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Bringing together the top minds in public affairs

Bringing Together the Top Minds in Public Affairs

The Public Affairs Council is governed by a Board of Directors with operational and program oversight by its internal senior management team.   

Board of Directors

The Council is governed by a Board of Directors providing strategic insight to guide its operations. The board is comprised of approximately 190 top executives in the corporate, association and nonprofit worlds.  

Nominations for the Board are accepted each spring. Board members serve a two-year term, and there’s no limit to the number of terms an individual may serve. 

Meet the Board

Amie Adams
Dunn Associates

Jane Adams
Vice President, U.S. Federal Affairs
Johnson & Johnson

Ryan Adesnik
Vice President for Government Affairs
Stanford University

Katie Anderson
Senior Vice President, Consulting
Aristotle International

Lee Anderson
Vice President, Government & Public Affairs
General Mills Inc.

Tina Anthony
SVP, Marketing and Communications
NobleReach Foundation

Casey Anthony
Director, Public Engagement

Sara Armstrong
VP, Federation Relations and Grassroots Advocacy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Tiffany Atwell
Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations
Ecolab Inc.

Lester Bagley
Executive Vice President – Public Affairs
Minnesota Vikings Football LLC

Elizabeth Baker
Director of Government Affairs
Air Line Pilots Association, International

Elizabeth Bartz
President & CEO
State and Federal Communications Inc.

Michael Behm
Stateside Associates

Meg Bloomgren
Senior Vice President, Communications
American Petroleum Institute

Christie Bloomquist
Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy
Astellas Pharma US Inc.

Eric Brewer
SVP of Government Relations and Public Affairs
Total Wine & More

Roz Brooks
Principal & U.S. Public Policy Leader

Sharon Brosnan
Vice President, Government Affairs
Thrivent Financial

Kendra Brown
Vice President, Public Policy
MasterCard International LLC

David Brown
SVP, Federal Government Affairs & Public Policy
Constellation Energy Corp.

Deb Burke
Senior Government Relations Consultant
Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions

David Burns
Vice President, External Affairs
Prudential Financial Inc.

Caroline Bye
Vice President, Public Portfolio Lead
Morning Consult

John Calvelli
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Wildlife Conservation Society

Vlad Cartwright
720 Strategies

Dave Cetola
Vice President, Government Affairs – North America
Solvay America Inc.

Stephanie Childs
Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations
Diageo North America

Steve Ciccone
Group Vice President, Government Affairs
Toyota Motor North America

Rob Clark
Chief Government Affairs Officer
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Nicole Collier
Vice President, U.S. Federal Government Relations
The Procter & Gamble Co.

Jillian Coughenour
Director, Government Relations
Western Union

Anne Crews
Vice President, Public Affairs
Mary Kay Inc.

Greg Crist
Chief Advocacy Officer & Head of External Affairs
Advanced Medical Technology Association

Meghann Curtis
EVP, Head of Public Affairs for North America
Weber Shandwick

Myra Dandridge
Executive Director, External Relations & Public Policy
National Automobile Dealers Association

Grace Davis
SVP, Chief External Affairs Officer
Sutter Health

Gerard Dehrmann
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations

Linda Dempsey
Vice President, Public Affairs
CF Industries Inc.

Shari Dexter
Senior Director, Political Affairs
American Hospital Association

Tom DiGangi
Executive Vice President
National Strategies

Gloria Dittus
Story Partners LLC

Caitlin Donahue
Seven Star Strategies

Renee Eastman
Senior Director, Federal Affairs
Salt River Project

Madison Eggert-Crowe
Vice President, Political Affairs
Comcast Corp.

Kip Eideberg
Senior Vice President, Government & Industry Relations
Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Erin Engle
Associate General Counsel
State Farm Insurance Cos.

Donna Epps
SVP, Public Policy and Strategic Alliances
Verizon Communications

Meghan Everngam
Vice President, BUILD-PAC & Government Affairs
National Association of Home Builders

Tom Evers
VP, U.S. Government Affairs

Roi Ewell
Ewell & Associates LLC

Terri Fariello
Senior VP, Government Affairs & Global Public Policy
United Airlines

Steve Fera
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Independence Blue Cross

Madeline Ferraro
Vice President, Government & Public Affairs
Atlantic Health System

Molly Fogarty
Sr. Vice President, Corporate & Government Affairs, U.S.
Nestle USA

David French
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
National Retail Federation

John Galligan
General Manager, Global Public Affairs
Microsoft Corp.

Nef Garcia
VP, Governmental  Relations
McLane Co., Inc.

Ezra Garrett
SVP, Public Affairs & Impact

Courtney Geduldig
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
National Grid USA Inc.

Genna Gent
Executive Vice President, Industry Engagement
Consumer Brands Association

Travis Gianchetta
Beekeeper Group

Christopher Gindlesperger
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications
National Confectioners Association

Kevin Goodno
Chair, Government Relations Practice
Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

Julie Goon
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
Elevance Health

Bill Gormley

Davon Gray
Managing Director, Advocacy & Engagement Programs
The American Institute of Architects

Ed Griesmer

Ken Gross
Senior Political Law Counsel & Consultant
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Scott Gunn
Senior Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs
International Game Technology

Julian Ha
Heidrick and Struggles International Inc.

Pierce Haley
Serlin Haley LLP

Rob Hall
Vice President, Federal Government Affairs

Matt Haller
President & CEO
International Franchise Association

Mary Moore Hamrick
Chief Executive Officer
Political Quotient Advisors LLC

Jessica Hanson Hanna
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
American Property Casualty Insurance Association

Lou Hayden
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Sue Hensley
EVP, Communications and Public Affairs
American Trucking Associations Inc.

Julie Herwig
Senior Vice President, Head of Governmental Affairs
New York Life Insurance Co.

John Himle
Himle LLC

John Hishta
Senior Vice President – Campaigns

Robert Hoopes
VOX Global

Erik Hower
SVP, Global External and Public Affairs

Brian Huseman
Vice President, Public Policy

Jill Ingrassia
Executive Director, Advocacy & Communications
AAA National

Rico Izaguirre
SVP, Government Relations, Public Policy & Social Impact
Affirm Inc.

Alethia Jackson
Senior Vice President, ESG and Chief DEI Officer
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Kate Johansen
Vice Chair, External Relations
Mayo Clinic

Collis Jones
Vice President, U.S. Policy & Strategy
John Deere

Kristin Julason Damato
SVP, Government Affairs & Global Public Policy
The Cigna Group

Jessamyn Katz
Chief Executive Officer
Heyman Associates Inc.

Kevin Keane
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Beverage Association

Ed Kenealy
Executive Vice President & Chief Public Affairs Officer
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Michael Kennedy
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Heather Kennedy
VP, Government Relations and External Communications
The Home Depot

Chris Keuleman
Vice President, Global Government Relations
International Paper Co.

Maureen Kline
Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainability
Pirelli Tire North America

Russ Knocke
Vice President, Public & Government Affairs
Republic Services Inc.

Brad Knox
Senior Vice President & Counsel

Jill Kozeny
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
American Council of Life Insurers

Margery Kraus
Founder and Executive Chairman
APCO Worldwide

Tony Lakavage
Senior Vice President, Global External Affairs
U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention

Tom Lamb
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

Paddi LeShane
Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations Inc.

Mike Lord
President and CEO
The Washington Campus

George Lowe
Vice President Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American Gas Association

Kathryn Lowell
Vice President, Global Government Affairs
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

Nick Ludlum
SVP Chief Communications Officer
CTIA – The Wireless Association

Justin Maierhofer
Regional Vice President
Tennessee Valley Authority

Christine Martin
SVP, Public Affairs & Chief Sustainability Officer
PPL Corp.

Brittany Masalosalo
Global Head, Government Affairs
HP Inc.

John Mason
Sr. Director, Federal Government Affairs
Altria Client Services Inc.

Rich Masters
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Katie McBreen
Vice President, Communications
BlueCross and BlueShield Association

B.R. McConnon
Prospect Street Partners

Randy McCullough
Deputy Executive Director
NYS Funeral Directors Association

Shannon McGahn
Chief Advocacy Officer
National Association of REALTORS

Katherine McGuire
Chief Advocacy Officer
American Psychological Association Services Inc.

Diane McNulty PhD
Associate Dean, External Affairs & Corporate Development
UT Dallas, Jindal School of Management

Katie Meyer
Vice President, Head of Government Affairs

Greg Miley
VP, Government Affairs

Katy Montgomery
Executive Vice President and Chief Client Officer

Howard Moon
Executive Director, Global Government Affairs
Amgen Inc.

Chris Morton
SVP, Public Affairs & Chief Advocacy Officer
American Land Title Association

Monica Mueller
Vice President, Government Affairs
Motorola Solutions

Makini Nyanteh
Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
American Institutes for Research

Mike O’Brien
Vice President, Global Public Affairs
BSA | The Software Alliance

Ali O’Donnell
Head of U.S. Government Affairs
BNY Mellon

Mary O’Reilly
Vice President, Marketing and Sales
Public Affairs Support Services

Scott Orr
Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs
Fidelity Investments

Mike Parrish
VP of Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, U.S
Bayer Corp.

Kristina Pisanelli
Vice President, Government Affairs/Americas
Medtronic Inc.

Charley Poe
Director, Government Affairs

Chris Porter
Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy
Travere Therapeutics

Joe Quinn
Vice President of Strategic Industrial Materials
The SAFE Foundation

Steve Radke
Vice President – Government & Community Relations
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

Isaac Reyes
Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Government Affairs
Target Corp.

Eduardo Ricardo
CEO & Founder
PATRI Public Policy & Public Affairs Inc.

Charlie Ricciardelli
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Misti Rice
Executive Director of Government Affairs

Angela Riemer
Vice President, Federal Government Relations
Pfizer Inc.

Will Rijksen
Vice President, Head of Global Public Affairs

Rusty Ring
Vice President, Government Affairs
Roche Diagnostics Corp.

Darlene Rosenkoetter
VP, Global Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy
S&P Global Inc.

Jon Samford
Executive Vice President
Global Business Alliance

MaryAnne Sapio
Vice President, Federal Government Affairs
American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Pippa Scarlett
Head of Global Government Affairs

Mark Schoeberl
Executive Vice President, Advocacy
American Heart Association

Melissa Schulman
Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs
CVS Health

Pete Selfridge
Head of Global Government Relations
SAP America Inc.

Paul Seltman
SVP, Global Public Policy & Government Affairs
Smith & Nephew

Ellie Shaw
Director, Federal Government Affairs
American Express Co.

Gregg Sheiowitz
Vice President and Head of Federal Affairs
Zurich North America

Anthony Shop
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Social Driver

Dontai Smalls
Vice President, Global Public Affairs
United Parcel Service

David Smith
Princeton Public Affairs Group

Chris Spence
Managing Director and Head of Federal Government Relations

Char Stanberry
Vice President, Government Relations
National Association of Broadcasters

Erin Streeter
Executive Vice President
National Association of Manufacturers

Suzanne Swink
Vice President of Government Relations

Kandi Terry
Director, Government Affairs
NRG Energy Inc.

Bobby Thomson
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Government Engagement
Visa Inc.

AnnMarie Treglia
Global Director, Government Affairs
Dart Container Corp.

Doug Troutman
General Counsel, Corporate Sec’y., & SVP, Government Affairs
American Cleaning Institute

Cody Tubbs
Director of Public Affairs
Edison International

Danielle Turnipseed
Chief Public Policy Officer
Association of American Medical Colleges

Chris Vaughan
Vice President, Strategy and State Affairs
Humana Inc.

Fleming Voetmann
Vice President, External Relations & Sustainability

Natalie Volin Lehr
Head of Government and Community Affairs
Carlson Companies

Kevin Walker
Vice President of Political Affairs
American Medical Association

Leigh Walton
Vice President of Global Government and Regulatory Affairs
Pitney Bowes Inc.

Greg Webb
Vice President, State Government Relations
Archer Daniels Midland Co.

Ann Weeks
SVP, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff to the CEO
UL Solutions

Emily Weems
Vice President and Head, U.S. Government Relations
Capital One Financial Corp.

Alison Weiss
Head of Government Relations

Roy Wells
President & Managing Director
Triad Strategies LLC

Hannah Wesolowski
Chief Advocacy Officer
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Trish Wexler
Managing Dir., Corp. Comms, Gov’t Rel., Legal & Reg. Affairs
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Shawn Whitman
Vice President, Government & Industry Affairs
FMC Corp.

Sherry Whitworth

Formerly with FiscalNote

Lauren Wilk
Vice President, Government Affairs
Arconic Corp.

Anne Wilson
Head, Alliance Development

Chad Wilson
Associate Vice President, Government Relations

Kim Windon
Vice President, Strategic Communications
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.

Debbie Wing
Executive Vice President, Communications
Farm Credit Council

Alex Wirth
Cofounder & CEO

Jeanne Wolak
Vice President of Federal Legislative Affairs
Southern Co.

Brian Wolff
Chief Strategy Officer & EVP, Public Policy & Ext. Affairs
Edison Electric Institute

Candi Wolff
Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs
Citigroup Inc.

Elizabeth Woody
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

Teross Young
Vice President Government Affairs
Retail Business Services LLC

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee provides day-to-day governance and is comprised of 16 executives who also occupy seats on the board. 

Meet the Executive Committee

Roi Ewell
Principal, Ewell & Associates, LLC

Courtney Geduldig
President, Camden Global Partners

Past Chair
Mary Moore Hamrick
CEO, Political Quotient Advisors, LLC

Ellie Shaw
Director, Federal Government Affairs, American Express Company

First Vice Chair
Scott Orr
Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments

Douglas Pinkham
Public Affairs Council

Vice Chair
Greg Crist
Chief Advocacy Officer & Head of External Affairs, Advanced Medical Technology Association

Vice Chair
Makini Nyanteh
Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, American Institutes for Research

Vice Chair
Erin Streeter
Executive Vice President, National Association of Manufacturers

At-Large Member
Genna Gent
Executive Vice President, Industry Engagement, Consumer Brands Association

Maureen Kline

At-Large Member
Maureen Kline
Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Pirelli Tire North America

At-Large Member
Jill Kozeny
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, American Council of Life Insurers

At-Large Member
Isaac Reyes
Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Government Affairs, Target Corporation

At-Large Member
Cody Tubbs
Director of Public Affairs, Edison International

At-Large Member
Alison Weiss
Head of Government Relations, MassMutual

At-Large Member
Brian Wolff
Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, Public Policy & External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute

Board Committees

Volunteer board members provide oversight for specific areas of focus for the Council. The committees are: 

Finance and Audit Committee

Current Chair:  Scott Orr, Fidelity Investments

Charter:  The Committee, working with the Executive Committee, will provide oversight of the Council’s financial affairs. Committee members will review the budget; provide feedback on the management of revenue, expenses and reserves; and review and approve the Council’s annual audit.

Membership Committee

Current Chair: Greg Crist, Advanced Medical Technology Association

Charter:  The Committee will take a leadership role in helping the Council grow its membership through both development and retention activities. Committee members will work with staff to prioritize membership strategies, identify prospects, make introductions, engage prospective and new members in the Council, and strive to exceed the association’s annual membership goals. As appropriate, they may be asked to follow up with prospects, inactive members and other member organizations.

Lee Anderson
General Mills

Elizabeth Bartz
State and Federal Communications Inc.

Michael Behm
Stateside Associates

John Calvelli
Wildlife Conservation Society

Rob Clark
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Anne Crews
Mary Kay Inc.

Shari Dexter
American Hospital Association

Julian Ha
Heidrick and Struggles International Inc.

Jessica Hanson Hanna
American Property Casualty Insurance Association

Rico Izaguirre
Affirm Inc.

Jill Kozeny
American Council of Life Insurers

Mike Lord
The Washington Campus

Mark Schoeberl
American Heart Association

Pete Selfridge
SAP America Inc.

Alison Weiss

Sherry Whitworth

Alex Wirth

Programs Committee

Current Chair:  Ellie Shaw, American Express

Charter:  The Committee will provide strategic input to Council leadership and staff on the major programs and services offered to member organizations. It will serve as an advisory body for executive education and training, information services, research and opinion polling, publishing, and member communications. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Emerging issues, trends and innovative management strategies to be covered in education, training and communications programs
  • Areas of staff expertise to be developed
  • Key topics for member surveys and public polling
  • Research topics for Foundation for Public Affairs reports

Amie Adams
Dunn Associates

Lee Anderson
General Mills

Peter Carson
Weber Shandwick

Renee Eastman
Salt River Project

Renee Eastman
Salt River Project

Meghan Everngam
National Association of Home Builders

Madeline Ferraro
Atlantic Health System

Travis Gianchetta
Beekeeper Group

Kevin Goodno
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Erik Hower

Jill Ingrassia
AAA National

Alethia Jackson
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Russ Knocke
Republic Services, Inc.

Tony Lakavage
U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention

Justin Maierhofer
Tennessee Valley Authority

Sharon McBride

Katherine McGuire
American Psychological Association

Chris Morton

Scott Orr

MaryAnne Sapio
American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Paul Seltman
Smith & Nephew

Charlyn Stanberry
National Association of Broadcasters

Misti Rice

Leigh Walton
Pitney Bowes

Kim Windon

Debbie Wing
Farm Credit Council

Brian Wolff

Teross Young
AholdDelhaize USA

Social Impact Committee

Current Chair: Maureen Kline, Pirelli Tire North America

Charter: The Social Impact Committee has been formed to provide strategic and programmatic guidance to advance environment, social and governance (ESG) and related sustainability frameworks in support of membership needs and interests. The Committee will continue to advise on priorities pertaining to social progress impacts and deliver programming to support inclusive excellence in the public affairs field.  Key objectives for the Social Impact Committee include:

  • Growing the Council’s network of leaders interested in engaging in cross-sector dialogue on advancing social progress and providing the space to share varied experiences and create tools.
  • Partnering with the Foundation for Public Affairs to deliver diverse talent sourcing systems and engagements for the profession.
  • Developing market-relevant educational forums to assist public affairs professionals in understanding and managing all aspects of the business of sustainability with special emphasis on issues management, reputational positioning and social progress.
Public Affairs Management Expertise

Senior Management Team

Our Senior Management Team is responsible for meeting Council objectives and overseeing all programs and services. 

Meet the Senior Management Team

Doug Pinkham
202.787.5964 | [email protected]

Reggie Nance
Vice President of Finance and Administration
202.787.5959 | [email protected]

Caryn Seligman
Senior Director
202.787.5966 | [email protected]

Laura Horsley
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
202.787.5963 | [email protected]

Kristin Brackemyre
Senior Director, Public Affairs Practice
202-787-5969 | [email protected]

João Sousa
Managing Director, European Office
(+32) 476 63 95 03 | [email protected]


Brenda Plantikow
Senior Manager, Board Relations
202.787.5965 | [email protected]

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