Leadership

Expert + Bipartisan + Entrepreneurial

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.

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Co-Founder and Executive Director Steve Glickman

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.

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Steve Glickman is co-founder of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) and serves as EIG’s Executive Director.  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 Masters program for the School of Foreign Service.

Steve previously served in the Obama Administration, most recently as Director for International Economic Affairs at the White House National Security Council, where he managed trade and investment issues. Steve was also a Senior Policy Advisor on the National Economic Council, where he was responsible for manufacturing and small business programs. 

Earlier in the Administration, Steve was Deputy Associate Counsel for the Executive Office of the President.  He also served as a Presidential appointee in the Department of Commerce, including as Chief of Staff for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.

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.  He began his legal career as a Federal criminal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice.  

Steve received his B.A., magna cum laude, and M.A. from Georgetown University, J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, and LL.M., with distinction, from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member and Truman National Security Project Fellow.

Steve has been featured in CCTV America, Diplomatic Courier, National Journal, New York Times, Roll Call, and Politico. He lives with his wife, Christen, in Washington, D.C.

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Co-Founder and Senior Director for Policy and Strategy John Lettieri

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.

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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.

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SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS Matt Lockwood

Matt Lockwood directs EIG’s communications and public affairs strategy. He previously worked at Google as chief of staff for Google Maps and in other positions across the company. Matt's experience includes roles at Caltech, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and the administrations of Mayors Bloomberg and Giuliani.

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Matt Lockwood serves as EIG’s Communications Director, where he leads external messaging, media relations, and marketing efforts. He also helps develop core EIG products. Matt previously worked for Google at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. He led strategy and communications for Google Maps imagery, including Street View, and served as chief of staff for Google Maps. He also managed strategic internal communications for Google Search and other key products.

Previously, Matt led executive communications and served as a special assistant to the president of Caltech, including duties related to the Institute’s management of the Jet Propulsion Lab. He also served as a speechwriter for New York Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg, and practiced law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.

Matt holds a BA in English, with minors in History, and Justice and Peace studies, from Georgetown University, and a JD from the University of Iowa College Of Law. Matt lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Sheri, and two children, Graham and Caswell.

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Manager for Public Affairs Amanda Byrd

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 across technology, science and healthcare industry clients, building thought leadership and navigating government and public policy issues. Previously, Amanda held communications positions on Capitol Hill and with several non-profit organizations.

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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 worked with 463 Communications most recently as director, where she oversaw public affairs campaigns for technology, energy and political clients including Fortune 100 corporations, startups and industry associations. Prior to working with 463 Communications, Amanda held communications positions on Capitol Hill and in academic and non-profit organizations.

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.

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Manager for Research and Policy Development Kenan Fikri

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.

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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.

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Manager for Strategic Partnerships and Events Jessica Guzik

Jessica Guzik identifies and develops partnerships and events that advance EIG’s policy goals. She joined EIG from National Journal, where she directed content strategy, conceptualized and launched new events, and led business development efforts. Jessica graduated, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, and she received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University College of Law.

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Jessica Guzik manages EIG’s strategic partnerships and events. She previously worked for National Journal Membership, where she directed content strategy, conceptualized and launched new events, and led business development efforts with advocacy and non-profit organizations. Jessica also managed content and event marketing and presented research on best practices in advocacy. Prior to joining National Journal Membership, Jessica clerked for the Hon. William C. Carpenter, Jr., of the Superior Court of Delaware. Jessica graduated, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a four-year varsity letter-winner on the women’s rowing team. She received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University College of Law.

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Manager for Government Affairs Liz Hipple

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.

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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 myRIMG_3527xsA 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.

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Manager for Operations and Administration Milica Cosic

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.

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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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