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From Fundraising to Fintech with PJ Hoffman

PJ Hoffman is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Electronic Transactions Associations (ETA), a trade association composed of over 500 organizations from the FinTech space, such as PayPal, Square, and Amazon. “If I am going to make a move, it is going to be taking a chance to work for the best.” - PJ Hoffman Hoffman’s position at the Electronic Transactions Association includes wearing both a state government and federal affairs hat. Hoffman oversees the State regulatory affairs...


Joshua Habursky - The Hardest Working Professional in Grassroots

Joshua Habursky is the Assistant Vice President of Advocacy at the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), whose mission is to promote an environment for local banks to flourish. Habursky, a national leader in grassroots advocacy, is also the founder and chairman of the Grassroots Professional Network (GPN), an educational professional development organization with over 27,000 members. Habursky: Independent Community Bankers of America is a federal advocacy organization for local...


Lucy Gettman on the 2018 Election and the Growing Number of Women Serving in Government

Lucy Gettman is the Executive Director of Women in Government , a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for women state legislators. Women in Government offers training for women who are planning to run for office, and support for women in office. They also hold professional development workshops. National School Boards Association “Every job we ever have, all of us, can create opportunity for the future, and maybe when we least expect them because it happens 20 years...


The Keys to Lobbying Success: Know your Facts, your Arguments, and Act with Integrity

Eric Ellman is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legal Affairs for CDIA. The Consumer Data Industry Association is a trade association of consumer reporting agencies, composed of over 100 members, ranging from Nationwide Credit Bureaus to background screening companies. “The important part of working as a government affairs professional is that you need to come prepared with facts, come prepared with arguments and come prepared with integrity. If you have all of those, you have...


Meet Bryan Jacobs - BMW's Head of Government and External Affairs

Bryan Jacobs is the Vice President, Government and External Affairs at BMW. Founded in 1916, BMW is an iconic automobile and motorcycle manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. Korn Ferry


SGAC- Where Lobbyists go to Network, and Hone Their Skills

Beth Loudy is the Executive Director of the State Government Affairs Council - the premier national association for multi-state government affairs professionals for major U.S. corporations, trade associations and service providers. National Oilseed Processors Association.State Government Affairs Council State Government Affairs Professional Certificate: ​SGAC's State Government Affairs Professional Certificate is the only program designed specifically for state government affairs...


From Oscar Campaigns to Political Campaigns and Government Affairs

Sarah Sheehy is the Senior Director, Government and Public Affairs at the Hollywood Burbank Airport. Panetta Institute


From Pittsburgh, to Brandeis, to Harvard Law, to D.C., and on to L.A. with Allen Erenbaum

Allen Erenbaum is the President of the Consumer Health Alliance, and Principal of Erenbaum Legal Strategies. Allen has an extensive background in legislation, regulation, and government enforcement, including frequent work on business immigration, ballot measures, and trade association issues. He served as Director of Congressional Relations and Counselor to the Commissioner for the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) in Washington, D.C., where he represented President Clinton’s...


Bradley Tusk - Political Advisor to Uber and Other Tech Startups

Bradley Tusk is a venture capitalist, political strategist and writer. Bradley is the Founder and CEO of Tusk Holdings, which includes Tusk Ventures, Tusk Strategies, Kronos Archives, Ivory Gaming and Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies. Tusk Ventures is the world’s first venture capital fund to work with and invest solely in high growth startups facing political and regulatory challenges. Previously, Bradley served as campaign manager for Mike Bloomberg, as Deputy Governor of Illinois and as...


Ron Kaufman's Master Class on Campaigns and the Executive Branch

Ron Kaufman is a Senior Advisor in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons. He focuses on providing government affairs services to public and private sector clients nationwide. Mr. Kaufman is a highly experienced political strategist who has served as a senior advisor to US Presidents, Governors, Members of Congress, and a host of elected and appointed officials at every level of government. After having helped lay the political foundation for his successful 1988 presidential...


The Story Behind L.A.'s Most Legendary Lobbying Firm

Founded in 1966 by legendary political consultant Joe Cerrell, Cerrell Associates is ranked as one of the nation’s largest independent public relations firms, providing its diverse client base with a full range of public affairs, political consulting, issues management, land-use and advocacy services. Cerrell Associates works with many of the country’s most high-profile corporate, non-profit, political, environmental and trade associations. Interning at Cerrell Associates: Cerrell...


The Importance of Mentors, & How to Greet the President

Omar Vargas is the Global Head of Government Affairs at 3M. 3M is a global science company with $32 billion in sales, operations in 71 countries, and 91,000 employees connecting with customers all around the world. businesses.


From the Paramount Studio Lot to the Political Arena

Today we sit down with Jessica Duboff, the Vice President of the Center for Business Advocacy at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce champions economic prosperity and quality of life for the Los Angeles region by being the voice of business, promoting collaboration, and helping members grow. The Chamber represents the interests of more than 235,000 businesses in L.A. County, more than 1,650 members, more than 650,000 employees, small,...


Not one, but two CEOs!

Today on the show, we have Mark Anderson and Michael Behm, the co-CEOs of Stateside Associates. Stateside combines the core services of advocacy experience, strategy development, intelligence and execution. They help their clients shape the state and local public policy environment by knowing what is happening, who is involved and what tools are needed to influence the process. They also help their clients sell products and services to state and local governments, build key relationships...


A Day in the Life of a Pollster - Strategy, Messaging, and Probability

Michael Bloomfield is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of The Mellman Group, which has provided opinion research and strategic advice to political leaders, public interest groups, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies for over twenty years.


Meet the Lobbyist with 50,000 LinkedIn Followers

Jeff Taylor is the managing partner of U.S. Government Relations Intl., LLC (USGRI), a government affairs firm based in Washington, DC. He is also a principal in Falcontree Capital, LLC, a financial development firm, and a contributing writer for POLITICO’s “The Arena” section, a cross-party forum where elected officials and opinion leaders discuss current political and policy issues.


What Really Matters as a Lobbyist? Your Integrity.

Diane Randall is the Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all.


The Three P's of Lobbying: Policy, Politics, and Process

John Raffaelli is the founding partner of Capitol Counsel LLC. He has more than 30 years of experience in federal policy and policymaking, with an emphasis on taxation, finance, health care, international trade, and general business matters. In addition to being called a “big-name lobbyist” by the Washington Post, he has been nationally recognized as one of the most effective lobbyists in Washington and is respected by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers for his knowledge of the...


"We'll Zig When They Zag" - How State Lobbyists Can Work Better with Advocacy & Grassroots Firms

This week, we interviewed Vlad Cartwright of 720 Strategies. Vlad leads and develops national, regional and local campaigns and public awareness programs for some of America’s largest trade associations and political action committees. SevenTwenty Strategies is a public relations and public affairs firm based in Washington, DC with an 18-year track record of service to its corporate and trade association clients.