Tom Sheehy has decades of public policy and communications success, particularly in the foreign policy, national security, and international economics fields. Before founding Quinella Global, he served as Staff Director of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years. Chaired by Representative Ed Royce, the committee has jurisdiction over all elements of U.S. foreign policy, including operations of the State Department, Agency for International Development, and Development Finance Corporation. Tom was responsible for all committee functions, including goal-setting, its $7.5 million annual budget, oversight hearings, communications, working with congressional leadership offices and other national security committees, and managing legislation.
Under Tom’s leadership, over 80 bills –on a full-range of foreign and national security policy issues-- became public laws. These included major sanctions, export control, and cutting-edge trade and development legislation. The committee was widely-recognized as being one of the most bipartisan and productive on Capitol Hill. Tom managed a highly-regarded staff who now fill key foreign policy, economic development, and national security positions throughout the U.S. government.
Previously, Tom directed the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee and the Africa Subcommittee. He co-produced the Foreign Intrigue Blog and his work helped put Africa on the U.S. foreign policy map. Tom has been involved in shaping most every new U.S. development initiative, including the African Growth and Opportunity Act and its several updates, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and most recently, the BUILD Act.
Before joining the committee, Tom was the Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. He was an original co-author of The Index of Economic Freedom, an internationally-acclaimed annual survey of national economies, co-published by The Wall Street Journal, now in its 26th edition. Tom appeared often in the national media, and testified before several congressional committees.
Tom speaks often to outside organizations on policy and politics, most recently to a congressional national security forum, the HACC/NACC Joint Shipping Conference, the American Society of International Law, Trinity College alumni of New York City, the Union League Club of Philadelphia, Bucknell University, and JP Morgan Chase. He earned a B.A. from Trinity College (Hartford) and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Virginia. Tom and his wife Elizabeth live in Arlington, Virginia.
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