The Philanthropy Roundtable announced today the recent hiring of Sean Parnell as its new vice president for public policy. Parnell will be responsible for promoting its mission to protect philanthropic freedom, including preserving the right of charitable donors to make independent decisions of how and where to spend their charitable assets.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work on such an important issue,” Parnell said. “Our nation has a long and rich history of private charity stepping up to address a wide range of needs, and I look forward to helping to preserve and protect the vital institution of an independent civil society.”
“We are pleased to have Sean join us,” added Adam Meyerson, president of The Philanthropy Roundtable. “Private philanthropy is critical for a strong civil society, and Sean’s leadership will help to ensure philanthropists have the necessary resources and freedom to invest in effective and innovative organizations.”
Parnell has more than 20 years of experience advocating for causes and candidates, most recently as an independent public policy consultant where his work included educating elected officials about the history and importance of the electoral college, original research and writing on health care policy, and directing the activities of a nonprofit focused on identifying, evaluating, and promoting effective leadership in candidates for office. He previously was president of the Center for Competitive Politics, an advocacy organization focused on promoting and protecting 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 is the author of two books, Unbound: The Conscience of a Republican Delegate and The Self-Pay Patient: Affordable Healthcare Choices 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.