Motivated public policy professional with 10+ years of experience advocating on a wide range of legislative, regulatory and legal challenges.
Strong verbal and written communications
Subject matter expertise
Patience and timing
Director of Public Policy09/2006 to Current American Society of Association Executives – Washington, DC
Conceived and carried out advocacy plans for responding to dozens of legislative and regulatory threats to the association community, including most recently successfully advocating for the elimination of several onerous provisions for tax-exempt entities in early drafts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Established ASAE as the leading voice of association interests on Capitol Hill by serving as the primary author of congressional testimony, statements, speeches, policy papers and other advocacy-related materials.
Co-created The Power of A campaign, a multi-faceted, ongoing awareness initiative designed to educate policymakers, the media and other audiences about the positive benefits associations bring to society.
Formed numerous coalitions with other associations to combat issues of common interest.
Built support for ASAE's positions through outreach to thousands of grassroots advocates and volunteer leaders within the association sector.
Director of Public Relations05/2002 to 09/2006 American Society of Association Executives – Washington, DC
and implemented an organization-wide communications plan to promote and enhance
the visibility and prestige of ASAE.
Cultivated relationships with press and served as media spokesperson for ASAE.
Drafted compelling press releases, speeches and presentations about ASAE initiatives.
Provided strategic counsel to
senior staff on crisis communications.
Manager of Media Relations05/2000 to 05/2002 American Society of Association Executives – Washington, DC
Served as media spokesperson on a wide range of issues impacting
ASAE and the association community.
across departments to identify and promote organizational initiatives to the
media and other outside audiences.
Grew member interest in an awards program honoring
exceptional association industry initiatives.
Senior Editor06/1995 to 04/2000 USAE News – Bethesda, MD
ideas and wrote articles for a weekly trade newspaper for associations and
their partners in the hospitality community.
staff of reporters.
on-site coordinator for production of convention daily newspapers at trade
shows and meetings across the U.S.
Staff Writer09/1992 to 05/1995 Maryland Independent – Waldorf, MD
government and law enforcement for a Southern Maryland community newspaper.
wrote award-winning feature articles for weekend editions.
Bachelor of Arts: Communication StudiesVirginia Tech-
Certified Association Executive (CAE)
Named Association TRENDS 2014 Leading Association Lobbyist