Matt Eagan is the Director of Federal Affairs for the States Trust team at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Before joining TPPF and States Trust, Matt worked as a Government Relations Manager at The Heritage Foundation and Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives focusing on domestic policy.
Matt has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and resides in Virginia where he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and daughter.
The Honorable John N. Hostettler is the Vice President for Federal Affairs for States Trust. He served in the U.S. House from 1995 to 2007 representing Indiana’s Eighth District.
Since leaving Congress, Hostettler has launched a publishing company, Publius House, and authored two books. He also founded the Constitution Institute, which holds seminars throughout Indiana teaching about the U.S. Constitution.
An engineer by training, Hostettler graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana with a degree in mechanical engineering. With his high school sweetheart, Beth, he has four children and has recently celebrated the births of his first few grandchildren.
As Senior Director of Engagement and Right on Immigration, Ken Oliver is at the center of the landmark Texas Public Policy Foundation initiative that highlights and champions policies that secure the border, restore the rule of law and fix and improve legal immigration to the United States.
In tackling this task, Ken is leveraging the full range of his previous experience as a successful coalition-builder in the conservative movement, public diplomacy professional and bilingual communicator. Prior to joining TPPF, Ken was founding director of MRC Latino, the Media Research Center project that challenged liberal dominance and rhetoric of U.S. Spanish-language media, particularly on immigration-related issues.
Most of Ken’s career has been divided between his native Washington, D.C. and his mother’s homeland of Puerto Rico. In Washington, during President George W. Bush’s administration, Ken served as Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, as well as White House Director of Specialty Media. Ken is also a former program review analyst at the Voice of America and news editor at the NBC Radio Network.
In Puerto Rico, Ken served as Special Assistant to former Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, Assistant Secretary of State and Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Puerto Rico Economic Development Administration. He is also a distinguished, award-winning journalist having worked for Caribbean Business and the island’s leading daily newspaper, El Nuevo Día.
Ken and his wife, Zenaida, have two sons and live in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.