SPA: Development & Alumni Relations
Director of Development
SPA: Development & Alumni Relations
4200 Wisconsin Avenue, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20016-8143
The purpose of the School of Public Affairs Dean's Council is to help the School of Public Affairs achieve its central mission of providing the highest quality public affairs education in both undergraduate and graduate programs, contributing to knowledge through faculty research, and serving the community by bringing expertise to bear on issues of public policy. In pursuit of this mission, the School of Public Affairs aspires to continue its reputation as one of the best schools of its kind in the world.
To achieve this purpose, the Dean's Council will (1) advise and counsel the dean regarding SPA's objectives, strategies, goals, problems and opportunities; (2) participate in and contribute to the academic life of the School through interaction with students and faculty; (3) assist the School in seeking public and private philanthropic support that will enable SPA to achieve its mission; and (4) serve as an advocate for the School, publicly and privately, to enhance the reputation of its programs, faculty and graduates, and to increase public awareness of its accomplishments and needs. The function of the Dean's Council is solely consultative on the four points mentioned above and on any other topic that the Dean of the School might deem relevant.
The Dean's Council will carry out its purpose by serving as a forum for exchange of facts and perspectives among its members, the Dean, faculty and the administrative staff of the School. The Council's two meetings each year are opportunities for the School's faculty and staff to seek opinions and advice that assist in assessing the effectiveness of programs they administer and in planning effective programs for the future.
Pamela Deese (Chair)
Partner, Arent Fox, PLLC
Pamela Deese is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Arent Fox, PLLC, a Washington, D.C., based law firm with offices in D.C. and New York. She has practiced law in the areas of international trade and litigation, both civil and administrative. Her intellectual property practice has combined several specialties to create a practice in advertising and licensing of trademarked and copyrighted materials.
Ms. Deese has uniquely blended her international trade experience with advertising and licensing expertise to offer clients a full complement of legal services including strategic planning for positioning and protection of intellectual property, evaluating merchandise and licensed property, drafting and negotiating license and related agreements including celebrity endorsements, advertising review as well as sweepstakes and promotions, advising on federal regulatory compliance including privacy issues related to the Internet, assisting in customs classification, importation, and related litigation.
Ms. Deese is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is also admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court and a number of federal courts including the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is a member of both the Litigation and Intellectual Property law sections of the American Bar Association, the International Trade Commission's Trial Lawyers Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, and the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association. She spent nearly six years in the United States Trade Representative's Office as the Assistant Director of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences.
Ms. Deese is the author of numerous articles in the area of international trade and licensing and is a frequent participant in business and law conferences. She received her undergraduate degree from the School of Public Affairs at American University and her law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. At American University, she is a member of the Board of Trustees, chair of the School of Public Affairs Advisory Council, a Past President of the Alumni Association, and past Chairman of the University's Annual Fund. Ms. Deese also serves on the Kennedy Center Circles Board, and is an Elder at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church.
Gina F. Adams
Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, FedEx Corporation
Gina F. Adams is the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at FedEx Corporation. She is responsible for protecting and promoting the legislative interests of all FedEx Corporation operating companies, including FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and FedEx Kinko's in Washington, DC FedEx, a $35.2 billion company, serves more than 220 countries and territories with operations that include 672 aircraft and over 75,000 vehicles. More than 290,000 employees and contractors worldwide handle more than 7.5 million shipments each business day.
As a lawyer and the company's top lobbyist, Ms. Adams oversees the second largest corporate PAC in the United States and is the face of FedEx in Washington. She works with the White House, Administration officials, members of Congress, policy makers, the diplomatic community and industry associations on a wide array of business issues.
Ms. Adams is also extremely active in the Washington, DC community. She sits on a number of boards including the American University, the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreational Campus (THEARC), the Meridian International Center, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Beauvoir School (National Cathedral's Elementary School), the Washington Performing Arts Society, and the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. She is a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross. She has been instrumental in countless fundraisers in Washington, helping to raise money and support for a variety of projects focused on youth, health and education issues.
Ms. Adams has been honored by Girls Inc., a 140-year old philanthropic organization, for her commitment to promoting education and opportunities for young women of all socio-economic backgrounds. She was also awarded a lifetime achievement award from the National Women of Color and received honors from the Black Women's Agenda and the Jack and Jill Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting education, literary and scientific projects benefiting minority children. Most recently, Ms. Adams was named by The Network Journal as one of its "25 Influential Black Women in Business." The Minority Enterprise Executive Council also honored her as one of its 2008 "25 Powerful Minority Women in Business."
Ms. Adams joined the company in 1992 as the Managing Attorney of the International Regulatory Affairs Office. She's held a number of positions since that time, including Staff Director and Staff Vice President for International Regulatory Affairs. She was promoted to her current position in 2001. Ms. Adams is a two time recipient of the FedEx Five Star Award, which is the highest employee achievement award at FedEx. She began her career as a lawyer in the Attorney Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation and spent nine years in the Office of the General Counsel.
She received a master's in international and comparative law from Georgetown University Law Center, her law degree from Howard University School of Law and a bachelor of science degree from American University. She currently serves as President of the Capital City Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Ken C. Biberaj
Vice President & Spokesman, RTR Funding Group, Inc.
Ken Biberaj is a Vice President at Morgan Barrington Financial Services, Inc., a real estate investment firm based in New York City. The firm owns a variety of commercial real estate properties and businesses in New York. In his role with the firm Mr. Biberaj oversees investment sales and retail leasing, serves as the spokesman and coordinates business development for the Russian Tea Room and also sits on the Board of Directors of Hanover Community Bank on Long Island. He was admitted to the New York State Bar after receiving a JD from New York Law School, has a master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and received his BA in political science from American University. Mr. Biberaj is also active in various philanthropic efforts. He sits on the Dean's Advisory Council for the School of Public Affairs at American University, is a member of the Culinary Council for the Food Bank for New York City, serves as a Mentor for New York Needs You and is active with Democracy Prep Charter Schools in Harlem. Prior to joining Morgan Barrington in 2005, he worked for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, on Capitol Hill and also interned in President Clinton's office in Harlem during graduate school.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, MAXIMUS Federal Services
John Boyer currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MAXIMUS Federal Services, a company headquartered in Virginia and operating with a mission of "Helping Government Serve the People." John has more than 35 years of experience in health care delivery, in both clinical and administrative settings. He has worked at MAXIMUS for the past 16 years, establishing and growing their health services business. For more than 35 years, the firm has assisted federal, state, and local government agencies in serving citizens who are eligible to receive publicly funded health and human services benefits via programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance.
John also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation, a non-profit organization that awards cash grants to qualified charities throughout the United States. The focus of the MAXIMUS Foundation is primarily on youth-oriented programs that help the disadvantaged achieve self sufficiency and personal growth. Additionally, he serves on the Leadership Council of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights where he is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors of Health eVillages. Health eVillages is a non-profit consortium of leading international healthcare advocacy organizations, mobile healthcare solutions providers, health information technology companies and public health foundations—all dedicated to providing the latest clinical decision support technology to medical professionals who are treating patients in poor, remote, and underserved areas around the world.
Prior to joining MAXIMUS, Dr. Boyer served as Director of Health Services Financing Policy at The Pentagon; as Director of the Health Manpower Division of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; and in a host of clinical and academic positions over a 24-year career as a U.S. Navy Nurse. He completed his Ph.D. in Public Administration at The American University in 1989. Additionally, he holds master's degrees in both management and nursing, and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics education.
Larry Ceisler, BA/SPA ’80
Principal and Founder, Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy
Larry Ceisler has over 20 years of experience executing strategic public affairs and grassroots and issue management programs on behalf of corporate and nonprofit clients as well as political coalitions. As a principal in Ceisler Media, he has worked with clients such as Comcast Corporation, Chesapeake Energy, Independence Blue Cross and The Barnes Foundation.
From 1999-2005, Ceisler served as political analyst for FOX Philadelphia (Channel 29). In addition, Ceisler appears regularly as a political commentator on CBS 3 and serves as the political analyst for the Michael Smerconish show on talk radio WPHT-AM 1210. He is frequently quoted on political issues in publications throughout Pennsylvania and the U.S. Ceisler serves as a Board Member of MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) and fulfills the same role at the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ceisler also currently serves on the Board of Public Radio Station WXPN.
Ceisler began his professional communications career as a television news producer for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. In 1983, he was transferred to KYW-TV in Philadelphia where he worked until 1985. In 1986, he was recruited to join the re-election campaign of Mayor W. Wilson Goode as Deputy Campaign Manager. After the completion of a successful campaign, he served the Administration as Special Assistant for Governmental Relations and later joined the City Commerce Department as Special Counsel.
Ceisler is originally from Washington, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of American University and Duquesne University School of Law. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Stephen M. Daoust, Esq.
Vice President, Legal & Compliance, Iridium Communications, Inc.
Stephen Daoust currently is the Vice President Legal, Contracts and Compliance, Iridium Satellite LLC. In that capacity he is responsible for managing a team of 8 lawyers and contract professionals and providing daily legal, contracts and risk management advice to the company's executive management team. Mr. Daoust is also the Company's Chief Compliance Officer and manage Iridium's Security Department. Iridium is a publicly traded company that operates a satellite communication system consisting of 66 low earth orbit cross-linked satellites and offers its products and services to both commercial and government customers through thousands of satellite communication service providers (SP) value added manufacturers (VAM), valued added distributors (VAD) and value added resellers (VAR). Although predominantly a commercial service provider, Iridium's single largest customer is the Defense Information Systems Administration.
Prior to working at Iridium, Mr. Daoust worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where at various times he acted as the chief counsel, Director of Contracts and Chief Compliance Officer for the Firm's Washington Federal Practice and assisted them in the formation, negotiation and administration of all of the Firm's contracts with federal, state, and local governments as well as international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. Mr. Daoust's primary activities included counseling PwC's executive management on government contract matters including, GSA contracting, advisory and assistance contracting, commercial item contracting, subcontracting (including mentor/protégé programs), data rights, FOIA, organizational conflicts of interest, performance based service contracting, government contractor ethics and compliance, and mergers and acquisition.
Before joining PwC, Mr. Daoust was a Vice President, Group General Counsel for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. -- a large public company specializing in information technology systems integration and business process outsourcing -- where he specialized in commercial contracts, federal procurement, software licensing, mergers & acquisitions, employment law and related litigation. Mr. Daoust also served as the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for ACS' federal services subsidiary - ACS Government Services, Inc. - during his seven-year tenure with ACS.
Before joining ACS, Mr. Daoust practiced law for seven years in the Washington, D.C. office of McKenna & Cuneo in the areas of government procurement, compliance and complex litigation. Mr. Daoust represented the firm's Fortune 50 clientele in litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Army Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Daoust also performed internal civil and criminal false claims investigations and defended clients from government prosecution of white collar criminal and civil charges.
While attending George Washington University Law School, Mr. Daoust began his government contracts career by having the privilege of working in the Pentagon with lawyers in the Army Judge Advocate General's Office assigned to assist the Defense Supply Service - Washington.
Mr. Daoust has written and has provided extensive training materials to corporate audiences on topics involving, marketing and selling services to the Federal Government, federal outsourcing, ethics and compliance, business management, commercial contracting practices, mergers and acquisitions of federal contractors, GSA multiple award schedule contracts, TINA, contract claims, insider trading, anti-trust, organizational conflicts of interest, teaming agreements, effective review of government solicitations, drafting effective solicitation questions, and sexual harassment/discrimination. Mr. Daoust is a certified Zenger Miller business management facilitator and has authored an article for the National Contract Management Association entitled "Partnering with the Federal Government - A Contractor's Perspective."
Mr. Daoust is an active member of the American Bar Association's Public Contract Law Section. He is also actively involved in the National Contract Management Association and the Washington Metropolitan Association of Corporate Counsel of America. Mr. Daoust received his BS degree cum laude in the field of political science at American University and earned his Juris Doctorate at The George Washington University National Law Center. Mr. Daoust is admitted before the Bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia (corporate counsel), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Robert Engel, SPA/BS '82, CAS/MA '04
Vice President for Domestic Policy, American Automobile Council
Rob Engel is Vice President Domestic Policy for the trade association representing the policy interests of American-based automakers Chrysler Group, LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company. For the past 30 years, he has worked for and with several members of Congress. His experience includes serving as a U.S. Senate staffer for Senators Adlai E. Stevenson III and Alan J. Dixon of Illinois and as a campaign aide to then Senators Joe Biden of Delaware and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut. Engel also has impressive experience within the Democratic Party, having served as Political Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and as Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee.
Engel has also spent considerable time working in academia at two elite universities. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at American University's Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, teaching Congress and Legislative Behavior, and at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, teaching Strategic Planning and Management.
The AAPC represents the common interests of the three member companies, most prominently on international trade and economic policy, both in the United States and around the world.
Mr. Engel graduated from American University in 1982 with a bachelor of science in political science and urban affairs. He also received his master's in public affairs at American University.
Betsy Fischer Martin
Senior Executive Producer & Managing Editor, NBC News Political Programming
As Senior Executive Producer and Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming, Betsy Fischer Martin is responsible for the development and execution of political coverage for NBC News. She provides the editorial direction of coverage across all of the network’s shows and digital teams, well as long-range major political coverage such as the upcoming mid-terms and the 2016 Presidential election. Additionally, she creates and executes coverage strategy for NBC News-branded polls and political data.
Before being promoted to her current position in July of 2013, Fischer Martin was at the helm of NBC’s number one rated Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest running television program in the world, “Meet the Press,” since July 2002.
In this capacity, as Sr. Executive Producer and Executive Producer, she produced interviews with U.S. Presidents, key Cabinet officials, heads of state and presidential candidates – including a special “Meet the Press” debate live from New Hampshire with all of the 2012 Republican candidates for president. Fischer Martin also created and produced an award winning series of special “Meet the Press” debates with the candidates from key U.S. Senate races beginning in 2002.
Additionally, she served as Tom Brokaw’s producer for NBC News’ coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election, including the conventions, debates, and election night. Fischer served with Tim Russert in the same capacity during NBC’s coverage of Special Events, and throughout the 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections.
Overall, Fischer Martin’s tenure with Meet the Press extended over 22 years as she held the positions of Executive Producer, and Senior Producer of “Meet the Press” and the NBC News Political/Polling Unit. Her career at NBC News began with an internship at “Meet the Press” while in college, becoming the political researcher for the program in 1992. She was promoted to Associate Producer in 1995, and Producer in 1997.
A native of New Orleans, Fischer Martin did her undergraduate and graduate work at American University in Washington, DC. She is a cum laude graduate of their School of Public Affairs and earned a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the AU School of Communications.
Fischer Martin has been honored with several awards for her work with NBC, including two News and Documentary Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism, and a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She has been featured in several publications including profiles in Television Week, The New Orleans Times Picayune, Marie Claire Magazine, Washington Business Journal, Washingtonian’s 50 Best & Most Influential Journalists, Washington Life’s Power 100, and GQ’s Powerful People in Washington.
Fischer Martin has recently been awarded the honor of "Young Global Leader of the World" by The World Economic Forum, which recognizes 250 global young leaders for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to the shaping of the future world.
She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the National Press Club and the International Women’s Forum.
She lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband, Jonathan Martin, National Political Correspondent for the New York Times, and her daughter Ella.
Erin Fuller, SPA/BA '93, SPA/MPA '94
Group President, Coulter Companies
Erin Fuller joined Coulter as a senior associate in 2002, was named a vice president in 2006 and group president in 2009. Since 2010, Fuller also has served as the president for the Alliance for Women in Media, an organization which advances the impact of women in electronic media and allied fields, and led the aggressive implementation of a “free membership” business model, as well as an overhaul of all communications products within her first year in that role. During her first six years at Coulter, Fuller focused on serving as the chief executive for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the most prominent and visible nonprofit organization in the United States representing female entrepreneurs via an 80 chapter network. Under Fuller's leadership, NAWBO experienced enormous growth in all sectors of its operations, including increases in corporate investment by 400% during her tenure. She also served as the executive director for Tysons Tomorrow, successfully advocating for the creation of urban, transit-oriented development for one of the fastest growing economic and job centers in the country.
Fuller is a noted expert on women’s issues and economic empowerment, and has appeared on programs including NBC Nightly News, CBS’s MarketWatch, ABC News, Fox News, NPR’s Marketplace, and BBC’s America. She has been quoted in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune and Newsweek.
Fuller received both her undergraduate and master of public administration degrees from American University in Washington, D.C. An active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Fuller was named an ASAE Fellow in 2011 – a distinction earned by less than one percent of its membership. Fuller received the 2011 Alice Paul Award from American University’s Women and Politics Institute for her work advancing women’s causes. She currently serves on the board of directors for American Forests, the nation’s oldest conservation organization., Fuller served as an associate professor at Northern Virginia Community College, teaching "Introduction to Nonprofit Management" from 2005-2010, and is a featured guest lecturer within American University’s School of Public Affairs. She served as the president of the American University Alumni Association Board, and previously served on the board of directors of the ASAE Foundation from 2003-2006, as well as the editorial board of the Journal of Association Leadership.
Fuller and her two sons reside in Arlington, Virginia.
Charles P. Griffin, SPA/BA '94
CEO and Founder, Custom Scoop
Chip Griffin serves as CEO of CustomScoop, a media intelligence company he co-founded in 2000. CustomScoop provides a cloud-based subscription service that monitors, measures, and reports on traditional and social media coverage for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, public relations agencies, and small-to-medium sized enterprises.
For two decades, Chip has worked in the public affairs arena, including service in public and private sector organizations. He has co-founded more than half a dozen companies, and he writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of technology, media, and communications.
He is a graduate of American University where he is vice president of the Alumni Association. Chip lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons.
Gary M. Jacobs, SPA/MPA '76
Managing Director, Health Advisory Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Gary M. Jacobs directs PwC's Health Industries Advisory practice as a managing director based in Washington, D.C. In his role with PwC, Jacobs leads an initiative to help healthcare providers, health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies develop strategies for Medicare, Medicaid, shared-savings programs, state dual integration efforts and managed long term models.
Prior to joining PwC, Jacobs was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Government Relations at Universal American Corp., a New York Stock Exchange-listed healthcare services company focused on serving the Medicare and Medicaid markets. Previously, Jacobs was the founder and president of CHCS Services, which was acquired by Universal American in 2000. Before founding CHCS Services, Jacobs was the executive director of Staff Builders Health Care Services, a Medicare-certified home health agency, and he previously served as president of HMI, a national health maintenance organization management and consulting firm.
Jacobs is a board member of the Primary Care Development Corp. and Medicaid Health Plans of America, and also serves on the policy committee of America's Health Insurance Plans. In addition, he serves as a member of the executive committee for the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, co-chair of the Center to Promote Public Payer Implementation, board member of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, and member of the Business Advisory Board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. Jacobs received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Boston University and a master's degree in public administration from American University.
Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Rob Johnson is Chief Attorney - Environmental & Safety for Exxon Mobil Corporation, located in Houston, Texas. He has overall responsibility for the attorneys and staff providing legal support on environmental and safety issues to all of ExxonMobil's businesses and operations in the United States, and to ExxonMobil affiliates operating around the world. His team is responsible for legal advice and support in connection with environmental and safety compliance issues, as well as legal support on environmental and safety policy and advocacy matters.
Rob previously served as Assistant Chief Attorney for ExxonMobil Production Company, where he was responsible for legal advice to ExxonMobil production operations and affiliates operating in the United States, West Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Prior to the merger of Exxon and Mobil, Rob was General Counsel of Mobil Exploration and Producing, U.S., Mobi's domestic upstream affiliate. He also held several litigation and environmental counsel positions at Mobil. Prior to joining Mobil in 1990, Rob was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Hunton & Williams.
Rob is a former President of the Houston Chapter of ACC. He is active in pro bono and community work, including the Boy Scouts of America.
Rob received a BS in political science and economics from American University and his law degree from Georgetown University School of Law.
He lives with his wife Christine and two sons, Matt and Danny, in The Woodlands, Texas.
James J. Hill
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
James J. Hill is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley in the Global Credit Trading Group. James is leading the Global Credit Trading Group’s efforts around the development of central counterparties/clearing houses for over-the-counter derivatives, responding to, and developing business strategies relating to, legislative and regulatory changes affecting the over-the-counter derivatives markets, and developing market infrastructure solutions to reduce operational and systemic risk in the over-the-counter derivatives markets. James has led Morgan Stanley’s efforts with respect to numerous industry initiatives relating to the development, growth and overall improvement of the over-the-counter derivatives and corporate credit default swaps market and is a key member of several important industry working groups, including the European Commission Working Group on Derivatives, and The Federal Reserve Bank of New York Working Group on Buy-Side Access to Central Counterparties, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York OTC Derivatives Market Transparency Working Group and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Credit Steering Committee. James was a senior member of the team that developed and launched the first credit default swap index transactions and developed the Morgan Stanley's multi-billion dollar basket default swap note issuance program. In addition, in his capacity as a member of Morgan Stanley’s Credit Derivatives Products team, James develops, structures and executes innovative credit and derivative solutions for corporate and institutional clients of Morgan Stanley.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1996, James was an attorney with the Washington DC office of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. James has a BA in Political Science from American University and a JD from Cornell University. James is a member of the Cornell Law School Dean's Advisory Council and is Co-Chair of the Cornell Law School Dean's Special Leadership Committee.
Brian F. Keane
Brian F. Keane is President of SmartPower and author of Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit From Clean Energy. (Lyons Press, 2012). He is a leading voice on clean energy, energy efficiency and the environment. As President of SmartPower, a Washington, DC-based marketing agency dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency, Keane has helped shape the energy debate in the United States and brought clean energy and energy efficiency to the American consumer.
Hailed as Mad Men for an eco-conscious generation, SmartPower’s award-winning marketing campaigns have engaged hundreds of thousands of people across the country drawing credit for inspiring our nation’s renewed interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
For their efforts, Keane and SmartPower have been recognized with numerous awards, including being named 2012’s “Most Innovative Campaign” by The Energy Daily, and the 2010 Clean Air Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, recognizing SmartPower’s “America’s Greenest Campus” energy efficiency campaign. Other accolades include the coveted Green Power Pilot Award presented by the EPA and the US Department of Energy; four Gold Awards from the Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA); and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Circle Award. In 2005 Keane was recognized as one of Connecticut’s “Outstanding Forty Under 40.”
A former advisor to the late Senator Paul Tsongas (D-MA) and congressional aide to Representative Les Aspin (D-WI), Keane has an extensive and cutting edge background in nonprofit management, political organizing and communications. He has used this experience to create organizations that challenge conventional wisdom and help to set the national agenda. To be sure, before there was a “Tea Party”, Keane was one of the architects of The Concord Coalition, a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the federal budget deficit.
Keane combines his passion for major policy issues with a marketer’s commitment to creating compelling messages that resonate with the general public, not just the converted. As such, Keane is a much sought-after interview and presenter on a host of issues – including clean energy and energy efficiency. He has spoken extensively across the nation, internationally and with local and national media.
Keane is a 1989 graduate of The American University in Washington, DC, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. The tenth in a family of eleven children, Keane served as the chairman of his eldest brother’s successful campaign for the Boston City Council and his brother’s subsequent race for the U.S. Congress in Massachusetts’ eighth congressional district in 1998.
Keane is the immediate past-president of the American University Alumni Association and sits on the board of directors of the Vermont-based Clean Energy Group. He is also a member of the Solar Foundation’s board of directors, where he serves as Treasurer.
Deputy Executive Director, International City/County Management Association
Ms. Elizabeth Kellar is Deputy Executive Director of the International City/County Management Association, the professional association of 8,000 local government chief administrators. Ms. Kellar launched ICMA's international programs, which help support local democratic efforts and municipal development programs around the world. She also has overseen ICMA's programs on ethics, public policy, publishing, marketing, technology, and professional development.
She is a frequent speaker on ethics topics and writes monthly ethics column for Public Management magazine. She has developed a number of ethics-related products and services, including an interactive training program on CD ROM, handbooks, case studies, and a book of readings. She served as editor for Managing with Less, and Effective Communication: Getting the Message Across.
Ms. Kellar is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and has served as chair for NAPA's Standing Panel on the Federal System. She currently serves as chair for the Montgomery County Ethics Commission. She has also served as a Community Relations Officer, Sunnyvale, California and was a member of the Montgomery County Commission on the Future.
Ms. Kellar has a master's degree in journalism and political science from Ohio State University.
Before her retirement in January of 2009, Betsy Mangone was vice president of the Philanthropic Services Group for The Denver Foundation. She was in the major gift and planned giving field for 26 years. During that time she served as vice president of the University of Colorado Foundation and as a national and international consultant to philanthropic families, colleges and universities and other nonprofit organizations.
Betsy is a founding member and past president of the National Committee on Planned Giving, the national organization of gift planning professionals. She served as vice chair of the American Council on Gift Annuities, the national organization providing charitable gift annuity services to charities across the country. She is an original author of the widely adopted Model Standards of Charitable Giving, which defines the ethics of planned giving professionals.
She continues to speak locally and nationally on philanthropic topics. Betsy also continues to mentor philanthropically inclined families who wish to explore their philanthropic values. She has taught, and continues to teach, at the graduate level at the College of William & Mary, Regis University, and the University of Denver. She is co-author of a book, The Ultimate Bequest Program Book, as well as the author of many published philanthropic articles and chapters. She is quoted in local and national publications such as Smart Money magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Non-Profit Times.
Betsy has received distinguished service and performance awards from the Mayor of Denver and the City of Denver (Betsy Mangone Day in Denver, October 29, 2008) and other national and local professional associations. She received The Denver Foundation's "Professional Advisor of the Year" award in 2008, The "Betsy Mangone Lifetime Achievement" award from the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable in 2009 and was a recipient of the Mile High Girl Scout Council "Women of Distinction" award for 2009.
She currently serves as an Advisor to the Aspen Institute. She also serves on The University of Colorado Foundation Board of Trustees, and as a member of its Development Committee; the Craig Hospital Board of Directors, where she chairs its Development Committee; The Center for Women's Health Research Board of Directors where she serves as Vice Chair, and the Junior League of Denver Foundation Board of Trustees where she chairs the Planned Giving Committee. She is also an Honorary Trustee of the Women's Foundation of Colorado and a member of its Major Gifts Committee. She is an active member of The Denver Foundation's Professional Advisor Committee and the Philanthropic Services Committee. Currently she is co-chair of the Iliff School of Theology's Philanthropy Project.
Partner, Litigation Department, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
Katherine L. Pringle practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, securities and white-collar crime. Her recent matters have included the representation of 7 World Trade Company, L.P. and Silverstein Properties Inc. in a series of insurance and tort litigations arising out of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, recovery by finance professionals following the failure of representations and warranties in a merger agreement, and the recovery of more than $77 million from major broker-dealers relating to their liquidation of complex derivative securities in the Granite Funds collapse.
Ms. Pringle regularly represents clients in investigations by federal and state prosecutors, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory bodies. She also served as co-counsel to the Kerry for President Campaign in litigation concerning the 2004 Florida election ballot, as well as co-counsel to plaintiffs in Jacobs v. Seminole County, concerning the 2000 Florida presidential election count. In addition, Ms. Pringle has an active pro bono practice, which has included litigation involving a religious organization's First Amendment right to conduct outreach to the homeless, and representation of families before the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Ms. Pringle graduated with honors from American University in 1990 and cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal, and was the author of Silencing the Speech of Strangers: Constitutional Values and the First Amendment Rights of Resident Aliens, 81 Geo. L.J. 2073 (1993). Prior to joining Friedman Kaplan, Ms. Pringle clerked for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. when he was a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. Pringle is also admitted in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the New York City Bar.
Ms. Pringle has been selected for inclusion by Law & Politics in Super Lawyers® 2010 New York Edition for having attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in the multiphase Super Lawyers selection process which includes, among other factors, peer evaluation. She also received this designation in 2009.
David M. Rosenberg
David M. Rosenberg is a full time father and philanthropist. He is utilizing his past business experiences as a Board member assisting a variety of non-profits with a primary focus on children and youth. David currently serves as Chairman of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, a national organization focused on character development in youth and ethical decision making in business. He also is President of the Board of Champions of Caring and additionally serves on the Boards of the following community organizations: Jewish Family and Children’s Services; National Liberty Museum; and of Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Spiezle Architectural Group.
In his business career, David was a Principal and Executive Vice President at Environmental Compliance Services (ECS). ECS was an international provider of environmental risk management services employing 500 people. At ECS, David was responsible for all corporate marketing, public relations and government affairs activities. ECS was sold to XL Capital Inc., a publicly held company in 1999.
Subsequent to the sale of ECS, David was a Principal in Marsh Creek Corporate Services. Businesses acquired, grown and sold over eight years included: transportation, record storage, document shredding and security.
Chief Financial Officer, United States Secret Service
Gwendolyn Sykes is the chief financial officer for the United States Secret Service and an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Government at the School of Public Affairs. She is also a member of the SPA Dean’s Advisory Council. Ms. Sykes began working with the Secret Service in May 2012. She previously served as chief financial officer for Yale University, Moorehouse College, and NASA. Prior to this, Ms. Sykes provided program and financial control support to the under-secretary of defense and also worked with the Defense Contract Audit Agency. She began her public service career as a legislative correspondent for Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), where she coordinated activities related to protecting Alaska’s vital fishery industry during the Valdez oil spill.
Ms. Sykes has been listed among Black Enterprise’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and has been recognized for her achievements by Newsweek, the Today Show and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. In 2003, she was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for outstanding budgetary and financial management leadership of the NASA financial community.
Nancy E. Tate
Executive Director, The League of Women Voters
Nancy E. Tate is the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of the United States, the nation's premier nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
Prior to joining the League in 2000, Ms. Tate was the Chief Operating Officer of the National Academy of Public Administration. The National Academy of Public Administration is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to examine the emerging issues of governance and to improve the effectiveness of government at all levels.
Previously, Ms. Tate was a project director in the consulting firm of Irving Burton Associates, managing a large multi-year contract with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Before joining the private sector, Ms. Tate had a distinguished career in the federal government, in the Department of Energy and the Department Education and the Office of Economic Opportunity. Ms. Tate has a BA in political science from Stanford University and a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University.
- Pamela Deese (Chair)
- Gina F. Adams
- Ken C. Biberaj
- John Boyer
- Larry Ceisler
- Stephen M. Daoust
- Robert Engel
- Betsy Fischer Martin
- Erin Fuller
- Charles P. Griffin
- James J. Hill
- Gary M. Jacobs
- Rob Johnson
- Brian F. Keane
- Elizabeth Kellar
- Betsy A. Mangone
- Kate Pringle
- David M. Rosenberg
- Gwendolyn Sykes
- Nancy E. Tate