focused on advancing the ideals of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty.

Chad began his career in Washington, DC as a director at a leading public affairs firm. Chad was involved with strategy development, grassroots management, coalition building, and strategic communications for Fortune 500 corporations and trade organizations faced with legislative or regulatory challenges at the federal and state levels.

After his time in DC, Chad accepted a position as the Associate Political Director for the leading national school choice political action committee. His work focused on identifying and working to elect state legislators who supported choice and parental options in education.

Chad also has many years on political campaigns in management and advisory roles. He has been involved in local, state, and federal elections.  In 2010, Chad managed the successful Congressional campaign of Congressman Justin Amash (MI-3).

Chad holds a B.S. in Political Science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Chad and his wife Mardy reside in Orlando, FL with their two children.

To contact Chad, please e-mail cgoote@thefga.org.

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Senior Fellow

Christie Herrera is senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).

Most recently, Christie served as director of the Health and Human Services Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a nationwide, nonpartisan association of state legislators.  During her time at ALEC, 38 states enacted model legislation drafted by ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force.  Christie has also been a key figure in galvanizing state pushback against the harmful effects of the Affordable Care Act.  A bipartisan collection of 14 states have enacted ALEC’s Health Care Freedom Act, a measure designed to protect patients’ rights and block a government requirement to purchase health insurance.

Christie has testified before Congress and legislative committees in 27 states, and she has been a featured speaker to legislative caucuses, nonprofit organizations, and business groups across the country.  Her policy work has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Politico, and Fox News Channel, among other media outlets.

Christie holds a B.S. in communications studies and an M.S. in political science from Florida State University.

To contact Christie, please e-mail christie@thefga.org.

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Jonathan Ingram

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Director of Research

Jonathan Ingram is the director of research at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Before joining the FGA, Jonathan served as the director of health policy and pension reform at the Illinois Policy Institute, a non-partisan research organization dedicated to promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois. While at the Institute, he developed public policy solutions, with a particular focus on patient-centered health care policies and public sector retirement reform. Jonathan has also previously served as a staff writer and editor-in-chief for the Journal of Legal Medicine, an internationally-ranked peer-reviewed academic journal.

Jonathan’s work has earned coverage from The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Washington Examiner and Fox Business News, among other media outlets.

Jonathan earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he specialized in health law and policy, and his Bachelor of Science from MacMurray College. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.

To contact Jonathan please e-mail jingram@thefga.org.

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Erik MakrushErik Makrush

Policy Coordinator

Erik Makrush is policy coordinator for the Foundation for Government Accountability, serving as a liaison for the think tanks Medicaid Cure, Uncover ObamaCare and Right for Kids initiatives. Prior to joining FGA, Erik served as the director of the Center for Government Transparency and Accountability for the Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) and worked for IFF since 2009. His prior positions include: director of operations, policy analyst and legislative advisor on policy issues centered on local government, urban renewal, state and federal health care reform programs and higher education. Erik served as the project manager for IFF’s AccountableIdaho.com website and database. He has testified before more than 50 Idaho legislative committee hearings and was a regular guest on local and national radio talk shows.

Erik’s work over the past decade on limited government and the removal of barriers to allow our capitalist society flourish has been noteworthy and he regularly challenges the status quo. He has served as a legislative advisor since 2005 and served on the board of directors for a local charter school. He is an avid proponent for the protection of Constitutional rights.

Prior to moving to Idaho in 2002, Erik lived in the greater Washington, D.C. area and served in the U.S. Navy. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in political science with an emphasis in law and a minor in business from Boise State University.

Erik was commissioned as a Navy Supply Officer in 2010 and continues to serve in the Navy Reserves. Erik lives in Caldwell with his beautiful wife and their seven wonderful children.

To contact Erik please e-mail erik@thefga.org.

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Kristina RibaliKristina Ribali

Digital Outreach Director

Kristina Ribali is the Digital Outreach Director for the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Since the 90s, Kristina has used her talents as a gifted communicator and organizer to educate and engage limited government activists across the country. Starting in 2008 and continuing through present day, Kristina has been responsible for crafting social media and online strategies for over a dozen successful national and state level campaigns. She recently joined FGA after several years building and directing social media strategies for FreedomWorks, a national grassroots organization.

Kristina comes to FGA with an eclectic skill set necessary in today’s ever changing and fast paced media environment. She has trained thousands of activists and bloggers how to maximize their efforts online, break outside the echo chamber and increase their influence. As a writer, editor, and podcast host, Kristina has had the privilege of interviewing some of the country’s leading conservative legislators such as Senator Mike Lee, Senator Marco Rubio, and Representative Tom Price. She has also been a frequent guest on national conservative talk shows such as Lars Larson, and has appeared with Glenn Beck on TheBlaze TV.

Kristina’s talents will enable FGA to build an extensive online network which will serve to share crucial health care and welfare reforms happening at the state level.

If you’re not already following FGA on Twitter, or a fan of ours on Facebook, now would be a great time to join us. Kristina would be upset if she knew you spent all this time reading her bio and it didn’t grow our network.

To contact Kristina, please email her at kristina@thefga.org, and you can also contact her on Twitter

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Nicholas HortonNicholas Horton

Policy Research Analyst

Nicholas Horton is a policy research analyst at the Foundation for Government Accountability.
Nicholas most recently served as a policy specialist, reporter and commentator for the Advance Arkansas Institute (AAI), a free-market think tank based in Little Rock. His areas of study include health care, tax policy and government transparency. He serves as editor of AAI’s policy blog, TheArkansasProject.com, a leading resource for legislators and activists in the state. His critical reporting has played and continues to play a key role in the debate over Arkansas’ Private Option Medicaid expansion.

Nicholas’s work has been cited by various national news outlets including Fox Nation, The Washington Free Beacon, The Daily Caller and the Associated Press. He has received national recognition for his social media outreach and is a frequent contributor on talk radio.

Nicholas lives in central Arkansas with his wife, Leah. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration and a Masters of Arts degree in business administration from Harding University.

To contact Nicholas, please email nicholas@thefga.org.

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