Robert Doar

Robert Doar
Resident Fellow and Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute

Robert Doar is the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where his research focuses on how improved federal and state antipoverty policies and safety net programs can reduce poverty, connect individuals to work, strengthen families, and increase opportunities for low-income Americans and their children.

While at AEI, Mr. Doar has served as a co-chair of the National Commission on Hunger and as a lead member of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity, which published the report titled “Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream.” He is also the editor of “A Safety Net That Works: Improving Federal Programs for Low Income Americans,” an AEI publication in which experts discuss major federal public assistance programs and offer proposals for reform.

Mr. Doar’s previous experience includes working for Mayor Michael Bloomberg as commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration. While administering 12 public assistance programs, including cash welfare, food assistance, public health insurance, child support enforcement services, and others, he oversaw a 25 percent reduction in the city’s welfare caseload. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, he was commissioner of social services for the state of New York, where he helped to make the state a model for the implementation of welfare reform. Mr. Doar has testified numerous times before Congress, and his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Hill, and National Review, among other publications.

Robert has a Bachelor’s in History from Princeton University.

Broderick Johnson

Broderick Johnson
Partner at Bryan Cave LLP

Broderick Johnson recently returned to Bryan Cave LLP as a Partner. During his previous tenure at Bryan Cave, he led the firm’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice.

Broderick has had the distinction of serving under two U.S. Presidents. Immediately before rejoining Bryan Cave, Broderick served as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary under President Barack Obama (acting as the President’s primary liaison to members of the Cabinet). He also was appointed chair of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. In the Clinton White House, Broderick was Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs.

He has served in numerous senior positions on Capitol Hill, beginning in the House Office of Legislative Counsel, where he drafted landmark legislation including the Family and Medical Leave Act.  He was also chief Democratic counsel to two standing committees, including the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he crafted legislative policy and strategy on K-12, higher education, and labor and employment issues. His private sector career has included senior positions as vice president for congressional affairs with the AT&T and BellSouth corporations, where he helped lead strategy on technology and tax issues. He also co-founded the strategic consulting firm, the Collins Johnson Group.

Broderick serves as chair of the Board of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (an outgrowth of the task force established by President Obama) and is on the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation. He has also led several other mentoring and youth empowerment organizations.

Broderick has also been appointed an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Michigan Law School.

He has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the DC Bar.