We call ourselves the Organ Reform Group and Network (ORGAN) because we didn’t want to be an Organization Without a Cool Acronym (OWCA). We are a small, loosely affiliated group of acquaintances in the Washington, D.C. area that includes doctors, economists, and others. We have worked for businesses, the U.S. Congress, executive branch federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

We work on this issue in our spare time on a volunteer basis because we think it’s so important. Our participation does not imply any endorsement from the organizations where we have our day jobs.

Our members include:

Ike Brannon is president of the consulting firm Capital Policy Analytics and the head of the Savings and Retirement Foundation. He has worked in the U.S. Congress as principal economic adviser for Senator Orrin Hatch on the Senate Finance Committee and chief economist of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Republican Policy Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. He has also been a senior adviser for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury and a senior economist at the Office of Management and Budget. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University and a B.A. in math, Spanish, and economics from Augustana College. He writes often for Regulation, The Weekly Standard, and other publications.

Patrick Brennan is a Senior Manager of Federal Government Relations at Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI). RAI is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest manufacturers of tobacco products in the nation.  In his role at RAI, Patrick develops strategic public policy initiatives for the company and works to implement extensive lobbying campaigns. Prior to working for RAI, Patrick served as a Legislative Assistant in the office of Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC), where he was the Senator’s primary policy adviser for issues relating to agriculture, trade, commerce and transportation. Patrick obtained his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his Masters of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In his free time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, following college athletics, specifically the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and playing squash and golf.

Sally Satel, M.D., is a two-time kidney recipient. She is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the staff psychiatrist at a local methadone clinic in Washington, D.C. Dr. Satel was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University from 1988 to 1993 and remains a lecturer at Yale. From 1993 to 1994 she was a Robert Wood Johnson policy fellow with the Labor and Human Resources Committee of the U.S. Senate. She has testified before Congress on veterans’ issues, mental health policy, drug courts, and health disparities. She has written many books and articles, including When Altruism Isn’t Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors (editor, 2009) and Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (with Scott Lilienfeld, 2013).

Kurt Schuler donated a kidney to a stranger in 2014. He was a staffer at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress from 1999 to 2004, where the issues he worked on included health. Since then he has been an economist in the Office of International Affairs at the Department of the Treasury. He has a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He has written a number of books on monetary matters, most recently The Bretton Woods Transcripts (with Andrew Rosenberg, 2013).

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