Sean Parnell

President, Impact Policy Management

Sean Parnell ( is president of Impact Policy Management (IPM), a Washington, DC-area full-service public policy firm that lobbies, conducts original research and analysis, provides fundraising consulting services, and manages political advocacy projects for free market and limited government causes.

Before founding IPM he was president of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on defending the First Amendment.

As president Parnell built the organization into the premier opponent of excessive campaign finance regulation. He authored several research and analysis reports for CCP, led the lobbying effort to stop the DISCLOSE Act in Congress in 2010, and appeared often in the media.

Prior to joining IPM Parnell was Vice President of External Affairs at The Heartland Institute, where he was responsible for fundraising. He also wrote and spoke regularly on a number of public policy topics including budget and tax issues, health care policy, the environment and energy, school reform, telecommunications, and economic regulation.

Parnell worked on political campaigns and in state government in Iowa before working at Heartland, including four years as Congressman Greg Ganske’s campaign manager and fundraiser for his 2000 and 2002 campaigns. Parnell is a 1996 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Anne and son Ryan. He serves on the board of directors of the Public Policy Project, an organization working to protect First Amendment rights against abusive and frivolous lawsuits.