The decades of conservative political experience that Mike Costigan brings to The Heritage Foundation as senior advisor of strategic outreach began at age 9, when he worked for candidates such as Pat Nolan, Barry Goldwater Jr., and Ronald Reagan. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he came east to work for U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese. Afterwards, Mike worked on education and philanthropic issues in Washington, D.C., before pursuing a career in the financial sector. Virginia Governor George Allen appointed him as special assistant to Secretary of Natural Resources Becky Norton Dunlop, and he continued his work on environmental issues under Governor Jim Gilmore, also directing a statewide crime reduction effort known as Virginia Exile. Mike served in the Bush administration as director of the Police Corps, chief of staff at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, and director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Health and Human Services. He lives with his family in Alexandria, Virginia, where he is a coach, chamber of commerce board member, and neighborhood association president.