Study Tour: Inside Look at Public Affairs in Washington

06 Mar, 2018

October 1-3, 2018
Washington, DC

After last year’s success, we’re bringing the Study Tour back for a second round. Join us to enhance your understanding of public affairs from a Washington, D.C. perspective. After all, this is the city that helped define the “who” and “what” of this rapidly growing field.


Monday, October 1

9:00: Introductory Session


Dasha Iventicheva
Manager, Global Public Affairs Practice
Manager, Consulting and Research
Public Affairs Council

9:30: Why Public Affairs Matters


Doug Pinkham
Public Affairs Council

10:30: DC at the Center of Global Public Affairs


Sylvia Aguilera
Director, Global Government and Public Affairs
McDonald’s Corporation

12:00: Lunch Session: Lobbying in Washington


Ken Gross
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

2:00: A Visit with a DC Think Tank

3:30: A Visit with the Embassy of Denmark

Tuesday, October 2

9:00: Digital Communications and Advocacy


Nick DeSarno
Senior Manager, Digital & Communications Practice
Public Affairs Council 

10:30: A Visit with the National Retail Federation

October 23, 2017 - Washington, DC, USA: National Retail Federation staff photos.   Photo by Ian Wagreich / © Ian Wagreich Photography

Katie McBreen
Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs
National Retail Federation

12:00: Lunch Session: A Visit with the World Bank


Andreja Marušić
Global Lead Business Environment
The World Bank Group

2:00: Visit with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Samuel Rizzo
Director for Europe in the Office of Europe and Middle East Affairs
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

3:30: Visit with the Washington Post


Jacquelyn Cameron
Vice President, Client Solutions
The Washington Post

5:00: Networking Happy Hour with Council Members

Wednesday, October 3

9:00: Political Campaigns, PACs and Grassroots Strategy


Kristin Brackemyre
Manager, PAC and Advocacy Practice
Public Affairs Council 

10:30: A visit with the U.S.- Russia Business Council


Amanda Lahan
Director of Membership Affairs
U.S.- Russia Business Council


Randi Levinas
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
U.S.- Russia Business Council

12:00: Lunch Session: Metrics, Tech, and Government Affairs


Gerald Yao
Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder


Sherry Whitworth
Executive Vice President
VoterVoice a FiscalNote Company

1:45: How Congress Works: A Visit to Capitol Hill


Alayna Treene
Associate Editor and Political Reporter

3:00: Optional Group Tour of the Capitol

Event Location

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Public Affairs Council
2121 K Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202.787.5950


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Register Online

Early Bird Pricing (Ends August 22)

  • Members: $1349
  • Non-Members: $1849

Regular Pricing

  • Members: $1499
  • Non-Members: $1999


Additional discounts may apply to this meeting. These discounts may include:

For multiple registrants: A discount will apply to the standard member/non-member rate for organizations that register two or more participants for the same meeting. The first registrant will pay full price, the second participant will receive a 10% discount and each additional registrant will receive a 15% discount. To register multiple participants, you may either register online or download the print and fax registration form.

Member discounts: Discounts for members are applied to all Public Affairs Council meetings.

Non-members: Join the Council today, and save by registering at the member rate and using the $200 new-member coupon you will receive. Contact our membership team for information about joining the Council.

Questions? Contact us at 202.787.5950.


Dasha Iventicheva
Manager, Global Public Affairs Practice
202.787.5972 | email