BPC Action Leadership


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.

Kimberly Dean

Senior Advisor

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.

Kate Cassling

Senior Manager

Kate Cassling is a senior manager with BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action, Cassling worked for more than eight years on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Joe Manchin, specializing in healthcare, education, and labor policy. In that role, she managed the Senator’s work on the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee and the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. Previously, she worked as a Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Dina Titus and as a Legislative Aide to Senator Susan Collins. Cassling has a B.A in Economics from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Education from Tel Aviv University.

Marlies Dikkers

Research and Administrative Assistant

Marlies Dikkers is the research and administrative assistant to the BPC Action team. Prior to joining BPC Action, she was a Fellow for public relations firm VOX Global, where she conducted media relations and outreach on behalf of health care, education, technology, financial services, and automotive clients. Dikkers attended American University and graduated with a degree in International Relations and Business. During her time at AU, she interned for Senator Tom Udall and worked for a global public strategy firm. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, she interned on President Obama’s re-election campaign before moving to D.C.

Laura Hall

Senior Manager

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.

Loren Long

Communications Coordinator

Loren Long is the communications coordinator with BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action, Long was the communications manager at the Millennial Action Project. 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. Long is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics.

Michele Nellenbach

Senior Manager

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.

Matt Sifert

Legislative Assistant

Matt Sifert serves as Legislative Assistant for BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC Action, he worked for former Senator Jeff Flake for over 2 years. Sifert served the legislative team in several capacities, including legislative assistant, aide, and correspondent. In these positions, he oversaw Flake’s efforts on a range of legislative issues, including tax, banking, financial services, and budget. He is a graduate of The King’s College, in New York, NY, with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

Board of Directors

Kimberly Olson Dorgan


KODorgan Consulting

Ralph Cavanagh

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

Mark Heising

Managing Director,
Medley Partners

Katherine Lugar

President and Chief Executive Officer, American Beverage Association

Kevin Madden

Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies

Jim McCray

Chief Executive Officer,
Highwood Capital

William Novelli

Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Phil Sharp

Fellow, Columbia University Center
on Global Energy Policy
Former Representative from Indiana

Thomas Tauke

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

Robert Traynham

Head of Communications and External Affairs, Facebook

Candida Wolff

Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Citigroup Inc.