Press Release

Economic Innovation Group Names Leading Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Experts to New Policy Council

Jan 20, 2016

Advisory Group Will Aid EIG Efforts to Forge a More Dynamic American Economy

Washington, D.C. – The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) today announced the formation of a new Policy Council, an external advisory group comprised of leading experts and practitioners with deep public and private sector experience related to economic development, entrepreneurship, and public policy.

The Policy Council is comprised of Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Sarah Chamberlain, President of the Republican Main Street Partnership; Debbie Cox Bultan, Executive Director of NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders); John Dearie, Acting CEO of the Financial Services Forum; Adrian Fenty, former Mayor of Washington D.C., Special Advisor to Andreessen Horowitz, and Business Development Manager at Perkins Coie; John Fernandez, former head of the U.S. Economic Development Administration and former Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana, and U.S. Chief Innovation Officer at Dentons; Donna Harris, Cofounder of 1776, Founding Member of K Street Capital and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University; Ian Hathaway, Manager of Frontier Economics, Adjunct Professor at New York University and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Jimmy Kemp, President of the Jack Kemp Foundation; Ron Klain, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Revolution; and Andrew Yang, Founder and CEO of Venture for America.

“We are proud to add the insight and expertise of these leaders to EIG as we work toward bold solutions that unlock capital for the creation of new businesses and jobs,” said Steve Glickman, Co-Founder and Executive Director for the Economic Innovation Group.

“This exceptional and diverse group will help us advance policy solutions that are both innovative and pragmatic to empower entrepreneurs and aid communities left behind in today’s economy,” said John Lettieri, Co-Founder and Senior Director for Policy and Strategy for EIG.

EIG launched in March 2015 with the mission of advancing solutions that empower entrepreneurs and investors to forge a more dynamic and entrepreneurial economy throughout America. EIG recently released an interactive dashboard of its Distressed Communities Index (DCI), a customized dataset examining economic distress spanning nearly every community throughout the country. The DCI is available here.

For more information on EIG and its mission, please visit http://eig.org/.

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