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Heritage Foundation leader joins Millennial Policy Center advisers

Author: Joey Bunch - February 19, 2018 - Updated: February 18, 2018

Ed Feulner, millennial policy center advisorVice President Mike Pence, left, with Ed Feulner, founder and former president of the Heritage Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Ed Feulner via Facebook.)

Ed Feulner, the founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation, is joining the advisory council for the Millennial Policy Center, the Denver-based think tank that engages and informs young conservatives (or those who could be).

“Every generation stands on the shoulders of those who went before them, and every generation must be approached in ways that are appropriate and up-to-date,” Dr. Feulner said in a statement. “As we talk about freedom, rule of law and equality of opportunity, we have to do that to the younger generation in ways that they understand. That’s where the Millennial Policy Center excels, and deserves our support.”

Feulner founded the conservative think tank that’s a leading thought leader on the right in 1977 and served as its president until 2012. According to his bio, he grew the foundation from a nine-member staff in rented office to a staff of 250-person with an $80 million budget, three buildings near the U.S. Capitol.

As Feulner retired, Heritage Foundation chairman Thomas A. Saundersh called it “the flagship organization of the entire conservative movement.”

“Dr. Feulner’s exceptional leadership in the policy space is extensive, well-known and highly regarded,” said Jimmy Sengenberger, president and CEO of the Millennial Policy Center. “His guidance of The Heritage Foundation over many years has led it to be arguably the most influential think tank in America. I am thrilled and honored to count Dr. Feulner among those on the Millennial Policy Center’s esteemed Advisory Council.”

Other members of the council are:

  • John Andrews, former Colorado Senate president and the founder and/or director of five think tanks, including the Independence Institute and the Centennial Institute.
  • Michael Barone, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and senior political analyst at The Washington Examiner.
  • Jon Caldara, president of the Colorado-based Independence Institute.
  • Jeff Hunt, director of the Colorado-based Centennial Institute.
  • Jim Riley, retired politics professor at Regis University.
  • Bob Schaffer, former congressman and former Colorado Board of Education president.

“As with all things, we recognize that the success of the Millennial Policy Center can only be achieved with the advice and counsel of experienced thought-leaders like Dr. Feulner, Sen. Andrews and Mr. Barone,” Sengenberger stated. “I am appreciative of the Advisory Council we have put together, and I look forward to what the future has in store for MPC, aided by their ongoing support.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.