Thanks to Mother Nature and the unfortunate timing of a jury summons, my first week at NVCA was shorter than I had hoped. Toss in a three-day holiday weekend and, as sad as it is for me to admit, I’ve now spent just as much time outside the office as in. In spite of these scheduling challenges, I’ve embraced my “new guy” status and jumped head first into the job.
Since coming aboard I have enjoyed getting to know my colleagues, immersing myself in the organization, and learning more about the great work that NVCA members are doing every day to help entrepreneurs reach their dreams.
And while there have been a lot of positives deserving of headlines and accolades in my first blog entry, what has impressed me the most about NVCA is how hands-on the members are in setting the direction of the organization and helping the staff carry the torch of the venture capital industry.
Having worked in and around various trade associations across many different industries throughout my career, I can attest to the fact that this level of member engagement is the exception, not the norm. I look forward to tapping into this powerful resource and channeling it into my work as NVCA’s new vice president of communications.
A little about myself.
From the campaign trail to the halls of Congress, I have a diverse professional background in politics, policy and public relations, including extensive experience dealing with complex public policy issues related to the financial services industry.
Most recently, I was a director in the strategic communications practice at The Glover Park Group (GPG), a full-service public affairs consulting firm specializing in research-based communications and advocacy campaigns. As a client-facing account manager in the financial services division, I provided strategic counsel and tactical communications support to a variety of corporations, coalitions and trade associations seeking to weigh in on some of the most high-profile public policy debates of the last decade.
Before becoming a consultant, I spent several years in House of Representatives, most recently as communications director for Congressman Scott Garrett of New Jersey. In this role, I managed the congressman’s communications staff, oversaw all of the office’s communications activities in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey, and worked to advance the congressman’s legislative agenda and promote is leadership roles in the House of the Representatives.
Prior to my time on Capitol Hill, I worked at the intersection of Wall Street and politics for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and its predecessor organization the Securities Industry Association (SIA), first as a coordinator of corporate communications and then later as a director of strategic communications.
Complementing my advocacy and public policy experience, I have served on the frontlines of political campaigns at the congressional and presidential level, including riding shotgun for the 2008 presidential election as a personal aide on the McCain-Palin Campaign.
I earned a Master’s degree in political management from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College, where I double-majored in political science and communications.
I live in the Foggy Bottom area of Washington, D.C. with my wife and our chocolate Labrador named Liberty. We are over-the-moon excited to become parents in July with the arrival of our first child.