Staff

Jim Doyle

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

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.

Suzy Fitzgerald

Suzy Fitzgerald

Digital Manager

Suzy Fitzgerald is the Digital Manager at Business Forward where she helps more than 100,000 business owners, executives, entrepreneurs and investors brief Washington on how to create jobs and accelerate the economy. Before joining Business Forward, Suzy worked in media for the Middleton Place Foundation, YMCA of the Rockies, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and Zzish. She is a graduate of Ithaca College and holds her degree in Cinema and Photography.