Ike Brannon is president of Capital Policy Analytics. He is a Washington, D.C.-based economist who writes frequently on public policy issues. Brannon is a senior fellow at the Jack Kemp Foundation. Brannon also leads the Savings and Retirement Foundation and the Prosperity Caucus.

Brannon previously worked as a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the George W. Bush Institute. He also directed economic policy for the American Action Forum. Brannon spent nearly a decade in government, serving as the chief economist for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chief economist for the Republican Policy Committee, senior adviser for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury, principal economic adviser for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on the Senate Finance Committee, chief economist for the Joint Economic Committee and senior economist for the Office of Management and Budget. Brannon was the chief economist for the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Brannon was also an associate professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University and a B.A. in math, Spanish, and economics from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.


Logan Albright is director of fiscal research at Capital Policy Analytics. He was previously a research analyst for FreedomWorks and the American Action Forum in Washington, D.C. Albright has been published by The Weekly Standard, RealClearPolicy.com, The Daily Caller, Doublethink Magazine, Red State and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. He is a contributing editor to the Von Mises Institute and a scholar at the Savings and Retirement Foundation.

He is also an author and moustache enthusiast.

Albright received his M.A. in Economics from Georgia State University and a B.A. from Oberlin College.


Tom Capone is an analyst for Capital Policy Analytics as well as an associate with the Savings and Retirement Foundation.

His past experience includes working for Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, and as a researcher with the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation.

Capone has a B.A. in public policy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


Melanie Mickelson-Graham is director of energy policy at Capital Policy Analytics. She previously worked as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Energy, supporting bilateral policy negotiations between the U.S. and East Asian countries. At the Department of Energy, she was detailed to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee for Asia, Pacific, and the Global Environment. Mickelson-Graham worked on matters relating to China for The Cohen Group, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and the Department of Defense.

Mickelson-Graham has an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in economics and Chinese from Brigham Young University.


Jeff Patch is an analyst at Capital Policy Analytics and a writer at Iowa Intelligence, a Des Moines-based research and communications firm. His writing focuses on business and economic policy issues. He has recently written pieces for The FederalistThe Weekly Standard, the Washington ExaminerRealClearMarkets.com and Morning Consult. He has previously published commentary in the Wall Street JournalReason Magazine, and the Quad-City Times. Patch is a former Des Moines Register correspondent and Politico.com staff writer.

He has a B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Iowa.


Jared Whitley is a senior communications consultant at Capital Policy Analytics and a principal at Whitley Political Media. Whitley is a seasoned communications professional with experience in both traditional and digital media. He has worked in the U.S. Senate, the White House and the private sector. He started his career in newspapers (when such things still existed). He has also worked on myriad campaigns, including as a professional volunteer at the 2012 convention in Tampa. Whitley’s policy interests include national security, energy and trade.

Whitley has a B.A. in English and German from the University of Utah and is an MBA candidate at the Hult International Business School.