Vice President, Government Affairs
As Vice President for Government Affairs, Tamara Fucile has principal responsibility for managing American Progress’s relationship with elected officials, Capitol Hill staff, and administration officials. She is a longtime Hill veteran who has served in a number of senior roles in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Before joining the Center, Fucile served as legislative director for Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), where she played a pivotal role in the successful enactment of the Merkley-Levin provision included in the Wall Street Reform bill banning certain types of high-risk proprietary trading. Also in this capacity, Fucile directed the senator’s work on health care reform and was influential in inserting a provision into the Affordable Care Act that guarantees new working mothers break time to express milk.
Prior to joining Senator Merkley’s staff, Fucile served as deputy staff director for policy for the Joint Economic Committee under Chairman Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and also worked in Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) office, where she helped author provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act that banned lead from children’s products.
Fucile began her Hill career in Rep. Edward Markey’s (D-MA) office working on a broad range of issues. Additionally, Fucile served as a senior analyst at the Government Accountability Office, where her work focused on education reform and the government’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Fucile received her B.A. in political science from the University of Connecticut and her M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.