Our Management

Stephen A. Myrow

Managing Partner

Stephen Myrow is Managing Partner of Beacon Policy Advisors LLC, an independent policy research firm. Before founding Beacon in 2014, he built and managed the policy research line of business for a Washington-based strategic consulting firm for over four years.

Among Stephen’s roles in the federal government, he served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert M. Kimmitt. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the department in coordination with the Chief of Staff to Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. He also oversaw the design and operationalization of the Office of the Chief Investment Officer for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), including the structuring of TARP participation in the Federal Reserve’s Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF).

Prior to joining Treasury, Stephen served for two years as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff and acted as the CFO at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the official export credit agency of the United States with a $57 billion credit portfolio at that time, where he was responsible for coordinating the Bank’s internal operations and external relations. He has also served in a variety of legal and policy roles at the State Department and Defense Department.

Stephen practiced corporate law with an emphasis on international transactions in New York and Washington, DC from 1997 to 2003. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Russian Studies from Colgate University, a master’s degree in International Economics and Strategic Studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is a CNBC contributor and regularly appears as a guest commentator on an array of financial news programs.

Stephen is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Brandon R. Barford

Partner

Brandon R. Barford is a Partner at Beacon Policy Advisors LLC, an independent policy research firm. Prior to founding Beacon in 2014, he was the Vice President of the policy research line of business for a Washington-based strategic consulting firm for over three years. In that role he advised clients on risks and opportunities emanating from the public policymaking process, regularly authored research notes and client presentations, and managed a team of research analysts.

Previously, Brandon worked in public service for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee where he served as Professional Staff under Chairman/Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) from 2006-2009. This policy role supported the Senior Financial Economist, Chief Counsel, and Senator on a wide variety of issues, including financial modernization and oversight of federal bank regulators, the Committee’s responses to the financial crisis, monetary and exchange rate policy, Iran sanctions, and sovereign wealth fund investments in the U.S. Additionally, Brandon co-authored several pieces of legislation on topics such as Sudan divestment, currency and financial market access, and IMF reform, among others.

Before the Senate Banking Committee, Brandon worked in the United Kingdom for the Conservative Party on the campaign staff of then-Party Leader Michael Howard MP (now Baron Howard of Lympne) during the 2005 general election and in Parliament for Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP. He has also worked for local and state elected officials and on multiple campaigns in his native Pennsylvania.

Brandon is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Master of Public Administration degree focusing on the relationship between business and government. He is also a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received a Master of Science degree in European Political Economy from the European Institute. For his undergraduate degree, Brandon studied History at Boston College, where he graduated cum laude and with departmental honors.

He offers frequent commentary in the news media for the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Politico, Reuters, and the American Banker, as well as opinion pieces on the intersection of public policy and financial markets in outlets including CNBC.

Rachel M. Pierson 

Managing Director and Head of Research 

Rachel Pierson is the Managing Director and Head of Research at Beacon Policy Advisors LLC, where she is responsible for direct supervision of the analyst team. Prior to joining Beacon in 2014, she was a Research Analyst at a Washington-based strategic consulting firm, with a particular focus on energy and environmental policy.

She previously worked at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), a bipartisan non-profit organization that educates Capitol Hill on environmental and clean energy issues. At EESI, she assisted the policy team with organizing briefings for Congressional staff and the public. She also authored an EESI fact sheet on landfill methane mitigation policies and co-authored a fact sheet on short lived climate pollutants. 

Rachel is a fellow with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she received a Master of Arts in the Social Sciences focusing on research and public policy. She completed her undergraduate degree in History and Psychology at Johns Hopkins University, where she graduated with honors.