About Us

Founding and Purpose

The Howard Baker Forum was founded by former Senator Howard Baker in Washington, D.C. to provide a platform for examining specific, immediate, critical issues affecting the nation's progress at home and its relations abroad. Under the leadership of its President, Scott Campbell, the Forum organizes a variety of programs and research projects to examine and illuminate public policy challenges facing the nation today. The Howard Baker Forum is a public and international affairs affiliate of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, and Berkowitz, P.C.

Philosophy

Sound governance through reasoned consensus, founded upon an agreed set of facts, is the philosophy that guided Senator Baker's distinguished service in the U.S. Senate and as Chief of Staff during the Reagan Administration It is in this spirit that The Howard Baker Forum was founded—to contribute to the process of fact finding and consensus building to help solve critical problems facing the nation.

In governance, wrote James Madison in Federalist No.14, the government should never disregard as touchstones of sound policy "the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience." Sorting out these "suggestions" in today's modern world of advocacy and spin is a daunting challenge. The Howard Baker Forum serves as neutral ground for examining relevant issues and finding creative solutions to pressing national problems.

Founder


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Capping a distinguished public-service career as senator, presidential advisor and ambassador, Howard H. Baker Jr. returned in February 2005 to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, the law firm his grandfather founded and where he formerly practiced with his father, the late U.S. Rep. Howard H. Baker. As Senior Counsel to the Firm, Senator Baker focuses his practice on public policy and international matters.



Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr.

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"The Senate commends its former colleague - for a lifetime of distinguished service to the country and confers upon him the thanks of a grateful Nation."
- Senate Resolution, Feb. 17, 2005


Capping a distinguished public-service career as senator, presidential advisor and ambassador, Howard H. Baker Jr. returned in February 2005 to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, the law firm his grandfather founded and where he formerly practiced with his father, the late U.S. Rep. Howard H. Baker. As Senior Counsel to the Firm, Senator Baker focuses his practice on public policy and international matters.

Senator Baker's return followed his service as 26th U.S. Ambassador to Japan, a position to which President George W. Bush appointed him in 2001. The appointment was yet another milestone in a public-service career that began in 1966, when Senator Baker became the first Republican popularly elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee.

Senator Baker gained national recognition in 1973 as Vice Chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee. Three years later, he was keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention and was a 1980 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He concluded his Senate career in 1985 after two terms as Majority Leader (1981 to 1985) and two terms as Minority Leader (1977 to 1981). He was President Reagan's Chief of Staff from February 1987 to July 1988.

A delegate to the United Nations in 1976, Senator Baker has extensive foreign policy experience. He served on the President's Foreign Intelligence Board from 1985 to 1987 and from 1988 to 1990 and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He serves on the board of the Forum of International Policy and is an International Counselor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Among his many awards are the 1984 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, and the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Performed by an Elected or Appointed Official, which he received in 1982. An accomplished photographer, Senator Baker received The American Society of Photographers' International Award in 1993 and was elected into the Photo Marketing Association's Hall of Fame in 1994. He has received honorary degrees from such institutions as Yale University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Bradley University, Pepperdine University and Centre College.

Senator Baker is the author of four books: No Margin for Error (1980); Howard Baker's Washington (1982); Big South Fork Country (1993) and Scott's Gulf (2000).

Professional Experience

  • U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 2001 to 2005
  • Chief of Staff, President Ronald Reagan, 1987 to 1988
  • U.S. Senate (R-TN), 1967 to 1985
  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader, 1981 to 1985
  • U.S. Senate Minority Leader, 1977 to 1981
  • U.S. Navy, 1943 to 1946

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Recipient - Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1984
  • Recipient - Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Performed by an Elected or Appointed Official, 1982
  • Recipient - Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, Japan's Highest Honor for Civilians, 2008
  • Recipient - American Lawyer Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008
  • Recipient - United States Capitol Historical Society Freedom Award, 2008
  • Delegate - United Nations, 1976
  • Member - President's Foreign Intelligence Board, 1985 to 1987, 1988 to 1990
  • Member - Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member - Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs
  • Board Member - Forum of International Policy
  • International Counselor - Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Board Member - Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
  • Board Member - Museum of Appalachia Foundation
  • Member - Citigroup International Advisory Board
  • Member - Photo Marketing Association Hall of Fame, 1994
  • Honorary Co-Chair - "Saving the Last Great Places of Tennessee" Conservation Campaign, Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (2006)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Government Relations Law and International Trade and Finance Law since 2007

Education

  • University of Tennessee Law College
  • Tulane University
  • University of the South

President


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Scott L. Campbell is a Senior Public Policy Advisor and Managing Director of the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. A political and public policy strategist and a lawyer, he provides advice to energy, homeland security and technology companies and to leading research laboratories. He develops and directs long-term issue management strategies for clients with important issues before Congress and the Administration.



Scott L. Campbell

scott.jpg Scott L. Campbell is President of The Howard Baker Forum as well as Managing Director and Senior Public Policy Advisor for Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office. A political and public policy strategist and a lawyer, he provides advice to energy, homeland security and technology companies and to leading research laboratories. He develops and directs long-term issue management strategies for clients with important issues before Congress and the Administration.

Mr. Campbell has worked extensively in energy policy. Recently, he was appointed by former Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to serve on the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC). CINTAC advises the Secretary of Commerce on trade issues facing the U.S. civil nuclear industry and on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand U.S. civil nuclear exports and to strengthen the competitiveness of the industry.

Mr. Campbell is the principal coordinator for the U.S.-Japan Roundtable on Nuclear Energy Cooperation, an ongoing program of the Howard Baker Forum. The Howard Baker Forum is a public policy affiliate of the Firm which produces programs and initiatives focusing on major policy questions of high, immediate importance to the nation. The U.S.-Japan Roundtable is a continuing program that encourages and facilitates U.S.–Japanese partnering in nuclear energy.

For the past twenty years, he has served as a consultant and advisor to Japanese trading, technology and utility companies and to the Japanese government. In this capacity he has counseled senior Japanese government officials and business executives, developed the Forum on Energy--a nuclear news and analysis website, co-produced a major conference on energy and environment in Japan, and served as an occasional commentator on NHK Television and NPR's Marketplace.

In the technology space, Mr. Campbell has been active in promoting the advancement of clean energy through the application of high performance computing. He organized the 2010 Clean Energy Summit in Washington, D.C., a national symposium co-sponsored with Lawrence Livermore National laboratory, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for the 21st Century, the Science Foundation, the National Venture Capital Association and the Oak Ridge National laboratory. A series of follow-up conferences and regional meetings are scheduled.

On issues of national energy policy, Mr. Campbell directed the Program on Presidential Policy Making: Formulating a Bipartisan Energy and Climate Policy for America. Its Roundtable and Workshop were hosted by the Woodrow Wilson and Howard Baker Centers in 2009 in Washington, DC.

Mr. Campbell served as President of the American Council on Global Nuclear Competitiveness, a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting American technology and manufacturing as a vital part of the global nuclear revival, until its dissolution in 2013. Each year the Council produced a major study on one or more aspects of the global nuclear revival. Two Council studies produced by Oxford Economics evaluated the economic and job creation benefits of a nuclear revival in the U.S. A third study in 2010 focused on small scale reactors, their markets in the U.S. and abroad and their potential for revitalizing the American nuclear sector. In 2011, the Council released a study by APCO evaluating public policy elite opinion in the aftermath of Fukushima Daiichi. Council Co-Chairs were Howard Baker, Bennett Johnston and Paul Robinson.

Before joining Baker Donelson, Mr. Campbell was the founder and former CEO of Washington Policy and Analysis serving as an energy policy consultant and advisor to U.S. and foreign government agencies, national laboratories and energy and technology companies. He was the originator and a principal organizer of the Santa Fe Energy Seminar, a series of U.S.-Japan workshops focusing on the nuclear energy future, advanced nuclear technologies and non-proliferation issues. In addition to his significant energy policy experience, he has been instrumental in the development of counter-terrorism systems with the Lloyd's maritime companies and Project Seahawk, Port of Charleston, and terrorism study courses with the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St. Andrews University.

Mr. Campbell served as Director of the Office of Policy, Planning and Analysis at the Department of Energy under President Ronald Reagan. Under President George H. W. Bush, he served on the National Petroleum Council, which advises the Secretary of Energy, and on the OCS Advisory Council, which reported to the Secretary of the Interior on issues and policies regarding mineral exploration. Prior to coming to Washington, he practiced law, served as a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice, and served as an executive of an energy company in Texas.

Selected Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Principal editor, Energy Security: Report to the President
  • Author – An Assessment of the Natural Gas Resource Base of the United States
  • Co-author – Natural Gas: a Strategic Resource for the Future
  • Co-author – U.S. Natural Gas: an Investment Strategy for Energy and Environment
  • Co-author – Fueling the Future: Natural Gas and New Technologies for the 21st Century
  • Originator and an organizer of the conference – Partnering for American Competitiveness jointly sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and the Howard Baker Center for Public policy
  • Originator and lead organizer of the Program on Presidential Policy Making: Formulating a Bipartisan Energy and Climate Policy for America sponsored by several national laboratories and leading universities
  • Originator and an organizer of the Santa Fe Energy Seminar – a series of U.S.-Japan Workshops on Nuclear Energy
  • Originator and organizer of the Washington Conference on Maritime Counter –Terrorism; Threat Definition, Strategy, Tactics and Technologies for Port Security
  • Co-author, The Impact of U.S. Sanctions on Energy Prices
  • Remarks, American Nuclear Competitiveness, American Nuclear Society International Congress 2006
  • Remarks, The Nuclear Renaissance: Seizing the Historic Moment, American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting 2006

Professional Honors & Activities

Mr. Campbell has served on numerous academic and professional boards and committees, including:

  • Member – Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee, Department of Commerce
  • Member – Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence
  • President and Director – American Council on Global Nuclear Competitiveness
  • Former Member – National Petroleum Council, Department of Energy
  • Former Member – OCS Advisory Council, Department of Interior
  • Former Member – Advisory Committee on the Energy, Environment, Science and Technology Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees – Landon School for Boys
  • Former Member, Corporate Board – the Middle East Institute Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas (1973)

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • George Washington University, M.A. in Politics, 1971
  • Texas Christian University, B.A. in History, 1968

Advisors


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Ellen O'Kane Tauscher, advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and strategic advisor in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office, brings a unique set of skills and experience honed over 35 years as a seven-term member of Congress from California, key advisor to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, and trader and investment banker on Wall Street.



Ellen O'Kane Tauscher

ellen.jpg Ellen O'Kane Tauscher, advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and strategic advisor in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office, brings a unique set of skills and experience honed over 35 years as a seven-term member of Congress from California, key advisor to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, and trader and investment banker on Wall Street. Ms. Tauscher provides clients with the strategic advice needed for effective policy-driven decision-making of federal policy and programs in the defense, transportation, energy and health care fields.

Ms. Tauscher served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs and as Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense at the State Department under President Obama. While in Congress, she served on the House Armed Services Committee and was Chairman of the Strategic Forces subcommittee. Ms. Tauscher served concurrently on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and was the senior Californian on the Highway and Transit and Aviation subcommittees. A pro-business and pro-trade Democrat, she was the Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition and Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council. In 1977, Ms. Tauscher was one of the first women to become a member of the New York Stock Exchange, and she has served as an officer of the American Stock Exchange.

Selected Publications

  • The ChildCare Sourcebok," Macmillan, 1996

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Independent Governor – Boards of Governors of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Security, LLC
  • Independent Chair – Board of Directors for The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety
  • Board of Directors – Invacare Corporation
  • Member – Audit Committee
  • Member – Management and Compensation Committee
  • Board of Directors – The Atlantic Council of the United States
  • Member – Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors – eHealth Corporation
  • Member – Audit Committee
  • Board of Directors – The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation
  • Lifetime Member – Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member – Trilateral Commission

Education

  • Seton Hall University, B.S. in Early Childhood Education, 1974

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Nancy Johnson is an advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and a Senior Public Policy Advisory to Baker Donelson. After serving 24 years in the U.S. Congress, Nancy Johnson joined Baker Donelson because she shares the Firm's commitment to service excellence.



Nancy L. Johnson

nancy.jpg Nancy Johnson is an advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and a Senior Public Policy Advisory to Baker Donelson. After serving 24 years in the U.S. Congress, Nancy Johnson joined Baker Donelson because she shares the Firm's commitment to service excellence. She served 18 years on the House Ways and Means Committee and played an integral role in the passage of every major tax, trade and health care initiative during years of rapid technological and political change and the globalization of the economy. Ms. Johnson is widely recognized for her acumen and sound analyses of healthcare, tax, and trade policies. She is a powerful advocate on these issues for the Firm's clients.

Ms. Johnson's legislative record is a testament to her strategic expertise and ability to build coalitions. She has been recognized frequently for her leadership on such disparate issues as manufacturing, health policy, fair tax and trade policy, child and family issues and the environment.

Ms. Johnson is an authority on health policy and as such, a key member of any team seeking to negotiate policies governing Medicare or developing a universally accessible health care system. As a member and then Chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, she introduced the National Children's Health Insurance Program and was a principal author of the Medicare Modernization Act. Her many years of service have given her a deep knowledge of the health care delivery system, including the need for systems change, quality measurement, and payment reform to improve quality and efficiency.

She introduced the health information technology legislation that led to the establishment of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) and continues to fight for broad adoption of HIT to reduce medical errors and improve care quality. Her broad knowledge of the many challenges in this area, from deployment to privacy and security issues, enable Ms. Johnson and the Baker Donelson health policy team to guide and represent those interested and affected by technology and systems change in the health sector.

As the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, Ms. Johnson authored a series of taxpayer rights bills that provided protections for individuals and small businesses and passed legislation to implement the recommendations of the commission to reorganize the IRS to modernize consumer services and enhance agency accountability.

Ms. Johnson is helping clients to anticipate proposals and influence changes in tax law and to meet upcoming challenges in the trade arena. Having served on the Ways and Means Committee when major changes in tax law were adopted under both Democratic and Republican leaderships, she helps clients to understand and influence the significant changes to tax policy on the congressional agenda. In the past, in support of manufacturing and small business, Ms. Johnson focused on tax incentives for investment and authored the alternative research and development credit, as well as other provisions to improve U.S. competitiveness and stimulate growth.

Ms. Johnson worked for passage of trade negotiating authority, agreements expanding market access, and laws strengthening enforcement of intellectual property rights, anti-dumping, and other fair trade initiatives. In addition, throughout her service on the Ways and Means Committee, she led many reforms of our pension laws, created the Simple Plan for small businesses, helped pass numerous tax incentives to encourage personal savings and co-led passage of the landmark Portman-Cardin Senior Reform Act.

Selected Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter – "The Obama Preschool Initiative: A Conversation with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan," hosted by the Center on Children and Families and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. (May 29, 2013)
  • Author – "Personalizing medicine to combat the cost of health care," The Hill's Congress Blog (July 14, 2011)
  • Presenter – "Getting Out of the Rough and Back onto the Fairway on Healthcare Reform," International Association of Defense Counsel (February 2011)
  • Co-author – "Integration Strategies for the New Health Care Economy," American Health Lawyers Weekly (July 2010)
  • "Health care reform: How to comply with new regulations and maintain your current plan," Smart Business Atlanta(June 2010)
  • Presenter – "Health Reform," ACHE – SouthEast Texas Chapter of Quantum Leadership, Inc. (May 13, 2010)
  • Presenter – "Health Reform After the 2010 Election," (November 2010)

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Inductee – Affordable Housing Hall of Fame, Affordable Housing Finance magazine, 2011
  • Fellow – Institute of Politics at Harvard University , 2007
  • Commissioner – National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care, 2007
  • Recipient of numerous national awards from physician hospital, home care, community health centers, nursing home and minority health organizations; chambers of commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, manufacturer and trade organizations; environmental groups, arts and education groups and human services organizations.

Education

  • Baypath College, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, 1999
  • University of New Haven, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, 1995
  • University of Hartford, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, 1989
  • University of Bridgeport, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, 1985
  • University of London, Courtauld Institute, 1958
  • Radcliffe College, Harvard University, B.A., 1957

Current Board Memberships

  • John Marshal Law School – Board of Trustees, Chair of Distance Learning Committee
  • United States Naval Academy – Board of Visitors, Vice-Chair
  • The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation Board
  • National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy – Board of Directors

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Sheila P. Burke, advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and Senior Public Policy Advisor in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker Donelson, brings a deep knowledge of federal policy and programs drawn from her distinguished career in the private and public sectors to provide clients with the perspective they need for effective strategic and public policy decision making.



Sheila P. Burke

sheilaBurke.jpg Sheila P. Burke, advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and Senior Public Policy Advisor in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker Donelson, brings a deep knowledge of federal policy and programs drawn from her distinguished career in the private and public sectors to provide clients with the perspective they need for effective strategic and public policy decision making.

In addition to her role at the Baker Donelson, Ms. Burke is a faculty member at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she teaches a health policy course and co-directs a public policy simulation exercise. She is also a faculty research fellow at Harvard's Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy. From 1996 to 2000, she was Executive Dean and lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School. She also serves as a Research Professor at the Public Policy Institute as well as a Distinguished Visitor at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.

Ms. Burke served for 19 years on Capitol Hill. Early in her career she was a member of the staff of the Senate Finance Committee responsible for legislation relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs. She ultimately became Deputy Staff Director of the Finance Committee. She went on to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and then his Chief of Staff. In these roles she was involved with numerous legislative issues including those related to Medicare, Medicaid and the Maternal and Child Health programs, welfare reform, budget reconciliation, and legislative efforts to reform health care. In 1995, she was elected as Secretary of the Senate, the chief administrative officer of the United States Senate.

In addition to her government and academic experience, Ms. Burke served as the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. As the Chief Operating Officer she had responsibility for the overall operations of the 19 individual museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and nine research facilities located in Washington, D.C., five states, and 150 foreign countries with revenues of approximately $1 billion and an endowment of $1 billion. During her 7 year tenure at the Smithsonian, she oversaw the completion of the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, the National Museum of the American Indian and the renovation of the Smithsonian's Reynolds Center for Art and Portraiture. She was also involved in the initial planning for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She began her Smithsonian tenure in 2000 as the Undersecretary for American Museums and National Programs becoming Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer in 2004.

Selected Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Keynote Speaker – Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum's fall summit "Health Care Reform and You: Professional Viewpoints," Baton Rouge, Louisiana (October 31, 2013)
  • Panelist – "Medicare Cost Reduction," The Alliance for Health Reform (July 22, 2013)
  • Co-author – "Advanced Nurses Lower Costs, Improve Care," Politico (May 7, 2013)
  • Co-author – "CCIIO Releases Federally-Facilitated Exchange Guidance," Health Law STAT alert (May 18, 2012)
  • Co-author – "Health Reform Rules Finalized for Summary of Health Benefits Coverage Requirements," Health Law STAT alert (February 21, 2012)
  • Co-author – "Thirteen Things To Know About Health Care Insurance Exchanges: The New Marketplace," Baker Donelson's Baker's Dozen white paper (2010)

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Fellow – American Academy of Nursing
  • Fellow – Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow – National Academy of Public Administration
  • Honorary Doctorate in Military Medicine, University of the Uniformed Services (1999)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Marymount University (2005)
  • David Rall Medal, Institute of Medicine (2008)
  • Robert Mills Award, Smithsonian American Art Museum (2007)
  • Smithsonian Institution Exceptional Service Award (2005)
  • Member – Board of Directors, Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, DC (2008 – present)
  • Research Professor – Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University (2004 – present)
  • Member – Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Washington, D.C. (1997 – present)
  • Member – Institute of Medicine, National Council (2012 – present); Chair, Nominating Committee (2013 – present)
  • Member – Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (2011 – present)
  • Member - Institute of Medicine, National Council (2012 - present); Chair, Nominating Committee (2013 - present)
  • Member – Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) (2000 – 2007)
  • Chair – Committee on Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (2009 – 2010)
  • Chair – Committee on the Assessment of the U.S. Drug Safety System, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (2005 – 2006)

Education

  • John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, M.P.A. (1982)
  • University of San Francisco, B.S. Nursing (1973)

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John Tuck currently serves as an advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and Senior Public Policy Adviser in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office. Having served within the government in many different functions, most recently as Senior Adviser to Ambassador Howard H. Baker Jr. at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, he has extensive experience in issues related to U.S.-Japan relations, energy, nuclear weapons and weapons-related waste.



John C. Tuck

john.jpg John Tuck currently serves as an advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and Senior Public Policy Adviser in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office. Having served within the government in many different functions, most recently as Senior Adviser to Ambassador Howard H. Baker Jr. at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, he has extensive experience in issues related to U.S.-Japan relations, energy, nuclear weapons and weapons-related waste.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson in 1992, Mr. Tuck served as Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy from 1989 to 1992. In this role, he oversaw operations relating to energy, the nuclear weapons program, and the disposition of both civilian and weapons-related nuclear waste. He also held the position of chief operating officer for the Department. Earlier in his career, he served in the White House as Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, as Deputy Assistant for Legislative affairs, as Executive Assistant to the White House Chief of Staff, and as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in the Senate. His illustrious Capitol Hill career began in 1974 where he was assistant to the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives, becoming Chief of Minority Floor Information Services in 1977. In 1981 he moved to the Senate, where he was named Assistant Secretary for the Majority, a position he held until 1986.

Mr. Tuck was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1968, rising to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve attached to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations until his retirement in 1997. His current clients include electric utilities, cable providers, media conglomerates, universities and national laboratories.

Education

  • Georgetown University, B.S. in Foreign Service, 1968

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George C. Montgomery is an advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and a Senior Public Policy Advisor in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office. Former U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Mr. Montgomery leads Baker Donelson's work on behalf of his clients in the Middle East.



George C. Montgomery

cranwell.jpg George C. Montgomery is an advisor to The Howard Baker Forum and a Senior Public Policy Advisor in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office. Former U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Mr. Montgomery leads Baker Donelson's work on behalf of his clients in the Middle East.

Before helping to found the International Practice Group at Baker Donelson in 1989, Mr. Montgomery traveled widely throughout the Middle East for more than a decade, first as legislative assistant and then chief counsel to Senator Howard H. Baker., and then as ambassador to Oman. He continues to visit the region several times a year, both to maintain longstanding relationships with political and business leaders there and to build new ones.

Mr. Montgomery's depth of experience in the Middle East recently helped him win a major petrochemical contract in Qatar for a U.S. petroleum company. He has worked in virtually every country on the Arabian peninsula, using his knowledge of the region's governments to facilitate business development and to advise companies on strategic planning and risk assessment.

He periodically represents Middle Eastern governments in the U.S. and recently began representing Middle Eastern financial institutions seeking to invest in U.S. businesses and real estate.

As a commissioned ensign in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Montgomery served as an advisor to the navy of the Republic of Vietnam. He resigned his commission as lieutenant to enter law school, but continued to serve many years as captain in the Naval Reserve.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, 1985 – 1989
  • Counsel to Majority Leader Howard Baker, U.S. Senate, 1981 – 1985
  • Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1977 – 1981
  • Legislative Assistant for Foreign Policy and National Defense to U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, 1976 – 1977
  • Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • Member, Board of Directors, Knox Heritage
  • Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

Education

  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1975
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1966

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Sara Love Rawlings is a senior public policy advisor in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Rawlings is a member of the Federal Health Policy Group and has a broad range of experience in crafting and analyzing appropriations and health care policy issues. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, she worked as a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.



Sara Love Rawlings

sara.jpg Sara Love Rawlings is a senior public policy advisor in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Rawlings is a member of the Federal Health Policy Group and has a broad range of experience in crafting and analyzing appropriations and health care policy issues. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, she worked as a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Ms. Rawlings worked with the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education and Related aAgencies, where she managed over $30 billion in annual federal spending. Ms. Rawlings has particular experience with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Health Resources and Services Administration, Administration for Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Administration on Aging.

Ms. Rawlings began her career in Washington under the leadership of Senator Thad Cochran, the then ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, in whose office she worked as a congressional health policy fellow. During her time with Senator Cochran's office, Ms. Rawlings fostered strong relationships with the congressional leadership, and the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committees.

Before her time in Washington, Ms. Rawlings spent four years working in biological research at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Green Center for Reproductive Biological Sciences.

Selected Publications

  • Co-author − "A Right to Access Unapproved Experimental Drugs: Abigail Alliance Battles the FDA for a New Constitutional Right," Miss. Med News, May 2007
  • Co-author − "CHD7 Gene Polymorphisms Are Associated with Susceptibility to Idiopathic Scoliosis," Am. J. Hum. Genet, May 2007
  • Co-author − "Mutations Responsible for Larsen Syndrome Cluster in FLNB Protein," J. Med. Genet, May 2006

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 2001

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Holly Wolf is the Director for The Howard Baker Forum. Ms. Wolf manages operations of the Forum, develops and monitors budgets to ensure that the Forum meets financial targets, prepares reports and business plans for senior management and clients, and works directly with clients to determine strategy and scope of projects.



Holly A. Wolf

holly.jpg Holly Wolf is the Director for The Howard Baker Forum. Ms. Wolf manages operations of the Forum, develops and monitors budgets to ensure that the Forum meets financial targets, prepares reports and business plans for senior management and clients, and works directly with clients to determine strategy and scope of projects. Ms. Wolf manages and assists with Forum projects and programs, identifies and initiates business development opportunities, and coordinates Forum programming and events.

A 2012 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Wolf previously worked as a trade assistant for Baker Donelson's Global Business Team.

Education

  • University of Oklahoma, B.B.A in Supply Chain Management, 2012

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Christie Johnson is a policy analyst for The Howard Baker Forum. Ms. Johnson manages content and social media for the Forum on Energy website and analyzes usage data to maximize site impact. Ms. Johnson also conducts research for Forum projects and tracks relevant policy developments, briefing the team regularly. In addition, she assists with event logistics, editing Forum materials, and effective communication with Forum partners.



Christine M. Johnson

CeejSmaller.jpg Christie Johnson is a policy analyst for The Howard Baker Forum. Ms. Johnson manages content and social media for the Forum on Energy website and analyzes usage data to maximize site impact. Ms. Johnson also conducts research for Forum projects and tracks relevant policy developments, briefing the team regularly. In addition, she assists with event logistics, editing Forum materials, and effective communication with Forum partners.

Ms. Johnson graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2015, with a degree in Science, Technology & International Affairs with an Energy and Environment concentration. She has previously held research internships with the Brookings Institution Energy Security and Climate Initiative, and the National Academy of Sciences Science and Technology for Sustainability Program.

Education

  • Georgetown University, B.S. in Foreign Service, 2015