Sean Parnell is an independent consultant for The Philanthropy Roundtable. He was previously the Roundtable’s vice president of public policy, becoming the Roundtable’s senior fellow for philanthropic freedom in May of 2019. In this new role he now focuses on threats to philanthropic freedom at the state and federal level, primarily charitable donor privacy. He also maintains a public policy consulting firm serving clients’ needs in the areas of lobbying, research and analysis, business development, communications, and fundraising.
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.