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Our Staff

Jim Doyle

President

For 25 years, Jim Doyle has advised leading corporations, financial service firms, venture capitalists, and non-profits on a range of policy, regulatory, and communications issues. In addition to his work at Business Forward, Jim serves as president of Portico Policy Advisors, a policy research firm. Jim’s managed research projects on clean energy, climate change, trade practices, technology in schools, college affordability, children’s nutrition, and online privacy. Prior to founding Portico, Jim helped build and sell two businesses. He also served as senior policy advisor and deputy chief of staff to Commerce Secretary William Daley, where he focused on technology and economic policy, and on the communications team of Clinton/Gore 1996. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Doyle practiced law with Hogan Lovells US LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two children.

Jana Plat

Executive Director of Business Forward Inc.

Jana Plat is the Executive Director of Business Forward Inc. Prior to that she served as the Director of State and Local Outreach for the Progressive Policy Institute. Jana has served the University of California‘s Environmental Leadership and Sustainability program in Washington, DC as an education liaison. Prior to moving to D.C., Jana worked for California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. Jana has extensive campaign experience ranging from fundraising, field organization, and communications. She has worked on numerous mayoral, congressional, and state campaigns. Jana has her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Channel Islands.

Elizabeth Fairchild

Executive Director of Business Forward Foundation

Liz Fairchild is the Executive Director of Business Forward Foundation, engaging with small business leaders, policymakers, foundations, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs.

Liz most recently served as a Fellow at Blu Venture Investors, a VC firm led by operating executives investing in early stage entrepreneurs in the Mid-Atlantic Region. She has advised high tech, auto industry, and media clients on strategic positioning and policy as Director of Research for Portico Policy Advisors. She has worked for a boutique veteran-owned defense contractor, The Aspen Institute’s Communications and Society Program, and a venture-backed online video production company, Animoto.

Liz holds a BA in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies from Dartmouth College and MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband.

Alexia Lipman

Senior Digital Manager

Alexia is a senior digital manager at Business Forward. Previously, she interned for two think tanks: Progressive Policy Institute, where she worked on public affairs, and MassINC, a state policy focused think tank where she researched education policy. Most recently, she worked as a data visualization fellow specializing in tax, labor & the economy for National Journal’s Presentation Center. Alexia received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Claremont McKenna College. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Alex Pasanen

Research Manager

Alex Pasanen is a Research Manager at Business Forward. Born and raised in South Burlington, Vermont, he graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics. Before Business Forward, Alex interned at the Progressive Policy Institute in D.C. and Adobe in San Francisco, where he worked on economic policy and product management, respectively.

Rachael Packard

Programming Associate

Rachael is a programming associate at Business Forward. After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in Political Science and Communication Studies in March of 2020, she joined the Biden for President campaign as an organizer for the Ohio Coordinated. Rachael has previously served as Deputy Campaign Manager’s assistant in the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race, and interned for a boutique DC lobbying firm, focused on financial technology and defense. The daughter of two Air Force service members, Rachael moved around frequently before attending high school in Omaha, Nebraska. She now resides in Washington, D.C.

Kaushika Soundararajan

Paid Media Strategist

Kaushika advises on digital paid media programs for Business Forward. Previously, she worked on the paid media team for the Biden for President campaign and DCCC-IE. She also has experience working on media campaigns for movie studio clients.