Policy Council

Robert Balfanz
The Everyone Graduates Center
Johns Hopkins University

Melody Barnes
Melody Barnes Solutions
Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives
Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University

John J. Dilulio Jr.
Frederic Fox Leadership Professor University of Pennsylvania

Sylvia Earle 
Aspen High Seas Initiative 
President and Chairman, Mission Blue 
The Sylvia Earle Alliance 
National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence 

William Galston
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies
Brookings Institute

Michael J. Gerson
Hastert Fellow at Wheaton College
Columnist, The Washington Post

Stephen Goldsmith
Daniel Paul Professor of Government
Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

Robert D. Putnam
Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy
Harvard University

Timothy Shriver
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Special Olympics

Randal C. Teague
Legal Counsel

Senator Harris Wofford
Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
Assistant to President John F. Kennedy
Chair of America's Promise Alliance

In Memoriam
Amy Kass
James Q. Wilson


 About Us

Civic Enterprises is a social enterprise firm that works with corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities and governments to develop innovative initiatives and public policies in the fields of education, national service, civic engagement, conservation, public health and more. We work with organizations that seek to challenge the status quo and grow their impact for the greater good. Working closely with clients to determine what they need to better engage with their stakeholders and serve their constituents, we specialize in research and policy development, strategy and coalition building, state and federal policy analysis, and strategic communications.

 Staff Members

John Bridgeland

John Bridgeland is Founder & CEO of Civic, Vice Chair of Service Year Alliance at The Aspen Institute to make a service year a common expectation and opportunity for all 18-28 year olds, Co-Convener of GradNation to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020, and Vice Chairman of Malaria No More, a nonprofit working to end malaria deaths in Africa by the end of 2015. Previously, Bridgeland was appointed by President Obama to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions. He also served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Assistant to the President of the United States, and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps under President George W. Bush. He is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law and has given commencement addresses at the College of William & Mary, Johns Hopkins University, Saint Anselm College, Hamline University and Ripon College. In addition, he was named a Non-Profit Executive of the Year in 2009 for his work in developing the Serve America Act that was signed into law.  

For a full bio click here.

Bruce Reed

Bruce Reed is co-founder and CEO of Civic, a social enterprise and public policy firm located in Washington, D.C. A domestic policy expert, Bruce Reed served for more than a decade as a top White House policy advisor in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. As President Clinton's chief domestic policy advisor, he oversaw a host of domestic and social policies, including education, crime, welfare reform, youth smoking and gun violence. Reed supervised the landmark 1996 welfare reform law, the 1994 crime bill, and the Clinton education agenda. In the Obama White House, he served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden, working on economic, fiscal, and tax policy, education, and gun violence. He previously served as executive director of the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction commission and was the lead author of its report, The Moment of Truth. After leaving the Obama administration, Reed spent two years as the first president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, where he led nationwide efforts to strengthen public education in urban areas. Reed is Co-Chair of The Aspen Initiative on the Future of Work with John Bridgeland to upgrade America's engine of opportunity, which released its policy plan of action in 2017. He is also a member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group and a Senior Fellow at Results for America, working to promote evidence-based policymaking. The son of a former Idaho state senator, Bruce Reed has a long record of public service. He began his career as chief speechwriter for Senator Al Gore, policy director for Governor Bill Clinton at the Democratic Leadership Council, and deputy campaign manager for policy of the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign. An accomplished writer, he was a longtime contributor to Slate and the New Republic and co-authored The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America with Rahm Emanuel. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University and earned a Master of Philosophy degree in English studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. For a full bio click here.

gary r. edson


Gary Edson is Principal of Civic Enterprises. He is a White House veteran, non-profit executive, and recognized leader in global development. Condoleezza Rice has called him “one of the best ‘policy engineers’” she has ever known. As Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy National Economic Advisor to President George W. Bush, Edson established the groundbreaking Millennium Challenge Corporation to fight global poverty; co-led the development of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; co-chaired the Task Force on New York Economic Revitalization after 9/11; and helped launch Volunteers for Prosperity. Earlier in his career, he served as General Counsel to the U.S. Trade Representative. In the non-profit sector, Edson has served as CEO of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, helping Haiti “build back better” after the devastating 2010 earthquake, and President of Conservation International. He is Senior Advisor at TOTAL Impact Capital, a merchant bank for impact investment, and an affiliate partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a private equity firm. He was previously Chairman of PAR Systems, Inc, a provider of intelligent robotic systems, and Managing Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group. An expert in global health, Edson is a board member of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a global partnership fighting women’s cancers, and helped launch Malaria No More. To view a full bio, click here.

jennifer depaoli

Senior Research & Policy Advisor

Jennifer DePaoli is the Senior Education Advisor at Civic Enterprises.  Prior to joining Civic Enterprises, Jennifer served as an education policy researcher at Policy Matters Ohio, a state policy think tank, where she worked on state K-12 education policy analysis.  In this role, she authored Misleading Measurements, a report on highly rated urban public schools in Ohio and co-authored Avoiding Accountability, a report on charter school closure law in Ohio.  Jennifer also brings with her nearly a decade of experience teaching at the university and elementary/middle school levels.  She began her career in education as a 7th grade teacher at Leesville Road Middle School in Raleigh, NC, then later as a 5th grade teacher at C.O. Harrison Elementary School in Cincinnati, OH.  She most recently taught courses in educational foundations to pre-service teachers at the University of Akron and Ohio State University.  Jennifer earned her Ph.D in Education from Ohio State University, where she focused on state- and district-level K-12 education policy.  She also holds a Master's in Education and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton.

erin ingram 

Policy Advisor

Erin Ingram is a Policy Advisor at Civic Enterprises. Prior to joining Civic Enterprises, Erin served as an associate at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations for the Scaling What Works initiative, which worked to expand the number of grantmakers and public sector funders seeking to grow the impact of high performing nonprofits. In this role, she led communications and outreach efforts, assisted in the research and writing of publications, and the production of conferences and other learning opportunities that brought together innovative grantmakers from around the country. She has also helped to found a nonprofit providing education and healthcare to at-risk youth living in the slums of Nairobi, taught English to business professionals in Madrid, and served with City Year as a Senior Corps Member in a public school on the south side of Chicago. Erin earned her M.A. in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh, and holds a B.A. in History from the College of Wooster.

Matthew Atwell

Research Associate

Matt Atwell is a Research Associate at Civic Enterprises. Matt graduated from Saint Joseph's University cum laude with degrees in Political Science and Economics. During his time at SJU, Matt studied abroad in Belgium where he interned in the European Parliament for Member of the European Parliament, Marian-Jean Marinescu of Romania. Matt also graduated with departmental honors in political science after spending his senior year researching and writing a thesis on party polarization in United States politics. While at school, Matt participated in many service opportunities in various communities across the country.



Ellie Manspile joined the Civic team in 2018 as the Executive and Research Assistant. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she recently graduated from The College of William summa cum laude as a double major in Government and Marketing with a concentration in Business Analytics. At W&M, Ellie served as a tour guide for the W&M Admissions Office and a marketing intern for Student Engagement and Leadership. She also spent a summer interning in Corporate Communications for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Outside of work, Ellie enjoys baking, running, and traveling.


 Past Staff 

E. Fallon Bridgeland

Operations Officer & Research Assistant

Fallon Bridgeland joined the core Civic team in 2016. She has worked on business operation, development and project management, in addition to providing research and staff support. Before 2016, she worked as a research fellow for Civic during winter breaks from college. Fallon graduated with high honors from the College of William and Mary, where she studied Psychology and Business Management. At W&M, Fallon held several leadership positions, including President of Reveille A Cappella. She also conducted psychological research in her junior and senior year that was submitted for publication to a major psychological journal. Fallon spent a summer abroad at Cambridge University in England, where she studied English literature and German studies. She serves as a member of EARTH College’s President’s Youth Advisory Board and lead singer in her band, Far Places.

Ryan Streeter

Former Vice President of Civic Enterprises

Ryan Streeter is the director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he oversees research in education, American citizenship, politics, public opinion, and social and cultural studies. Before joining AEI, he was executive director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Streeter has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Emory University, an M.A. from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A. from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Dr. Streeter has had a distinguished career in government service, which includes being deputy chief of staff for policy for Indiana Governor Mike Pence, special assistant for domestic policy to President George W. Bush at the White House, and policy adviser to Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. He has many publications, and he was Vice President at Civic Enterprises from 2007 to 2008.

Caitlin-Marie Ward

Staff Assistant

Caitlin-Marie Ward currently works as a Program Officer at Freedom House in their Latin American department. In this role, Caitlin-Marie directs programmatic, financial, and administrative aspects of projects focused on promoting democracy and protecting human rights in Central America and the Caribbean. Catlin-Marie has a long-standing interest and commitment to political, social, and economic issues affecting Latin America. While pursuing her master's degree, she spent the summer of 2015 interning at Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular (CINEP) in Bogota, Colombia where she researched, wrote, and submitted an application to nominate a women's cooperative from the Department of Nariño for the 2015 Peace Prize. She has also interned at the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States where she researched topics such as migration, gang violence in Central America, and the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities in Latin America. Caitlin-Marie holds two degrees from Georgetown University—a Bachelor of Arts in English and a master of Artis in Latin American Studies.

 Past Fellows

Alex Hayes

Summer Research Fellow

Alex Hayes is a research fellow at Civic Enterprises for the summer of 2018. He is a Class of 2019 undergraduate at the College of William & Mary conferring a B.A. in Government and French/Francophone Studies and participating in the Leadership & Community Engagement D.C. Summer Institute. At William & Mary, Alex will be on the Diversity Initiatives team for Student Assembly starting in Fall 2018 and he holds a leadership position in the Kappa Delta Rho Social Fraternity. He spent his 2017 fall semester studying at l'Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 in France, where he took courses on French civil law and cinema. At school, he is interested in racially and ethnically equitable policy, political theory, and public education. In his free time, he is a passionate Washington Capitals fan, an avid reader of James Baldwin, and a fan of the outdoors. He has contributed to the Great American High School Campaign, the Aspen High Seas Initiative, and other projects at Civic.



Bucky Gerson

Summer Research Fellow

Bucky Gerson is a research fellow at Civic Enterprises. He recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a masters in accounting focused in tax consulting. Prior to that, he attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where he received a B.A. in business with a focus in accounting. While at Rhodes College, he interned at the FedEx Services headquarters in the payroll accounting group. Throughout his academic career, he has traveled extensively - volunteering, learning about AIDS policy, studying Greek and Roman history, and visiting the accounting giants. When he is not working, Bucky enjoys cooking, gardening, reading fiction, and going to the movies.

Arya Hariharan

Research Fellow

Arya Hariharan is a Democratic Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary. She is responsible for the Committee’s oversight of the White House, FBI, and Department of Justice, as well as working on joint committee investigations and the Russia investigation. Her legislative portfolio focuses on election security, cybersecurity, national security, white collar crime, civil justice, and surveillance issues. Previously, Arya was the Legislative Director & Senior Legislative Counsel for Congressman Hank Johnson, where she managed his legislative portfolio and supervised his DC legislative team. She was responsible his work on the Judiciary Committee and Armed Services Committee in addition to his technology, environment, energy, healthcare, and foreign affairs portfolio. Before working on the Hill, Arya was a lobbyist for the environmental law firm Earthjustice and for the American Association for Justice, as well as a legal fellow for the policy firm Civic Enterprises. She graduated from American University with a BA in 2007. She received her JD from the William & Mary School of Law in 2012 and is licensed to practice law in the state of Virginia. She is a retired soccer player from Philadelphia, who currently lives in Washington DC with her rescued Great Dane Apollo.

Caroline Kelm
Research Fellow

Caroline Kelm served a research fellow at Civic for the spring of 2018. Caroline is a Political science student at Saint Joseph’s University in the graduating class of 2019. At SJU, Caroline is the President of Women’s Leadership Initiative, a club working to promote gender parity in the workplace. Much of her interests surround current events and social political issues. Her work at Civic is focused on education projects like the GradNation annual report and the Education Leads Home campaign.

Madelyn Webb

Research Fellow

Madelyn Webb is a research fellow at Civic for the fall and winter of 2017. She is a Sociology student at the University of New Hampshire, intending to graduate in December. At UNH, Madelyn participated in a diverse variety of research opportunities including interviewing and studying New Hampshire's oyster aquaculturists, investigating the rising popularity of the second-hand clothing market, and analyzing farmers' differing views on climate change in both rural New England and Bhutan. She volunteers at AIR, an arts camp for at-risk teen girls, and WISE, a domestic violence crisis center. Madelyn intends to pursue further studies in the burgeoning field of environmental sociology. 

Matt Enloe

Summer Research Fellow

Matt Enloe is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University wth a Bachelor in Arts in 2015, with a major in philosophy and a minor in psychology. Prior to Civic, Matt was a Judicial Extern for a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois. He previously served as an intern for the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian. Matt is a dedicated student leader, and serves as the president of multiple student organizations at UChicago Law, including the Native American Law School Association. His work at Civic focused on projects relating to the economy, education, and civic health. 

Lily Nalulani Jenkins

Ocean Conservation Research Fellow

Lily Nalulani Jenkins served as an an Ocean Conservation Research Fellow at Civic Enterprises. Lily has been zealous about conservation work since second grade. She has explored this passion as a previous intern with the National Park Service, Haleakala as well as with Maui Economic Development Board and Nene O Molokai. Lily has mentored middle school and high school students in leadership and STEM career development though organizations such as Rotary, National Park Service, Hawaii State Student Council, and Robotics. Notable achievements include being a two-time Intel International Science and Engineering Fair grand award winner placing 1st in the world in the category of Earth and Environmental Sciences for her research on the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of Red Mangrove along the south shore of Molokai. Additionally, Lily was a plenary speaker at the 2015 Esri User Conference in California. Lily plans to pursue a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science and Environmental Science, with a concentration in marine ecosystems.

Sarah Jenkins

Ocean Conservation Research Fellow

Sarah Jenkins served as a Research Fellow at Civic, where her work focused on ocean conservation. She assisted in developing Civic's collaborative High Seas Initiative. Prior to interning with Civic Enterprises and attending Duke University, Sarah Jenkins held leadership roles in Maui County and Hawaii State Student Council organizations, mentored middle and elementary school students in STEM education, educated Molokai community members on environmental issues, presented at the Hawaii Conservation Conference on research, and led various projects regarding the sustainability and conservation of natural resources on her home island of Molokai, Hawaii. Sarah’s current research utilizes Geographic Information Systems to analyze the socioeconomic and ecological impact Red Mangrove is having along the southern coast of Molokai and its imminent threat to the fringing reef. This original research earned her 1st place in the world in the category of Earth and Environmental Science at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Her work caught the attention of Esri CEO, Jack Dangermond, who asked Sarah to be a plenary speaker before 17,000 geospatial professionals and software engineers at the 2015 Esri International User Conference in California. Growing up on the island of Molokai, Sarah has been committed to protecting Hawaii’s unique natural and cultural resources that has led her on a path to majoring in Environmental Science and Policy at Duke University.

Jacob McGrew

Research Fellow

Jacob McGrew was a Research Fellow at Civic Enterprises in the summer of 2012 as part of The Fund for American Studies program. As a Research Fellow, Jacob conducted background research related to the 2013 Building a Grad Nation Report. After receiving his bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Oregon, Jacob taught English in a Ukrainian high school as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2013 until 2016. Jacob is currently finishing graduate school at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where he will receive an MPA degree. Jacob plans to return to the United States and find work related to local governance and policy. Jacob is also the President of Bridge to Ukraine, an American non-profit organization which connects American donors to Ukrainian civil society.

Rita Morency

Research Fellow

Rita was a fellow at Civic Enterprises during the fall of 2013. Immediately after working with Civic, she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to join the Economics and International Business department at DIS, Study Abroad in Scandinavia, where she worked for a year and a half. She is currently a Research Analyst at Terra Alpha Investments LLC in Washington, D.C., where she is responsible for fundamental and environmental productivity research within the materials and utilities sector. She holds a BA in Economics and History from The College of William & Mary.

Lily Rubino

Research Fellow

Lily served as Civic's Education Research & Policy Fellow in 2012 after graduating from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Anthropology and Environmental Science. After spending a year with Civic, she earned her MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development at UCL in London carrying out her dissertation research int he Colombian Amazon on access to water. Lily currently works at WaterAid America in New York City as their Philanthropy Officer. In this role she manages key relationships with the goal of bringing access to clean water, toilets, and hygiene education to the poorest and most marginalized around the world. Lily also serves as Adjunct Professor of Science and Technological Literacy at Iona College.



Mark Kumleben is a fellow at Civic. He's a Master's student in Politics at Claremont Graduate University, and holds a Philosophy BA from the University of Chicago. Academically, he focuses on the philosophy and policy of big data and AI. He is also a research intern at the Institute for the Future's Digital Intelligence Lab and an associate editor of Foothill: A Journal of Poetry. His previous work experience includes fashion journalism, psychiatry, and tyre fitting, and he has worked or studied on four continents. His hobbies include postmodern Central European literature, Arsenal Football Club, and hiking up mountains to get away from both of them.

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