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American Action Forum


The American Action Forum is a forward-looking policy institute dedicated to keeping America strong, free and prosperous.  It seeks to promote common-sense, innovative, and solutions-based policies that will reform government, challenge out-dated assumptions, and create a smaller, smarter government that will serve its citizens better. We will use the modern tools of communications to deploy ideas; engage Americans in the debate over the boundaries of government policy, personal freedoms, and market incentives; and educate and challenge the media to explore these issues and shape the next generation of political leaders. 

The American Action Forum will lead the policy debate and will seek the input of center-right leaders who understand that government has an important, but limited role in protecting our freedoms, promoting the free-market, and helping our citizens. The American Action Forum seeks to shape and improve the substance and tone of the debate in Congress and elsewhere. We seek to support those who believe in a vibrant private sector complemented by effective, tightly-articulated policies where the government has a unique role.  We will engage in an intellectual battle with reflexive liberals who see continued growth in the size and power of the federal government as the only solution.

By mobilizing a broad network of experts, the American Action Forum will engage civil society, philanthropy, policymakers, academics and other thought leaders who shape American policy. The American Action Forum believes that the United States is an enormous force of good in the world and will continue to play a preponderant leadership role in enlarging human freedom and human prosperity. The American Action Forum is an independent and nonpartisan research institution.

Board Members of the American Action Forum

Fred Malek, Chairman, Forum Board and Chairman, Thayer Capital Partners

Senator Norm Coleman, Senior Governmental Advisor, Hogan Lovells US LLP

James Barksdale, Chairman and President, Barksdale Management Corporation

Peter Bell, Former Chairman, Metropolitan Council

Governor Jeb Bush, President, Jeb Bush and Associates

Elaine Chao, 24th Secretary of Labor

Wendy Grubbs, Managing Director, Global Government Affairs, Citi

Bobbie Killberg, President, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Lauren Maddox, Principal, The Podesta Group

Governor John R. McKernan, Chairman, Education Management Corporation

Billy Pitts, President, Capitol BrainTrust

Governor Tom Ridge, President and CEO, Ridge Global LLC

Bob Steel, former President and CEO, Wachovia

Sara Martinez Tucker, former Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

The American Action Forum is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and it is not affiliated with or controlled by any political group. Its focus is to educate the public about the complex policy choices now facing the country, and explain as cogently and forcefully as possible why solutions grounded in the center-right values that have guided the country thus far still represent the best way forward for America's future. It will stay neutral in elections, and by and large will leave its sister organization, the American Action Network, to engage in any appropriate direct legislative advocacy in support of the policy proposals it discusses. Like the Network, the Forum welcomes policy ideas consistent with its center-right values from any source, regardless of party affiliation, and aims to make its educational materials available to members of the public of all political stripes.

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