Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer

Nancy M. Pfotenhauer began her career in Washington, D.C. in 1987 as a Senior Economist at the Republican National Committee. Promoted to Chief Economist in 1988, Pfotenhauer led the program analysis and economic policy communications efforts within the RNC through that presidential election cycle. Selected by the Bush transition team, at age 24, Pfotenhauer served as the economist for the independent agencies task force for President-elect George Bush, overseeing the policy, budget, and personnel recommendations for both the Federal Trade Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission.

In 1990, after serving as Economic Counsel for Senator William L. Armstrong (R, CO), Pfotenhauer re-joined the Bush Administration as Chief Economist of the President’s Council on Competitiveness. In this post, Pfotenhauer handled a portfolio of issues for this cabinet-level regulatory review body chaired by Vice President Quayle. The job involved daily interaction with the highest level career and political personnel at OMB, EPA, DOE, DOT, USDA, Interior and Treasury.

Pfotenhauer left the White House in 1992 and launched a two-track career: one as Executive Vice President at Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) and another as a daily morning talk show host. At CSE, Pfotenhauer oversaw 40 employees and handled multi-million dollar public policy campaigns focused on affecting Congressional and Executive branch actions. On NET, CNN, ABC, and NBC, Pfotenhauer made the case for free market policy solutions to problems facing the nation. In 1994, National Journal put Pfotenhauer on the cover of their magazine, calling her one of the “Best and the Rightest” 30-somethings in D.C. Her television work was covered by Newsweek, George magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications.

Most recently, Nancy M. Pfotenhauer served as Director of the Washington Office for Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the country. Koch Industries is a diversified energy company with operations in 44 states and estimated revenues in excess of $38 billion annually. At Koch, Pfotenhauer developed and executed strategies to affect legislative and regulatory policy, identified business opportunities, built key relationships for the company, and helped drive the federal portion of what is now the largest energy industry political action committee.

Ms. Pfotenhauer holds a B.A. in Economic from the University of Georgia and an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University.

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