Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2015) – The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) announced four new additions to its team that will enhance the organization’s capabilities across public affairs, policy development, partnerships, and government relations. These new positions strengthen EIG’s ability to influence the economic debate in DC and develop data-driven policy proposals to tackle America’s pressing economic challenges.

Amanda Byrd joins EIG as manager for public affairs from Spectrum and 463 Communications, where she directed public affairs across technology, science and healthcare industries. Amanda has deep experience in driving strategic communications for organizations operating at the intersection of public policy and innovation.

Kenan Fikri will take on the role of manager for research and policy development from 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.

Jessica Guzik joins as manager for strategic partnerships and events from the National Journal. While at the National Journal, Jessica directed content strategy, conceptualized and launched new events, and led business development efforts.

Elizabeth Hipple has joined EIG as manager for government affairs from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she served as a policy advisor in the Office of Domestic Finance on a variety of the Administration’s economic policy initiatives, including myRA and other retirement security policy issues.

“As we turn our attention to 2016, we are excited to welcome Amanda, Jessica, Kenan, and Liz to EIG,” said Steve Glickman, co-founder and executive director. “Doubling our staff resources further demonstrates EIG’s commitment to serve as a valuable resource for public and private leaders working together to drive investment in distressed communities, foster entrepreneurship, and support an innovative U.S. economy.”

“EIG is fortunate to have these talented new additions on our team,” said John Lettieri, co-founder and senior director for policy and strategy. “They will be instrumental in our efforts to catalyze economic growth throughout the country by empowering entrepreneurs and investors through forward-thinking public policy.”

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About the Economic Innovation Group (EIG)

The Economic Innovation Group (EIG), launched in March 2015, is an ideas laboratory and advocacy organization whose mission is to advance solutions that empower entrepreneurs and investors to forge a more dynamic American economy. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. and led by an experienced, bipartisan team, EIG convenes leading experts from the public and private sectors, develops original policy research, and works to advance creative legislative proposals that will bring new jobs, investment, and economic growth to communities across the nation.  For more information about EIG and its leadership, visit http://eig.org/.  


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