Promoting American Global Leadership
Promoting American Global Leadership
150PAC.ORG is a political action committee that supports policy makers who advocate for robust U.S. engagement around the world. We support critical American leadership efforts in global economic development, humanitarian relief, alliance-building, stability, and democracy.
150PAC.ORG derives its name from the 150 International Affairs Budget Function account (the “150 Account”) of the U.S. government. The 150 Account has been the basis of the American post-war global leadership and is fundamental to our ability to advance freedom, prosperity, and stability worldwide, which bolsters security and safety at home.
However, the 150 Account faces many challenges. Base funding levels for the account have declined consistently over the past few years, resulting in budgetary challenges to fill gaps with overseas contingency operations and emergency appropriations funding. As global crises are increasingly large-scale and seemingly intractable, reductions in the account pits essential priorities against one another, compromising our ability to provide effective leadership that is essential to our national security.
Our Vision and Story
150PAC.ORG is committed to sustaining and cultivating support for the 150 Account by supporting candidates to federal office who have demonstrated an understanding of the strategic importance of the programs the account funds. 150PAC.ORG seeks to advance and grow the numbers of the next-generation of policymakers who recognize that, to strengthen America at home, we must strengthen alliances and engagement abroad.
150PAC.ORG was established in 2016 and is directed by Andrew King, Jen Olson, Michael Miller, and Jay Heimbach, who together have a long history of working to advance U.S. national security and humanitarian interests. 150PAC’s Advisory Board is essential to its success, actively supporting its operations and providing critical guidance to the directors. 150PAC.ORG welcomes contributions from individuals and organizations who share our belief in the importance of U.S. global leadership and support the continued commitment to robust funding for the 150 Account.
Board of Directors
Jen Olson joined Peck Madigan Jones in October 2014 after more than a decade of government and public affairs experience. During her service on Capitol Hill, Jen served as senior policy staff to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), including more than 6 years as Senator Graham’s Legislative Director. While on Senator Graham’s staff, Jen led his efforts to build bipartisan consensus around some of the country’s most serious challenges, including comprehensive immigration reform, energy and climate legislation, entitlement reform and national security policy.
Prior to joining the firm, Jen led Republican outreach strategy for The ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization co-founded by Bono aimed at ending extreme poverty in Africa. While at ONE, Jen led efforts to increase private investment in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the energy sector.
National Journal named Jen one of the “Hill 100,” a list of congressional staffers playing key behind-the-scenes roles. She is known for her expertise in legislative strategy from start to finish. From drafting legislative language to navigating complex Senate procedures and politics, Jen is able to help our clients achieve their advocacy goals in a highly partisan environment.
Andrew King is currently the director of business development for North American Rescue. North American Rescue is a company dedicated to decreasing preventable death by providing medical products to governments, law enforcement and EMS. Mr. King also serves as executive director of Security Is Strength PAC (SISPAC), an organization that engages in issue advocacy relating to strong national security and foreign policy and seeks to support candidates who embrace those ideals. In addition to SISPAC, Mr. King also helps manage other independent expenditures, specifically 501(c)4s that specialize in issue advocacy on issues such as climate change, international affairs, the economy and national defense. Mr. King is also co-founder and treasurer of 150PAC.ORG.
Prior to joining North American Rescue, Mr. King served as Senator Lindsey Graham’s deputy chief of staff. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all appropriations issues. Mr. King currently serves on the board of directors of No Greater Sacrifice, an organization dedicated to honoring service members by investing in their children through education.
Michael W. Miller
Michael W. Miller has more than two decades of experience in foreign policy, global health and development policy, advocacy, and government. He is currently a partner at the Kyle House Group, a Washington-based consulting firm. Michael previously served as Republican Policy Director for Senator Bob Corker at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Before returning to government in 2013, he was founder and president of Navigator Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in government policy, development, and international organizations. Since 2010 he has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health at Duke University.
Michael served for eight years in senior policy-making positions in the Bush Administration, including as a Senior Advisor for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and as Director for Africa on the National Security Council at the White House, where he was also an advisor to the President’s Special Envoy for Sudan and as a member of his delegation. Michael participated in the development and governance of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and led the design, launch, and rapid scale-up of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
For six years prior to his Executive Branch service, Michael was Senator Bill Frist’s senior legislative aide for foreign affairs, where he managed the Senator’s work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He directed the Subcommittee on African Affairs, which Senator Frist chaired, and authored successful legislation on key U.S. development, international finance, humanitarian relief, and security policies.
Michael has served as an alternate U.S. board member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; as a member of U.S. delegation to the World Health Assembly; and as the U.S. board member of the Roll Back Malaria partnership. He has three times been a lead witness before committees in both the Senate and the House of Representatives on complex policy topics.
Jay Heimbach joined Peck Madigan Jones following his service as the Special Representative of the World Bank Group to North America, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. In this role, Jay worked closely with the President of the World Bank on managing the relationships between the senior leadership of the Bank and key donor governments.
Jay has spent over twenty years in Washington, working in two White Houses, the U.S. Senate, and in both the non-profit and private sectors. Prior to his tenure at the World Bank, he was the Senior Director for North American Government Affairs for Bono’s ONE Campaign. There he led a bipartisan team that focused on foreign policy and appropriations. In the Obama White House, he was Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, focusing on energy, environmental, agricultural and manufacturing issues in the US Senate. As a member of the original Legislative Affairs team, he worked on the American Recovery Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the Affordable Care Act.
He previously served in the Clinton White House in both the Office of Legislative Affairs, where he worked on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the Chief of Staff’s office, where he served as the Policy Director to the Deputy Chief of Staff. In the Senate, Jay was the first Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). He has also served in senior roles at the Federal Communications Commission, advocacy firms representing Fortune 100 companies, and has advised and volunteered on political campaigns at federal, state and local levels.
He received his JD from Boston University School of Law and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Todd Webster is a Vice President at Cornerstone Government Affairs, where he provides strategic advice to an array of corporate, nonprofit, and organizational clients.
Prior to Cornerstone, Todd spent five years as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, and an active member of the Senate Appropriations, Judiciary, and Foreign Relations Committees.
Todd worked to help advance Senator Coons’ efforts to increase U.S. engagement with Africa, which included authoring white papers, holding Senate hearings, and hosting more than 40 African heads of state at the welcome reception on Capitol Hill for the first-ever African Leaders Summit in August 2014. During his tenure with Senator Coons, Todd met with five African Presidents, travelled to four African countries, and worked extensively on the Congressional reauthorizations of AGOA and the Ex-Im bank, as well as on President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.
He served as communications director and chief spokesman for then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and held the same role for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, after spending a year in Nashville, Tennessee, as the deputy communications director on the 2000 Gore-Lieberman campaign in 2000.
Todd received his M.A. from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, on whose board of advisors he now sits, and his B.A. from Bowdoin College.
Todd has been named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine and one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50: Movers and Shakers on Capitol Hill.” In 2014 Todd received the alumni achievement award from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
Gabrielle Fitzgerald is a global leader who believes that innovative approaches and catalytic coalitions are needed to solve the most challenging issues. Her focus is on designing and driving strategies that measurably impact people, organizations and countries.
Gabrielle is the founder and CEO of Panorama, an action tank dedicated to helping ambitious leaders solve global problems.
For more than two decades, she has led teams and collaborated with partners to spark global change. Most recently, she directed the $100 million Ebola Program at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, investing in creative approaches to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Gabrielle previously served as the director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading the team that advanced policy and advocacy agendas for 14 global issue areas. In 2014, she won the Gold Medallion award from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs for her leadership on malaria.
Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Gabrielle led the public affairs strategy for HIV/AIDS at the U.S. Agency for International Development and served as the communications director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. She started her career as a speechwriter for President Clinton at the White House.
Gabrielle holds a masters of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a bachelor of arts from American University in Washington, D.C.
Liz Schrayer serves as President & CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a broad based coalition of over 500 businesses and NGOs that advocates for strong U.S. global leadership through development and diplomacy. Under her leadership, the USGLC has grown to a nationwide network of advocates in all 50 states and boasts a bipartisan Advisory Council, chaired by General Colin Powell, which includes every living former Secretary of State, and a National Security Advisory Council consisting of nearly 200 retired three and four-star generals and admirals. In addition to running the USGLC, Ms. Schrayer serves as President of Schrayer & Associates, Inc., a nationwide political consulting firm founded in 1994, which works on a wide range of domestic and international issues.
Ms. Schrayer serves on the Secretary of State’s Committee on Public-Private Partnerships, USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACFVA), and several advisory boards for the University of Michigan, including the Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Schrayer served as the national Political Director of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) for more than a decade. She worked on Capitol Hill, founding the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, and in state government. She has traveled across the country organizing citizen advocates in every state. Ms. Schrayer has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and resides in Maryland with her husband Jeff Schwaber, an attorney who helped launch the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Susan M. McCue
Susan McCue is President of Message Global, a public affairs firm she founded to advance social movements, civic campaigns and corporate sustainability programs in the U.S. and globally. Message Global partners with some of the world’s most influential thought leaders, government officials, artists and digital innovators on awareness and public action. Areas of focus are global development, democracy reform, media, technology and clean energy.
McCue served as the Chief of Staff for US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) from 1999–2007, where she built and managed his leadership and policy operations. In 2007, McCue became the founding President & CEO of ONE, a high-energy grassroots campaign launched by U2’s Bono to reduce extreme global poverty. McCue elevated ONE into a national force and a growing global movement bringing millions of people together as agents of change. In 2008, McCue opened Message Global with ONE as a main client.
Before her work on Capitol Hill, McCue served in senior communications and speechwriting positions for elected officials and former HUD Cabinet Secretary Andrew Cuomo. Early in her career, she worked as a news assistant at the Associated Press and The New York Times.
McCue was nominated by both Presidents Bush and Obama to the Broadcasting Board of Governors. In 2014 the Senate unanimously confirmed her Presidential nomination to the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a federal agency chaired by the U.S. Secretary of State to lead the fight against global poverty through smart growth. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Vice Chair of Humanity United, a philanthropy of eBay founders Pam and Pierre Omidyar building peace and advancing human freedom globally. In 2013, ELLE Magazine named her one of the ten most influential women in Washington.
She also co-founded and co-chairs Senate Majority PAC and serves on the boards of the centrist think tank Third Way and the Clean Energy Project.
Born and raised in New Jersey, McCue is a proud graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, with degrees in economics and journalism. Last year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed her to serve on Rutgers University Board of Governors.
Rachel Pearson draws on her extensive experience of elective politics to provide corporations, associations, and non-profit organizations with strategic planning and counsel. Pearson’s multi-faceted work in politics and policy is informed by a deep understanding of how Washington works – on the Hill and in the diplomatic and business communities.
She founded Pearson & Associates in 1996 and has tremendous experience in numerous Senate campaigns and three Presidential elections. Her success has allowed her to form deep and extensive relationships with Members of both houses of Congress. Committed to reaching across the aisle, Pearson often convenes bipartisan Congressional staff in an effort to foster relationships that will result in legislative solutions.
Rachel co-founded a CEO Forum called Principal to Principal, which connects the CEO/C-Suite with Members of Congress and the Administration for intimate dinners several times a year.
Pearson has served as an advisor to several governments in Africa, with a focus on strengthening bi-lateral relationships and fostering U.S. investment in Africa.
An Ohio native, Rachel is a collector of works on paper and an avid supporter of the arts.
Before joining the NSC, Ms. George served as a principal at The Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, an international strategic consulting firm, and previously with The Albright Group LLC. From 1997 to 2001, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Department of State, supervising the management and coordination of travel and meetings, serving as a liaison to the White House and other Cabinet departments, and working across the Department of State on a range of foreign policy initiatives for Secretary Madeleine Albright. She served as Special Assistant and Assistant Counsel to Ambassador Albright, then the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1995 to 1997. Prior to government service, Ms. George worked at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).
Ms. George holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from the George Washington University Law School. She is a board member of the National Security Education Board. She has previously served on the boards of Mount Holyoke College, NDI, and the National Child’s Research Center.
150PAC.ORG welcomes contributions from individuals and organizations who share our belief in the importance of U.S. global leadership and support the continued commitment to robust funding for the 150 Account. ***Online Donating coming soon***