Mr. Christian N. Braunlich
Mr. Christian N. Braunlich — Chris Braunlich is president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, Virginia’s non-partisan public policy foundation. He was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to the Virginia State Board of Education, where his colleagues elected him president of the Board.  He also served eight years on the Fairfax County School Board, the nation’s 12th largest school system, where he was a strong advocate of educational accountability and research-based reading programs. Mr. Braunlich has served as Chief of Staff to Congressman John LeBoutillier, Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Association of Manufacturers, president of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, and vice president of the Center for Education Reform. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Northern Virginia Journal, The Washington Times, and The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.

He is a graduate of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, and resides in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County with his wife, Eileen. They are the parents of four children, and grandparents of four grandchildren.

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Senior Fellow, State and Local Taxes

 Stephen D. Haner
Stephen D. Haner — Stephen D. Haner has observed, written about and participated in Virginia public affairs for four decades. He has done it from an unusual combination of perspectives: newspaper reporter, Republican political operative, state agency manager and lobbyist.


Now retired as an independent government affairs and public relations consultant, he also serves as contributing editor to the online Bacon’s Rebellion.


He has served as Manager of State Government Affairs for Huntington Ingalls Industries, parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding; Vice President for Public Policy at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce; Director of Administration for the Office of Attorney General; Executive Director of the Joint Republican Caucus; and political writer for the Roanoke Times.


Steve and his wife, Pam, reside in Richmond’s Northside.  Both are graduates of The College of William and Mary.


Director, Center for Environmental Stewardship

Dr. David  Schnare
Dr. David Schnare — Dr. David Schnare, Esq., Ph.D. is an attorney and scientist with 40 years of federal and private sector experience consulting on and litigating local, state, federal and international environmental legislative, regulatory, risk management and free-market environmentalism issues.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina (1979) and Juris Doctor Cum Laude from the George Mason University School of Law (1999).

Formerly the nation’s Chief Regulatory Analyst for Small Business in (Office of Small Business Advocacy), Dr. Schnare has experience on Congressional staff, as a trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of the Virginia Attorney General, as senior enforcement counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as an appellate attorney for private clients. He is a member of the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Dr. Schnare is an administrative law specialist and has served on the ABA’s Administrative Law Council and as Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section’s Continuing Education Committee. His practice has included a federal, state and local caseload.   He maintains an active program of academic research supporting local and state legislative initiatives and has federal regulatory experience with EPA, OSHA, IRS, NMFS, NOAA, FDA, HRSA, ATSDR, CDC, FAA, Bu.Rec., BLM, MMS, FWS, and the Corps of Engineers. In addition to his position as a Senior Attorney in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Dr. Schnare is Director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy (pro bono). He has served as a Director of the George Mason University School of Law Alumni Association Board, and serves as Director of the Occoquan Watershed Coalition and as Chairman of the Coalition’s Environment and Land Use Committee.
In addition to legal responsibilities, Dr. Schnare has managed EPA’s Office of Ground-Water and Drinking Water Economic, Legislative and Policy Analysis Branch and has made contributions on a variety of environmental and policy issues, as reflected in his published works. He is the author and editor of 60 books, chapters, and major articles on environmental management, policy and law.

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