Staff & Experts


Matthew Eagan
Director of Federal Affairs
Matthew Eagan
Director of Federal Affairs

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.

John Hostettler
Vice President
John Hostettler
Vice President

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.

Ken Oliver
Senior Director of Engagement and Right on Immigration
Ken Oliver
Senior Director of Engagement and Right on Immigration

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.


Rodney Scott
Senior Distinguished Fellow for Border Security
Greg Sindelar
Chief Executive Officer
Joshua Treviño
Chief of Intelligence and Research
Andrew Brown
Distinguished Senior Fellow of Child and Family Policy
Andrew Gillen, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Analyst for Next Generation Texas
Vance Ginn, Ph.D.
Chief Economist
Josh Jones
Senior Fellow, Border Security
James Quintero
Policy Director, Government for the People
Michele Steeb
Senior Fellow
Dr. Carol Swain
Distinguished Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies
Brett L. Tolman
Executive Director for Right on Crime
Lars Trautman
National Director and West Virginia State Director for Right on Crime
Erin Davis Valdez
Policy Director, Next Generation Texas
The Honorable Zach Whiting
Senior Fellow of Technology Policy
The Honorable Chuck DeVore
Vice President of National Initiatives
The Honorable Robert Henneke
Executive Director and General Counsel
Jacki Deason
Senior Fellow, Life: Powered
The Honorable Jason Isaac
Director, Life: Powered
David Balat
Director, Right on Healthcare
Derek M. Cohen, Ph.D.
Vice President of Policy
Brent Bennett, Ph.D
Policy Director, Life: Powered
Rod Bordelon
Distinguished Senior Fellow in Regulatory Reform

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