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Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer
President

Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer joined IWF in 2001 from Koch Industries, where she was director of the Washington Office. Koch Industries is the second largest privately held company in the United States. At Koch, Pfotenhauer experienced first-hand the legislative and regulatory labyrinth that faces American companies and ultimately has an impact on consumers.

Ms. Pfotenhauer brings to IWF extensive experience in relating public policy issues to the media and public. As a daily morning talk show host for NET (carried on cable and television networks nationwide), she made the case for free market policy solutions to problems facing the nation. She has also appeared on the CNN, ABC, NBC, and FOX networks. In 1994, she appeared on the cover of the National Journal , which called her one of the rising stars in D.C. Newsweek, George Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications, have covered her television work.

Nancy Mitchell began her career in Washington, D.C., in 1987 as a senior economist at the Republican National Committee and was promoted to chief economist in 1988. Selected by the Bush transition team at age 24, she 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. For the next two years she worked as economic counsel to Senator William Armstrong, a member of the Republican Leadership serving on both the Finance and Budget Committees. In 1990, she was appointed chief economist of the President's Council on Competitiveness, involving daily interaction with the highest-level career and political personnel at OMB, EPA, DOE, DOT, USDA, Interior, and Treasury. She has also served as Executive Vice President at Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE).

Ms. Pfotenhauer holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Arts degree in economics from George Mason University.

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