Prior to becoming CEO of Heritage Action, Needham worked on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign as Special Assistant to Policy Director William E. Simon. In this capacity, he helped oversee all aspects of policy development on the campaign including speech writing, debate preparation, and production of policy white papers. Needham served as the policy liaison to the morning communications meeting and had responsibility for the campaign’s health care, immigration and homeland security policies.
Prior to joining the Giuliani campaign, Needham was director of The Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation where he oversaw the think tank’s research and analysis of the United States’ bilateral security, economic and political relationships with Asia. Before running the ASC, he served as Chief of Staff of The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s largest and most influential conservative public policy organization.
Needham is a native New Yorker and holds a MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Williams College.
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