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Jeffrey_Bergner  Jeffrey Bergner, President and Managing Partner, Bergner Bockorny, Inc.

Jeffrey Bergner is a corporate lobbyist and supporter of neoconservative advocacy groups, who served as assistant secretary of state under Condoleezza Rice during the George W. Bush presidency. Bergner is also a close associate of Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), having worked as his staff director for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and as policy director on Lugar’s presidential campaign in 1995 and 1996. His lobbying firm at the time, Bergner, Bockorny, Castagnetti, Hawkins & Brain, represented a number of high profile firms and defense contractors, including Bristol-Myers Squib, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Phillip Morris, Monsanto, Lucent, and Dell. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, focusing on legislative and budget issues in Congress. Bergner has taught at several universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, and Christopher Newport University.

Christopher M. Brown Christopher M. Brown, Director of Government Affairs, PolicyLink

Chris Brown oversees all federal policy and government initiatives for PolicyLink and its national partners, by formulating and ensuring that key priorities are articulated to Members of Congress and the Administration. Chris focuses on strategic partnership opportunities between the private sector, government, community based organizations and policy groups in advancing legislative and regulatory initiatives, and draws on his previous experience of serving in the U.S. House of Representatives as senior staff where he helped shape federal policy in a host of other areas including appropriations, tax, and banking. Brown holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia, and a JD from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL.

 

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