Board of Directors
Hon. Amory Houghton, Chairman Emeritus and Founder
At his retirement, former Congressman Amo Houghton (R-New York) was the sixth-ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired its Oversight Subcommittee, and served on its Trade Subcommittee. He also was a member of the International Relations Committee and vice chairman of its Subcommittee on Africa. Houghton built a reputation as a results-oriented congressman who espoused moderate social programs and conservative fiscal policy. He was a founder of 1997’s historic Bipartisan Congressional Retreat, which focused on the role of civility in political life.
The only former CEO of a Fortune 500 firm ever to serve in the House, Houghton is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Business School. He joined Corning Glass Works (now Corning, Incorporated) as an accountant in 1951 after serving as a Pfc. in the Marine Corps. He retired from Corning in 1986 after serving as president, board chairman and chief executive officer.
Houghton makes his home in Corning, New York.
Hon. Steve LaTourette, Chairman and CEO (in memoriam)
Former U.S. Representative Steven C. LaTourette was the Chairman and CEO of the Main Street Partnership’s Board of Directors from 2013 until his death in August 2016. LaTourette served nine terms in the House of Representatives representing northeast Ohio’s 14th Congressional District. In the House, LaTourette was a member of the Appropriations Committee and previously served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, LaTourette served from 1989 to 1995 as the Lake County Prosecutor. In 1990, he was named Prosecuting Attorney of the Year in Ohio for his successful prosecution of 13 members of a murderous religious cult. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and six children.
Sarah Chamberlain, President and Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Chamberlain serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Republican Main Street Partnership. Prior to serving as CEO, Chamberlain was COO, CFO, Executive Director, and President of Main Street. Chamberlain began her career in the personal office of Hon. Amory Houghton, Jr. in Corning, New York. In 1998 she moved to Washington DC to become the first Executive Director of the John Quincy Adams Society and to help found the Main Street Partnership.
Chamberlain is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received master’s degrees in Business Administration and Education from Elmira College in New York. She resides with her daughter in Virginia. Read more about Sarah by clicking here.
Hon. Dave Hobson, Board Member
Former U.S. Representative Dave Hobson is the president of Vorys Advisors LLC, a wholly owned affiliate of the law firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. As president of Vorys Advisors, Mr. Hobson provides business and strategic counsel to Ohio businesses and other clients. Mr. Hobson joined Vorys Advisors after retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented Ohio’s 7th District for 18 years.
While in Congress, Mr. Hobson served as the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee; chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee; senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee; and member of both the Veterans Affairs/Housing Subcommittee and the Budget Committee.
Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Hobson spent eight years as a State Senator in the Ohio Senate, where he served in numerous leadership roles, including president pro tempore, majority whip, chairman of the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee and chairman of the Reference and Oversight Committee.
Before election to public office, Hobson was involved in both real estate development and the restaurant industry. He also worked at the Kissell Company in Springfield, Ohio and at the Union Central Life Insurance Company.
Jennifer LaTourette, Board Member
Jennifer LaTourette is President of McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies™, a Washington-based subsidiary of the law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC. Applying two decades of experience both as a professional lobbyist and as a Congressional staff member, Jennifer provides comprehensive strategic counsel to a broad spectrum of clients.
Prior to becoming a lobbyist, Jennifer worked for Members of the House and Senate for nearly a decade, with various responsibilities including four years as a Chief of Staff. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in Virginia with her two children.
Doug Ose, Board Member
Former Congressman Doug Ose represented California’s 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999-2005. While in Congress, Ose served on the House Government Reform Committee, the House Agriculture Committee and the House Financial Services Committee.
Prior to his election, Congressman Ose owned and operated a real estate development and investment company. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Sacramento County with his wife.
Robert Ziff, Board Member
Robert D. Ziff is a Managing Partner of Ziff Brothers Investments (“ZBI”), a company his family founded in 1992 to manage their financial assets. Mr. Ziff graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering and received his J.D. summa cum laude from Cornell Law School.
He then joined Ziff-Davis Publishing Company where he remained for two years. Following the sale of various Ziff-Davis assets in 1994, he joined ZBI where he is now one of three Managing Partners. ZBI has a long history of investing in a broad variety of assets classes including public equity, private equity, fixed income, commodities, energy and macro funds.