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.

Sean Parker

Founder and Executive Chairman

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Sean Parker is a philanthropist and entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies. The co-founder of Napster at age 19 and Plaxo at 21, in 2004 he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook and served as Facebook's founding president. In 2007, Mr. Parker co-founded Causes on Facebook, which registered 180 million people to donate money and take action via Facebook; and, in 2014 announced his backing of a new initiative called Brigade an online platform for civic engagement. Mr. Parker is also a board member at Spotify. Mr. Parker has been recognized for his leadership in funding and promoting research into the relationship between the immune system and cancer, and helping to establish the Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) Immunotherapy Dream Team. In 2013, he was honored by the Cancer Research Institute with the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research. Mr. Parker has continued to advance critical research in life sciences with a recent pledge of $24 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine to launch the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University.  

John Lettieri

President and CEO

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John Lettieri is President and CEO of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG). 

John's career in public policy has included time in both the public and private sectors working 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 led the organization'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 global aerospace manufacturer. He previously served as a foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, who was then a senior member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

John's commentary and research have been cited in the AP, The Atlantic,  Bloomberg, Daily Beast, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fox News, The Hill, NPR, New York Times, Time, USA Today, Vox, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, San Francisco Chronicle, and others.

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, the Board of Directors for Lincoln Network, and the Board of Directors for Friends of the National Zoo. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer “DJ” Nordquist

Executive Vice President

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Jennifer "DJ" Nordquist is the Executive Vice President of the Economic Innovation Group. She is the former Executive Director representing the United States on the Board of Directors of the World Bank Group. Confirmed unanimously by the US Senate, her work focused on the COVID-19 response, oversight, information and communication technology, energy, debt, human capital, and gender. DJ is an independent director at Sunlight Financial, serves on the advisory board of Big Sun Holdings and ClearPath, is a Fellow at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and is a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to the World Bank, she served as Chief of Staff at the Council of Economic Advisers in the White House and was Chief of Staff for the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. She also served as Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding, Deputy Chief of Staff at the FDIC, and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Education. DJ also worked in the private sector in Asia and Europe and worked on Capitol Hill. She is a graduate of Stanford University and has a master’s from Northwestern University. She received the Distinguished Service Award from US Department of the Treasury and was named Stanford Associate by Board of Governors for outstanding alumni volunteer service. She is also on the Board of Directors of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scott Shewcraft

Vice President of Policy

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Scott is Vice President of Policy at the Economic Innovation Group. Scott has over a decade of government service, most recently as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), where he managed an active office as the Congressman's primary advisor on political and legislative strategy. Prior to that, he was Congressman Foster's Legislative Director, crafting several major bipartisan compromises in the House Financial Services Committee. Scott began his career at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Presidential Management Fellow. He represented the Department in the White House Interagency Rental Policy Alignment Initiative and developed congressional budget justifications. Scott also served as Housing Fellow to then-Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI). Scott received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Albion College; Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law; and Master of Laws in Financial and Securities Regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center. Scott lives with his wife and children in Alexandria, VA.

Milica Cosic

Chief of Staff

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Milica Cosic is the Chief of Staff at the Economic Innovation Group where she oversees day-to-day operations and contributes to the development and implementation of the strategy and vision for the organization. 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 M.A. with Distinction from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and her B.A. in Political Science with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

Kenan Fikri

Director of Research

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Kenan Fikri serves as EIG’s Director 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.  

Catherine Lyons

Director of Policy and Coalitions

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Catherine serves as EIG's Manager of Policy and Coalitions. Prior to joining EIG, she was Southern California Director for FWD.us, a bipartisan advocacy organization focused on immigration reform. Previous to that, she led the housing and community development policy work for the Bay Area Council in the San Francisco Bay Area. She served as an AmeriCorps member in New Orleans after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a dual degree in print journalism and international relations. She recently received her Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy, during which she interned at the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.

Danielle Cassagnol

Senior Communications Manager

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Danielle serves as EIG's Senior Manager of Communications. Prior to joining EIG, she spent a decade at the Consumer Technology Association, the trade association representing the U.S. consumer technology industry and producer of CES, the world’s largest annual tradeshow. She specializes in communications strategy, media relations, and content creation. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Marketing.

Kenneth Megan

Manager of Policy

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Kenneth serves as EIG's Manager of Policy. Prior to joining EIG, he was Associate Director of the Economic Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Previously, he was an Economic Fellow at Third Way and also worked on the 2012 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Recall Campaign as a finance assistant and digital media strategist. He taught English in South Korea for two years after graduating from Temple University with a double major in political science and economics, and received a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

August Benzow

Research Lead

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August Benzow is Research Lead at EIG. Prior to joining EIG, he was the Research Manager at World Business Chicago, a public-private partnership that led the City of Chicago’s economic development efforts. In addition to this experience, he has worked as a planning consultant for the City of Beaverton and an economic development consultant for RKG Associates. In 2014, he received his Master’s in Region and Urban Planning from Portland State’s Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning where his studies focused on economic planning and policy.

Daniel Newman

Research and Policy Analyst

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Daniel Newman is a Research and Policy Analyst at EIG. Prior to joining EIG, he was a Senior Associate at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he analyzed fiscal, economic, and demographic trends to help policymakers understand the impact on states’ fiscal health in addition to researching city responses to distress. He received a master's degree in public policy from the University of Virginia, where his studies focused on housing and economic development, and bachelor’s degrees in government and Spanish from the University of Maryland.

Amelia Sandhovel

Communications Associate

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Amelia serves as EIG's Communications Associate. Prior to joining EIG, Amelia worked as a Strategic Communications Intern at the Stimson Center. She graduated magna cum laude from The College of William & Mary with a degree in Government. 

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