Brian Heindl, Director of Government Relations for Beauty & Laundry, Henkel North America
Brian Heindl is the new Director of Government Relations for Beauty & Laundry at Henkel North America, an international manufacturer of branded household and personal care goods for consumer and industrial consumers. Brian brings 15 years of government relations experience from the federal and state levels in government, lobbying, and corporate roles. Most recently, Brian served as the Director of Government Affairs at Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Ian Nash, Director of Public Affairs & Governmental Relations for Adhesive Technologies, Henkel North America
Ian Nash was recently appointed the Director of Public Affairs & Governmental Relations for Adhesive Technologies at Henkel North America, an international manufacturer of branded household and personal care goods for consumer and industrial consumers. He brings several years of government relations experience within the chemical industry to his new role, most recently from Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience), where he represented the company in both the U.S. and the European Union.
Luis Manuel Ramirez, General Manager & CEO, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Luis Manuel Ramírez has been named the next General Manager & CEO of the MBTA. His three-decade business career has included successful turnarounds with divisions of some of the nation’s biggest corporations, including Unisys Corporation, Siemens AG, and General Electric Corp. Most recently, Luis ran his own strategic and turnaround business consulting firm, TodoModo Group.
John Holden, CEO, US-China Strong Foundation
John Holden has been named the next Chief Executive Officer of the US-China Strong Foundation, a global nonprofit committed to strengthening US-China ties. John joins US-China Strong from Peking University, where as Associate Dean he helped launch the university’s Yenching Academy, a full-fellowship Master’s in China Studies program for future leaders. He is also a former president of the National Committee on US-China Relations, serving from 1998 to 2005, where he created the US-China Young Leaders Forum and the Foreign Policy Colloquium.
Monika Juska, Associate VP for International Advocacy, PhRMA
Monika joined PhRMA as the Associate VP for International Advocacy and will lead the organization’s advocacy efforts in Europe, Russia, Turkey and Canada. Monika joins PhRMA having most recently served as Director for International Affairs at BP America, where she ran all facets of BP’s outreach on international issues with the U.S. Government and focused on policy developments throughout Eurasia, the Middle East, and Mexico. Prior to that, she served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Administration and Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor.
Katie Chipps, Chief of Staff to the President & CEO, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Katie Chipps has recently joined Guardian as Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Executive Officer. Katie brings more than 18 years of experience in government, political affairs and external relations to her new role. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of External Relations at Travelers, where she was responsible for development, oversight and management of political affairs strategies and initiatives in support of the company’s federal and state legislative and regulatory priorities.
Laura Haines, Senior Vice President and Head of Government Affairs, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Laura Haines is the new senior vice president and head of government affairs at Guardian. She will lead Guardian’s public policy agenda through analysis, policy development, and advocacy with public officials, regulators, and the industry on global, federal, state, and local public policy issues. She was previously Vice President of Federal Affairs at Hartford Financial Services Group, where she advised Hartford’s leadership team on federal legislative and regulatory opportunities. She has also chaired the American Insurance Association’s Federal Affairs subcommittee and the American Council of Life Insurers’ Long Term Care Federal Legislative Strategy Group.
Tracey Stevens, Chief Finance and Administrative Officer, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon
Tracey has joined Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a global non-profit organization affiliated with the George W. Bush Institute with a mission to help save lives from breast and cervical cancers in less-developed regions. Tracey will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team, responsible for overseeing all financial and administrative functions within the organization. She brings 20 years of experience in leading accounting, finance and administration for non-profit organizations, and most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for IMA World Health.
Anish Rajparia, Chief Operating Officer, WorldStrides
Anish brings over 20 years of experience to his new role of Chief Operating Officer at WorldStrides, the largest and most trusted educational travel organization in the United States. Anish’s experience includes responsibility for the P&L’S of large and entrepreneurial organizations, with leadership strength in general management, strategy, product, marketing, business and technology. Most recently, he was the President of Major Account Services and Canada for Automated Data Processing.
Christopher Carr, Chief Financial Officer, American Dental Education Association
Chris Carr has been appointed to the Chief Financial Officer role at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). ADEA is the sole national not-for-profit organization representing academic dentistry, with more than 21,000 members in the US and Canada. Chris brings broad experience in nonprofit management to this role. Most recently, he was the CFO at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), and prior to that the COO/CFO at Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO founded by Hillary Clinton to promote women’s leadership abilities.
Christine “Chris” Fanning, Vice President, Finance & Operations, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
Christine “Chris” Fanning was named Vice President of Finance and Operations for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). She joins RVIA after serving as the Vice President of Finance at the Jane Goodall Institute. Chris bring more than 25 years of experience in finance and operations for private companies and nonprofit organizations to her new role. She will be a key leader of the association’s digital transformation initiative and will ensure the finance and human resources functions support the association’s overall business objectives.
Nadia Mitchem, Executive Director, Volunteer Development, ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Nadia Mitchem joined ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as Executive Director of Volunteer Development. Nadia has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, program development, volunteer services, and in managing partnerships at the national level for nonprofit organizations. Before joining ALSAC/St. Jude, Nadia served as Program Director of Client Relations at American Red Cross (ARC). In her new role, Nadia is responsible for developing and implementing a world-class volunteer recruitment, activation, cultivation, and appreciation strategy for ALSAC/St. Jude.
Alethia Baggett, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, American Bankers Association
Alethia Baggett has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for the American Bankers Association. Alethia spent the last eight years at Freddie Mac, where she served as the Head of Human Resources for Freddie Mac’s Single Family business, and most recently served as the director overseeing division-level business management functions, communications, learning development, and human capital strategy across the Single-Family business. In her new role at the ABA, Alethia will lead and manage ABA’s human resources policies, services and programs, and oversee talent retention and acquisition, workforce planning, leadership development and other critical areas.
Chris Snow joined American Residential Services (ARS) in August 2016 as Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer. Chris has over 15 years of experience in a dynamic human resources-driven environment. He joins ARS after serving in progressively responsible roles at the Dollar General. In his last role, he served as Vice President of Total Rewards and Human Resources Services. Throughout his career, Chris has held key roles in a variety of disciplines within human resources. In his new role at ARS, Chris provides leadership and support to ARS’ regional offices and corporate headquarters in achieving objectives in Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention, Training, Talent Management and Succession, and Organizational Culture.
Tanya Bradsher was named Chief Communications Officer for the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She joins the APA after serving as the Chief of Communications Plans and Operations at the Defense Health Agency, a new combat support agency that provides all of the shared services to support healthcare for the Department of Defense. Tanya managed a team responsible for developing the media strategies for DOD’s almost 10 million beneficiaries, which is provided through the $17 billion health defense program. In her new role at the APA, Tanya will conceptualize, develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance APA’s mission and goals.
Tracy Nilles was named Senior Director of Employee Engagement at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tracy brings over 20 years of experience managing and growing strategic partnerships and employee engagement programs to her new role. She spent over two decades at the United Way, where she has most recently served as United Way Worldwide’s Vice President of Development. In her new role, Tracy will develop and implement an integrated strategy and lead the day-to-day efforts for ALSAC’s employee engagement team.
Valerie Mogavero joined Catapult Learning as Chief Human Resources Officer. She brings more than 15 years of senior human resources leadership and operations experience from the behavioral healthcare industry. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources at CRC Health Group, a treatment provider for substance abuse services, education programs for struggling teens, weight management issues, and eating disorders. While at CRC, Valerie was responsible for taking the human resources lead in a number of acquisitions and start-up ventures. Prior to CRC, she held human resources leadership roles with companies such as The Renfrew Centers, SunGard, and Arthur Andersen.
Joseph Butcher is the new Vice President of Business Development for CNA, a not-for-profit research organization serving the public interest by providing analysis and result-oriented solutions to help government leaders choose the best course of action in setting policy and managing operations. Previously, Joseph was a Senior Capture Manager at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services where he led business development teams in implementing comprehensive capture strategies for top civil market IT opportunities across organizations such as the U.S. Departments of Education and Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the General Services Administration, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Ashley Burke, Senior Vice President, Communications, National Mining Association
Ashley Burke joined the National Mining Association (NMA), a national trade organization that represents the interests of mining before Congress, the administration, federal agencies, the judiciary and the media. Ashley brings over 15 years of experience spanning agency, corporate, and trade association roles. She previously served as Global Director of Communications for Dentons. In her new role, Ashley will provide both strategic and hands-on tactical execution of the organization’s communications efforts.
Ronald Nowaczyk, President, Frostburg State University
Ronald Nowaczyk joined Frostburg State University as the new President, effective May 9, 2016. Previously, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clarion University, a public comprehensive university in western Pennsylvania. There, he facilitated new degree programs; increased the online program offerings at the bachelor’s degree level; enhanced opportunities for faculty scholarship, research, and outreach; and developed an academic strategic plan focused on increasing student enrollment and graduation rates. Ron brings his experience in leading and growing a comprehensive campus to his new role.
Manny Ocasio, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Asbury Communities
Manny Ocasio recently joined Asbury Communities, where he is responsible for the human resources management function for the entire Asbury system and affiliated entities. Previously, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Integrity Officer for Holy Cross Hospital. Prior to that, Manny served in an information management role at Holy Cross, and as an Associate Director with the University of Maryland School of Law.
Ania Mikson, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Franklin Square Capital Partners
Ania Mikson recently joined Franklin Square, a leading manager of alternative investment funds, after serving in the top human resources role at Delaware Investments since 2008. In her new role, Ania designs and deploys innovative and impactful education, performance, recruiting, compensation and benefits programs tol drive growth, change, adaptability and improvement.
Anthony Sciacca, Chief Development Officer, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)
Anthony Sciacca recently joined Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), one of the nation’s largest charities representing a national network of agencies serving poor and vulnerable persons and families. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Anthony served as the Director of Archdiocesan Appeals at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In addition, he’s also held leadership roles during his tenure with Boys & Girls Clubs as well as the Catholic Education Foundation. In his new role, Anthony is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy and development program to achieve a high level of donations and grants from corporations and foundations, as well as to increase CCUSA’s government grants.
Alex Counts, President and Chief Executive Officer, American India Foundation (AIF)
Alex Counts now leads the American India Foundation (AIF), a nonprofit organization devoted to disrupting poverty, catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the U.S. and India through interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Alex founded and led the Grameen Foundation, after working in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. In his new role, Alex continues to build and scale AIF’s presence by leveraging its strong spectrum and networks as well as ensuring that AIF stays at the cutting-edge of innovative solutions for poverty alleviation and economic development in India.
Lisa Ceglia, Vice President, Government Relations, Smiths Group
Smiths Group is a world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies that make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Lisa Ceglia joined the company as Vice President of Government Relations in its Washington, D.C. office. Lisa is an accomplished government affairs professional with a background in advocating on behalf of industry to Capitol Hill and federal agencies. She joined Smiths from Halliburton where she led lobbying efforts with Congress and the Administration on issues that impact the energy industry. Previously, Lisa served as Director of Federal Relations at the American Petroleum Institute.
Linda DeNicola, Chief Financial Officer, Pathfinder International
Linda DeNicola is our recent placement as Chief Financial Officer at Pathfinder International, a non-profit family planning organization working with developing countries. She joined Pathfinder after serving as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at AmidEast, an international nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the people of the Middle East. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis & Reporting for AARP.
Maria Cavalcanti, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pro Mujer
Pro Mujer is a women’s development organization, serving more than a quarter of a million poor women in Latin America. Maria Cavalcanti brings over 25 years of experience to her new role, most recently as co-founder and Managing Partner of FIRST Impact Investing in Brazil. Maria is recognized as a leading speaker on impact investing and financial inclusion in Latin America. She has authored multiple trade and academic articles and has served on international boards, including the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, PYME Capital Fund, and FUNDES.
Adam Hall, Chief Financial Officer, WorldStrides
Adam Hall joined WorldStrides, the largest and most trusted educational travel organization in the United States. Adam previously served as the Chief Financial Officer at SNL Financial since 2013. He brought a strong business strategy perspective and service mentality to his new role. As WorldStrides expands and evolves, Adam oversees all the financial management functions of the organization and is heavily involved in working with the organization’s Board and Private Equity partners.
Paul Wiedefeld, General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Paul Wiedefeld recently joined WMATA with 30 years of public and private sector transportation management experience. He formerly served as CEO of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where he managed the operations of an airport that served a (then) record 22.7 million passengers in CY 2012. Prior to leading BWI, Paul’s career included service as Administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration, where he managed day-to-day operations of the nation’s 13th largest transit system, including commuter rail (MARC), subway, light rail, buses, and paratransit services.
Jay Rosenblum, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Jay Rosenblum joined Guardian Life Insurance of America, the country’s fourth largest mutual insurer, after serving as a Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Associate General Counsel at the Hartford Financial Services Group. Jay has a distinguished career in managing large federal and state advocacy teams in the insurance industry. In his new role, Jay leads the Company’s public policy agenda to successfully promote and accomplish the Company’s public policy goals.
Joan Mooney, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Faith & Politics Institute
Joan Mooney is now leading the Faith & Politics Institute, a non-profit organization that serves members of Congress and congressional staff by offering experiential pilgrimages, reflection groups, retreats and public forums. Joan has over 25 years of experience in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. She recently served on the leadership team in the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs. She previously served on the Hill as the Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Darlene Hooley. Joan’s involvement with the Faith & Politics Institute dates back to 1997.
Elizabeth McNamee, Chief Financial Officer, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA)
Beth McNamee is the new Chief Financial Officer of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, which represents 30 member health systems and hospitals and 107 community, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals throughout Virginia. Beth has over 30 years of experience in accounting and financial management in both for-profit and nonprofit business environments. In her new role, Beth is a key member of VHHA’s senior leadership team and provides overall leadership and accountability for the Association’s financial management functions.
David Keen, Chief Financial Officer, American Psychiatric Association (APA)
David Keen joined APA as a key member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for all financial management for the organization. David has a strong financial management background with significant trade association experience. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer for the National Association of Counties (NACo), and prior to that, was the lead financial management executive for the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA). Prior to joining CTIA, David served as the Director of Finance for the American Federation of Government Employees.
Christopher Mellon, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, American Residential Services (ARS)
Chris Mellon joined American Residential Services, a leading provider of heating and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing services nationwide. Chris brought over 20 years of experience in direct marketing to his new Senior Vice President role. Prior to joining ARS, he co-founded Franchise Field, a web-based exchange that allows franchisors to share franchisee prospect leads on an electronic platform. In his new role, Chris provides both strategic leadership and hands-on tactical execution to ARS’ marketing efforts.
Jed Selkowitz, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, AmeriCares
Jed Selkowitz brought over 20 years of senior marketing experience to his new role, working with some of America’s most notable brands. Prior to joining AmeriCares, Jed served as Vice President at iHeartMedia, a mass media company that specializes in radio broadcasting. There he oversaw strategic brand partnerships with companies like American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Subway, and Johnson & Johnson. Previously, he spent 10 years at The Coca-Cola Company working in various marketing roles. In his new role, Jed provides strategic leadership and hands-on tactical execution of the organization’s marketing and communications efforts.
Stanley Pierre-Louis, General Counsel, Entertainment Software Association
Stanley Pierre-Louis has joined the Entertainment Software Association, a trade association that represents $22 billion of the U.S. computer and video game industry. Stan most recently served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property (IP) and Content Protection at Viacom Inc., where he was responsible for managing major IP litigation, developing strategies for protecting digital content and leading other legal initiatives for brands including MTV, Paramount Pictures, Spike TV and more than 130 other networks worldwide.
Susan Chodakewitz, Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Associates
Susan Chodakewitz joined Nathan Associates, a premier economics consulting firm, as the new CEO. She succeeded Lakhbir Singh, who retired after almost 39 years with Nathan. Susan previously worked at Tetra Tech where she served as president of its aviation management and information technology subsidiary, Tetra Tech AMT. She also worked for SAIC, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Library of Congress and Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
Paul Allvin, Senior Vice President, Brand Advancement, United Service Organizations (USO)
Paul Allvin joined the USO, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support our troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to the men and women in uniform. He now leads all strategic and entertainment marketing, brand and creative services, web and digital marketing, special events, story development, publications and public relations. Prior to the USO, Paul worked at America’s Promise Alliance as their first-ever Chief Communications and Knowledge Officer.
Mike Berkley, Chief Information Officer, New Enterprise Stone & Lime
New Enterprise Stone & Lime (NESL) is a leading privately-held, vertically integrated construction materials supplier. Mike is a seasoned technology expert who has had significant experience in a variety of technology environments. Prior to joining NESL, Mike was an Integration Management Consultant for Walmart where he was hired, after Walmart’s purchase of Simplexity, to lead the transition of the Simplexity information technology department into Walmart’s information technology organization.
Dr. E. Anne Peterson, Senior Vice President of Global Programs, AmeriCares
Dr. E. Anne Peterson joined AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization. Anne brought significant experience in both domestic and international health policy, clinical care, administration and disaster response to her new role. She oversees all of AmeriCares health programs, including the delivery of more than $500 million in medical aid and relief supplies annually in response to devastating disasters and the everyday emergencies caused by chronic poverty.
Stephen Pelliccia, Division Vice President, International Economic Growth, Abt Associates
Steve Pelliccia is an international development expert, with nearly 20 years of experience designing and implementing USAID and other donor-funded programs across a wide array of technical areas. Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. In Steve’s new role, he leverages his expertise in designing and implementing USAID and other donor-funded programs.
Barbara Polk, Chief Administrative Officer, National Restaurant Association
Prior to joining the National Restaurant Association, Barbara Polk served as the Vice President of National Human Resources Service Delivery for the American Red Cross. Barbara has a solid human resources background with a penchant for innovation and strategic HR work covering both corporate and entrepreneurial companies. Barbara develops, executes and maintains an effective human resources strategy with all key stakeholders across the Association.
Maureen Boisvert, Vice President and Corporate Controller, WorldStrides
Maureen Boisvert joined WorldStrides, the largest educational travel organization in the United States, with more than 15 years of experience in accounting and compliance related positions. Prior to joining WorldStrides, she served as a Senior Controller for GE Intelligent Platforms. In her new role, Maureen leads the company’s finance and accounting function to support this high growth, multi-division and multi-national organization.
Rick Trowbridge, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations, AmeriCares
Rick Trowbridge now oversees finance, logistics and gift-in-kind distribution operations at AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization. Rick brought more than 23 years of experience in the nonprofit financial sector to AmeriCares. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Save the Children Federation.
Gene Grabowski, Partner, kglobal
Gene Grabowski joined the boutique public affairs firm, kglobal, as Partner. Prior to joining kglobal, Gene served as Executive Vice President at LEVICK, where he led teams managing global issues for major corporations, foreign governments, law firms, and trade associations. Prior to that, Gene was the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for The Grocery Manufacturers of America. He also served as a Director in Burson-Marsteller’s Washington office, where he developed and managed national advocacy and media relations campaigns for leading U.S. corporations.
Lisa Haynes, Chief Financial Officer, Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)
Lisa Haynes brought over 25 years of experience to her new role as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining MBA, Lisa worked for Fannie Mae and served the company in several positions. As Vice President for Operational Accounting, Lisa led a team of 45 professionals responsible for the management of single and multifamily loans worth approximately $3 trillion. As MBA’s Chief Financial Officer, Lisa provides executive level leadership and management of the Association’s accounting and financial functions.
Julie Riccio, Director of Government, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Julie Riccio has over twelve years of experience as a government relations and public affairs professional. Most recently, Julie was the Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs at the Printing Industries of America (PIA), a trade association which advocates for the United States printing industry. In her new role, Julie promotes and protects PwC’s interests with the Federal and State Governments across a broad spectrum of corporate, industry, and general issues.
Meredith Mull, Director of U.S. Government, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Meredith Mull joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after serving as a Senior Director of Government Relations at Nationwide Mutual. Meredith has eight years of experience both representing a Fortune 100 company before the U.S. Congress and the Administration as well as advising senior management on political risks and strategic opportunities. In her new role, Meredith promotes and protects PwC’s interests with the Federal and State Governments across a broad spectrum of corporate, industry, and general issues.
Bill Weber, Vice President, Government Affairs & Associate General Counsel
Bill Weber joined PBS after spending more than eight years with Baker & Hostetler LLP, where he was a Partner with the firm’s Government Policy and Data Privacy teams. There, he counseled a wide range of commercial, not-for-profit and trade association clients. In his new role, Bill represents PBS to federal officials, legislators and staff to help their key stakeholders understand the value public media delivers to the American people.
Mike Siegel, Senior Vice President, Brand & Creative, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Mike Siegel is a marketing leader with broad experience serving the consumer, business-to-business, corporate, financial and healthcare markets. Before joining St. Jude, he served as a Consultant with The Bedford Group, a marketing consultancy based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike has a career with progressive responsibility in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He has worked for major international brands like Kodak, to regional brands like SunTrust and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. His expertise includes brand strategy, advertising, sales promotion, trade/channel programs, sponsorship/event marketing and integrated marketing communications.
Steve Stirling, President and Chief Executive Officer, MAP International
Steve Stirling joined MAP International, a global health organization, after holding leadership positions in major corporations and non-profit organizations. Previously, Steve served as the Executive Vice President of ChildFund International. He has a strong background that includes 25 years of experience in executive leadership, diverse brand marketing, fundraising and management at organizations including Heifer International, World Vision, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Todd Schenk, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
Todd Schenk has worked in social services for more than 25 years and has spent the last 20 serving in various leadership roles at the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (JBFCS). Most recently, Todd served as their Chief Operating Officer. Todd has been recognized by the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies and the New York State Case Management Coalition for his leadership and collaboration with government and provider organizations to advance the state’s mental health field. As Chief Executive Officer, Todd works with a committed Board and staff to lead this $20 million social service and healthcare organization.
Jeffrey Guy, Chief Financial Officer, George W. Bush Presidential Center
Jeff Guy joined the George W. Bush Presidential Center after serving as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at the Dallas Museum of Art since 2007. He has over 30 years of deep financial management experience, including 12 years in similar not-for-profit environments. In his new role at the Bush Center, Jeff serves as a key member of the senior leadership team and will oversee the complex financial management of the Bush Center.
Kelly Schulz, Vice President, Communications, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Kelly Schulz is responsible for overseeing the communications functions, including public relations, crisis communications, corporate communications, publications/copy writing, entertainment marketing and patient outreach that support ALSAC/St. Jude’s brand awareness and fundraising efforts. Kelly brings experience from a variety of complex communications environments with significant brands, including early work at Edelman and, most recently, serving as the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations at the City of New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Amy Best Weiss, Vice President, Government Affairs, American Express
Amy Best Weiss joined American Express after serving for eight years as the Director of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), LLP. At PwC, she was responsible for lobbying Congress and the Administration, as well as overseeing public policy communications and all political activity. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, where she served as a Commission spokesperson and speechwriter. Amy continues to utilize her strong combination of private sector and government experience in her new role.
Jay Cooney, Vice President of Corporate Communications, PepsiCo
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Jay served as the Director of Global News & Financial Communications at Ford Motor Company. In that role, he led communication strategies on all financial and corporate communications issues, and served as the spokesman for Ford’s CEO, COO, and CFO. Jay has extensive global experience, including over three years as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for GM Korea.
Thomas DiGangi, Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs, The Gordian Group
Tom DiGangi joined The Gordian Group after serving as the Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of New Jersey. He brought almost 20 years of experience in public policy and government affairs to his new role.
Cynthia Zeltwanger, Executive Director, The Paulson Institute
Cynthia Zeltwanger now manages daily operations and workflows of the Paulson Institute’s staff in the U.S. and China. Cynthia previously served as a leadership consultant and adviser at C Zelt Enterprises and Atlas 5 Financial, two consulting organizations which she founded and managed. Prior to that, she was the global chief operating officer for NEWEDGE Group. During a 17-year career at FIMAT USA, a subsidiary of Societe Generale, she served in multiple capacities, including chief executive officer and managing director for the Americas, chief operating officer and general manager of the Chicago office, general manager of the New York office, and general counsel.
Brett Loper, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, American Express
Brett Loper leads the team responsible for representing American Express’ interests with federal and state policymakers. He has deep knowledge and outstanding leadership skills from more than 18 years of experience with U.S. politics and government. Brett previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Speaker of the House John Boehner, where he led all legislative and policy strategy. Prior to this, he held a number of senior-level positions on the Hill, including Minority Staff Director of the Ways & Means Committee. Earlier in his career, he served in the federal Office of Management and Budget, and as chief lobbyist for AdvaMed, the medical device industry’s trade association.
Staci Warden, Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets, The Milken Institute
Staci Warden will head the Milken Institute’s Washington-based Center for Financial Markets and serve on the Institute’s executive committee. Staci’s experience spans the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She comes from J.P. Morgan Chase, where she began as a vice president in its government institutions group in New York and then as an executive director in its global public sector group in London. Previously, she was a director of NASDAQ, senior advisor to the president of the Center for Global Development, an economist in the international debt office of the Treasury Department, and deputy director of the economic reform project at the Carnegie Endowment.