An experienced public affairs, government relations, and legal professional with a background in law enforcement, corporate relations, legislative affairs, lobbying, and not-for-profit organizations who is currently seeking a full-time position in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.
Jan 2011 - Present
Public Affairs & Government Relations Solutions
-Formulated legislative strategies and public policy campaigns for a national debt recovery firm.
-Served as an expert consultant for a start-up trade association; including recommendations for staffing, membership recruitment, budget, legislative strategy, grassroots outreach, and public promotion.
-Served as an expert advisor to a group of industry subcontractors to develop a new trade association.
-Developed presentation, corporate sponsor recognition, and exhibit formats for a national trade association’s annual convention (attendance at 5000+). Secured over $150k in direct corporate sponsorships & gift donations.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Assist individuals and companies with developing public advocacy and legislative strategies, including issue papers and presentations; conduct research; analyze statistics and budget data, and recommend grassroots strategies.
Study the objectives, promotional policies, and needs of organizations to develop public relations and government affairs strategies that will influence public opinion or promote ideas, products or services. Advise clients on business development opportunities.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of community, consumer, employee, and public interest groups. Work with other public relations/government affairs professionals to identify trends or key group interests or concerns.
Aug 2002 - Dec 2010
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
American Shipbuilding Association
Duties included drafting legislation, composing position papers, correspondence to Members of Congress and industry representatives, in addition to analyzing legislation and reports.
Drafted annual programmatic and policy requests, and submitted all fiscal year recommendations and supporting documentation to Congress and Executive Branch.
Met with Members of Congress, committee, and personal staff in support of legislative initiatives.
Conducted in-depth research for the Legislative and Executive Branches, military officials, and the private sector.
Prepared and presented updates on legislative initiatives to Association Board of Directors.
Assisted in drafting the Association President’s testimony before House and Senate committees.
Attended and summarized committee hearings, drafted questions for committee members, and wrote statements for the record.
Prepared presentations and briefing materials for industry meetings and briefings with Administration and congressional officials.
Composed press releases and monthly newsletters reporting on issues of importance to the industry.
Managed the industry’s nationwide grassroots program. This included composing the monthly online newsletter, drafting action alert letters to Congress, and creating the promotional materials.Testified before the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission during its 2005 session.
Met with the Office of Southeast Asia and Pacific Affairs of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding the impact of the Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Conducted comprehensive research and wrote reports on China and Russia’s defense industries and projected implication to U.S. national security.These reports were utilized as an authoritative source for America’s foreign intelligence services, Members of Congress and U.S. media outlets.
Legislative successes include: amending the U.S. Tax Code to create an equitable taxation formula for U.S. shipyards building naval ships; securing a reporting requirement in the FY 2008 and FY 2010 House Defense Appropriations Bill requiring the Department of Defense to develop a plan to phase out the use of foreign-built ships in favor of U.S.-built ships; securing appropriations in fiscal years 2003 ($25 million), 2008 ($5 million), 2009 ($48 million), and 2010 ($35 million) to assist with commercial construction; and defeated legislation to waive U.S. domestic source requirements.
Aug 2000 - Aug 2002
Legislative Assistant & Legal Counsel
Office of Representative Jerry Moran, First District of Kansas
Responsible for issues relating to the judiciary, law enforcement, tax, the federal budget, foreign policy, terrorism, defense, and small business. Duties included briefing and advising the Representative on legislation and policies; formulating legislative strategies; drafting legislation; soliciting co-sponsors; and working with the committees of jurisdiction.
Among the bills drafted for and introduced by the Member included legislation to revise the rules under the Military Survivor Benefit Plan; a bill requiring the U.S. Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission to issue guidelines relating to mergers by wholesale purchasers of livestock and unprocessed agriculture commodities; and legislation to amend the Internal Revenue Service Code to increase the unified credit against gift taxes.
Provided staff support during meetings with constituents, state, and federal officials.Met with federal and state officials if the Member was unavailable.
Drafted speeches and correspondence for the Congressman to constituents, in addition to drafting professional letters for the Member to other Members of Congress and the Executive Branch.
Instructor for the February 2001 tax legislation seminar for the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Program.
Organized a field hearing regarding the production and trafficking of methamphetamines in the state. The hearing was jointly hosted by the Congressman and Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency, and attended by the Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, state sheriffs, chiefs of police, and county prosecutors.
Assisted state law enforcement agencies in obtaining federal grants to combat methamphetamine production, trafficking, and hazardous material clean-up for rural areas, in addition to working with state and county agencies to apply for federal grants to fund rural domestic violence shelters.
Jan 2000 - Aug 2000
Assistant City Attorney
Duties involved the litigation of bench and jury trials in municipal and District Court.
Responsible for the daily preparation of the Traffic Docket.
Researched criminal and traffic ordinances, and drafted recommendations to ensure compliance with state statutes and State Supreme Court rulings.
Oversaw the Attorney Disposition Docket for attorneys to dispose of cases via plea bargain.
Served as the prosecutor on call during open office hours in which citizens could discuss traffic violations. Disposition of these cases helped to reduce the number of traffic cases set for arraignment or trial, thereby relieving congestion from the trial docket.
Oct 1997 - Dec 1999
Assisted in the evaluation of professional responsibility complaints against attorneys, summarized open investigation case files for attorneys-in-charge, and compiled exhibits for disciplinary hearings.Drafted legal briefs and memoranda for attorneys-in-charge, and composed professional legal correspondence.
Participated in follow-up interviews and evidentiary collection with investigating attorneys in the field.
Cataloged all Kansas disciplinary cases from adoption of the Disciplinary Rules and Model Rules to the present date.The cases and case files were summarized and the information imported into a database searchable by officials in the Kansas Supreme Court.
Assisted in the research and formulation of the Trust Account Overdraft Notification Program; Kansas Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15 (d)(3)(iii).
State of Kansas
Including legislative analysis, legislative research, bill drafting & tracking, testimony, budget, and appropriations.
Presentation Development & Event Coordination
Developing presentation materials, including talking points, handouts, and audio/visual productions. An excellent public speaker, capable of persuasively presenting messages to individuals, and large and small groups.
Developing legislative and public policy strategies for executing agendas, including drafting legislation and associated materials, soliciting support, and bill tracking and analysis.
Grassroots Organization & Coalition Building
Working with private companies, trade associations, and non-profits to build support for initiatives. Developing strategic messages and campaigns to generate public support for issues. These endeavors include drafting issue papers, talking points, charts & graphs, and letters of support.
Lobbying & Advocacy
Interfacing with elected officials, agency representatives, corporate executives, and citizens in support of policies and issues.
Excellent verbal and written communicator, including drafting professional correspondence, position papers, speeches, talking points, and newsletters. Able to tailor messages for a variety of audiences and settings.
Computer and non-computer based research. Emphasis on legal research, legislation, budgets, regulations, and statistical data.
Government Affairs / Public Policy / Public Relations / Consulting / Industry Advocacy / Corporate Relations / Business Development / Analysis and Strategic Planning / Regulatory Affairs / Grant Writing / Fundraising / Political Action Campaigns / Trade Associations & Not-For-Profits / Grassroots Organization & Coalition Building / Counsel / Criminal Law / Professional Responsibility / Issue Paper, Briefing Materials, Press Releases, Newsletters, and Presentations.