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Impact – November 2023


November 2023

Get to know the Council’s 2023 Volunteer of the Year, John Mason, Altria’s senior director of federal government affairs. His involvement with Council and Foundation programs, such as Hogans Fellows, is just one way he gives back to the profession and the community.

With Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin officially not running for reelection in an otherwise deep red West Virginia, has the fight for the Senate ended before it’s even really begun? Read on for analysis from Nathan Gonzales on what the field looks like one year out and why you shouldn’t count the Democrats out just yet.


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After helping organizations navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and other challenges, public affairs functions are stronger and more vital than ever. Findings from the new State of Corporate Public Affairs and PAC Benchmarking Reports break down the performance of public affairs functions.

The American Bankers Association’s vice president, office of strategic engagement shares insights from his career and what you can expect from his ESG-focused session at the Council’s STRIDE Summit. Plus, Pardal discusses the challenges he sees on the horizon for public affairs, how the financial sector recovered and became stronger after the reputational hit that came with the 2008 crisis, and more.


Plan your professional development for the busy election year ahead. 

Are Republicans still “the party of business”? In an era when Democrats are embracing stakeholder capitalism and Republicans are popular with working-class social conservatives, there’s a growing sense that a party realignment is coming. According to a recent study from Tufts University and the University of California, Berkeley, this sense may be right. Read on for their findings.

Keep up-to-date with the latest moves in public affairs. Your peers are landing jobs at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Williams and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, to name a few. Check out who’s on the move.

EDITOR: Alan Pell Crawford
ART DIRECTOR: Conrad Tolosa
ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Madalyn Flood, Helen Taylor
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Karla Chiang-Solis
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Amy Meli, Tori Ellington

Published November 2023
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