Forerunner's directors offers nearly 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

Throughout his career, Jay has been a communications leader on the front lines of change. He is a public affairs executive, media strategist and Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist whose work has advanced the causes of companies, associations and candidates. For the 2018 midterms, Jay formed Hamilton Media DC to produce TV ads for independent expenditure groups. He directed Brett Favre in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce spot and received media accolades for the “Dr. Millionaire" campaign. At Marriott International, he led the digital revolution and helped transform the way it communicated to customers, financial analysts and employees. There, he won awards for viral YouTube videos, social media integrations and Bill Marriott's blog. He began his career as a broadcast journalist in New York City at CBS News and WPIX-TV before heading to Washington, DC to cover Congress for a PBS series that he co-created called Watch on Washington. He also served as a reporter in the nation's capital for ABC-7 News.



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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