Charlie Cook is Washington’s most trusted and most accurate voice on all things political. As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, his prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. Deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal, he produces the sharpest political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be “in the know” about politics.
Cook’s expertise receives endless praise. The New York Times called him “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and noted that The Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both Parties regard as authoritative.” The Washington Post said he is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” and the Washingtonian called him “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else.”
With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, Charlie Cook focuses on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, he forecasts the fortunes of each party in a non-partisan way, leaving audiences with the concrete information they need in today’s political environment.
Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Manager
Association for Career and Technical Education
Mitchell Coppes is the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), having served in a variety of roles related to government advocacy. Prior to joining ACTE, Mr. Coppes participated in AmeriCorps VISTA with the United Way of Hancock County. He holds a BA in Political Science from Ohio Northern University.
Director, Tax & Domestic Economic Policy
National Association of Manufacturers
Charles Crain is the Director of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Mr. Crain joined NAM from Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), where he held several positions overseeing tax and financial service. He holds a BA in Political Science and Government from Mercer University.
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP
David Goch has represented numerous clients before the U.S. Congress on legislative matters ranging from health care, to commercial law issues, electronic payment issues, transportation, and privacy. Mr. Goch also oversees the firm’s state charitable solicitation registration program. Mr. Goch participates in standards writing efforts with the American National Standards Institute and through the International Standards Organization (ISO) as a U.S. delegate for manufactured goods. He holds a BGS from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Maryland.
Senior Analyst – Center for Federal Tax Policy
The Tax Foundation
Scott Greenberg is a Senior Analyst with the Center for Federal Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation. His research has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, and several other publications, and he has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, NPR, and BBC. Mr. Greenberg is from New Jersey and attended Yale University, where he earned a BA in Economics.
Vice President, Government Relations
Tom Howard is based in Domtar’s Fort Mill, South Carolina location and directs government affairs for the company. Mr. Howard represents Domtar on various advocacy coalitions and currently serves on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Lobbying Committee of the Coalition for Paper Options. He is experienced in corporate, association, and government sectors, having worked prior to Domtar as Regional Manager of Government Affairs for Georgia-Pacific, LLC, Associated General Contractors of Maine, and serving as District Manager for U.S. Senator William Cohen. Mr. Howard holds a degree from the Kogod School of Business at American University.
Assistant Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety Affairs
Printing Industries of America
Gary A. Jones is the Assistant Vice President of Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Affairs at Printing Industries of America near Pittsburgh, PA. His primary responsibility is to monitor and analyze EHS regulatory activities at all government levels and provide representation on behalf of the printing industry. In doing so, Mr. Jones works closely with federal and state-level Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and other agencies. He also provides membership assistance through a variety of approaches including presentations, responding to inquiries, writing, and consulting services. Mr. Jones is also heading up Printing Industries of America’s efforts for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, an organization dedicated to assisting printers respond to the customer demand for sustainable printing. He holds a BS in biology from LaRoche College and an MS in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.
Marcia Y. Kinter
Vice President – Government & Business Information
Specialty Graphics Imaging Association International
Marci Kinter oversees the development of management resources for the Association and represents the screen printing and digital imaging industries, as well as their associated supplier base, before federal and state regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress on environmental, safety, and other government issues directly impacting the screen printing and graphic imaging industries. In 2008, Ms. Kinter, in conjunction with colleagues from other printing trade associations, was instrumental in launching the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership program. Ms. Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies. In 2001, Ms. Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry. Ms. Kinter holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.
Director, Government Affairs
American Forest & Paper Association
Julie Landry is the American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) Director of Government Affairs. She manages the Association’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. on energy, environment, and transportation issues. Prior to joining AF&PA in 2011, Ms. Landry served as Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) beginning in 2006. She began her career as a Legislative Correspondent in the office of Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). She worked for the House Energy and Commerce Committee managing coalitions and acting as a liaison to outside groups from 2004–2006. Ms. Landry holds an undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She is a native of Columbus, Georgia and now resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.
Sarah Moe Meyers
Federal Affairs Manager
Sarah Moe Meyers manages federal affairs for Hallmark on a variety of legislative issues, including postal reform. Ms. Meyers is active in industry affairs and serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Paper Options and the Envelope Manufacturers Association, along with serving on the Public Affairs and PAC Committees of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Prior to joining Hallmark at its Kansas City headquarters, Ms. Meyers was Director, Political Affairs for Property Casualty Insurers of America. She holds a BA from Mount Saint Mary’s University, an MA in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, and post-graduate certifications from The Wharton School.
Director, International Economic Affairs Policy
National Association of Manufacturers
Ken Monahan is the Director for International Economic Affairs Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he works with NAM member companies to develop and advocate the association’s positions and priorities on trade agreement negotiations, ensure enforcement of existing trade agreement commitments, and other issues including the World Trade Organization (WTO), miscellaneous tariff bills, data flows and privacy, conflict minerals, forced localization, and other bilateral country trade matters (e.g., Colombia, South Korea, and the European Union and its member states). Previously, Mr. Monahan was a Senior Policy Analyst with Bloomberg Government, where he focused on international trade and technology policy negotiations, the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement, and other international trade matters. Mr. Monahan holds an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, an MA in central and eastern European studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and a BA in economics from the University of New Hampshire. He was also a Fulbright Fellow in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Morrissey Strategic Consultants
Rafe Morrissey has over 17 years of public policy experience. Prior to starting Morrissey Strategic Partners, LLC, Mr. Morrissey managed legislative and public policy issues on behalf of a number of clients for EnGage, LLC, primarily in the areas of postal affairs, consumer privacy, and regulatory matters. In 2012, Mr. Morrissey was promoted to serve as Vice President, Postal Affairs for the Greeting Card Association, which focuses on advancing the interests of the “citizen mailer” in the ongoing public policy debate regarding the Postal Service. Mr. Morrissey led the Association’s Postal Affairs Committee and has extensive experience in working with leaders in Congress and the Postal Regulatory Commission. He supervises both legislative and legal outreach efforts in addition to working to develop new products and services at the Postal Service. He began his career working for the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding as a legal assistant specializing in medical insurance fraud litigation. Mr. Morrissey is a recipient of the American Business Media 2007 Thomas W. Tully award for Outstanding Government Service.
Vice President, Government & External Affairs
Printing Industries of America
Lisbeth Lyons is Vice President, Government & External Affairs for Printing Industries of America. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the association’s government and political advocacy and manages the Print Powers America program. A seasoned Capitol Hill lobbyist, Ms. Lyons has two decades of experience advocating on behalf of business and industry trade associations. Additionally, she serves as an industry spokesperson and as a member of Printing Industries of America’s Executive Management Committee. Ms. Lyons is active in professional development organizations, including serving as a founding member of Government Relations Leadership Forum, Women in Government Relations, and Public Affairs Council. She holds a BA from DePauw University and professional certification from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Ms. Lyons resides in Washington, D.C.
Vice President, Government Affairs
Association for Print Technology
Mark J. Nuzzaco joined APTechSM (formerly NPES) in 1985. He works with the Association’s Advocacy Advisory Group in developing government affairs policy and strategy. He has served as APTech Corporate Secretary since 1989. He has testified before congressional committees and has been an active participant in many legislative coalitions on issues of importance to APTech members and their customers, including tax reform, postal reform, workforce and technical education, international trade issues, labor/management issues, environmental issues, healthcare, and others. He has also managed environmental research projects that produced empirical data used by the industry in addressing EPA regulations. Before joining APTech, Mr. Nuzzaco worked for the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) as Staff Attorney and Administrative Director. Mr. Nuzzaco holds a BA in Political Science and a law degree from Brigham Young University, where he was a teaching assistant and member of the J. Reuben Clark Law School Legal Studies Board of Editors. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and maintains other professional affiliations including membership in the United States Supreme Court Bar and the American Bar Association. Mr. Nuzzaco has served as an elected official in Loudoun County Virginia where he and his family reside.
Arthur B. Sackler
Sackler, Brinkman & Hughes
Executive Director, Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service
Mr. Sackler has spent thirty years in legislative and regulatory practice based in Washington, D.C., but also encompassing various international as well as state level issues. He has successfully handled postal affairs, travel, intellectual property, privacy, and other information and digital matters critical to operations or bottom lines for corporations, trade associations, and coalitions. He has also negotiated contracts, in the U.S. and abroad, with postal authorities. Whether founding or running groups with heavy FORTUNE 100 participation, such as the National Postal Policy Council, the Mailers Council, or the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, as VP/Law and Policy for Time Warner or General Counsel to the National Newspaper Association, he has consistently played a leadership role in resolving postal issues. Mr. Sackler holds a BA in History from Syracuse University, a JD from Syracuse University College of Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Brian D. Smith
Covington & Burling, LLP
Brian Smith advises clients on challenging public policy matters that combine legal and political risks and opportunities. He has led strategic efforts resulting in legislation enacted by Congress and official actions and public engagement at the most senior levels of the U.S. government. He has significant experience in legislative drafting and has prepared multiple bills enacted by Congress and legislation passed in nearly every state legislature. Prior to joining Covington, Mr. Smith served in the White House as Assistant to the Special Counsel to President Clinton. He handled matters related to the White House’s response to investigations, including four independent counsel investigations, a Justice Department task force investigation, two major oversight investigations by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and several other congressional oversight investigations. Mr. Smith is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School.
For the past decade, Mr. Vickers has assisted clients in shaping and directing specific, business-focused agendas at the federal and state level. He provides policy analysis, develops issue positioning, and educates congressional and agency staff on client matters and issues. Areas of specialty and expertise include manufacturing, transportation, energy, energy efficiency, and air emissions. In his advocacy for clients at the federal level, Mr. Vickers prepares and drafts comments for agency dockets, along with written testimony for U.S. congressional and numerous state-based legislative committees. Mr. Vickers is a graduate of Radford University.