30 years experience in policy/advocacy, public affairs, lobbying, strategic communications, and Federal Government (White House & Congress). Competencies include strategic thinking, management excellence, resource management, creativity, sound judgment, and support of diversity. Possess a solid background in business management, and policy areas of health care, financial services, defense, energy, technology, transportation, tax & trade, and education. Position sought is President, Executive Director, Managing Director and/or Senior Vice President.
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong written and oral
02/2008 to Current
Managing Director & Head of Government RelationsMSL Group Public Affairs – Washington, DC
Manages 35 professional staff in development goals, executing plans, and delivering results.
Offers business initiative and creative ideas as member of the firm's management team,
Inherited poor performing office, identified weaknesses, and devised and executed new business plan resulting into annual growth margins of 20% plus.
Public Affairs/Advocacy expert on legislative, regulatory, advocacy, third-party alliances, NGO's, grassroots, lobbying, thought leadership, and issues management programs.
Serves as firm's top lobbyist and public affairs strategist.
Works closely with Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress and Governors.
Arranges client visits with White House staff (Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health & Human Services (FDA), State, Transportation, and Treasury Departments).
01/2006 to 01/2008
Managing DirectorRuder Finn Public Affairs – Washington, DC
Directed 15 professional staff members to devise and execute government relations and media outreach programs for Fortune 500 and non-profit organizations.
Defined strategy and business plan leading office to growth and profitable margins.
Successfully negotiated interviews for clients with CNN, NBC Today Show, ABC Good Morning America, CBS 60 Minutes, NPR, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
01/2004 to 01/2006
U.S. Director of Public AffairsFinancial Dynamics Communications – Washington, DC
02/1998 to 01/2004
Senior Vice PresidentHill & Knowlton International Public Relations – Washington, DC
01/1995 to 01/1998
Director of Media and Public AffairsAmerican Academy of Actuaries – Washington, DC
01/1993 to 01/1994
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Government RelationsU.S. Department of Transportation – Washington, DC
Member of Secretary Pena's inner circle and top advisor on all government outreach.
Led the White House legislative strategy and budget priorities for transportation policies.
01/1988 to 01/1993
Chief of StaffU.S. Congressman Bob Matsui (D-CA) – Capitol Hill
Served as top aide and most trusted advisor.
Defined strategy and agenda for Ways and Means Committee assignment.
B.A: Political Science American University - Washington DC