Our People


President and Chief Executive Officer 

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer 

Director, Rodel Fellowship 

Director of Logistics

Deputy Director, Rodel Federal Executive Fellowship

Institutional Partners

The Rodel Institute works with many external partners to develop exceptional intellectual and leadership resources for our fellows including:

Board of Directors

Bill Budinger

Co-Founder, Rodel Foundation

Don Budinger

Co-Founder, Rodel Foundation

Susan Budinger

Co-Founder, Rodel Foundation and Chair of Board of Directors

Steve Bullock

Trustee, Claremont McKenna College and Former Governor of Montana (2013 – 2020)

Heather Carter

Executive Vice President, Greater Phoenix Leadership and Former Arizona State Senator (2011 – 2021)

Rob McKenna

Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Former Attorney General of Washington (2005 – 2013)

Ian Solomon

Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Jamie Woodson

Trustee, University of Tennessee and Former Tennessee Senate Speaker Pro Tempore (2005 – 2011)

Faculty Moderators

Former Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor, National Security Council

Sesquicentennial Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law

Professor, National Defense University

Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law

Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security, Harvard Kennedy School

Professor of Law, Cornell Law University

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Rodel Institute

President and Chief Executive Officer, Rodel Institute

Chief Executive Officer, Kansas Leadership Center

Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor, University of Kansas

President and Chief Executive Officer, Kansas Health Foundation

Bruce R. Kuniholm Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy, Duke University

Dean and Professor of Practice of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Edward Rood Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Recent Faculty Presenters

Associate Professor of Political Communication, Louisiana State University

Professor of History and Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University

Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Senior Fellow for Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Director of Redistricting and Elections, National Conference of State Legislatures

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