About Opportunity Solutions Project
Opportunity Solutions Project brings together citizens and thought leaders across America to identify proven state-level reforms and promote them to voters, the media, and state policymakers. It often partners with educational policy organizations, sharing its high-quality research and data analysis with state lawmakers to ensure new laws are carefully crafted to expand opportunity and freedom for all. Opportunity Solutions Project is based in Florida, and is tax-exempt under the 501(c)(4) section of Federal law.
Dean Clancy is an expert in federal health care, budget, and entitlement policy and a grassroots constitutional reform activist. He currently serves as executive vice president of Adams Auld LLC, a Washington, D.C., based consultancy that helps grassroots activists, nonprofit advocates, and lawmakers advance the causes of civil rights, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government.
A former senior official in the White House, Congress, and the health care industry, Clancy served as a senior legislative advisor to the US House Majority Leader (1995-2001) and on the Senate staff of the congressional Joint Economic Committee (2009-2010). From 2001 to 2004, he was staff director of the President’s Council on Bioethics. From 2004 to 2006, he was the top White House budget official on health care and entitlement issues, with a portfolio encompassing half of the federal budget in dollar terms.
Clancy’s private sector experience includes successful tours as a senior executive at a multi-billion-dollar medical device manufacturing company and vice president for public policy at the six-million-member nonprofit FreedomWorks, where he led efforts to promote the ideals of lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.
Among other accomplishments, Clancy played a leading role in shepherding the historic Welfare Reform Act into law in 1996 and in 2013 helped initiate the King v. Burwell Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act. He was a principal author of the federal Homeschool Freedom Amendment, enacted in 1994. In 2005 he authored White House OMB Memorandum M-05-13 that quietly saved taxpayers billions. In 2008 he secured enactment of legislation that protected severely wounded Medicare patients from a misguided regulation. In 2012 he led a highly successful national grassroots campaign to incorporate a dozen important conservative and libertarian ideas into the 2012 Republican National Platform. Clancy is also co-author of memorably complex wall-diagrams of Hillarycare (1994) and Obamacare (2010).
Clancy is frequently quoted in national publications and interviewed on national television and radio programs and is an occasional columnist at U.S. News and World Report and The Federalist magazine. Hailing from Aurora, Colorado, he lives in Virginia with his wife and four children.
From 2003-2009 Joyce served in the Vermont House of Representatives. She served on the Ways and Means, Commerce, Natural Resources and Energy, No Child Left Behind Oversight and Health Access Oversight Committees.
Joyce previously served as Commissioner of Taxes for the State of Vermont from 1991-1994. She was responsible for overseeing the collection of all General Fund taxes, administering property tax relief programs, providing assistance to municipalities with collecting property taxes, and coordinating the Administration’s tax legislative policy.
She has represented IRS in the U.S. Tax Court, advised the U.S. Treasury Department in Bucharest, Romania, served on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, and clerked at the U.S. Tax Court. Joyce has consulted on tax administration and has also practiced law in Burlington, Vermont.
Joyce now resides in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Wellesley College, a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law of the American University, and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Carol Weston hails from Aroostook County, Maine’s largest and northernmost county. She left the state for college where she majored in education, and then returned to Maine, settling with her husband in Waldo County where they still reside. Alongside her full-time role as mother, Weston was active in grassroots Maine politics for many years, and finally directed her own campaign in a bid for a Maine House seat in 1998. She was elected and served two terms in the Maine State House of Representatives from 1999-2002. Weston continued her path in Maine politics serving as a Maine State Senator for four terms, from 2002-2010, during which time she served as both the Assistant Senate Republican Leader (2004-2006), and Senate Republican Leader (2006-2008). Throughout her time in the Maine Legislature, Weston served on the Education, Health and Human Services, and Utilities Committees.
While serving in the Senate, Weston received ALEC’s Legislator of the Year Award in 2008. She also served as Executive Board Member of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) from 2007-2008.
Since her term in the Maine Senate ended in 2010, Weston remained active in Maine politics, educating and training hundreds of citizen volunteers and helping them engage with important issues at the state level. She then served as the State Director of Americans for Prosperity Maine Chapter until mid-2016. She is currently retired.
Kristina Rasmussen is a Senior Fellow at the Opportunity Solutions Project.
Before joining OSP, she served as chief of staff to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Prior to that, Rasmussen was the president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Policy Institute. In 2015, Kristina accepted the Overton Award from the State Policy Network, which recognized her excellence in leadership at the Illinois Policy Institute.
Kristina is frequently asked to comment on policy matters and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the Economist and the Associated Press. Her television appearances include Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, and C-SPAN, and she has been a guest on numerous radio shows.
Her opinion pieces have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, National Review Online, Investor’s Business Daily, The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Crain’s Chicago Business, among others.
Kristina completed her master’s degree in political management at George Washington University. She graduated summa cum laude from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Kristina and her husband are proud to be raising their three beautiful daughters in the Land of Lincoln. When she’s not improving public policy, she enjoys making heirloom quilts.
Senior Director of Federal Affairs
Robin Walker is the senior director of federal affairs for the Opportunity Solutions Project.
She is also the Founder and CEO of Walker Strategies, LLC. Robin previously served as the Director of Outreach for Fiscal and Health Care Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where she developed and executed strategies to engage policymakers on Capitol Hill on a variety of issues including health care, spending, budget and tax, entitlement, and trade policy. In addition, she has worked in government affairs for a privately held company and in the United States Senate for former Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and former Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO).
Senior Research Fellow
Sam Adolphsen is a senior research fellow at the Opportunity Solutions Project. Sam previously served as Chief Operating Officer at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for three years. Prior to his time as COO, he served a short term as Deputy Commissioner of Finance for DHHS with oversight over a $3.5 billion annual budget that included the state’s Medicaid budget. In his role as COO of DHHS, Sam was responsible for oversight of the welfare fraud and welfare eligibility offices as well as all operations for Maine’s largest government agency.
Prior to his time at DHHS, Sam was the Director of Governmental and External Affairs for the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a public policy, free-market think tank. Before that he served as the Director of the Center for Open Government at the Maine Heritage Policy Center for three years.
Sam earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Husson University in Bangor, Maine. He lives on the coast of Maine, in the town of Hope with his wife Kara, and their two children, Troy and Karlyn.
Senior Research Fellow
Nicholas Horton is a senior research fellow at the Opportunity Solutions Project.
Nic’s portfolio of research has focused on Medicaid expansion and welfare reform, including two groundbreaking reports that analyzed the impact of work requirements on welfare enrollees, finding massive increases in incomes. He is also the co-author of two first-of-their-kind studies on Medicaid expansion enrollment that garnered attention from numerous national media outlets.
Nic has provided policy analysis, legislative testimony, and policy briefings on Medicaid expansion and welfare reform in 19 states and D.C., ranging from Maine to Montana. His work regularly appears in Forbes, The Hill, and National Review Online, and he is a frequent guest on talk radio across the country.
Prior to his current work Nic worked as a reporter and policy analyst for a free-market think tank in Little Rock, Arkansas, focusing on health care policy, tax policy, and government transparency. Nicholas lives in central Arkansas with his wife and son. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Harding University.
Nick Adolphsen is a visiting fellow at the Opportunity Solutions Project and brings with him nearly ten years of experience working with both the executive and legislative branches of government in Maine.
Nick previously served as a senior policy adviser to former Governor Paul R. LePage, acting as the Governor’s adviser for the state’s two largest administrative agencies, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS).
He also previously served as the director of government relations and policy at the Maine DHHS, where he worked as a senior adviser to the Commissioner. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maine.
Senior Research Fellow
Jonathan Ingram is a senior research fellow at the Opportunity Solutions Project.
Prior to his current work, Jonathan served as the director of health policy and pension reform at the Illinois Policy Institute and has also previously served as a staff writer and editor-in-chief for the Journal of Legal Medicine, an internationally-ranked peer-reviewed academic journal.
Jonathan’s work has earned coverage from The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Washington Examiner and Fox Business News, among other media outlets.
Jonathan earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he specialized in health law and policy, and his Bachelor of Science from MacMurray College. In 2016, Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed him to serve on the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. He is a member of the Illinois Bar and lives with his family in Springfield, Illinois.