Commission Members

Elected as Chairman of the Commission for the 2017 report cycle. Former Chief of Staff, Counsel, Legislative Director, and Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; former Professional Staff Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Commissioner Bartholomew served as the Commission Chairman for the 2007 and 2009 report cycles, and served as Vice Chairman for the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2016 report cycles. Reappointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2017.
Elected as Vice Chairman of the Commission for the 2017 report cycle. Government and public policy attorney, former director of policy for the Bob Dole for President campaign; former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Reappointed by the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a term expiring December 31, 2018.
Executive Director of the Office of Student Life at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University; former Counselor to the President of the World Bank; former Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget; and worked in a variety of positions for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell including the Senate Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees. Reappointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2018.
Served as a U.S. Congressman for twelve years followed by eighteen years of service as a U.S. Senator. Served as a member of the Senate Democratic Leadership for sixteen years. Was Co-Chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. He served on various Senate Committees including Appropriations, Commerce Science & Transportation, Energy & Natural Resources; and Indian Affairs. He is currently a Senior Policy Advisor at Arent Fox LLP, a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University, Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Chairman of the non-profit Center for Native American Youth, and serves on a number of Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards. He is a New York Times Bestselling author of four books. He was appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for a two year term ending December 31, 2017.
An attorney with the law firm Frost Brown Todd, LLC where he serves as the Member-in-Charge of its Charleston office, vice chair of the Appellate Practice Group, and a member of Civic Point, the firm’s government affairs subsidiary. Goodwin’s practice includes litigation and appellate advocacy, and advising clients on government relations, intellectual property matters and commercial transactions. In 2010, Senator Goodwin was appointed by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd, where he served until a special election was held to fill the remainder of Senator Byrd’s unexpired term. In 2009, Senator Goodwin chaired the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform in West Virginia, and during the four years prior, served as General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III. Appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2017.
Founder and co-owner of the Slane Company with extensive international business experience. Commissioner Slane served for two years on active duty as a U.S. Army Captain in Military Intelligence and served as a Case Officer with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Also worked in The White House during the Ford Administration. Commissioner Slane served as the Commission Chairman for the 2010 report cycle and as Vice Chairman for the 2011 report cycle. Mr. Slane was reappointed to the Commission by House Speaker Paul Ryan for a two-year term expiring on December 31, 2017.
Commissioner Stivers served in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In this position he managed a budget of approximately $1.2 billion in foreign assistance and led a staff of approximately 1,200 development professionals in 32 countries in East Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia and Central Asia. Prior to that, he served for almost two decades in the Legislative Branch in a variety of positions including as Senior Advisor to Speaker and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi responsible for U.S.-China issues, trade, international economics, development, global health and democracy and human rights. He was appointed by House Democratic Leader Pelosi to a two-year term expiring on December 31, 2018.
Senator Talent is currently a partner at Banner Public Affairs. From 2007 to 2010, Sen. Talent served as Vice-Chairman of the Commission on Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, served on the Independent Panel that reviewed the Quadrennial Defense Review of the Department of Defense, served as a member of the Executive Panel advising the Chief of Naval Operations, and was a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. From 2002 to 2007, Sen. Talent served in the U.S. Senate and from 1992 to 2001, served in the U.S. House of Representatives, both of which representing his home state of Missouri. While in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Talent served as a member of the Senate Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committees, and while in the House he served as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Appointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2017.
Dr. Tobin served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance Improvement at the Department of Education from 2009 to 2011. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Tobin was a member of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors. In addition, Dr. Tobin has fifteen years of experience as a business manager, market researcher and consultant at corporate institutions that include Hewlett-Packard and IBM, and has also worked in multiple roles within academia as both an administrator and professor. Appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2018.
President of The Wessel Group Inc.; former Counsel to Congressman Richard A. Gephardt (MO). Reappointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a term expiring December 31, 2017.
Formerly served as a senior intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Mr. Danis managed the agency’s technology transfer division; the U.S. government’s sole analytical entity tasked with producing intelligence assessments regarding all aspects of foreign acquisition of U.S. controlled technology and high-tech corporations. He also established and led a unique team of China technology specialists producing assessments on China’s military-industrial complex, and the impact of U.S. export-controlled and other foreign technology on Chinese weapons development programs. While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Danis was twice temporarily assigned to the office of the defense attaché in Beijing.