Tom Sheehy joined KRL International as a Senior Advisor after a long and accomplished career on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sheehy also serves as a Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, based in its Africa department, and is Principal of Quinella Global LLC.
Sheehy served as Foreign Affairs Committee staff director for six years. The committee has jurisdiction over all elements of U.S. foreign policy, including operations of the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Tom was responsible for all committee functions, including oversight hearings, communications, working with congressional leadership offices and other national security committees, and managing legislation. Previous to being committee staff director, Tom directed the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee and the Africa Subcommittee. Tom has been involved in shaping most every new U.S. development initiative, including the African Growth and Opportunity Act and its several updates, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and most recently, the BUILD Act.
Before joining the committee, Tom was a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, where he was an original co-author of The Index of Economic Freedom, an annual, internationally-acclaimed survey of national economies, now in its 24th edition, co-published by The Wall Street Journal. Tom earned a B.A. from Trinity College (Hartford) and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Virginia. He worked at KBL Brewery in Kumasi, Ghana on a student exchange program.
At KRL international, Tom assists clients in navigating Congress and the administration, better accessing foreign markets, and improving communications.