Director of Communications and Media


Dr. Eileen Griffin

Director of Communications and Media

Eileen Griffin, Ph.D., is a contributing editor for Heartland Daily News, a publication of The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank, focusing on budget and tax, criminal justice, and education issues. Griffin covered the rise of violence, crime, and anarchy during the Floyd riots and has reported extensively on the defund-the-police movement, the role of district attorneys, the prison abolition movement, and the consequential rise in crime. In education policy, she has covered critical race theory (CRT) and anti-American curricula in government-run schools, efforts to eliminate merit-based systems, and the sexualization of school children.

Griffin has held executive leadership positions in financial institutions for more than 20 years and has expertise in money matters including saving, investing, lending, retirement, tax planning, human capital and culture, and employment policies. She has served on advisory commissions for local governments including the economic development committee for the city of Richland Washington, the senior commission for the village of Arlington Heights, Illinois and several committees and commissions in the city of San Diego. She worked on political campaigns in Illinois and California.

Griffin earned a B.A. with a political science major from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and a Ph.D. from Gonzaga University. Her doctoral dissertation was on leadership and decision-making, exploring power, politics, and culture. Griffin is the author of Decisions and Non-Decisions, A Pragmatic View of Power, Structure and Culture in Complex Organizations, Power, Politics, and the Leadership Landscape, and Holding on Too Tight: Government’s Grip on Business and the Suffocation of Self-Responsibility, and she is coauthor of Human Factor Decay and the Failure of Regulatory Responses to Unethical Business Practices.