Nancy Roman Named Director of the Council’s Washington Program

February 2, 2004

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February 2, 2004—Council President Richard N. Haass named Nancy E. Roman vice president and director of the Council’s Washington Program. “We are thrilled that someone of Nancy’s range and experience will be joining the Council to head up our Washington operation. She is the ideal person to engage Council members, the administration and Congress, the corporate world, and the media,” said Haass. Roman is currently president of the G7 Group, a political consulting firm that advises Wall Street on the economic implications of political developments as well as legislative and regulatory policy. She has been a Council member since 1996.

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As head of the Washington office, Roman will be part of the Council’s senior management team, will lead the Washington operation, oversee the prestigious Washington Meetings Program convening Council members and top leaders from America and around the world, and work to enhance the Council’s connections with Capitol Hill and the business community.

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Prior to joining the G7 Group, Roman was congressional bureau chief for the Washington Times, where she coordinated daily reporting and analysis of Congress. She also served as congressional correspondent and Supreme Court and legal affairs reporter for the newspaper. Previously, Roman was press secretary and legislative assistant for foreign affairs for Representative E. Clay Shaw Jr. (R-FL), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Roman has an M.A. in international economics and American foreign policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in journalism and French from Baylor University. She will begin work at the Council on March 1, 2004.

Roman succeeds Acting Director Lee Feinstein, who will work with Haass as executive director of Council task forces, as well as serving as a senior fellow and deputy director of the Studies Program. “We are beholden to Lee for his stewardship of the Washington Program over the past six months. And we are fortunate that he has agreed to play a major role in helping to oversee our Studies Program and in directing Council-sponsored task forces,” said Haass.

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