Commission Staff

Daniel Peck, Executive Director

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Dan Peck is the Executive Director of the Commission, where he leads the Commission’s eighteen full-time professional staff members and provides support to the twelve Commissioners. In his role, he is responsible for Commission operations and budget, execution of the Commission’s annual hearing cycle, development and publication of the Annual Report to Congress, as well as staff development and overseeing all other activities of the Commission. 

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Nargiza Salidjanova, Director, Economics and Trade

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Nargiza Salidjanova has been leading the Commission’s work on economics, trade, and technological development since June 2015. She served as an analyst with the Commission from March 2008 to January 2015 and as a senior analyst from January 2015 to June 2015.

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Benjamin Frohman, Director, Security and Foreign Affairs

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Ben Frohman has been leading the Commission’s work on Chinese security and foreign affairs since July 2018. In this role, he oversees research and analysis on China’s People’s Liberation Army, military strategy and planning, leadership intentions, foreign affairs, cyber and space warfare, and proliferation activities. Prior to joining the Commission, Ben worked for over seven years at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where he led a range of DIA and intelligence community analytic initiatives on critical U.S. national security issues.

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Leslie Tisdale Reagan, Congressional Liaison and Communications Director

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Leslie Tisdale Reagan is the Congressional Liaison and Communications Director for the Commission, where she manages outreach to Congress, the public, and the media. Prior to joining the Commission, Leslie served as the press secretary and foreign policy legislative assistant to Congressman Lloyd Doggett, and later, as the communications manager at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Leslie also worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Western District of Texas) and completed her B.S.

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Virgilio Bisio, Policy Analyst, Economics and Trade

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Virgilio Bisio joined the Commission as a Policy Analyst on the Economics and Trade Team in July 2019. He was previously an analyst at The Asia Group, where he helped technology and financial services clients understand and navigate China’s business, regulatory, and political environment. He also previously supplied research and analysis of China’s economy to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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Alexander Bowe, Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs

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Alexander Bowe is a Policy Analyst for Security and Foreign Affairs at the Commission, where he researches Chinese Communist Party influence operations, China’s space sector, China’s forced labor exports, and the People’s Liberation Army ground forces. Before joining the Commission in 2016, he was a research assistant on a project studying science diplomacy in the South China Sea.

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Will Green, Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs

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Will Green is Policy Analyst on the Security and Foreign Affairs Team at the Commission, where he researches Chinese foreign relations, defense, and security issues. He has worked for the Commission since 2019. He previously worked as a Policy Advisor to Congressman Chris Smith and served on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Will earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University, where he double majored in International Affairs, concentration in Asia, and Chinese Language & Literature. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.

 

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Charles Horne, Policy Analyst, Economics and Trade

Charles Horne is a Policy Analyst on the Economics and Trade Team at the Commission, where he researches China’s technology gap with the United States. He was previously the regulatory licensing manager for PingPong Group, a Chinese fintech firm. Before working in regulatory compliance, Charles served as senior research manager at China Policy, a Beijing-based consultancy and information service, where he led development of a research database to track China’s WTO compliance and wrote extensively on China’s stock market, state-owned enterprise reform, and fiscal system.

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Michelle Ker, Policy Analyst, Economics and Trade

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Michelle Ker joined the Commission in May 2016. Her research focuses on trends in China’s economy, bilateral trade and economic developments, as well as China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Before joining the Commission, she was a research fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s office in Beijing. Prior to that, Michelle held research positions with the Asian Development Bank, Human Rights Watch, and the Stimson Center.

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Ann Listerud, Research Assistant, Economics and Trade

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Ann Listerud is a Research Assistant on the Economics and Trade team at the Commission. She previously worked at the Simon Chair on Political Economy at CSIS, Industrial Bank of Japan, Leasing Co. Ltd., and as economic contributor to Party Watch Initiative at the Center for Advanced China Research. She lived in Mainland China for three years as an English teacher and interned at the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

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Anastasya Lloyd-Damnjanovic , Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs

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Anastasya (Ana) Lloyd-Damnjanovic is a Policy Analyst on the Security and Foreign Affairs Team at the Commission, where she researches Chinese foreign relations, defense, and security issues. She has worked for the Commission since 2019. Ana previously researched China’s political influence and interference activities as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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Kaj Malden, Policy Analyst, Economics and Trade

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Kaj Malden is a Policy Analyst with the Economics and Trade team at the Commission, where his research interests include U.S.-China economic relations, Chinese industrial policy planning, economic coercion, and trends in China’s digital economy and its governance. Prior to joining the Commission in 2019, he was a Consultant with global business advisory firm APCO Worldwide in their Shanghai and Washington, D.C. offices, where he assessed Chinese economic and industrial policy developments to advise multinational firms in the financial services, healthcare, and technology sectors.

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Ethan Meick, Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs

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Ethan Meick is a Policy Analyst on the Security and Foreign Affairs Team at the Commission, where he researches Hong Kong, the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) foreign engagement, Chinese foreign policy, China’s defense industry, and the PLA ground forces. He has worked for the Commission since 2013. He previously served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ethan was a recipient of the David L. Boren Fellowship for graduate research in China on U.S.-China clean energy relations and the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for Mandarin Chinese.

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Leyton Nelson , Policy Analyst, Economics and Trade

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Leyton Nelson is a Policy Analyst on the Economics and Trade team at the Commission. Before joining the Commission in 2019, he was an Economist and Analytics Manager at China Beige Book. Leyton earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, his JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and his MA in International Economics and China Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he attended the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.

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Matthew Southerland, Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs

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Matthew Southerland has been a Policy Analyst for Security and Foreign Affairs at the Commission since 2013. He previously was a research associate at Defense Group Inc. Prior to that, he worked as a research assistant at the RAND Corporation. He researches cross-Strait relations and Chinese military affairs, among other topics. Matthew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland.

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Suzanna Stephens, Policy Analyst, Economics and Trade

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Suzanna Stephens joined the Commission in November 2017. Her work has focused on U.S.-China trade and China’s energy markets; she is also interested in the interaction between China’s financial sector, property markets, and fiscal policy. Prior to her work at the Commission, she was a senior consultant at Edgeworth Economics, L.L.C. In addition, she has conducted research for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the anti-trafficking nonprofit Verité, and UNICEF.

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Kerry Sutherland, Administrative and Human Resources Assistant

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Kerry Sutherland has been on the operations and administration team at the Commission since November 2017. Kerry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Virginia Tech.

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Brittney Washington, Congressional and Policy Fellow

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Brittney Washington is a Congressional and Policy Fellow at the Commission, where she supports the Commission’s congressional outreach initiatives and contributes to research and analysis of developments in the U.S.-China relationship. Prior to joining the Commission, Brittney worked as a foreign policy Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. She has also served as a Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

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