The Foundation for Government Accountability promotes better lives for individuals and families by equipping policymakers with principled strategies to replace failed health and welfare programs nationwide. As an organization, we demand integrity, honesty, perseverance and personal accountability.
Governed by an independent Board of Directors, the Foundation for Government Accountability is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501c(3) tax-exempt organization. Charitable donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
FGA’s support comes almost entirely from individuals who agree with our mission and are committed to the principles of freedom and the free market. The remainder is from private foundations and businesses who share our desire for good ideas that protect patients and taxpayers. We do not seek or accept government funding, and we do not perform contract work for any entity.
Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, founded in 2011.
Tarren is a nationally recognized expert on health reform issues with a specialty in Medicaid reform. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; state legislative committees in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine and New York; numerous national conferences; and the American Swiss Foundation in Switzerland. His work has been featured on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, National Public Television’s NOW, in Wall Street Journal editorials and op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times and on National Public Radio.
From 2008 to early 2011, Tarren was CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free market think tank based in Portland, Maine. Under his leadership, the organization grew to become the largest state-based free market think tank per capita. In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation’s free market movement.
From 1996 through 2000, Tarren served in the Maine House of Representatives. Elected at the age of 21, Tarren remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine Legislature.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maine and his Masters of Science of Business degree from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.
Tarren and his wife Anna have four children; Wyatt, Waverly and the twins, Jude and Asher.
Robert A. Levy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Government Accountability.
In 1997, Robert joined the Cato Institute as a senior fellow in constitutional studies, after 25 years in the business, and now serves as Chairman of Cato’s Board of Directors. He also sits on boards of the Institute for Justice, the Federalist Society, and the George Mason University School of Law.
Robert founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of financial information and software, and was its CEO until 1991. He was law clerk for Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. From 1997 until 2004, Robert was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University.
He has written numerous articles on investments, law, and public policy. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Review, and many other publications. Robert has also discussed public policy on national radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, CNN’s Crossfire, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC’s Hardball, and NBC’s Today Show.
His latest book, co-authored with William Mellor, is The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.
Robert received his Ph.D. in business from the American University and his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.
Andrea Forrest Brock was born in New York City and was an art major at Manhattan's Hunter College. She holds a graduate certificate in art authentication from the University of Melbourne (Australia), one of the world's leading institutions in that discipline.
Her research has included study into the provenance of looted Nazi art and research into using thermoluminesece in the dating of American artifacts. She developed a unique methodology for identifying counterfeit 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings produced by one of America's most prolific art forgers. She is a long-time collector of early American furniture and artifacts and of Asian art.
She began her career as a licensed private investigator and polygraph examiner in New York City. She also served as director of corporate security for a national retail chain. Andrea is the holder of two United States patents and she has an additional patent pending.
Bridgett Wagner is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Government Accountability.
For more than thirty years Bridgett has served with the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. as the liaison to policy organizations, experts and activists at the state, national and international level. She has worked with think tank leaders from across the U.S. and around the world to build strong organizations and alliances for advancing free market ideas. Bridgett organizes Heritage’s annual Resource Bank meeting, a gathering of hundreds of conservative groups from across the nation and around the world to meet and discuss strategy.
In addition to her Heritage duties, Wagner serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Dallas and is a director of State Policy Network, the International Policy Network and the Dominican Foundation. She sits on the advisory boards of the Benjamin Rush Society, the National Civic Arts Society, and the Talent Market. She is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society.
Bridgett has previously served at Heritage as the director of development, director of business relations and director of events for Heritage’s 25th anniversary “Leadership for America” campaign. She also worked as speechwriter and special assistant for former Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner.
She is originally from Richardson, Texas, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas. She resides in Washington, D.C.
Bob Harden is the producer and host of The Bob Harden Show, airing every weekday online. Bob’s show features news and commentary that entertains and informs his listeners on the Paradise Coast. He also writes a bi-weekly column for Florida Weekly, “Profiles in Paradise,” which highlights various local members of the community and the positive impact they’re having.
Before Bob started his broadcasting adventure, he had a successful career in financial services and retired in 2002 as a Group Vice President of American Express Financial Advisors – now, Ameriprise Financial. He continues to serve a small group of clients as a financial advisor with Ameriprise.
He also currently serves as Board Chairman for Gulfshore Playhouse, a not-for-profit professional theater company in Naples. He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including The Huntington Theater and The Boston Center for Adult Education.
Bob is a graduate of Brown University and holds two masters degrees from The American College. Bob and his wife Linda live in Naples, Florida and have two sons and two grandsons. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, biking, and the theater.
Betty Neighbors is a successful entrepreneur and recognized advocate for free enterprise at both the state and national level.
In 1983, she founded TERRA Staffing Group in Everett, Washington, and since has helped it grow into one of the largest and most respected staffing companies in the Pacific Northwest. TERRA now spans eight branch offices in three states and last year (2014) put more than 6,000 people to work in new jobs. Six times it earned the designation of “Best Company to Work for in Washington” and many other similar honors.
Along the way, Betty has been a strong voice for entrepreneurs in community and political organizations. She has served as president of Snohomish County Human Resources Association and was founding member and president of Staffing Association of Washington. She was named “Industry Leader of the Year” by National Independent Staffing Association and was named a “Small Business Champion” for the western region of National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
Betty has served as chair of NFIB’s Washington State Leadership Council and currently serves on the national board of directors for NFIB.