- John HartChairman
John Hart is the Founder and CEO of Mars Hill Strategies, a public relations and public affairs firm.
As former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn’s long-time Communication’s Director, Hart developed a reputation as one of the most effective public relations experts in the business. He remains a go-to source for the nation’s top reporters, producers and thought leaders. Hart crafted the language of many national reform initiatives related to the budget, health care and other areas. Hart’s public relations efforts helped establish Coburn as a national figure. In 2013, Time magazine named Coburn one of the world’s 100 most influential people with a tribute essay authored by then-President Barack Obama.
An award-winning writer, Hart wrote two highly-reviewed books with Coburn and has helped clients craft and place hundreds of op-eds in the nation’s top outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, RealClearPolitics and many others.
Hart has also appeared as a guest commentator on leading cable and radio outlets including on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, Sirius XM and his pieces have been published at outlets including Politico, Forbes, National Review, the Hill and many others. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard University, the University of Michigan and the Silicon Harlem initiative in New York.
In his free time, Hart enjoys spending time with his wife, Kimberly and four children, writing and recording music and maintaining his 62-acre farm just outside of Washington, DC.
- Bridgett WagnerVice Chair
Bridgett Wagner, one of the conservative movement’s best-known and well-connected leaders, is senior vice president for Policy Promotion at The Heritage Foundation.
Wagner oversees the leading think tank’s Coalition Relations, Lectures and Seminars, Young Leaders, and Strategic Outreach programs, among other duties. All are focused on spreading conservative principles, policies, and ideas among allies, public audiences, interns and young professionals, and new audiences.
Her responsibilities also include advising and consulting with fellow leaders in the private and public sectors.
Wagner previously was Heritage’s director of coalition relations since 1998, a position in which she drew respect for motivating, supporting, encouraging, counseling, and otherwise helping to build a vital network of conservative think tanks and issue-based organizations in the U.S. and around the world.
Wagner, who was promoted to vice president of external relations in May 2016, joined Heritage in 1981 as a research assistant and speechwriter for Ed Feulner, the think tank’s longtime president.
Her other roles at Heritage include director of development, director of business relations, and director of events for the think tank’s 25th anniversary “Leadership for America” campaign. As head of coalition relations, Wagner served as Heritage’s liaison to policy organizations, experts and activists at the state, national, and international levels. She advised other think tanks on ways to advance their policy prescriptions and built support for Heritage’s policy research agenda “beyond the Beltway.”
She organized Heritage’s annual Resource Bank meeting, a gathering of hundreds of conservative groups from across the nation and around the world to meet and discuss strategy. She also oversaw publication of Heritage’s quarterly magazine, The Insider.
Wagner’s work growing and strengthening the conservative movement, and her success at building diverse coalitions around key policy initiatives, were recognized internally with Heritage’s President’s Award. The State Policy Network presented her with its Roe Award for achievements that advanced the free market philosophy, and the National Taxpayer Union presented her with its Happy Warrior for Taxpayer Freedom Award.
Outside Heritage, Wagner serves as a trustee at the University of Dallas and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. She is a director of the State Policy Network, the Foundation for Government Accountability and the Steamboat Institute. She is a member of the advisory boards of Docs4Patient Care Foundation, Talent Market, and the National Civic Arts Society. She is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society.
Wagner, originally from Richardson, Texas, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas. She and her husband, Steve, live in Washington, D.C.
- Seth MetcalfSecretary/Treasurer
Seth Metcalf currently serves as CFO for Bold Penguin, a highly-efficient commercial insurance exchange that connects businesses, agents, and carriers to match the right quote in record time.
Mr. Metcalf previously served as Deputy Treasurer & Executive Counsel for Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel from 2011 through 2017. While at the Ohio Treasurer’s office, Mr. Metcalf oversaw the office’s core functions (accounting, custody, debt management, investments, legal, STABLE accounts, revenue management and local government fiscal education) that include $20B+ USD investment portfolios, $11B+ USD debt portfolio, $216B USD domestic and international custody portfolios and annual cash movements exceeding $60B USD. Mr. Metcalf is proud to have helped launch the OhioCheckbook.com financial transparency initiative; STAR Ohio Plus aggregated bank deposit program for Ohio local governments; STABLE Account for individuals with disabilities; the Ohio Market Access Program to provide for efficient capital markets access to Ohio municipal issuers; and the Ohio Pooled Collateral Program, which simultaneously provides greater safety, reduced administration, increased transparency and greater income opportunity for Ohio public deposits.
Mr. Metcalf also previously assisted clients as a tax and bond attorney with the international law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P. (now Squire Patton Boggs), during which he represented banks, Fortune 500 companies and governmental entities in financial restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and global tax strategy. Mr. Metcalf graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, holds a J.D. from Cornell University Law School, and is a Certified Treasury Professional. Mr. Metcalf previously served as a trustee for each of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and the Ohio Deferred Compensation Plan.