Leadership

EIG’s leadership is drawn from a wide array of backgrounds: policy experts, start-up founders, investors, and academics. What they share is a commitment to creating a more dynamic and innovative economy across America.

Executive Team & Staff

EIG is led by a bipartisan team with decades of policy, legislative, and public affairs experience working with leaders in the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector.

Steve Glickman

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Steve Glickman is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of EIG. He previously served as a senior economic advisor at the White House under President Barack Obama, special advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and counsel to former Congressman Henry Waxman. Show more


Steve Glickman is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Economic Innovation Group. As Executive Director, Steve is responsible for the successful leadership, management, and strategic direction of EIG. He has served in various policy, political, and legal roles for over 15 years.

Steve is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches on economic diplomacy and international trade in the School of Foreign Service. He also serves on Georgetown's Board of Governors and on the Board of Directors of The NewDEAL.

Steve previously served in the Obama Administration, most recently as a senior economic advisor at the National Security Council, where he managed trade and investment issues, and on the National Economic Council, where he was responsible for manufacturing and small business programs. Earlier, Steve served as Deputy Associate Counsel at the White House, and Chief of Staff for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service at the Department of Commerce.

Prior to his service in the Administration, Steve worked on Capitol Hill as Counsel to Chairman Henry Waxman on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and as a legislative aide to then-Congressman Ed Markey. He began his legal career as a Federal prosecutor and as Investigative Counsel at the DNC.

Steve received his B.A. and M.A. from Georgetown University, J.D. from Columbia Law School, and LL.M. from the London School of Economics. He is a CFR Term Member, Atlantic Council Millennium Fellow, and Truman National Security Project Fellow.

Steve’s work has been featured in the Atlantic, AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, CCTV, Daily Beast, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, The Hill, Inc., Los Angeles Times, New York Times, NPR, Politico, Roll Call, San Francisco Chronicle, TechCrunch, Telemundo, Time, U.S. News and World Report, Vox, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

John Lettieri

Co-Founder and Senior Director for Policy and Strategy

John Lettieri leads EIG’s policy development, economic research, and legislative affairs efforts. Prior to joining EIG, he served in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, including as head of public policy for a leading trade association and aide to former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. Show more


John Lettieri is co-founder of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) and serves as its Senior Director for Policy and Strategy. He leads EIG’s policy development, economic research, and legislative affairs efforts.

John has worked in both the public and private sectors with a diverse set of policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, and global business leaders.

Prior to EIG, John was the Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for a leading business association, the Organization for International Investment (OFII), where he worked closely with a wide range of member companies, industry associations, and stakeholder groups. John led the OFII’s state and federal policy work on such issues as tax reform, trade, investment promotion, and manufacturing.

Before joining OFII, John was Director of Public and Government Affairs for a leading aerospace and defense manufacturer. He previously served as a foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel during his time as a senior member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

John is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he studied political science and global commerce. He serves on the Board of Regents at The Fund for American Studies and the Board of Advisors for Lincoln Labs. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.

Amanda Byrd

Manager for Public Affairs

Amanda Byrd leads strategic development and execution for EIG's public relations and communications priorities. She joins EIG from Spectrum and 463 Communications, where she directed public affairs for Fortune 500 companies, startups and non-profits to build thought leadership and navigate public policy issues. Show more


Amanda Byrd is a seasoned public affairs and PR strategist with wide-ranging experience in driving media and influencer engagement across public policy issues at all levels for global corporations, startups, advocacy groups, academia and nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining EIG as Public Affairs Manager, Amanda was a director at Spectrum, where she worked with healthcare and science clients driving thought leadership and navigating government and public policy issues. Prior to joining Spectrum, Amanda was a director at 463 Communications, where she oversaw public affairs campaigns for technology, energy and political clients including Fortune 100 corporations, startups and industry associations.

Amanda sits on the Board of Directors for Ladies DC, the founding chapter of a national network of young professional women. She is a volunteer with ChildHelp, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach for at-risk children.

Amanda holds a Masters degree in Integrated Marketing Communications with a concentration in new media and holds BA degrees in Political Science and Communications from West Virginia University.

Kenan Fikri

Manager for Research and Policy Development

Kenan Fikri manages EIG's economic research and policy portfolios. Previously working with the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, Kenan is an expert in place-based economic analysis with experience advising state and local officials on economic development and regional competitiveness strategies. Show more


Kenan Fikri serves as EIG’s Manager for Research and Policy Development.  Prior to joining EIG, Kenan was a Senior Policy Analyst and Associate Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.  There he was responsible for conceptualizing and executing a wide array of economic research and policy projects.  An expert in place-based economic analysis, Kenan has considerable experience advising state and local officials on economic development and regional competitiveness strategies.  Kenan has also served as a consultant with The World Bank Group’s competitive cities team.

Kenan obtained his Masters Degree in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and his Bachelor’s in International Relations and Economics at American University.

Liz Hipple

Manager for Government Affairs

Liz Hipple manages EIG's government relations and works closely with EIG’s policy team on policy development and economic research. Previously, she worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she held several positions since 2010, most recently as a Policy Advisor in the Office of Domestic Finance. Show more


Liz Hipple is the Manager of Government Affairs at the Economic Innovation Group.  She works closely with EIG’s policy team and Economic Advisory Board on policy development and economic research and executes the organization’s advocacy and outreach strategy with government at the federal, state, and local levels.

Prior to EIG, Liz served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Policy Advisor in the Office of Domestic Finance, where she advised senior officials on a variety of the Administration’s economic policy initiatives, including myRA and other retirement security policy issues.  Earlier she served as a Special Assistant in Treasury’s Office of the Executive Secretary, where she assigned and managed the preparation of Secretary Geithner’s briefing materials.  Prior to joining the Treasury Department, Liz was an intern in the press office of the Office of Management and Budget.

Liz received her B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy with High Honors from Swarthmore College.

Milica Cosic

Manager for Operations and Administration

Milica Cosic manages EIG’s operations. She previously researched and published on international economic issues for the Brookings Institution and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Show more


Milica Cosic is the Manager for Operations and Administration at the Economic Innovation Group. She has researched and published on a range of economic and international security issues for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Brookings Institution. Milica received her B.A. in Political Science with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently working towards her M.A. in Security Studies at Georgetown University.

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