Yankee Institute Staff

Carol Platt Liebau


Carol has worked as an attorney, author, political and policy advisor, and media commentator. In addition to practicing law, she has served as legislative assistant to Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond of Missouri; as a consultant to the U.S. Senate campaigns of John D. Ashcroft of Missouri (1994) and Congressman Tom Campbell of California (2000 and 2010); and as law clerk to Reagan appointee Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

She has been a guest radio talk show host for programs including the nationally-syndicated “Hugh Hewitt Show” and for KABC radio in Los Angeles. Carol is also the author of Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!), published by Hachette Book Group (formerly Time Warner) in 2007, and has contributed to the editorial pages of papers including The Hartford Courant, The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Times, The Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She has appeared on PBS, the Fox News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC.

Carol is a graduate of Harvard Law School — where she served as the first female managing editor of The Harvard Law Review — and Princeton University, where she was editorial chairman of The Daily Princetonian.

Tamara Tragakis Barry

Director of Advancement

As Yankee’s director of advancement, I foster relationships between our organization and its thousands of individual donors, on whose generous support we rely. Before coming to Yankee, I was executive director of an emerging children’s museum, and prior to that I had been engaged in fundraising activities for more than seven years, including as director of development for the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau. I have also held a variety of other positions, including a fellowship here at the Yankee Institute, a staff reporter at The Litchfield County Times, a ranch manager in Montana and a multimedia development director for an educational software publisher in Fairfield. I earned my undergraduate degree in pre-law from Pennsylvania State University and now reside in Harwinton with my husband and our growing Christmas tree farm and gardens.

Suzanne Bates

Policy Director

Suzanne Bates is the policy director at Yankee Institute. Prior to coming to Yankee, Suzanne was a journalist for over a decade. She worked for news organizations like the Associated Press, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Good Morning America Weekend. Suzanne holds a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in political science from Brigham Young University. She lives in South Windsor with her family.

Marc E. Fitch

Investigative Reporter

Marc E. Fitch is the author of several books and novels including Shmexperts: How Power Politics and Ideology are Disguised as Science and Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot. Marc was a 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and his work has appeared in The Federalist, American Thinker, The Skeptical Inquirer, World Net Daily and Real Clear Policy. Marc has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University.

Matthew Fox

Director of Operations

I recently moved from New Hampshire to Simsbury and bring with me over 25 years of experience as an operations manager and owner of an award-winning small business. I graduated with a degree in communications from Dean College in Franklin, Mass., before moving to Canterbury, N.H., where I purchased and expanded my family business specializing in the New England tradition of curing and smoking meats and cheese. I come with first-hand knowledge of the crippling effect that high taxes and government regulation have on small businesses and hardworking employees. I am excited to join the Yankee Institute and be a small part of a team that advocates for free-market, limited-government public policy solutions in Connecticut.

Joe Horvath

Director of Legislative Outreach

I serve as the Yankee Institute’s Director of Legislative Outreach and, after a short stint battling wasteful spending and bad tax policy in Washington, D.C., couldn’t be happier to be home. I was raised in Shelton and earned my two undergraduate degrees from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. I went on to earn a JD and MBA from Western New England University, where I also worked at its Small Business Clinic. Shortly after graduation I interned on Capitol Hill and later went on to find my niche working tax, fiscal and labor public policy issues. My previous experience includes working as a research associate for the Institute to Reduce Spending and analyst for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Center for State Fiscal Reform. I now live in the beautiful farm country of Ellington.

Kimberly Shea

Advancement Officer

Kim earned her undergraduate degree in business administration/marketing from the University of Georgia. Following graduation, she moved to Connecticut where she has resided for more than thirty years. Kim started her career with The Travelers, working in the national accounts department the largest property-casualty accounts. Following her time at Travelers, she focused on raising her four children and numerous volunteer, board and charitable commitments. Kim joined Yankee is winter 2016 as the Advancement Officer.

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