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2014 NJC Speaker Bios

William J. Antholis serves as the managing director of The Brookings Institution. In that capacity, he works directly with Brookings’s president and vice presidents to help manage the full range of policy studies, develop new initiatives, coordinate research across programs, strengthen the policy impact of Brookings research, and ensure the quality and independence of that research.  On behalf of Brookings’ president, he also works directly with Brookings board of trustees and a range of university, philanthropic and other institutional partners.


Dr. Antholis is also a senior fellow in Governance Studies, where his work focuses on the politics and institutions of international diplomacy. He is the author of the recently published book: Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global, (Brookings Press, Sept 2013). It explores how country-sized provinces and states in the world’s two biggest nations are increasingly becoming global players. William Antholis spent five months in India and China, travelling to over 20 states and provinces in both countries. He explored the enormously diversity in business, governance, and culture of these nations, temporarily relocating his entire family to Asia.


Paul Kane joined The Washington Post in January 2007, first to write a blog about Congress and for the last six years as a more traditional congressional correspondent. His coverage has been on the issues agenda, ranging from the Wall Street bailout in 2008 to health care in 2010 to the government shutdown of 2013. Additionally, he has focused on the inside leadership politics, translating the personalities involved the Capitol’s battles as well as the arcane parliamentary procedures for readers from outside the institution.


He previously worked at Roll Call, the newspaper covering the inside politics of Capitol Hill. Kane covered the Senate leadership from late 2000 through 2005 for Roll Call, and in 2006 he covered the ongoing ethical scandals that engulfed the 109th Congress. In 2004, he won the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage for Congress from the National Press Foundation, and he was awarded “special citation” from the foundation as a runner-up for the Dirksen award in 2006.


Sean Lowry is an Analyst in Public Finance at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, DC.  As an economic analyst, Mr. Lowry provides nonpartisan policy analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate regarding small business, economic development, and tax policy.  He has developed a broad portfolio of written reports and memoranda within a short period of time, including individual income tax and tax reform issues, Affordable Care Act employer penalty and medical device excise tax, and federal small business financing programs. Mr. Lowry has worked previously as a Research Analyst for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and interned at the U.S. State Department, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and the Department of the Treasury. His research has been cited by the New York Times, Brookings Institution-Urban Institute Bipartisan Tax Center, Washington Post, and Forbes. He holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in International Affairs and Economics, and an MPP from the University of Maryland College Park.


Randi Park is a Publishing Officer at The World Bank. She is currently focused on  ebook, web, and mobile app development and dissemination. Since joining the World Bank, she has also provided oversight of book manufacturing and pre-press, print-on-demand, and warehouse and distribution operations. Prior to working at the World Bank, Ms Park was Sr. Production Manager at World Book Encyclopedia, where she managed digitization of the 22 volume encyclopedia and produced many other English and foreign language educational and reference products.


Annie Rorem is a Policy Associate for the Demographics & Workforce Group at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.  She has a background in both theoretical mathematics and public policy, and conducts research on education and labor force participation with a particular interest in gender.  Annie is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and worked for several years as a middle school teacher before completing her MPP at University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy. Annie is a contributor to and is an author of ‘Cultivating Young Women’s Leadership for a Kinder, Braver World’, published by The Kinder and Braver World Project: Research Series in December 2012.

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