The Leadership Center for AG Studies focuses on the work of Attorneys General and the impact their offices have on communities. By conducting original research, analyzing AG actions, and communicating this knowledge to key stakeholders and the public, the Leadership Center hopes to create a better informed public on the importance of Attorneys General.
The states, US territories, and the District of Columbia have an elected or appointed attorney general (AG). The state, territory, or DC AG is usually the chief law enforcement and/or chief legal officer for the state. While each state grants their AG different powers and responsibilities, AGs generally act with common purpose. AGs represent their state in lawsuits, act as consumer advocates, and enforce certain state laws.
AGs are elected by the voters in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. They are appointed by the state’s governor in six states, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. The AG is elected by the state legislature in Maine.
The Leadership Center for Attorney General Studies focuses on the work of attorneys general and provides resources and educational materials in support of progressive policies.
As the chief law enforcement and/or legal officers in their states, attorneys general play a vital role in advancing progressive policies and laws. The Leadership Center for Attorney General Studies tracks the actions of AGs on policies, including:
- Consumer Protection
- Criminal Justice Reform
- Education & Justice
- Gun Safety
- Health Care
- Law Enforcement
- Reproductive Rights
- Voting Rights & Democracy Protection
Board of Directors
Doug Chin served as the Attorney General of Hawaii from 2015 to 2018 and the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii from February-December in 2018. He is now a director at Starn, O’Toole, Marcus & Fisher.
Chin was the first Hawaii Attorney General to chair the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), and the first to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys Genera (NAAG), and the first to serve as the policy chair for the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA). He earned national and state recognition for his challenge to the Trump Administration’s Muslim Travel Ban and his successful negotiations resulting in $15 million settlement to the state department of land and natural resources.
George Jepsen served as the 24th Attorney General of Connecticut from 2011 to 2019. He is now a partner at Shipman & Goodwin, LLC.
During his tenure in the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General, Jepsen earned a reputation for his leadership skills and his ability to work across the aisle. Jepsen served in a leadership role on high-profile national investigations, including price-fixing in the generic drug industry, the largest mortgage-foreclosure settlement in U.S. history, abusive consumer account practices by corporations. He served as the President of National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) from 2016-2017. In 2017, the organization recognized him with NAAG’s highest honor, the Kelley-Wyman Award, annually given to the attorney general who has done the most to achieve NAAG objectives.
Natalie O. Ludaway is a partner at Crowell Morning, and a member of its State Attorneys General and Litigation practices. The former Chief Deputy of the Office of Attorney General (OAG) for the District of Columbia, Natalie oversaw multistate and single jurisdiction investigations, enforcement, and litigation matters in all areas of AG authority, including consumer protection, antitrust, civil rights, privacy and cybersecurity, environmental, false claims, nonprofits, utilities, and wage misclassification claims. In this role, she collaborated with attorneys general and their senior staff throughout the United States, including with the bipartisan National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and its various committees.
Natalie has served for a decade as a member of the District’s Judicial Nomination Commission, which screens and recommends candidates for appointment as judges on the D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Court of Appeals. She is a Board member of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and a member of the Match Group Advisory Council (MGAC). Natalie has received numerous recognitions for her contributions to the District of Columbia’s legal and business communities.
Daniel Suvor, former Chief of Policy and Senior Counsel to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Daniel served as Harris’s primary legal policy advisor, responsible for developing and executing the Attorney General’s policy initiatives and supervising some of the department’s most complex and high-profile matters. He is now a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Previously, Daniel was appointed by President Obama to serve at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Daniel counseled CMS and HHS on Affordable Care Act implementation and served as HHS’ lead agency counsel on dozens of constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act, including the NFIB v. Sebelius case. Daniel later served in the Obama White House as senior director of the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs, where he coordinated logistics, communications and policy between the President and his domestic cabinet agencies (including HHS and the U.S. Department of Justice).
Sean has provided policy and political guidance on staff and as a consultant to government officials, candidates for office, and progressive causes and organizations for twenty-five years. For the last five years, he has worked exclusively with State Attorneys General, leading two non-profits and a political organization focused on Attorneys General and their impact on communities. He also provided policy support and guidance to government officials in developing countries on economic development, encouraging investment, and fostering entrepreneurship.
Outside of the political arena, Sean worked in the private sector in venture capital and private equity and as a business consultant in the U.S. and overseas. He has helped launch, guide, and grow start-up companies in sectors ranging from entertainment and content distribution to mobile banking. He has board experience with for-profit and not-for-profit companies in the US and abroad. Sean earned his MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business with a focus on finance and entrepreneurship and a joint BA in Political Science and English, graduating with Honors, from the University of Kentucky.