FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2023
Logan Elizabeth Padgett
THE JAMES MADISON INSTITUTE WELCOMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL STRATEGY
On February 1, 2023, Lindsay Killen joined JMI as its new Vice President of National Strategy and Director of the Durden Center for the Advancement of Liberty.
In this new role, Lindsay will serve as the nucleus of JMI’s efforts to connect and engage with partner organizations around the country to advance our new flagship effort — “Blueprint: Florida” which will expand the Florida success story and build momentum for state level policy reforms nationwide. She will also expand JMI’s relationships with key congressional delegation members and committees to promote the principles of federalism.
“Lindsay has the perfect background for our new initiative—with time spent on Capitol Hill and with other think tanks like the Beacon Center in Tennessee and the Mackinac Center in Michigan, among others. She’s an expert in a number of relevant policy areas, and we can’t be more thrilled to welcome her and her family to JMI.” — Sal Nuzzo, Senior Vice President, The James Madison Institute
The Durden Center offers scholarly research, legislative education, testimony, connections to Florida policymakers, communications and media work, along with other needs that arise in specific states pursuing Florida’s successful policy efforts. In addition, the Center will engage at the federal level to work with Congressional members and committees to promote the principles of federalism.
“The Sunshine State has become the most important place in the country when it comes to policy and politics. There is a reason Florida is referenced on the nightly news and in national media on a regular basis. The entire country is watching us. Our Blueprint: Florida initiative will export Florida’s successes to the rest of the country as we seek to reclaim the principles that have made this nation the freest, most prosperous on earth. We are thrilled to have Lindsay in this new and exciting role.” — Dr. Bob McClure, President and CEO, The James Madison Institute
Lindsay has been working in the free market public policy movement for almost 20 years, beginning her career in Washington, D.C. in 2004. Her experience spans federal and state-level policy engagement, serving most recently as Vice President for Strategy and Communications at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Director of Policy at the Beacon Center of Tennessee . Lindsay continues to serve as senior fellow for the Beacon Center, policy fellow for the Heartland Institute, and national strategic advisor for the Mackinac Center’s Workers for Opportunity initiative. Her columns have appeared in USA Today, Forbes, Fox News, The Hill, Politico, The Washington Times, Daily Caller, Townhall.com and others. A native of East Tennessee, Mrs. Killen remains a rabid Tennessee Vols fan. She and her husband Jeff have two young children and a golden retriever. When she’s not operating as an assassin for liberty or chasing after her toddlers, she enjoys being out on her boat, taking hikes, traveling, watching football on Saturdays and Sundays in the fall, doing Peloton workouts, playing chess and relaxing with a good cigar.