Tom BorelliSenior Fellow, FreedomWorks
Dr. Thomas Borelli is a senior fellow with The National Center for Public Policy Research, a Washington, D.C. public policy group.<br /> <br /> Dr. Borelli also serves as the director of the National Center's Free Enterprise Project. In that role, he defends the free enterprise system by challenging government actions such as regulation and taxation that stifle economic growth. He is a fierce critic of CEOs who seek short-term profit by designing their business strategies to align with the social and political goals of government and progressive activists, and exposes corporate actions that have the potential to harm both long-term investors and individual liberty. <br /> <br /> As a shareholder activist, he has directly challenged CEOs and corporate directors for sacrificing sound business practices in order to make deals with government and their allies in the progressive movement that bypass the competitive marketplace.<br /> <br /> Dr. Borelli is a frequent guest on television programs that include the highly-rated Fox News Channel programs "Glenn Beck" and "The O'Reilly Factor." He has also appeared on business network programs such as CNBC's "Squawk Box," CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight," and the Fox Business Channel's "Varney & Co," and "Money for Breakfast."<br /> <br /> As a regular columnist for Townhall.com and contributor to the Washington Examiner, Dr. Borelli has written extensively on the business and economic risk posed by global warming regulations. He also testified before the U.S. Senate on cap-and-trade legislation. His comments have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Washington Times, Politico and AP wire stories, among others. He also currently serves as a business consultant.<br /> <br /> Previously, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF). During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. He directed an issues management group that supported the company's food, beer and tobacco units' legislative efforts on regulatory reform and economic analysis. Additional areas of focus included biotechnology, environmental issues and privacy. He began his career as a microbiologist with General Foods, where he provided safety assessments for new products and also conducted basic research in biotechnology.<br /> <br /> Additionally, Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia. He received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Michigan State University and his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from New York Medical College.