Carol Platt Liebau


Carol has worked as an attorney, author, political and policy advisor, and media commentator. In addition to practicing law, she has served as legislative assistant to Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond of Missouri; as a consultant to the U.S. Senate campaigns of John D. Ashcroft of Missouri (1994) and Congressman Tom Campbell of California (2000 and 2010); and as law clerk to Reagan appointee Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

She has been a guest radio talk show host for programs including the nationally-syndicated “Hugh Hewitt Show” and for KABC radio in Los Angeles. Carol is also the author of Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!), published by Hachette Book Group (formerly Time Warner) in 2007, and has contributed to the editorial pages of papers including The Hartford Courant, The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Times, The Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She has appeared on PBS, the Fox News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC.

Carol is a graduate of Harvard Law School — where she served as the first female managing editor of The Harvard Law Review — and Princeton University, where she was editorial chairman of The Daily Princetonian.

Elisabeth Kines

Executive Vice President

Upon earning her Journalism degree from the University of South Carolina, Elisabeth put her degree to good use in the publicity department at Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, CA. From there, she learned how to build organizations that would impact culture through positions in operations and business development at Universal Music Group, VEVO and Beats Music.

Prior to joining the staff at Yankee Institute, Elisabeth served as Executive Vice President at Palmetto Promise Institute.

Suzanne Bates

Senior Fellow

Suzanne Bates is a Senior Fellow at Yankee Institute. Prior to coming to Yankee, Suzanne was a journalist for over a decade. She worked for news organizations like the Associated Press, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Good Morning America Weekend. Suzanne holds a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in political science from Brigham Young University.

Scott Shepard

Director of Public Policy and Research

Scott Shepard is Yankee Institute’s Director of Policy and Research.  He has taught law at schools including Wake Forest Law School and Willamette, and held an Olin/Searle faculty fellowship at Vanderbilt Law School.  He has worked in government, non-profit and private practice and conducted in-depth pension-reform scholarship focusing on key American states. He is authoring a Trusts & Estates textbook with Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishing.

Isabel Blank

Manager, External Affairs

Isabel graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 2017, and completed a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2018. A former Yankee intern, Isabel involved herself in politics during her time at UConn and held several internship positions including positions at the ACLU of CT and the Democracy Fund in Washington D.C.

Marc E. Fitch

Investigative Reporter

Marc E. Fitch is the author of several books and novels including Shmexperts: How Power Politics and Ideology are Disguised as Science and Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot. Marc was a 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and his work has appeared in The Federalist, American Thinker, The Skeptical Inquirer, World Net Daily and Real Clear Policy. Marc has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University.

Matthew Fox

Director of Operations

Matthew is a graduate of Dean College where he majored in Communications and was News Director at WGAO as well as co-editor of the Dean Times newspaper.

Upon graduating, Matthew moved to NH and purchased his family business, gaining Operations experience as he built it into an award winning Smokehouse that has been featured on ABC Nightly News, in the Associated Press and Yankee Magazine as well as many local NH publications.

Matthew moved to Connecticut in 2015 and became Director of Operations at Yankee Institute.  He lives in Simsbury with his wife and children.

Kelly Smith

Director of Development

Kelly Smith is Director of Development at Yankee Institute. Upon earning her degree in Political Science and Business from Ohio University, Kelly traveled to Cleveland to work on former Congressman Martin Hoke’s 1996 re-election bid having spent two summers in Washington D.C., first with the Congressional office of John Boehner and then with the House Conference Committee. Her professional experience includes working for the Ohio Republican Party, Field Representative to former Congressman Boehner and for LexisNexis. Returning to policy in 2008, Kelly worked as Vice President of Strategic Partners at the Bluegrass Institute in Lexington, Kentucky for ten years prior to joining Yankee Institute in Connecticut.