Vice President of Public Policy
Sean Parnell is vice president for public policy at The Philanthropy Roundtable. He joined the Roundtable staff in October of 2016. He is responsible for directing legislative, coalition, and communications efforts on policy issues related to charitable giving and philanthropic freedom at the federal and state levels, working with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and its executive director Sandra Swirski.
Sean has more than 20 years of experience advocating for causes and candidates, most recently as an independent public policy consultant working primarily for free-market think tanks and advocacy organizations. He previously was president of the Center for Competitive Politics, an advocacy organization focused on the First Amendment’s political rights of speech, assembly, and petition. Parnell also served as vice president for external affairs at The Heartland Institute and as campaign manager and fundraiser for former Congressman Greg Ganske of Iowa. He has written two books, Unbound: The Conscience of a Republican Delegate and The Self-Pay Patient: Affordable Healthcare in the Age of Obamacare.
An Oregon native, Parnell lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and son. He is a 1996 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he received a bachelor of arts in economics.