Vin Weber is co-founder and Managing Partner of Clark & Weinstock, a public policy advocacy and business consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Mr. Weber has extensive experience in politics and public policy and serving on the boards of non-profit organizations and businesses alike.
Mr. Weber attended the University of Minnesota from 1970 - 1974. In 1978 he managed the campaign for Rudy Boschwitz resulting in his being the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota in 25 years. Mr. Weber was elected to Congress in 1980 and represented Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District from 1981 until retiring in 1993. During his tenure, he served on the Appropriations Committee and House Republican Leadership.
In 1993 Mr. Weber founded Empower America, a non-profit public policy think-tank, with Jack Kemp, Bill Bennett and the late Jeane Kirkpatrick and served as Founding President and CEO from 1993 to 1994. In the fall of 1994 he opened the D.C. office of Clark & Weinstock and has since served as Managing Partner. The firm’s clients have included a broad range of corporations, trade associations, and non-profit groups.
Mr. Weber is one of the most prominent strategists in the Republican Party and has been a top advisor on numerous presidential campaigns. He served as Co-Chairman for Domestic Policy for Dole for President in 1996, was Co-Chairman of the Bush reelection campaign in 2004, and Co-Chair for Policy Development for Romney for President in 2008.
Mr. Weber currently sits on the board of directors of ITT Educational Services, Inc., and previously was a board member of Chris-Craft, Alliantech Systems, and The Lenox Group, Inc. He additionally serves on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. He served as the Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy for 2001 – 2009, is on the Board of Directors Membership Committee and Programs Committee for the Council on Foreign Relations, is Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee for the Aspen Institute and sits on the board of the George Washington University Institute of Political Management. He also previously served on the board of the German Marshall Fund. In addition, Mr. Weber serves on the current U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board.
Mr. Weber is involved with the academic community serving as a Senior Fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota from 1994 to present, frequently lectures at Vanderbilt University and was Visiting Professor in the fall of 2008, and is a former member of the Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.