Who’s Who… Where

21 Mar, 2017



Congratulations to the following public affairs professionals on their recent career moves.

Clement O. Abonyi Jr., formerly chief of staff, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA); now director, advocacy, Credit Union National Association, Inc. [CUNA]

Susan Buikema-Miller, formerly press secretary, office of public affairs, Central Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; now director of communications for government affairs, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Jordan Canter, formerly assistant vice president and head of federal affairs, The Hartford; now head and director of federal affairs, Allstate

Katie Denis, formerly vice president, communications, Consumer Brands Association; now head of communications, UL Standards and Engagement

Mary Ryan Douglass, formerly director, political programs, American Pharmacists Association; now director, AAJ PAC, American Association for Justice

Jeremy Empol, formerly senior vice president of federal government affairs, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; now senior vice president, public affairs and industry outreach, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBank San Francisco)

Raaed Haddad, formerly senior manager of government affairs, Experian; now director of federal government affairs, The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

Michael “Mike” Hamilton, formerly chief of staff, Rep. David B. McKinley (R-WV); now senior director, federal affairs, American Chemistry Council [ACC]

Daniel J. Hickey, formerly director of government affairs, 3M; now vice president of government relations for North America, Embraer

Michael Kennedy, formerly senior vice president for global government relations and public policy, VMware; now vice president of global corporate affairs, Intuit

Robert Lewis, formerly founder & CEO, The Van Aucker Group, LLC; now executive vice president and chief advocacy officer, Credit Union National Association

Denzel E. McGuire, formerly associate director for education, income maintenance and labor, Education, Income Maintenance and Labor Programs, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President; now chief of federal and state government relations, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Inc. [DISCUS]

Ryan O’Connor, formerly manager of government relations, Smiths Group; now PAC administrator, Capital One

Hap Rigby, formerly Republican professional staffer, Senate Commerce Committee; now senior vice president of federal government affairs, Motion Picture Association

Randall “Randy” Ross, formerly managing director and head, public policy and government affairs, Washington, D.C. office, Nomura Holdings, Inc.; now managing director and head, U.S. public policy, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Stephanie See, formerly senior director of state affairs, Association of Equipment Manufacturers; now vice president of legislative and public affairs, The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)

Fleming Votemann, formerly vice president, marketing, communications and sustainability, FLSmidth; now vice president, external relations and sustainability, VELUX

Desta LaShanda Wallace, formerly manager, OPHTHPAC & congressional affairs, American Academy of Ophthalmology; now PAC director, Zurich North America

Lance West, formerly chief of staff, Sen Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.); now vice president, federal government relations, American Petroleum Institute

December Who’s Who

Susan Askew, formerly executive director of ICSC PAC, International Council of Shopping Centers; now PAC and political advocacy director, AdvaMed

Robert Black, formerly vice president, external affairs, AEP; now vice president public affairs, ERCOT (The Electric Reliability Council of Texas)

Dwayne Carson, formerly managing director, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association; now senior director, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America

Josselin Castillo, formerly federal government affairs liaison, Americans for Prosperity; now manager of government relations, National Federation of Independent Business

Kathryn L. “Katie” Donnell, formerly government and regulatory affairs executive, IBM; now associate director, government affairs, Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

Melanie Fitzpatrick, formerly vice president, The Center for Food Integrity; now executive director of state and industry relations, American Soybean Association

Alex Fitzsimmons, formerly senior director for renewable energy, energy storage and advanced manufacturing, ClearPath; now head of government affairs, Sila

Jennifer Friedman, formerly counselor, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra; now vice president of government affairs, Outset Medical

Camille M. Gallo, formerly deputy director of media affairs and strategic communications, communications division, NRCC; now director, communications, Plastics Industry Association

Sonia Gill, formerly senior counsel for Democrats, Senate Judiciary Committee; now public policy director, Meta Platforms

Mike Goscinski, formerly senior director of external affairs, National Automatic Merchandising Association; now vice president of government affairs, Global Health & Fitness Association

Sara Hart, formerly vice president, global government affairs, Citigroup; now PAC manager, GE

Melissa Horn, formerly state and local government policy representative, National Association of REALTORS; now director of state legislative affairs, Arthritis Foundation

Charli Huddleston, formerly communications director, Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas); now director, strategic communication, National Association of Manufacturers

Michele Lieber, formerly president, BluePoint DC; now senior vice president and global head of government affairs, FactSet

Nick Lombardo, formerly senior director, global corporate affairs, Tata Group; now senior program director of international policy, ClearPath

Daniel “Dan” Martini, formerly vice president, congressional relations and political affairs, American Bankers Association; now senior vice president, federal government relations, Bank of America Corporation [BofA]

J. Carl Maxwell, formerly manager of advocacy, American Chemical Society; now vice president for public policy, Association of American Publishers

Kelly McGrath, formerly associate vice president of government relations, Porterfield, Fettig & Sears; now director of government affairs, Citadel

Austin Metsch, formerly director of government affairs and public policy, S&P Global; now senior manager, government affairs, Micron Technology

Campbell Millum, formerly head of U.S. policy communications, DoorDash; now global head of communications, Bird

Marissa Mitrovich, formerly vice president of federal legislative affairs, Frontier Communications; now vice president of public policy, Fiber Broadband Association

Ted Monoson, formerly principal, 4th Street Communications; now director of government affairs, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Nelson Perez, formerly senior vice president of government affairs, Altice USA; now vice president of government affairs, Centrus Energy

James Schultz, formerly partner, Holland & Knight; now executive vice president for global public policy and government affairs, Scientific Games

Kelly Speakes-Backman, formerly acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE; now executive vice president for public affairs, Invenergy

Jen Stanitski, formerly senior government affairs associate, Iron Mountain; now manager, government affairs, Managed Funds Association

Wyatt Stewart, formerly assistant vice president of federal government affairs, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America; now government affairs officer, Investment Company Institute

Kenny Thompson, formerly vice president, external affairs, North America, PepsiCo; now chief public affairs officer, Vail Resorts

Dustin Todd, formerly public policy lead for devices and Ring, Amazon; now vice president and head of government affairs, Synopsys

Ilyse Veron, formerly chief of communications and head of U.S. strategic partnerships, Darmiyan, Inc.; now senior vice president, Rational 360

Suzanne Stokes Vieth, formerly deputy director for government affairs, Population Association of America/Association of Population Centers; now director of state relations and outreach, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Jordan Vivian, formerly associate director of government relations, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine; now director of advocacy, FIGS

Joe Wasser, formerly senior sales executive, Cision; now senior account manager, State and Federal Communications

Christy Woodruff, formerly legislative director, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT); now manager, global affairs and public policy, Washington, DC office, Google LLC

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Caryn Seligman
Senior Director
202.787.5966 | email


Stephanie Helsing
Senior Manager of Membership
202.787.5967 | email


Emily Wallace
Senior Manager of Membership Engagement
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