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.
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 is a Digital Manager at Business Forward. Before joining Business Forward, Suzy worked in media for the Middleton Place Foundation, YMCA of the Rockies, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and Zzish. Suzy is a proud Colorado native, and a graduate of Ithaca College. She holds her degree in Cinema and Photography.
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.
Alli Berry is a Research Manager at Business Forward. Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Grand Blanc, Michigan, she recently graduated from The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with degrees in public policy and women’s studies. Before Business Forward, Alli interned at The Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C. and The Office of the Vice President and General Counsel at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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.
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.