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The Unite America Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to encourage broad-based, non-partisan civic engagement and political participation and engage in research and scholarly analysis on important issues of public concern, including the root causes, effects, and potential solutions to political polarization and partisanship. 




charles wheelan - ChaIRMAN

Charles is the author of Centrist Manifesto, which helped launch Unite America in 2013. He is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Dartmouth College. Charles formerly ran for Congress as a Democratic candidate in Illinois in 2009. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling books Naked Economics, Naked Statistics and Naked Money


Kathryn Murdoch

Kathryn Murdoch is co-founder and president of Quadrivium, which supports practical, evidence-based solutions for critical societal problems. Kathryn currently serves on the boards of Unite America, the Climate Leadership Council and Climate Central. She is a founding board member of SciLine and co-chairs the Oceans and Communications committees as a trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund. Previously, she served on the advisory board of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford University and the Board of Trustees at Rockefeller University.

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Randy Peeler

Randy joined Berkshire Partners in 1996 and became a Managing Director in 2000. Prior to Berkshire, Randy cofounded a privately owned healthcare services company. Earlier, he served as Special Assistant for the Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also worked as a consultant with Cannon Associates and Bain & Co.


Gregg Sherrill

Mr. Gregg M. Sherrill has been Executive Chairman of Tenneco Inc. since May 2017. Mr. Sherrill was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tenneco since January 2007 until 2017. Mr. Sherrill joined Tenneco Inc from Johnson Controls Inc., where he served since 1998, most was President of Power Solutions. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Sherrill served as the Vice President and Managing Director of Europe, South Africa and South America for Johnson Controls’ Automotive Systems Group.




Nick TROIANO, Executive Director  

Nick Troiano has been involved in the political reform movement for over a decade, including running for U.S. Congress in 2014 as an independent candidate. Nick previously ran a bipartisan fiscal reform advocacy organization called The Can Kicks Back. In 2016, he was named to the "Forbes 30 Under 30" for Law & Policy.


Tyler Fisher, Deputy Director

Tyler brings a diverse background to his jack-of-all-trades role at Unite America. Past experience includes time on campaigns, at think tanks, and leading grassroots organizations. He has degrees in government and economics from George Mason University.