National PAC Conference

09 Oct, 2020

Save the date for the 2024 conference:

March 4 – 7, 2024
Marriott Harbor Beach, Fort Lauderdale FL.

Hear what you can expect at the National PAC Conference

Event FAQs

Why Should You Attend?

The National PAC Conference is the foremost event for public affairs professionals seeking unparalleled learning and countless new connections in the PAC industry. The PAC Conference is the most comprehensive program available for political action committee (PAC) professionals. It combines essential skills training with cutting-edge sessions on fundraising, political strategy, communications and compliance. The conference is the annual destination for PAC and political affairs professionals. Join us in 2023 for:

  • 15+ panels, sessions and case studies from leading practitioners
  • 350+ PAC and political affairs professionals to connect with
  • Unparalleled learning and idea sharing
  • Access to leading political law counsel for PAC compliance guidance

Advisory Committee

2023 PAC Conference Advisory Committee
The Public Affairs Council would like to thank the following individuals for volunteering their time, insight and support to develop the nation’s leading PAC conference:

Amie Adams, Dunn Associates

Lauren Alejandro, Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association

Katie Anderson, Aristotle International

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications, Inc.

Jamie Bell, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Danielle Branch, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Barry Burkart, Wyoming Hospital Association

Kevin Cameron, National Multifamily Housing Council

Angela Chiappetta, BCW Global

Alyssa Clevenger, ICSC

Bobbie Clinton, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Ashley Cravens, Illinois Farm Bureau

Amanda Crump, Deloitte LLP

Laura Davis, AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Caitlin Demchuk, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Elizabeth Demorest, American College of Emergency Physicians

Shari Dexter, American Hospital Association

Caitlin Donahue, Seven Star Strategies

Kelly Eaton, Aristotle International

Mica Evans Hider, American Chemistry Council

Michael Giblin, American Medical Association

Jessica Hamilton, Airbus Group

Dakota Jackson, National Retail Federation

Rebecca Jami, ACCESS Marketing Services

Jill Johnson, Prudential Financial, Inc.

John Kinney, DDC Public Affairs

Erik Koeppen, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Carol Laham, Wiley Rein LLP

Ellen Locke, MetLife

Adrienne Marks, Visa Inc.

John Mason, Altria Client Services Inc.

Claire McDonough, Quorum

Jason McGonigle, Public Affairs Support Services

Christina Meyer-Garfinkle, Wakefern Food Corporation

Melissa Miles, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Conor Noonan, American Veterinary Medical Association

Mina Patel, Tyson Foods, Inc.

Christina Perez, National Independent Automobile Dealers Association

Anthony Perez, Association for Clinical Oncology

Jennifer Pugh, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Riley Quinlan, Republic Services, Inc.

Mark Reilly, Quorum

Kristyn Royster McCray, Amazon

Erica Sander, Aristotle International

Ellie Shaw, American Express Company

Jonathan Spontarelli, State and Federal Communications, Inc.

Kara Stewart, Novo Nordisk Inc.

Lisa Strikowsky Gillman, T-Mobile

Shawn Sullivan, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Betsy Tower, GE Healthcare

Julie Vieburg, Land O’ Lakes, Inc.

Jennifer Wright, Booz Allen Hamilton

Interested in serving on the National PAC Conference Advisory Committee? Email Kristin Brackemyre.

Who Should Attend?

  • PAC professionals looking to explore new trends and the best ways to raise money, stay compliant and be strategic in the use of PAC funds
  • Compliance staff charged with making sure the PAC follows all rules and regulations
  • Grassroots and advocacy staff interested in how PAC strategy fits in with their efforts
  • Senior public affairs executives who direct political and legislative programs
  • PAC board members or champions seeking training and motivation
  • Legal counsel looking for a stronger understanding of the unique issues facing PACs
  • Lobbyists trying to find ways that the PAC can support their efforts
  • Human resources, finance or marketing staff who have PAC-related responsibilities
  • Corporations or associations looking to launch a new PAC 

Hear From Past Participants:

“The conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about best practices from colleagues in the industry and spur new ideas that can be replicated in your own company.”
— Monica Mueller, vice president government affairs, Motorola Solutions Inc. 

“The conference has an impressive lineup of speakers to address contemporary topics as well as timely subjects that highlight challenges we are all facing. Participants are able to connect and gain knowledge to advance their PAC and be aware of what is happening in the PAC community.”
— Bridget Sewell, senior director, American Property Casualty Insurance Association

“The PAC Conference is the best ‘one stop shop’ for the latest trends, best practices and legal updates. It’s also a great opportunity to network with other PAC professionals who are more than willing to share their experiences.”
— Lorelei N. Mottese, director, government relations, Wakefern Food Corp.

“Attending the PAC Conference is one of the best ways for me to meet other PAC professionals and find out what the latest techniques in fundraising are. Since I don’t sit in Washington, D.C., it is vitally important for me to have the chance to network and hear the newest trends to make sure my fundraising campaigns don’t fall behind the times.”
— Joanne Woodward, JDPAC administrator, John Deere

“The opportunity to network with national experts, peer companies, vendors, and leading consultants in the campaign finance community cannot be matched. We learn and share regulatory compliance challenges we face; our PAC fundraising strategies; and best practices — coming away with invaluable insight and solutions which pay great dividends.”
– Cindy Dolan, government relations specialist, Jackson National Life Insurance Company

“Each session I attended had at least one take away I felt I could use in my program.”
– June Pennell, PAC manager, The Williams Companies, Inc.

Want to hear from more? Contact us for more information.

Read the Full FAQs

1. What sets this conference apart from others?
As the professional association for the field, our mission is to advance the field of public affairs and to provide tools and resources that enable public affairs executives and managers to achieve their business and professional goals. To that end, we offer practical conference sessions that are led by leading practitioners in the field, ample opportunities for networking, and exchange of resource materials. In addition, we offer an unbiased perspective to help you to maximize the effectiveness of your program. But the learning doesn’t end at the conclusion of the conference. Throughout the entire year, we encourage sharing of best practices by maintaining a comprehensive library of public affairs materials, offering individualized counseling to our members, maintaining electronic discussions among practitioners, posting relevant news and resources on our web site and much more.

2. Where will the conferences be held?
The 2023 National PAC Conference will be held at the Hilton West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL.

3. What is the registration fee?
Please visit our Registration & Fees page for details.

4. How do I register?
Registration is available online. In order to take advantage of the online discounted rates for Council members, you’ll need a website user name and password. If you cannot remember your username and password, please click this link where you can retrieve the information. If you are new to the site, click here to create a new profile. If you have questions, please call us at 202.787.5975.

5. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

PAC/Campaign Finance and the PAC Conference Program
Tori Ellington, Manager, PAC and Grassroots
202.787.5975 | email

Sponsorship Opportunities
Kristin Hanley, Conference Logistics
202.787.5968 | email

Caryn Seligman, Senior Director
202.787.5966 | email


Sponsoring The PAC Conference allows you to advertise your firm and services to our attendees. Your name and brand is present in marketing and throughout the conference itself, giving you repeated exposure to this unique, high-level community.