Steven Kopits

President

Mr Kopits heads Princeton Policy Advisors. 

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For most of his career, Mr. Kopits served as a strategic management consultant and investment banker in Hungary and the United States.  His work has focused primarily on the private sector, with some sector consulting for the governments of Hungary, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States.  He developed expertise in the management of black market issues working in Hungary after the fall of communism there.

While in Hungary, Mr. Kopits served, among others, as a Director of Financial Advisory Services at Deloitte & Touche, and later as Managing Director of T-Venture Hungary, Deutsche Telekom's corporate venture arm.  He also served on the boards of several companies, both public and private.

In the US, Mr. Kopits served as an investment banker at Dahlman Rose & Co., and then as Managing Director for Douglas Westwood Ltd., a UK-based consultancy specializing in the energy sector.  

He holds an undergraduate degree from Haverford College, an MBA in Finance and Accounting, and a Masters specializing in International Economics from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

He writes frequently on policy topics for a variety of publications, including Foreign Policy and The National Interest, and is a regular contributor to CNBC and The Hill, for whom he writes principally on topics related to illegal immigration.

 

Open Positions


Legislative Liaison

Market-based work visas represent a fundamentally new approach to migration.  In order to pass associated legislation, members of Congress and their staffs, as well as White House staff, must be educated, consulted, informed and ultimately persuaded about the viability of a market-based approach.  This work will fall primarily to the Legislative Liaison.

tasks

  • Create and manage legislative strategy for approval of market-based visas
  • Identify key members of Congress and staff and their positions on illegal immigration
  • Contact staff and arrange meetings
  • Support or lead presentations on market-based visas (MBVs)
  • Collect and manage member questions, objections and information requirements, and answer these in conjunction with other PPA team members
  • Keep Hill and White House staff and leadership informed on a regular, ad hoc and reactive basis as necessary
  • Insure Hill and White House receive necessary support to underpin the legislative development, debate and approval process
  • Potentially assist in organizing meetings, making presentations and providing updates and needed information to involved departments and agencies like DHS, Treasury, Commerce and others
  • Take lead in coordinating legislative drafting process
  • Take lead in shepherding draft legislation through approval

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated relationships at Congress, the White House, and Homeland Security, State, and other agencies.
  • Track record with the legislative drafting and approval process
  • Ability to understand nuances of an integrated policy approach, including technology aspects; ability to articulate the case and effectively persuade decision-makers
  • Commitment to MBVs as a solution to illegal immigration

Technology Liaison

The Director of Technology Liaison (DTL) is perhaps the most important position in the firm.  The DTL is responsible for working with technology providers like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, PayPal, Quickbooks, health insurers and others to propose and outline a technology solution based on biometrics and smartphones which is acceptable to Congress, the White House and key agencies and departments, including DHS, State, Commerce and others.  

tasks

  • Working with the PPA team, draft an initial outline of a proposed technology approach to market-based visas (MBVs)
  • Identify potential technology partners and approach them about the project, seeking to secure resources from them to help define and quick prototype one or more technology solutions
  • Define, at the concept and key process level, the visa issuance organization and technology approach and the visa sales process
  • Work with respective departments and agencies, like DHS, State, Treasury, Commerce and others, to understand their needs and constraints, find potential solutions to their requirements
  • Working with legal staff, draft and finalize technology specifications for inclusion in draft legislation, including obtaining sign offs from affected departments, agencies and key technology and commerce partners.  

Qualifications

  • Senior level experience in IT or related consulting
  • Ability to manage a complex project with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize technology issues, relate these to political requirements, and create potential technology solutions
  • A passion to create something new which will change the lives of millions of people for decades to come

Conservative Outreach

The Director of Conservative Outreach (DCO) is responsible for reaching out to conservative groups across the country and engaging them on market-based visas.  

Any immigration policy must ultimately be passed by a Republican Congress and White House.  Market-based visas (MBVs) are largely unknown by conservatives, and neither Congress nor the White House is likely to engage seriously on such a program unless it can be demonstrated that conservatives, and in particular Trump supporters, are prepared to contemplate such a solution.  The DCO's role is to demonstrate this support by reaching out to the conservative community.

tasks

  • Create a strategy for reaching out to the conservative community
  • Identify and schedules speaking and presentation opportunities 
  • Identify and engage conservative opinion leaders 
  • Identify and reach out to conservative media, including radio, television and the internet
  • Identity other key communications channels and opportunities, potentially including podcasts, Twitter, etc.
  • Present or support presentations on MBVs to conservative audiences
  • Establish the degree of support, statistically and anecdotally, in the conservative community
  • Create a case demonstrating conservative support either on a Congressional district, state or national basis, as the opportunity allows

Qualifications

  • Mid to senior level experience in Republican or conservative organizations
  • Strong ties to conservative leadership and/or media
  • Ability to articulate the MBV case to groups in person or to national media
  • Conviction in the cause of MBVs

The Director of Hispanic Outreach (DHO) is responsible for reaching out to Hispanic and Progressive groups across the country and engaging them on market-based visas.  

The DHO's role is threefold: engage the Hispanic community to insure their concerns and perspectives are addressed in any plan; articulate, explain and champion MPVs to the Hispanic community; and demonstrate to the public and members of Congress that Hispanics are willing to support the initiative.

tasks

  • Create a strategy for reaching out to the Hispanic and Progressive community
  • Identify and schedule speaking and presentation opportunities 
  • Identify and engage Hispanic and Progressive opinion leaders 
  • Identify and reach out to Hispanic and Progressive media, including radio, television and the internet
  • Identity other key communications channels and opportunities, potentially including podcasts, Twitter, etc.
  • Present or support presentations on MBVs to Hispanic and Progressive audiences
  • Establish the degree of support, statistically and anecdotally, in the Hispanic and Progressive community
  • Create a case demonstrating Hispanic and Progressive support either on a Congressional district, state or national basis, as the opportunity allows
  • Potentially, act as liaison to the governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and other Latin American countries choosing to act as stakeholders in the process

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Mid to senior level experience in Hispanic or Latin America business, policy, academia or politics
  • Strong ties to Hispanic and Progressive leadership and/or media, including mainstream media (CNN, MSNBC, NYT, Washington Post, etc.)
  • Ability to articulate the MBV case to groups in person or to national media
  • Native fluency in Spanish
  • Conviction in the cause of MBVs

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