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.
Kimberly Dean serves as the senior advisor 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.
Laura Hall is a senior manager with 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.
Justin Lee is the research and administrative assistant for BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action Lee was the program coordinator for the International Leadership Foundation, an Asian-American civic organization. Lee previously interned with the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Lee is a cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and a minor in history.
Michele Nellenbach is a senior manager with BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action, Nellenbach was the director of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Natural Resources Committee where she directed and oversaw NGA’s federal legislative agenda and activities on issues related to energy, environment, and agriculture. She began her Capitol Hill career in the office of former Senator Frank Murkowski and then joined the staff of former Representative Nancy Johnson. Her career on the Hill concluded after more than six years working for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Ashley Ridlon is a senior manager with BPC Action. Ridlon joined BPC Action from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services where she held a leadership role in the $1 billion “Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs” initiative. Prior to joining CMS, Ridlon spent five years as health policy advisor to former Senator Blanche L. Lincoln and before working in the Senate served as a manager of policy and communications for the American Association for Homecare. As a Rotary Scholar, Ridlon earned an M.S. in gerontology from King’s College at the University of London, as well as a B.S. in medical sociology from the Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas and a certificate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Fellow, Columbia University Center
on Global Energy Policy
Former Representative from Indiana
Former Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Policy and Communications, Verizon Communications, Inc.
Former Representative from Iowa