2017 Saturday Morning Plenary
Ellen Nissenbaum, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Ellen is the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Since 1984, she has directed the Center’s work with federal policymakers and with other national organizations on a broad range of policy issues. These include federal budget and tax issues (with a particular focus on refundable tax credits for low-income working families), Medicaid and health care, nutrition programs, and other critical policies.
Regarded as one of the leading legislative directors among non-profit organizations in Washington, Ellen assists a broad array of both national and state organizations and coalitions, providing information on key policy developments in Congress and the Executive Branch, strategic guidance, and communications planning for their work on key federal policies. She also gives speeches regularly at conferences and conducts briefings for policymakers.
Ellen is frequently sought out by journalists at prominent news outlets covering legislative and budget developments for analysis and commentary on congressional developments.
Eric Mitchell, Director of Government Relations, Bread for the World
Eric leads efforts at Bread for the World developing and articulating their positions on policy, legislative goals, and lobbying strategies for achieving its goals with Congress and the administration.
Eric formerly served as vice president of government relations at Russ Reid, a marketing and communications firm serving nonprofit organizations.
He also previously served as senior policy advisor to U.S. Congressman John Lewis.
Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University.