Who is Citizens for a Sound Government
Alan Philp, President
Alan Philp is a partner at CAP Public Affairs, and a founding partner at digital advocacy firm Wholecrowd, LLC.
Philp is a seasoned political and public affairs operative with 20 years of experience running candidate and issue campaigns in 18 states, and specializes in project management and tactical implementation.
A former Policy Director to Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Deputy Chief of Staff to Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Philp is well versed in state and federal policy and oversees much of CAP’s policy-oriented efforts.
During the 2010 election cycle, Philp served as Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee, overseeing a nine-state region in the Southwest United States, North Dakota and Alaska.
In 2007-08, he served as Regional Political Director for the Romney for President primary campaign, overseeing a 10-state region that included Florida and several states in which Romney was victorious, including Colorado, North Dakota and Alaska. His experience with the RNC and the Romney campaigns equips him with a wealth of political and professional contacts in nearly 20 states.
Philp previously served as Executive Director of the Colorado Republican Party; ran one of the first large 527 political efforts in the post-McCain-Feingold era; served as Research Director for Republican media firm The Murphy-Pintak-Gautier-Hudome Agency; and served as Research Director for Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform.
A native of San Jose, California, Philp received his Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, and earned a Master’s in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C.
Reeves Barbour, Board Member
Reeves Barbour began his career in early 2004 with the George W. Bush administration at the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. He spent nearly five years there and handled a variety of issues for Secretary Gutierrez ranging from international trade to energy to economic development issues.
At the end of 2008, Reeves left Commerce and became Senior Manager of Government Relations for RAI Services (formerly known as RJ Reynolds Tobacco). He spent over two years with RAI handling tax and regulatory issues on Capitol Hill.
On January 3, 2010, Reeves was hired by BGR Group as Vice President of Government Affairs. Reeves’ father, former Governor Haley Barbour, started the firm in 1991 along with Ed Rogers and Lanny Griffith. Reeves worked on telecom, energy, and several international clients for the firm.
After six months with the firm, Reeves received a call from Crest Investment Company, a private equity group in Houston, Texas. He took on the role as Vice President. After a year, Reeves rolled out his own consulting business where Crest Investment Company is his main client. Reeves manages day-to-day political operations for the group on Capitol Hill, and is also the political liaison for the Republican Governors Association, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. At the same time, Reeves looks for private equity deals in the energy sector.
Jeff Burton, Board Member
Jeff J. Burton is President of Prevail Strategies. He founded the firm following his service as Deputy Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 2010-2012. Jeff was a senior political strategist for the House Republican leadership, and had management responsibility for all aspects of the Committee’s work. He played a key role in both raising and directing the expenditure of the Committee’s $150 million budget. He led the Young Guns program founded by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to help Republican candidates build strong campaigns through a rigorous program of goals, benchmarks and accountability. Jeff was integrally involved in every targeted House race in the country and developed an almost unmatched expertise about the electoral map and what makes the decisive difference in campaigns.
Prior to his tenure at the NRCC, Jeff served on the senior staff of then-House Republican Whip Eric Cantor. As Director of Outreach and Grassroots, he led advocacy coalitions on the most prominent issues of the 111th Congress — economic stimulus, health care reform, energy legislation and more. Jeff utilized his unique position at the intersection of politics and policy to develop a broad set of working relationships both on and off Capitol Hill. He served as a vital link between these two worlds and cultivated partnerships that produced a rare amount of alignment and cooperation between Members of Congress and grassroots groups. He also helped lead the Young Guns program in its original incarnation, which made a major contribution to House Republicans’ recapturing the majority in 2010.
Jeff came to Washington as Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Conaway of Texas, after having managed his campaign in 2004. He served as COO of the Congressman’s office and helped formulate and execute all legislative and political strategy. Jeff was widely regarded as one of the most effective Chiefs of Staff on Capitol Hill, a fact that was recognized by his selection to be Chairman of RAMS, a private association of current and former House and Senate Chiefs of Staff, Committee Staff Directors and senior Administration officials.
Jeff began his career working on political campaigns in California. He worked on Congressman Darrell Issa’s first successful Congressional race in 2000, as well as the Bush-Cheney campaign and for the California Republican Party. Jeff worked and consulted on many other campaigns in California, from City Council to Governor.
Named a “Mover and Shaker” by Campaigns and Elections magazine, Jeff has received numerous accolades and awards throughout his time in Washington. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and a former minor league baseball player. Jeff and his wife Amber live in Alexandria, Virginia with their dogs, Dutch and Dubya.