Forerunner's directors offer more than a century of collective experience in the analysis, implementation and communication of public policy. Their comments and other concise materials reflecting forward-thinking policy choices have appeared in several globally influential publications, including magazines – Forbes, Aviation Week & Space Technology, People and Railway Age – and newspapers across the country – the New York Times, the Washington (DC) Times, the Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer, the Columbus (OH) Dispatch and the Mobile (AL) Press- Register.


Jerry W. Cox

Managing Director

After twenty-five years advising federal government officials and corporate leaders from around the world, Jerry Cox is recognized as a keen public policy analyst on a wide variety of subjects. Jerry played major roles in the adoption of several laws and court decisions affecting public safety, most notably in connection with the requirement for airbags in passenger automobiles. An honors graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Jerry also holds a law degree from the University of Virginia, where he edited the Virginia Law Weekly. Jerry was Legislative Counsel for defense, intelligence and commerce issues to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. John C. Danforth (R-MO) Jerry later practiced law with a large international law firm and headed the technology, telecommunications and transportation consulting group at the world’s largest public relations firm. He owns Potomac Strategy Associates, a Washington-based law and public affairs consulting firm and serves as Washington Counsel for several influential trade groups and non-profit organizations.



Jay Hamilton

Managing Director

Jay Hamilton is an award-winning broadcast journalist working for Marriott International. He brought his news background to Marriott's corporate communications efforts reshaping the way guests and investors get their information in this digital media era. Before arriving at Marriott, Jay worked at CBS News and then formed his own company, Hamilton Productions, Inc., to produce the PBS series “Watch On Washington.” He also appeared regularly as an on-camera correspondent for ABC-7 News in the Nation’s Capital and on WPIX-TV, New York City.

As the producer of “Watch On Washington,” Jay changed the format into a live event with members of Congress in Washington answering questions from viewers back home. The New York Times gave the series a rave review saying, “Watch on Washington shines brightly.” The Washington Times wrote, “Watch on Washington is introducing a radical new notion that a broadcast about Congress doesn’t have to be boring.” Members of Congress praised it in the Congressional Record. The series was honored with an Emmy Award by the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Jay continues to serve on the Council on Competitiveness PR Advisory Board. He's also a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated with a degree in journalism.

Michael D. Griffes


Top federal and state government decision-makers have relied on Mike Griffes for policy advice and hands-on management of sensitive homeland security, public safety and law enforcement efforts. 

A former U.S. Naval aviator, Mike served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy (2006-09).  As the top civilian executive in the Department of the Navy, Mike had oversight of Intelligence and special programs and led the standup of the SecNav as the Defense Department’s Executive Agent for Maritime Domain Awareness.   

Previous Pentagon assignments included organization of Joint Staff participation in the Homeland Security Council, implementation the Presidential Maritime Security Directive and representation of the Joint Staff at interagency policy meetings on air defense, border and port security, transportation security, critical infrastructure protection, chemical-biological and nuclear threats, and military support to law enforcement.  In 2005, he co-authored a top-level review of nuclear and radiological threat interdiction and response plans. 

Mike’s experience as a Navy Captain with special operations, combat, and squadron command experience also proved useful at the state level.  He was a cabinet-level administrator of a multi-mission state agency with jurisdiction over revenue collection, emergency management, public safety and law enforcement.


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