The Lobbying Show
A show about the world of lobbying: how it works, who’s lobbying, & how to be effective. Each week, we interview government affairs professionals and lobbyists to get their perspective on the industry.
info_outline The Key to Maintaining Clients 10/14/2019
The Key to Maintaining Clients George Cronin is the Managing Director for the public affairs practice at Rasky Partners. Based out of Boston, they cover government relations at the state and municipal level, grassroots organizing, and ballot questions. They also have a D.C. office to cover federal affairs.
info_outline Marcus Mason: Congressional Chief of Staff at the Age of 22 10/07/2019
Marcus Mason: Congressional Chief of Staff at the Age of 22 Marcus Mason is a Senior Partner at The Madison Group, a boutique bipartisan consulting and lobbying firm that specializes in tax, technology, telecommunications, trade and transportation issues. Clients include Google, and Education Network of America.
info_outline Burning Man Has a Lobbyist. His Name is Rich Gold. 09/30/2019
Burning Man Has a Lobbyist. His Name is Rich Gold. Did you know the Burning Man festival has a lobbyist? We are joined today by Rich Gold, who is a Partner at Holland & Knight, one of the largest lobbying firms in D.C., where he serves as a leader of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation team. Rich shares his experience working for unique clients like Burning Man, and many more. Rich manages the firm's national lobbying team which has over 85 lobbyists, bringing in annual revenue of $25-30 million.
info_outline How to Build the Firm of the Future 09/09/2019
How to Build the Firm of the Future Jonathan Kilman is the Chairman of Converge Government Affairs. Based out of Miami, Florida, Converge offers government relations and public affairs services at the state, national AND international level! After graduating from Harvard Law School, Jonathan had a career as an attorney before transitioning to the government affairs sector.
info_outline From Philosophy Major to Real Estate Investing and Government Affairs 09/02/2019
From Philosophy Major to Real Estate Investing and Government Affairs Charles Tassell is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Real Estate Investor Association (REIA), a trade organization representing 60,000 members from all walks of the real estate investment industry. Charles has a lot of experience working in local city government and in government affairs, specializing in real estate and land development. He is a man who wears many hats: COO, owner, and City Councilman!
info_outline Turning a Passion for Politics and the Environment into a Career, and How to Succeed Before Local Boards & Commissions 08/26/2019
Turning a Passion for Politics and the Environment into a Career, and How to Succeed Before Local Boards & Commissions Our guest today is Steve Conant, who is a partner at Anbaric Development Partners, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in early stage development of large-scale electric transmission systems, the transformation of the electric and heating/cooling systems on campuses, and storage solutions surrounding microgrid projects.
info_outline How to Outsource Your In-House Government Affairs Team 08/19/2019
How to Outsource Your In-House Government Affairs Team Dusty Brighton is the Managing Director of Brightstone Bridge, LLC, a firm that Dusty created after an illustrious career in the GR field. Dusty and Jim sat down to chat in Nashville, TN, talking about Dusty’s unique career serving as both an in-house and contract lobbyist, and dissecting the differences between the two.
info_outline How to Make the Jump from Intern to Full Time Staff, and the Importance of Paying it Forward 08/12/2019
How to Make the Jump from Intern to Full Time Staff, and the Importance of Paying it Forward Christina Fisher is the Executive Director for Massachusetts and the Northeast at TechNet, a trade association that represents over 80 technology companies. TechNet provides a face for the technology community. Christina talks tech, testimony and public policy.
info_outline How to Get a Presidential Management Fellowship, and the Surprising Places it Can Take You 08/05/2019
How to Get a Presidential Management Fellowship, and the Surprising Places it Can Take You Paige Fetzer-Borelli is the Director of Global Government Affairs and Public Policy at Dell. Paige shares her interesting background working in international affairs, public policy and government affairs. Paige describes her experience with U.S State Department internships and her time as a Presidential Management Fellow, and discusses how to succeed in the application process.
info_outline Breaking Down the Net Neutrality Debate with an FCC Expert 07/29/2019
Breaking Down the Net Neutrality Debate with an FCC Expert Russell Hanser is a Partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP (WBK), a law firm based in D.C., where he works in telecommunications and state regulatory affairs. Russell describes his career path including his time as a law clerk, working at the FCC, and for large law firms with policy niches.
info_outline Abby Watson: At the Cutting Edge of the Wind Power Industry 07/22/2019
Abby Watson: At the Cutting Edge of the Wind Power Industry Abby Watson is the Head of Government Affairs for Siemens Gamesa, managing the company's state and federal policy agenda across North America. Siemens Gamesa is an international renewable energy company based in Spain. Abby chats about wind energy, lobbying, responding to RFPs, and the differences between east coast and west coast government relations work.
info_outline An Engineer on Capitol Hill: From Senate Staffer, to the FCC, to Ericsson 07/15/2019
An Engineer on Capitol Hill: From Senate Staffer, to the FCC, to Ericsson Matthew Hussey is the Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy for Ericsson, a multinational network and telecommunications company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with over 90,000 employees. Matthew has a background in engineering, the legislative process, and advocacy.
info_outline Innovating at the Intersection of Government Affairs and Venture Capital 07/08/2019
Innovating at the Intersection of Government Affairs and Venture Capital Alex Johnson is the President of InState Partners, a firm that helps businesses expand their operations into new states as well as introduce and promote innovation within government. Since 1999, InState Partners has impacted legislation and government contracts for their clients throughout the country.
info_outline Advocacy in The Aviation Sector - Representing 340,000+ U.S. Pilots 07/01/2019
Advocacy in The Aviation Sector - Representing 340,000+ U.S. Pilots Jim Coon is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Advocacy for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association representing over 340,000 members. Jim has a unique resume with extensive experience working in Congress and in the aviation field.
info_outline From Cuomo Advisor & Confidante to Procurement & Gov't Affairs Expert 06/24/2019
From Cuomo Advisor & Confidante to Procurement & Gov't Affairs Expert Al Gordon is the CEO and founder of National Strategies (NSL), a state and local government relations firm.
info_outline How to Make it in Albany: Hustle, Humility, and Hard Work 06/17/2019
How to Make it in Albany: Hustle, Humility, and Hard Work David Weinraub is a Co-Founder of Brown & Weinraub, a government relations firm based in Albany, NY serving almost 200 clients. They work with clients including, BAE Systems, Dow Chemicals, 23 and Me, and AirBnB.
info_outline It's All About Relationships - From Intern, to Congressional Chief of Staff, to the Weather Channel 06/10/2019
It's All About Relationships - From Intern, to Congressional Chief of Staff, to the Weather Channel John Goodwin is the Vice President of Communications for the Weather Channel. He discusses the importance of networking, and offers insights he's picked up from a career working in Congress and in various government affairs roles.
info_outline Building a Top-Ranked Firm in NYC 06/03/2019
Building a Top-Ranked Firm in NYC Suri Kasirer is the President and founder of Kasirer, LLC, the #1 NYC-based lobbying firm with over 200 clients. Suri shares insights into how to build a successful business in the government relations industry.
info_outline From Lobbyist to Serial Entrepreneur 05/27/2019
From Lobbyist to Serial Entrepreneur Mark DeSantis is the CEO of RoadBotics, a tech company that uses artificial intelligence and smartphones to help government and engineering firms make data-driven decisions regarding road and transportation assessments. Mark is a tech entrepreneur with a long history of work in the public sector and government affairs. He’s worked for mayors, congressman, and a president, in addition to consulting and lobbying work.
info_outline Offshore Wind: Flavor of the Year - Hear from a Former Energy Commissioner 05/20/2019
Offshore Wind: Flavor of the Year - Hear from a Former Energy Commissioner David O’Connor is the Senior VP for Clean Energy and Technology at ML Strategies, a government relations powerhouse in Boston, where he works to drive beneficial public policy for clean energy projects. He served as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources during the tenures of five Governors, from 1995 to 2007.
info_outline A Deep Dive into the Polling Process 05/13/2019
A Deep Dive into the Polling Process Adam Probolsky is the President and founder of Probolsky Research, a non-partisan opinion research organization that conducts polling and analysis for a range of clients including government, non-profit and political candidates.
info_outline L.A. Politics, Ridesharing, and the Future of Tech Policy 05/06/2019
L.A. Politics, Ridesharing, and the Future of Tech Policy Chris Massey is the Head of Global Government Relations and Public Policy at Square - a financial technology and IT service management company designed for small businesses, based out of San Francisco, California.
info_outline The Keys to Managing Associations and Building Consensus 04/29/2019
The Keys to Managing Associations and Building Consensus Christopher Badgley is the Executive Director and CEO of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO), where they serve an industry that supports dental practitioners. This includes HR, tech support, financing, and administrative functions of the dental industry. Badgley spent much of his career in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry.
info_outline Working for Speaker Pelosi, Spotify, and More with Tom Manatos 04/22/2019
Working for Speaker Pelosi, Spotify, and More with Tom Manatos Tom Manatos is the VP of Government Relations at Spotify. Spotify is the world’s most popular music streaming subscription service with a community of 207 million users, including 96 million subscribers, across 79 markets. They are the largest driver of revenue to the music business today.
info_outline From the RGA to the Largest Law Firm in the World 04/15/2019
From the RGA to the Largest Law Firm in the World Paul Hatch is the CEO at Nextlaw Public Affairs Network. Hatch is also a Senior Advisor at Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, with offices in over 80 countries, and over 10,000 lawyers.
info_outline In-house vs. Contract Lobbying: Understanding the Pros & Cons 04/08/2019
In-house vs. Contract Lobbying: Understanding the Pros & Cons Today’s show features Ben Pearlman, Head of State Government Affairs, Northern Region for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., where he manages operations in over 25 states. Lowe’s started as a small local store, growing to a Fortune 40 company and national retailer of hardware and home appliances, with 2,200 stores across North America and 300,000 employees.
info_outline Microsoft, Yahoo, & Alibaba - Meet Bill Ashworth, Mr. Tech 04/01/2019
Microsoft, Yahoo, & Alibaba - Meet Bill Ashworth, Mr. Tech Bill Ashworth is the Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Alibaba Group, a multinational e-commerce company, headquartered in China.
info_outline A Look Inside the Booming E-Scooter Industry with Casey Whittington 03/25/2019
A Look Inside the Booming E-Scooter Industry with Casey Whittington Casey Whittington is the National Director of Government Relations at Blue Duck Scooters, a company offering an innovative transportation alternative through a scooter ridesharing app. They describe themselves as “a tech company that traded their computers for scooters.”