2009 Domenici Conference Speakers

Hank Brown

Hank Brown is currently a professor of political science and the president emeritus of the University of Colorado.

Brown was previously president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, a billion dollar foundation established by the late cable entrepreneur Bill Daniels.

Before the Daniels Fund, Brown served as president of the University of Northern Colorado. He served Colorado in the U.S. Senate and five consecutive terms in the U.S. House, representing Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. He also served in the Colorado Senate.

Brown was a vice president of Monfort of Colorado. He is both an attorney and a certified public accountant.

He earned a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Colorado in 1961, served as CU’s student body president and lettered in wrestling. He earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 1969. While in Washington, Brown earned a master of law degree in 1986 from George Washington University. In 1988, he passed the exam to become a certified public accountant.

Garrey Carruthers

Garrey Carruthers has enjoyed a varied and interesting professional life. He began his teaching career at New Mexico State University doing his favorite thing – guiding students. He twice “did time” in Washington, D.C., first as a White House fellow assigned to the secretary of agriculture and then as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior during the Reagan administration. He was a successful governor of New Mexico, serving as the last of the constitutionally limited, four-year, single-term governors.

His entrepreneurial spirit lead him next into the healthcare business, where he served as president and CEO of Cimarron Health Plan, a home-grown managed care company. He returned to his roots in 2003 to become dean of the NMSU College of Business. He also serves as vice president for economic development at NMSU and director of the Domenici Institute.

Alex Flint

Alex Flint joined the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in 2006, where his responsibilities include advocating a wide range of nuclear energy issues before Congress. In this capacity, he represents every United States utility that operates a nuclear power plant.

Before joining NEI, Flint served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He began his Senate career in 1988 with eight years on the personal staff of Sen. Domenici, working his way up from the mailroom to the legislative assistant. Flint was the principal staffer responsible for the opening of the first nuclear waste repository.

In 2000, Flint joined Johnson & Associates, a Washington-based consulting and lobbying firm, where he specialized in civilian and defense nuclear issues, which concluded when he returned to the Senate in 2003 as staff director if the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Mary Landrieu

Mary L. Landrieu is the first woman from Louisiana to be elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate and has been the lead voice in Washington for the Gulf Coast recovery effort in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Ranked as the tenth most effective legislator in the Senate by the nonpartisan Congress.org, Landrieu is Louisiana’s senior senator and chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Disaster Recovery Subcommittee.

Also a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the panel that approves more than $300 billion in federal discretionary spending each year, Landrieu fights for Louisiana’s jobs and the funding the state needs to rebuild from the 2005 hurricanes.

Landrieu coauthored the 2006 landmark Domenici-Landrieu Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. The bill expanded the oil and gas production in the Gulf Coast and shares the revenues with Louisiana to restore and protect the eroding wetlands along its coast.

Donald B. Marron

Donald B. Marron is a visiting professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and president of Marron Economics, LLC. From 2002 to early 2009, he served in various senior positions in the White House and Congress, including as a member of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, acting director of the Congressional Budget Office and executive director of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee.

Before his government service, Marron taught economics and finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in the mid-1990s. He then managed large antitrust cases at Charles River Associates in Washington, D.C. After that, he served as chief financial officer of a healthcare software start-up in Austin, Texas.

In addition, Marron writes about economics, finance and life at dmarron.com

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano joined the Obama administration as the third secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to that, Napolitano served as governor of Arizona, where she became the first woman to chair the National Governor’s Association, in which she was instrumental in creating the Public Safety Task Force and the Homeland Security Advisers Council.

Napolitano has also served as the attorney general of Arizona and the U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona. As U.S. attorney, she helped lead the domestic terrorism investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing. As Arizona attorney general, she helped write the law to break up human smuggling rings. As governor, she implemented one of the first state homeland security strategies in the nation, opened the first state counter-terrorism center and helped transform immigration enforcement.

Manuel T. Pacheco

Manuel T. Pacheco is a former interim president of New Mexico State University. Land-grant universities are of great interest to Pacheco, as he has 12 years of extensive experience in leading land-grant institutions in Arizona and Missouri.

Pacheco was president of the four-campus University of Missouri system from 1997 to 2003. While president of the University of Arizona from 1991 to 1997, he dramatically increased federal funding levels for research, helping Arizona move from being ranked 22nd best research university in the U.S. to 10th.

He was president of the University of Houston-Downtown from 1988 to 1991 and president of Laredo State University in Texas from 1984 to 1988.

Pacheco is widely published and a sought-after keynote speaker and has been a visiting professor at three institutions of higher education. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including being named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S. by Hispanic Business Magazine.

Ellen Ruff

Ellen Ruff is president of the Office of Nuclear Development for Duke Energy, one of the largest power companies in the United States.

She is responsible for furthering the development of new nuclear generation in North and South Carolina, including advancing Duke Energy’s plan for the proposed Lee Nuclear Station in Cherokee County, S.C.

Previously, Ruff served as president of Duke Energy Carolinas. She led Duke Energy’s utility business in North Carolina and South Carolina, serving approximately 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square mile service area.

Duke Energy supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million customers in North and South Carolina and the Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio.

Lt. Gen. Paul J. Selva

Lt. Gen. Paul J. Selva is assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Selva oversees matters requiring close personal control by the chairman with particular focus on international relations and politico-military concerns.

General Selva graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980, and completed undergraduate pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas. He has held numerous staff positions and has commanded at squadron, wing and headquarters levels. Prior to his current assignment, the general was director, Air Force Strategic Planning, deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and director, Air Force QDR, Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, Washington, D.C.

General Selva is a command pilot with more than 3,100 hours in the C-5, C-17A, C-141B, KC-10, KC-135A and T-37.

David M. Walker

As president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, David M. Walker advocates for specific solutions and works proactively with grantees and other partners to build strong coalitions. He also encourages and engages in efforts to bring pressure on Washington to act.

Walker served as head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from 1998 to 2008 as the federal government’s chief auditor. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, he was an outspoken nonpartisan advocate for addressing the major fiscal and other sustainability challenges facing the country.

Walker continues to serve as a global accountability expert as chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee. He has authored two books, is a regular commentator and is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary, “I.O.U.S.A.”

Walker holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Jacksonville University, a senior management in government certificate in public safety from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and several honorary doctorate degrees.

Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson served as congresswoman in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998 to 2008 and was the second female veteran to be elected to Congress.

Much of Wilson’s legislative focus was on national security issues. Before being elected to Congress, she served as cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department from 1995 to 1998, as director for European Defense Policy and Arms Control and as a member of the National Security Council from 1989 to 1991.

Wilson was elected to the One Hundred Fifth Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Representative Steve Schiff, and was re-elected five times.