Speakers

Presenters at the ‘Advocacy Leaders Network’ workshops are drawn from advocacy professionals within the public affairs and public relations industries including senior government relations practitioners, lobbyists, advocacy and non-profit professionals, new media and technology specialists, public relations consultants, academics, and policy makers.

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our March 24, 2017 event: “Modern Congress: Modern Advocacy

Brad FitchPresident and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

James Braid – Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC)

Wilsar JohnsonDigital Director, Office of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)

Caty Borum ChattooDirector, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University 

Michael Lewan Director of Government Relations, The Recording Academy

Mike PanettaPartner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our December 2, 2016 event: “Benchmarking, Training, & Next-Level Advocacy

Thao Nguyen – Director of Advocacy, Feeding America

Robb FriedlanderAdvocacy Manager, Feeding America

Hannah Wesolowski – Associate Director, Political Engagement, Public Affairs Council

Andy Krakowski – Vice President of National Accounts, RAP Index

Sherry Whitworth – Executive Vice President, VoterVoice

Shana GlickfieldPartner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our September 16, 2016 event: “Telling Your Advocacy Story

Brad Fitch – President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

Piper HendricksFormer Director of Advocacy Communications, Habitat for Humanity

Ory Rinat – Director of Digital Strategy, The Heritage Foundation

Jessica Cooper – Grassroots Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Matthew Zablud – Partner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our June 10, 2016 event: “Re-Branding Your Issue Campaign for Success

Anthony Pappas – President and Executive Creative Director, DMI

Nevin Adams – Chief of Marketing and Communications, American Retirement Association

Jeff Joseph – Senior Vice President, Communications & Strategic Relationships, Consumer Technology Association

Bradford Fitch – President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation 

Travis GianchettaPartner, Beekeeper Group 

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our March 4, 2016 event: “Advocacy Opportunities in an Election Year

Honorable Steve Southerland – Former U. S. Representative (R-FL)

Martin Burns – Manager-Political Intelligence, AARP

Anita Estell – President / CEO, The Estell Group

Richard Gose – Chief Political Officer, Credit Union National Association

Shana GlickfieldPartner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our December 11, 2015 event: “Creating a Mobile Advocacy Toolkit

Nika Nour – Digital Director, The Internet Association

Aaron Lichtig – Head of Industry-Advocacy and Associations, Google

Sara KloekDirector of Policy Initiatives, ACT | The App Association

Jim MacGregorManaging Director-Communications and REALTOR Mobilization, National Association of REALTORS®

Brad Peck – Manager-Digital Strategy, American Petroleum Institute  

Mike Panetta – Partner, Beekeeper Group

Bradford Fitch – President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation 

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our September 25, 2015 event: “The Psychology of Advocacy

David Rosen – Founder and Senior Analyst, First Person Politics

Matthew Zablud – Partner, Beekeeper Group

Lisa Dropkin – Principal, Edge Research

Stefan HankinFounder and President, Lincoln Park Strategies

Bill CulloPartner, Fabrizio Ward

Jonathan VossVice President, Lake Research Partners

Susie Gorden – Vice President, Congressional Management Foundation

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our June 12, 2015 event: “Glamorous Grasstops Advocacy: Cause Placement and Celebrity Endorsement

Brad Jenkins – Managing Director and Executive Producer, Funny Or Die DC

Shana Glickfield – Partner, Beekeeper Group

Gillian RayVice President of External Relations, Children’s Hospital Association

Sam Nathews – Communications Manager, Responsibility.org

Amy Hughes – Senior Celebrity and VIP Manager, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our March 27, 2015 event: “Reaching Capitol Hill: The Class of 2015”

Honorable George Nethercutt – Former U.S. Representative (R-WA05)

Susie Gorden – Vice President, Congressional Management Foundation

Ann O’Hanlon – Chief of Staff, Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA08)

George Rogers – President, Wexler | Walker

Tim Hysom – Chief of Staff, Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47)

Rob Adkerson – Chief of Staff, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA11)

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our December 5, 2014 event: “Hollywood’s Washington vs. Ours: How Hollywood’s Version of DC Impacts Your Efforts in Congress”

Dr. Patricia PhalenAssociate Professor of the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University

Bradford Fitch – President & CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

Honorable Dan Mica – Former U.S. Representative (D-FL)

Honorable Jim Nussle – Former U.S. Representative (R-IA) 

Rebecca Gale – Opinion Editor and author of Hill Navigator column, CQ Roll Call

Bob Cusack – Editor in Chief, The Hill

Ryan Grim – Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post

Clinton Yates – Columnist, The Washington Post

Ryan Beckwith – Senior Editor of the Washington Bureau, TIME Magazine

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our September 5, 2014 event: “Trending Now: Learn What Your Supporters Really ‘Like’ Online“:

Colin Delany Founder and Editor, Epolitics.com

Richard Fawal Associate Vice President for Communications, The Brookings Institution

Erika Reynoso – Senior Communications Manager, Financial Services Roundtable

Ericka AndersenDigital Media Manager, The Heritage Foundation

Nika Nour – Digital Director, The Internet Association

Shana Glickfield – Partner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our June 13, 2014 event “In-Box or Waste Basket?  Legislative Correspondents Tell You The Path Your Advocacy Materials:”

Bradford Fitch – President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

Bill Sweeney – Chief of Staff, Senator Stabenow (D-MI)

Wilsar Johnson – Staff Assistant, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ12)

Brittany Posobiec – Legislative Correspondent, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL03)

Sean Miller – Staff Assistant, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA02)

Travis Gianchetta – Partner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our March 28, 2014 event “Can You Hear Me Now? Why Talking to Regulatory Agencies Matters and How to Do it“:

Larry Norton Co-Chair, Political Law Practice, Venable LLP

Amanda Wolfe– Senior Grassroots Data Advisor, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

Rebecca Farley– Director of Policy and Advocacy, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH)

Chris Carroll– Director of Grassroots Advocacy, Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC)

Mike Panetta– Partner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our December 6, 2013 event: “Mobile Advocacy: There’s an App for That”:

Gabriela Schneider Communications Director, the Sunlight Foundation

Claire McDonoughDirector of Online Advocacy, National Association of Realtors (NAR)

Matt HallerVice President of Public Affairs, International Franchise Association (IFA)

Julie Trute– Senior Director of Political Affairs, American Optometric Association (AOA)

Lloyd Cotler– Mobile Strategist, Mobile Commons

Shana Glickfield– Partner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our September 20, 2013 event: “Boosting Key Contact Programs: Turning Players into Coaches”:

Seth Turner– Senior Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy at Goodwill Industries International 

Tim Miller– Senior Program Manager, Communications and State Advocacy at American Academy of Neurology

Stephanie Giesecke Director, Budget and Appropriations, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Peter Anthony Senior Vice President and Publisher, Advocacy & Engagement Solutions, CQ Roll Call

Matthew Zablud– Partner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our May 17, 2013 event: “Come Fly-In with Me: Best Practices for Capitol Hill Lobby Days”:

Paul S Bock – Partner, Holland and Knight

Tony KudnerProgram Manager, Grassroots Advocacy, National Hospice and Palliative Care Association

Meredith Nethercutt – Director, Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy, National Association of Manufacturers 

Sarah NordstromManager, Government Affairs, Novo Nordisk

Amelia WangChief of Staff, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27)

Bradford FitchPresident and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

Mike PanettaPartner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is a list of presenters for our February 22, 2013 event: “Meet the Freshmen: Building Relationships with New Members of Congress”:

Judy SchneiderSpecialist on Congress, Congressional Research Service

Karen CzarneckiFormer Chief of Staff, Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA)

Kevin ReigrutChief of Staff to Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD)

Glenn WavrunekChief of Staff, Representative Mike Pocan (D-WI)

Bradford FitchPresident and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

Travis GianchettaPartner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is  a list of presenters for our September 21, 2012 event: “Learning the Lessons of Campaign 2012 and Transforming them to an Advocacy World”:

Adam Conner, Manager for Public Policy, Facebook

Andrew Roos, Account Executive for Elections and Issue Advocacy, Google

Mindy Finn, Strategic Partnerships, Twitter

Colin Delany, Founder and Editor, Epolitics.com

Michael Cornfield, Acting Director of the Political Management Program, George Washington University

David KarpfAssistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University

Bradford Fitch, President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

Henri MakembePartner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                

The following is  a list of presenters for our June 15, 2012 event: “Getting Cats and Dogs to Play Nice in the Office: Integrating Your Lobbying and Grassroots Operations”:

Michael J. Amery, Esq.Legislative Counsel, American Academy of Neurology

Randy Dwyer, Director of Grassroots Advocacy and Government Relations, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

David LuskSenior Associate for Member Advocacy, Society for Human Resource Management 

Robert “Bo” Newsome, Director of Outreach and State Relations, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Kristen Prather, Grassroots Manager, Credit Union National Association

Ryan Thomas, Partner, Seward Square Group

Nicole Truhe, Government Relations and Public Policy Manager, Youth Villages, Inc.

Bradford Fitch, President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

Travis Gianchetta, Partner, Beekeeper Group

                                                                                                                                                 

The following is a list of presenters for our March 9, 2012 event: “Mapping Your Political and Economic Footprint: Identifying Advocacy Assets and the Art of Modern Storytelling”:

Jay H. DickSenior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts

Pete EskewBGOV Strategy, Bloomberg

Carie Lewis, Director of Emerging Media, The Humane Society of the United States

Cheryl Miller, Director, Technology Policy, Verizon

Sean Collins, President, SOCO Productions

Bradford FitchPresident and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation

Mike Panetta, Partner, Beekeeper Group and U.S. “Shadow” Representative (D.C.)

                                                                                                                                                  

The following is a list of presenters for our first event on December 9, 2011: “Breaking through on Capitol Hill: Making Noise vs. Making a Difference“.

Hon. Dan Mica, Former U.S. Congressman and Former President and CEO of the Credit Union National Association

Thiago Antinori, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, National Mining Association

Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation

Jonathan Godfrey, Communications Director, Association of Competitive Technology

Christopher Kush, CEO/Author, Soapbox Consulting, LLC

Ed McDonald, Chief of Staff / Press Secretary, Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC)

Chad Metzler, Legislative Director, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Nikole Souder-Schale, VP of Advocacy, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate

Matthew Zablud, Partner at Beekeeper Group, LLC