Joint Center Meets with Jonathan Burks, Chief of Staff to Speaker Paul Ryan

On Thursday, February 23, the Joint Center – partnering with INSIGHT America – organized a breakfast with Jonathan Burks, Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

In 2015, he served as the Policy Advisor for budget and appropriations to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. From 2010-2014 he served as Policy Director for the House Budget Committee where he served as the principal advisor to then-Budget Committee Chairman Ryan on defense and international affairs issues. From June through November 2012, Burks took a leave of absence from the Budget Committee to serve as the deputy policy director of the Romney for President campaign where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the policy team. Prior to joining the Budget Committee, in 2007, he worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission as the Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. From 2005-2007, Burks served as the senior advisor (chief of staff) to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs.

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Meeting Participants Included:

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies Government Affairs and Advocacy Director Molly Ryan

Hope Restored, Inc. President Jeffrey Thames, Sr.

Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies President & CEO Floyd Mori

CSX Director of Federal Affairs Garrick Francis

CSX Vice President of Federal Legislation Anne Reinke

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Charles James, Sr.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Alicia Diaz

National Black Police Association Vice-Chairperson Lt. Sonia Y.W. Pruitt

National Urban League Sr. VP for Policy and ED of the Washington Bureau Don Cravins

Walgreens Head of Federal Advocacy, Director Government Relations Alethia Jackson

Gloucester Institute President & Founder Kay Cole James

Jack Kemp Foundation President Jimmy Kemp

Center for Urban Renewal and Education National Director Rev. Derek McCoy

Democracy Fund Program Director Betsy Hawkings

African American Mayors Association Executive Director Stephanie Mash

African American Mayors Association Deputy Executive Director Everton Morris

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Executive Director Kenneth Romero

League of United Latin American Citizens National Executive Director Brent Wilkes

NewsCorp Executive VP and Global Head of Government Affairs Toni Bush

EEI Director of External Affairs Kwame Canty

LinkedIn Head of U.S. Public Policy Nicole Isaac

ExxonMobil Senior Director, Federal Relations Keith McCoy

Citibank Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs Paul Thornell

MMTC President & CEO Kim Keenan

AARP Senior VP of Government Affairs Joyce Rogers

FedEx Senior Federal Affairs Representative Lance Magnum

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Chairwoman Barbara Johnson

National Council of Negro Women Executive Director Janice Mathis

U.S. Black Chamber President &CEO Ron Busby

American Nurses Association Michelle Mitchell

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Director of Government Affairs Sean Burns