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Yankee Institute Staff

Carol Platt Liebau

President

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 Wall Street Journal, 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.

Jordanne Anderson 

Director of Development & Strategic Growth 

Jordanne comes to Yankee with experience as both a Development Director and award-winning campaign manager. Before joining Yankee Institute, Jordanne served as the Program and Finance Director for two non-profit organizations in Massachusetts and spent nearly a decade managing political campaigns throughout New England—receiving national recognition for her leadership managing a historic state senate race in Massachusetts. Jordanne is a proud Connecticut native having graduated from Quinnipiac University. She lives in Eastern Connecticut with her dog, Roka.

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. Marc can be reached at Marc@YankeeInstitute.org

Matthew Fox 

Chief Operations Officer 

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.

Ken Girardin 

Director of Policy and Research 

Ken joined Yankee in 2021 after six years at the Empire Center for Public Policy in Albany, New York, where he wrote extensively about labor, energy, and property tax issues that affected the state’s economic competitiveness. He was a vocal booster of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s property tax cap, co-authoring the independent 2015 analysis which buoyed efforts to extend the cap and ultimately make it permanent. He previously worked as an aide in the New York State Legislature. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, where he studied materials engineering. A Connecticut native, Ken’s work has appeared in the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, and other publications.

Peter O’Neill

Development Manager

Peter joins the Yankee Institute after years of working on political campaigns. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. After working to get local candidates elected in both Connecticut and New Hampshire, Peter is now working at Yankee to put his skills to good use. As a Connecticut native, Peter keeps up with local and state politics. In his spare time, Peter also enjoys watching movies and is the proud owner of three guinea pigs.

Meghan Portfolio 

Manager of Research and Analysis 

Meghan worked in the private sector for two decades in various roles in management, sales, and project management. She was an intern on a presidential campaign and field organizer in a governor’s race. Meghan, a Connecticut native, joined Yankee Institute in 2019 as the Development Manager. After two years with Yankee, she has moved into the policy space as Yankee’s Manager of Research and Analysis. When she isn’t keeping up with local and current news, she enjoys running–having completed seven marathons–and reading her way through Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels.

Frank Ricci

Fellow of Labor & Special Initiatives

Frank was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Ricci v. DeStefano and has testified before Congress. He has lectured at the Reagan Library and has been a lead consultant on several studies for the Yale School of Medicine. Frank has appeared on Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Cavuto Live, Hardball, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, and other notable news shows. He is a contributing author to several books and a contributor to the Daily Caller. Frank retired as a Battalion Chief & Union President for New Haven Fire Fighters and has been awarded numerous commendations including the medal of valor. He serves on the advisory board for Fire Engineering Magazine. Frank lives with his wife in Wallingford, CT.

Gail Lavielle

Fellow

Gail Lavielle has worked in both the public and private sectors. In January 2020, she chose to leave elected office after serving for 10 years as the State Representative of Connecticut’s 143rd House district. As Assistant Minority Leader, she served as Ranking Member of the legislature’s largest Committee, Appropriations, after having been Ranking Member of the Education Committee for two terms. She was recognized by multiple organizations for her advocacy work on education and environmental issues, as well as for her opposition to proposals that would have jeopardized the autonomy of Connecticut’s small towns and school districts.

Before entering public service, Gail worked in finance, communication, and marketing, holding executive leadership positions in both France and the United States with Fortune 500 companies. In Paris, she was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Affairs, of Suez Environnement; CEO of an Interpublic company; and Financial Communications European Practice Director and Vice President of a WPP company. She began her career in New York at Morgan Guaranty Trust, where she trained in corporate finance and later headed worldwide corporate advertising.

Gail holds a BA in English from Cornell, an MA in French from Yale, and an MBA from UConn, and completed a year of graduate study in modern languages at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in the UK. A former music critic, she wrote reviews for the Wall Street Journal and is the author of a book on opera. She and her husband live in Wilton.