The IDEAL Policy Group is lead by people who believe in the power of sensible and secure immigration legislation reform.
Steve kuhn, Founder
Steve Kuhn is the founder of the IDEAL Policy Group - a transformative initiative in improving America’s socioeconomic well-being through immigration reform. In late 2018, Steve created the IDEAL Immigration Policy as a solution to fix America's broken immigration system. Having served on the board of directors of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to providing high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation, for over five years, Steve has gained first-hand experience in assisting immigrants through their journey to live and work in the US.
Steve’s career started as a trader working at Piper Jaffray and continued as a portfolio manager at the top financial firms in the world including Citadel and Goldman Sachs. In 2008, he joined Pine River Capital Management and became one of the most successful hedge fund managers of all time, with over $4bn AUM and annualized returns of over 30% during his fund’s 6-year fund life. During this time, he also served as Chief Investment Officer of the public company, Two Harbors Investment Corp., which grew to a market cap of $4bn+ under his leadership.
Steve has founded and is currently working with numerous charities including Charity: Water, Young Voices of Austin, the Andy Roddick Foundation. Steve currently serves as a Founding Board Member of the Immigration Justice Corps, the country's first fellowship dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.
His current initiative, the IDEAL Policy Group seeks to transform US immigration by restoring immigration levels to historic highs. This program benefits America through massive economic growth, betters the lives of immigrants and current US citizens while raising the quality of life for people globally. Steve can be followed on Twitter @IDEALPolicyNow and on LinkedIn here.
MEGHAN FITZPATRICK, Executive Director
Meghan started her career in policy studying international relations at Georgetown University. As a ghostwriter she has written eleven books for business executives on a topics from immigration reform and live-work visas to business process management and marketing. She is the founder of JellyMedical, whose flagship patent-pending scar therapy bra is the first of its kind for women who have undergone breast surgery. She is now the Chief of Staff for IDEAL Immigration. Meghan can be found on Linkedin or on Twitter @MC_Fitzpatrick.
Julie Wadler, Development Director
With over 25 years of major funding experience, Julie has a reputation for building dynamic partnerships. Whether with top business executives or key political leaders, Julie and her team are dedicated to the service necessary to build relationships and meet expectations. Having raised over $225 million dollars for political leaders, non-profit organizations and other prominent projects, Julie works diligently to connect the appropriate people and entities to projects that meet their values and funding requirements. Julie has successfully built partnerships to fund major party convention activities, international conferences, non-profit and governmental conferences, and other major corporate and non-profit initiatives.
Scott Hickle, Op-Ed Writer
Scott is a software product manager at Keller Williams and hardline moderate political junkie. In the past he has worked as a launch engineer at SpaceX and spent time on The Hill as an assistant with the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas and advises IDEAL on bipartisan political strategy. Scott can be found on LinkedIn here.
Amy Nice, Legislative Counsel
Amy M. Nice joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in December 2010 and served as the organization’s executive director of immigration policy. In this capacity, Nice integrated her broad understanding of the needs and priorities of various stakeholders impacted by the nation’s immigration laws in order to work with members of the business community, helped formulate Chamber positions, and advocated before Congress and the administrative agencies for sensible immigration policies.
Before joining the Chamber, Nice was in the private practice of business immigration law for 23 years, including 21 with the Washington, D.C. law firm Dickstein Shapiro, where she managed its immigration practice. In private practice, she developed extensive experience in government liaison on business immigration issues, representing the interests of employer clients as well as national committees of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) before the government agencies acting in the immigration area. In 2000, 2004, and 2012, Nice received the AILA
Presidential Award based on her achievement and excellence in government liaison.
Rod Shah, Barry Brown, Curtis Philp | Advocacy Team
Rhod Shaw brings over 20 years of high-level government experience to the Alpine Group. For the past ten years, Mr. Shaw has successfully represented a diverse group of Fortune 500 companies, major international trade associations, State and local governments, and other industry leaders on matters pending before the legislative and executive branches of government. He has provided numerous clients critical strategic advice, and has created and implemented comprehensive legislative and grassroots action plans for working both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Barry Brown has more than twenty years of legislative, political and professional advocacy experience in Washington, D.C. Brown came to the Alpine Group from his role as Chief of Staff to Congressman Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-TX), Vice Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the past 10 years. Prior to joining Dr. Burgess, Brown worked off the Hill as a Vice President of the Alpine Group.