BPC Action Leadership

Staff

Michele Stockwell

Executive Director

Michele Stockwell serves as the executive director of BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action, she was the policy director for then-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, overseeing a policy team focused on setting and advancing the majority’s congressional agenda. Previously, she worked as a senior policy advisor to former Senator Joe Lieberman and as a legislative aide to former Representative Dave McCurdy.

Laura Hall

Managing Director

Laura Hall is managing director of BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action, Hall spent eight years on the staff of former Representative Dennis Moore, a member of the Financial Services and Budget Committees. For the last five of those years, Hall served as Moore’s legislative director. In that role, she developed and coordinated the legislative agenda and floor strategy for the congressman on a wide range of issues, working closely with House leadership, senior committee staff, and key caucuses. Additionally, she advised the congressman on international relations, defense, homeland security, trade, and immigration policy. Hall has a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and foreign affairs from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and an M.A. in legislative affairs from George Washington University.

Kimberly Dean

Director

Kimberly Dean serves as a director for BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action, she worked for former Senator Jim Bunning for 10 years. Dean served the legislative office in several capacities, including legislative assistant, legislative director, counsel, and chief of staff. In these roles, she oversaw Bunning’s efforts on a wide range of legislative issues, supporting the senator’s work on the Senate Finance Committee, Banking Committee, Energy Committee, and Budget Committee. Dean also developed and coordinated political and Senate floor strategy, and was responsible for supervising the senator’s D.C.-based legislative and press staff.

Andrew Hu

Director

Andrew Hu serves as a director for BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action in January 2022, he was the former Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He was responsible for PCORI’s engagement with policymakers, agencies, and officials at all levels of government to increase their understanding of, and support for, PCORI’s mission and strategic goals.

 

Hu has broad health policy and legislative experience, including health care reform, evidence-based medicine, and patient-centered outcomes research. Before PCORI, Hu was a senior director with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where he worked on a portfolio that included comparative effectiveness research and delivery system reform. Hu also spent several years on Capitol Hill, serving on the Finance Committee under then-Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), and for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) as her lead staffer on health policy issues.

 

As a California native, Hu earned his BA in political science and BS in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and his MPP from American University.

Michael Kelley

Director

Michael Kelley is a director with BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action, he worked in various roles at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the principal advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and senior Department officials on all matters pertaining to Congress and state and local governments.

Previously, Mike worked as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to former Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03), managing Stutzman’s work on the House Committees on Financial Services and Budget, and legislative assistant to former Rep. Steve Buyer (IN-04), managing Buyer’s work on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in the areas of commerce, trade and consumer protection. Mike also has extensive experience in the government/legislative relations world having worked for the Natural Products Association, Mayer Brown, and the Moffett Group.

Lori Pickford

Senior Energy Advisor

Lori J. Pickford serves as a senior energy advisor for BPC Action. Before joining BPC Action, she was the Vice President of Federal Affairs at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, a right-of-center advocacy organization, where she developed and promoted clean energy and climate policies to expand awareness among conservative policymakers. She previously led The Ferguson Group’s Energy Practice where she specialized in power and water policy for a nationwide client base. Pickford was also a Principal at Morgan Meguire, LLC, a boutique lobbying shop, where she worked on matters related to climate, energy, and tax policy for a wide range of utility clients. Working with Congress and the Administration, Pickford has engaged in the policy process from almost every perspective, helping clients understand the nuances of policy making – and developing creative ways to influence the process- in order to make strategic decisions to effectively advocate for their interests. She has successfully advocated for bipartisan energy policy included in the Energy Act of 2020, the Infrastructure Jobs and Infrastructure Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act. In years past, she actively worked to enact the Hoover Power Allocation Act of 2011, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

 

Pickford grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Old Dominion University, moving to Washington, DC to work in policy. She earned a master’s degree from George Washington University, is married, and has three amazing kids. 

Loren Long

Senior Communications Manager

Loren Long is the senior communications manager for BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action, Long was the communications manager at the Millennial Action Project, a nonprofit activating young lawmakers to bridge the partisan divide and develop future-focused policy solutions. She began her career in communications as the first-ever publicist for Regnery History where she designed and executed national media campaigns, including a national bestseller. She also has a background in political campaigns, having served on Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s first and second gubernatorial campaigns and as campaign manager for a Tennessee State House candidate.

Hannah Hardin

Project Coordinator

Hannah Hardin is the project coordinator for BPC Action’s Paid Family Leave Taskforce. Prior to joining BPC Action, Hannah was a staff assistant for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Hannah graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Non-Profit Administration. During her time at OU, she interned for Senator James Lankford, BPC Action, and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.

Anna Fridley

Project Assistant

Anna Fridley is a project assistant for BPC Action. Before joining BPC, Fridley was a Field Organizer on Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s re-election campaign. In this role, she worked with community organizations to increase voter turnout and planned multiple events in the district. Fridley received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William & Mary, majoring in Government and minoring in Sociology. During her college career, she interned in the Virginia General Assembly, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s office, and the National Foundation for Women Legislators.

Michael Lovegrove

Project Assistant

Michael Lovegrove is a project assistant for BPC Action. Previously, Lovegrove served as a project assistant for BPC’s Health Project and as an intern for BPC Action. Lovegrove also worked on multiple congressional campaigns, most recently as a Finance Fellow for Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s 2020 reelection campaign. He also worked at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, focusing on the organization’s grassroots campaigns.

Board of Directors

Candi Wolff, Chair

Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Citigroup Inc.

Ralph Cavanagh

Senior Attorney and Co-Director, Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Neil Chatterjee

Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells

Kimberly Olson Dorgan

KODorgan Consulting

Rachel Hirschberg

President and Co-Founder Berger Hirschberg Strategies

Katherine Lugar

President and Chief Executive Officer, American Beverage Association

Kevin Madden

Executive Vice President of Advocacy, Arnold Ventures

Neal Simon

Former CEO, Bronfman Rothschild | Former Candidate for U.S. Senate

Mike Smith

Principal & Director, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Thomas Tauke

Former Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Policy and Communications, Verizon Communications, Inc. | Former Representative from Iowa

Robert Traynham

Head of Public Affairs/Global Communications, Meta