Frank M. Cushing
Partner at Oldaker, Belair and Wittie and the National Group. Served in senior positions for more than three decades in the House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and the Washington, D.C. business community. In the House, Mr. Cushing was named the twelfth Clerk and Staff Director of the Appropriations Committee since the Committee’s creation in 1865. He previously served as the clerk/staff director of the House Veterans, Housing, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. In the Senate, he also served as Staff Director of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Mr. Cushing has served as a corporate vice president for a Fortune 50 integrated energy firm and, prior to his appointment as staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, was a partner in an appropriations-focused consulting firm. Mr. Cushing is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced individuals in Washington concerning the Congressional appropriations and federal budget processes.


Mr. Joel M. Widder
Partner at Oldaker, Belair and Wittie. Previously at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC where he represented a premier climate and weather research organization, a number of ocean and coastal research associations, a major public television enterprise, and assisted in the representation of a number of major research universities including the University of Illinois, Caltech, the University of Southern California, and Rutgers University. From 1982 to 2002, Mr. Widder was at the National Science Foundation where he last served as the Acting Director and then Deputy Director for the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. In this capacity, his responsibilities included working directly with the NSF Director and the National Science Board in their relations with the Office of Management and Budget, the White House Science Advisor’s office, the Congress and the external science and engineering community. Before leaving NSF, Mr. Widder also served for two years on detail to the former Senate Veterans, Housing and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee where he had responsibility for issues related to research and education including the environmental sciences. Mr. Widder has extensive experience working with institutions of higher education as well as a variety research and education concerns where he has effectively advocated for the development and support of research grant programs, specific major research projects, and associated science and technology policy issues before the Congress and the relevant federal agencies.


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