Stephen P. Higgins, J.D.

Stephen P. Higgins, J.D.

Managing Director of The Institute for Human Ecology

For more than two decades, Stephen Higgins devoted his life to public service. As a Legislative Director and Chief Counsel in the United States Senate, he was a legislative, legal, and policy strategist. Stephen worked with Members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, interest groups, think tanks, and constituents to build bipartisan coalitions and negotiate complex legislation. On a daily basis, he served as a liaison to Senate and House offices, the White House, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders.

A graduate of Deerfield Academy, Stephen holds a B.A. in English literature and mathematics from Saint Olaf College and spent semesters studying abroad in Constance, Germany, in Paderborn, Germany, and in Oxford, England. He earned a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and spent a semester in Galway, Ireland focusing on European business law, American and European antitrust law, and international human rights. Between college and law school, he taught English in Mainz, Germany for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Stephen is a lay brother at the Little Oratory of Saint Philip Neri at the church of Saint Thomas Apostle in Washington, DC, and with a keen interest in the Holy Land, he is a knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. For many years, Stephen served as the Vice Chair of the Religious Life and Spirituality Committee of the John Carroll Society and managed an annual Lenten retreat at the Washington Retreat House of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.

Stephen grew up in Vermont. He lives in Maryland with his wife and children.