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Our Staff

Jim Doyle


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

Director of Programming

Jana Plat is the Director of Programming at Business Forward. She most recently 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 in California. Jana has her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Channel Islands. Jana serves as California State University Alumni Council Representative and on the Advisory Committee for the California Association of Student Leaders state board.

Alexia Lipman

Digital Manager

Alexia is a Digital Manager at Business Forward. Hailing from Harvard, Massachusetts, Alexia headed to Southern California to attend Claremont McKenna College where she graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in the spring of 2018. 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. She 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 just 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.

Sarina Margolin

Research and Communications Associate

Sarina Margolin is a Research and Communications Associate at Business Forward. Prior to joining Business Forward, Sarina was the first-ever student partner for the Progeria Research Foundation, working with outreach for the only non-profit organization in the world actively seeking to find a cure for progeria. She is on the D1 women’s rowing team for the University of Virginia, a member of the Women’s Development and Leadership club, and plans to major in public policy and leadership at the Frank Batten School of Public Policy & Leadership.