Board of Directors

Mike Barnhart

Mike is a public affairs leader with more than 30 years experience in issue management, public affairs advocacy, and corporate communications for major national non-profits, large trade associations and Fortune 50 corporations. Mike currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at American Strategic Analysis and Performance, LLC. He is the former president of both Sunshine Review and State Budget Solutions. Mike has served as a Managing Director with Public Strategies, a national public affairs firm; as a Communications Director for a Fortune 100 telecommunications firm; as a congressional Chief of Staff,  as a congressional Campaign Manager, and as an aide in the Michigan Senate. Mike graduated from American University in Washington D.C. and holds a PhD in political science from Wayne State University in his native Detroit.

Tim Dunn

Tim is the CEO of CrownQuest Operating, LLC, and EnerQuest Oil & Gas, Ltd., and a partner of Texas Land & Royalty. He serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.  He is also vice chairman of the board of directors at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  He is a founder of Midland Classical Academy, where he serves on the Board of Trustees, and an active member of Midland Bible Church. A Texas native, he holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He started his career at Exxon Production Research Company, served at First City Bancorp as Engineer and Manager of Oil & Gas Portfolios, after which he joined Parker & Parsley Petroleum, where he helped found Parker & Parsley Development (which later became Pioneer Natural Resources). He and his wife have six children and ten grandchildren. You can connect with Tim on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Dan Liljenquist

Dan Liljenquist is nationally renowned for his work on major entitlement reform. In his first term as a state senator, Liljenquist championed Utah’s groundbreaking pension reforms, moving Utah from a defined benefit system to a defined contribution style system. He has received numerous national awards, including being named a 2011 Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine. Liljenquist has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago law school.  After graduation, he joined Bain Consulting where he worked as a strategy consultant.  He has continued his business career with Affiliated Computer Services where he served as Director of Operational Strategy.  He also served as the president and Chief Operating Officer of FOCUS Services and has consulted with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation on fiscal reforms.  He ran for the US Senate in 2012 on a fiscal reform platform and forced long-term incumbent Orrin Hatch into his first primary in 36 years. Currently, Liljenquist is the founder and president of Liljenquist Strategies, LLC, a business strategy consulting company based in Bountiful, Utah. He and his wife Brooke live in Bountiful, Utah with their 6 children. You can connect with Dan on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Jack McHugh

Jack McHugh has served on the Lucy Burns Institute board since the organization’s inception in 2006. As Senior Legislative Analyst for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, he oversees, a website focused on cataloguing all the activities (bills, votes, and amendments) of the Michigan Legislature in plain English for the benefit of Michigan citizens. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University. He began his career in treasury bond trading in Chicago, and entered the Michigan public policy scene in 1994, where he spent six years as a legislative chief of staff in the House of Representatives, prior to joining the Mackinac Center.

Todd Graves

Graves Garrett Partner Todd Graves was elected to the board of directors in 2016. During his tenure as board member, Graves will play a pivotal role in the strategic leadership of Ballotpedia. Todd Graves is a former U.S. district attorney of the Western District of Missouri. He is currently a private practice attorney in Kansas City, Missouri with the law firm, Graves Garrett LLC. Todd Graves is a former member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, the former prosecuting attorney in Platte County, Missouri, and former Missouri State Assistant Attorney General. In addition to his involvement with Ballotpedia, Graves dedicates his time to a number of other community organizations. He is President of the Pony Express Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Royal Association, a member of the Board of Directors for Herzog Contracting Corp., a St. Joseph-based railroad and road construction company, and a founding board member of the Kansas City Missouri Police Foundation.