Kristen Soltis Anderson
Kristen Soltis Anderson is a pollster, speaker, commentator, and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up). She is a co-founder of Echelon Insights, an opinion research and analytics firm that serves brands, trade associations, nonprofits, and political clients. Kristen is a contributor to Fox News and has appeared on programs such as Morning Joe, Fox News Sunday, and Real Time with Bill Maher. Kristen is the host of SiriusXM’s “The Trendline with Kristen Soltis Anderson”. She is a regular columnist for The Washington Examiner and was the co-host of the weekly podcast “The Pollsters.”
Kristen served as a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and has been an invited speaker at many colleges and universities. She received her Master’s Degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University (with “Best Thesis in the Area of Democratic Processes” honors) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Kristen now lives in Washington, DC.
Trae Stephens is a Partner at Founders Fund, where he invests across sectors with a particular interest in startups operating in the government space. He is also Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Anduril Industries, a defense technology company focused on autonomous systems. Previously, Trae was an early employee at Palantir Technologies, where he led teams focused on growth in the intelligence/defense space as well as international expansion, helping large organizations solve their hardest data analysis problems. While at Palantir, Trae also served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. Prior to Palantir, Trae worked as a computational linguist building enterprise solutions to Arabic/Persian name matching and data enrichment within the United States Intelligence Community.
Trae began his career working in the office of former Congressman Rob Portman and in the Political Affairs Office at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. Trae received his Graduate’s Degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He now resides in San Francisco, CA.
Katie Biber is a technology leader with deep experience counseling high-growth companies. In 2020, she became Chief Legal Officer at Brex, the $3 billion fintech startup reimagining financial systems for growing companies. Katie oversees all legal, compliance, and regulatory activities across Brex.
Previously, she served as general counsel at Anchorage, the first crypto-native custody and trading platform for institutional investors, and is now on its Board of Directors. She also built the legal, trust and safety, and government affairs teams at Sequoia-backed Thumbtack and was an early lawyer at Airbnb, where she managed US regulatory and litigation issues.
Earlier in her career, Katie worked as a political and election lawyer, representing candidates, political party committees, and nonprofit groups in high-stakes enforcement actions, congressional investigations, and litigation. She served on multiple political campaigns, including as general counsel to Romney for President in 2012.
Katie graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and a teaching fellow in the government department at Harvard College. Following law school, she served as a clerk to Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Blockchain Association Foundation and Code for America, a national nonprofit addressing the widening gap between the public and private sectors in their effective use of technology to serve citizens. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.
John 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, a senior member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
John’s commentary and research have been cited in The Atlantic, Bloomberg, The 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 received his Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University where he studied Political Science and Global Commerce. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.
Allison Swope is a partner at Hanover Technology Investment Management. She is also an advisor as well as a co-founder for Assembly, a food and beverage manufacturing, delivery and services company. Prior to this, Allison was the Vice President of Production for VSCO, a social media app. Allison joined VSCO from Facebook, where she led the development of Facebook Live and Facebook Mentions, and helped grow Facebook Messenger to more than 1.4 billion users. Before joining Facebook, Allison worked as an investment banking analyst for Goldman Sachs.
Allison received her Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University. Allison now resides in Dallas, TX.
Board Member (Ex Officio)
Garrett Johnson is a co-founder and executive director of the Lincoln Network. He also co-founded SendHub.com, a venture-backed YCombinator startup launched in 2011. He served as professional staff to the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where his oversight portfolio included Afghanistan, Pakistan and Haiti. Originally from Florida, Garrett holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and was the two-time NCAA Shot Put champion. He also read for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, England as a Rhodes Scholar. Garrett currently lives in San Jose, CA.
Micah Davis is the creator of Founder, a faith-tech non-profit helping people cultivate spiritual formation and discipleship. Prior to Founder, Micah established his fourth interface, Oven Bits. Oven Bits generates forward-thinking, results-driven software that has been used by Vogus, Hilton, and the Bible App for Kids, among others. Micah’s entrepreneurial ingenuity can also be seen in his website, Instead.com. Instead is a micro-philanthropy platform for nonprofits to construct responsible giving campaigns. Micah began his impressive career by co-launching his first two applications, ParaTweet.com and earlier, ROOV. Micah received a Bachelor’s Degree from Oral Roberts University where he studied Accounting and Finance. He currently resides in Dallas, TX.