Our Team

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

Prior to founding Beacon in 2014, Brandon worked with Stephen as 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 then Chairman/Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) from 2006-2009.

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 former Prime Minister 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.

 

Ben A. Koltun

Director of Research

Ben Koltun is the Director of Research at Beacon Policy Advisors LLC, where he oversees the daily research and writing process. He also helms the political analysis for the firm and plays a leading role in the research around the federal budget and appropriations process, taxes, infrastructure, financial services, cannabis and tobacco, healthcare, and the DC power dynamics.  Prior to joining Beacon in 2017, Ben was a Senior Analyst at Hamilton Place Strategies, a Washington-based consulting and public affairs firm.

Ben previously worked as a Hedge Fund Analyst at Pluscios Management LLC, a manager of hedge fund portfolios, and was a Public Finance Summer Analyst for Citigroup Inc.

Ben has written various public commentary that has been published in USA Today, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, The Hill, and Morning Consult. He has also appeared on the BBC’s “Talking Business,” Yahoo Finance’s “The First Trade,” BNN Bloomberg’s “The Close,” and Channel News Asia’s “Asia First.” He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Yahoo Finance, NPR, NBC News, Business Insider, The Hill, MarketWatch, and Quartz.

Ben completed his bachelor’s degree in economics at Northwestern University.

 

Sam McGowan

Senior Research Analyst

Sam McGowan is a Senior Research Analyst at Beacon Policy Advisors LLC. He covers the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications industries. Sam has been cited in various business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Hill, Bloomberg, The Telegraph, and The Los Angeles Times. He has also appeared as a guest commentator on BNN Bloomberg. 

Prior to joining Beacon in the spring of 2017, Sam interned at a Washington-based lobbying and research firm where he dealt with matters pertaining to defense, financials, and healthcare. Sam also has direct experience in Republican politics having worked for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York and former Congressman Randy Forbes of Virginia.

Sam graduated from St. Lawrence University in Upstate New York in 2017 with a B.A. in Government and Economics. While at St. Lawrence, Sam was a member of the Fed Challenge team and presented to senior Federal Reserve officials at the New York Fed on monetary policy. Sam is also a member of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.

In his free time, Sam enjoys skiing, surfing, playing golf, and hiking with his dogs.

 

Charlotte Jenkins

Research Analyst

Charlotte Jenkins is a Research Analyst at Beacon Policy Advisors LLC. Prior to joining Beacon in 2020, she received her Master’s in Public Health, with a certificate in health policy and practice, at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Before beginning her graduate studies, Charlotte was a litigation project assistant at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in New York City working primarily with the commercial litigation and white collar defense practice groups. She has previously held internships at organizations including the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Human Rights Watch.

Charlotte has been published in the American Journal of Public Health and the Guardian. She completed her undergraduate studies in political science and history at the University of Michigan in 2016.

In her free time, Charlotte enjoys seeing friends, visiting museums and historical sites, and walking with her dog.

 

Owen Tedford

Research Analyst

Owen Tedford is a Research Analyst at Beacon Policy Advisors LLC. Prior to joining Beacon in 2020, Owen interned at a New York-based hedge fund focused in the healthcare sector.

Owen has direct experience in Democratic politics having worked for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). He also previously worked as a research assistant at Princeton University, focusing on trade relations during the Cold War.

Owen graduated from Princeton University in 2020 with a B.A. in Public and International Affairs. While at Princeton, Owen was a senior staff writer for the Daily Princetonian. His senior thesis and one of his junior papers focused on the political effects and motivations of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Europe.

In his free time, Owen enjoys cooking, playing rugby, golf, and board games.