Leadership

Board of Directors

Paul Miller
President
Paul was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He received a BS in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Paul served as an aide to former U.S. Congressman Les Aspin. Currently, Paul is co-owner of the lobbying firm Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies, LLC located in Fairfax, Virginia near the Nation’s Capital. Paul specializes in Government contracts, where he has helped his clients secure over $400 million in federal contracting opportunities. He also has extensive experience in health care, small business issues, association related matters and management, and the construction industry. Paul also devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono causes. In addition to his work for Miller/Wenhold, Paul was elected as the youngest President of the American League of Lobbyists (A.L.L.), the national association representing the lobbying profession. He currently serves as First Vice President for the Washington Industrial Roundtable, where he is in charge of programming. Paul’s vast experience in the lobbying profession led him in January of 2006 to introduce the first lobbying certificate program for the profession – a program designed to help lobbyists keep pace with the profession and its standards. Paul was instrumental in shaping the debate on lobbying reform in 2006 and 2007. As chief spokesman for the profession, Paul met with leaders from both parties on the issue of reform. He has testified before both the House and Senate and has appeared on most television programs educating the public on the issue of lobbying and proposed changes to the Lobbying Disclosure Act. He has been a tireless champion in the fight to protect every citizen’s first amendment right to petition their government through lobbying activities. Paul has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC News, C-Span, CNN, MSNBC, The News Hour with Jim Lehr, and Lou Dobbs discussing ethics and transparency issues. Paul also is the founder and chairman of the Hoops for Youth Foundation, which pits members of Congress against lobbyists each year in an effort to raise money for children's charities in the Washington, D.C. area. To date this event has raised over $450,000. Most recently Paul was appointed to a three-year term on his alma mater’s Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.
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Elizabeth Bartz
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Thomas Susman
Secretary
Mr. Susman is Director of the Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association, which serves as the focal point for the Association's advocacy efforts before Congress, the Executive Branch, and other governmental entities on diverse issues of importance to the legal profession. Prior to joining the ABA in 2008, he was a partner in the Washington Office of Ropes & Gray LLP for over 27 years, where his work included counseling, litigation, and lobbying on a wide range of issues. Mr. Susman was editor of the first edition of the American Bar Association’s LOBBYING MANUAL and is co-editor of the 5th ed. (2016); taught Lobbying and the Legislative Process as an adjunct professor at The American University’s Washington College of Law; and chaired the Ethics Committee of the American League of Lobbyists (ALL) for over a decade. He has taught the Lobbying Ethics certification course for ALL and its successor association since the program’s inception. His articles on lobbying address ethics, contingent fee lobbying, and legislative reform proposals. He also co-authored (with Craig Holman) the OECD report “Lobbyists, government and public trust: Promoting integrity by self-regulation.” Mr. Susman was counsel to the ABA Task Force on Federal Lobbying Laws and is an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s project on government ethics. Before joining Ropes & Gray, Mr. Susman spent 12 years in various capacities in the U.S. Senate, including Chief Counsel to the Antitrust Subcommittee, General Counsel to the Judiciary Committee, and Legislative Director for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. In private practice his lobbying clients included The Business Roundtable, the American Library Association, General Mills, DuPont, Gillette, the Navajo Nation, and numerous other associations and businesses. He has served as an advisor on lobbying regulation to the chairman of the Senate Ethics and Transparency Committee in Chile, participated in a Parliamentary leadership in the Czech Republic on lobbying disclosure, co-chaired a panel on lobbying for the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, and participated in a European Parliament lobbying disclosure forum. Mr. Susman’s community and bar activities have included: member of the ABA’s House of Delegates and on its Board of Governors; Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; Life Member of the American Law Institute; Chairman of the National Judicial College; President of the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation; and member of the Board of the National Conference on Citizenship. Susman received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School, where he was Editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review. Following law school he was law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, followed by service in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Howard Fienberg
Board Member
Howard Fienberg is Director of Government Affairs for the Marketing Research Association (MRA). He is MRA's lobbyist for the survey, opinion and marketing research profession, focusing primarily on consumer/data privacy and data security at the state and federal level, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and the funding and integrity of the decennial Census and the American Community Survey (ACS). Howard has nearly 18 years of public policy experience. Before MRA, he worked in Congress as senior legislative staffer for then-Representatives Christopher Cox (CA-48) and Cliff Stearns (FL-06). He also served more than four years with a science policy think tank, working to improve the understanding of scientific and social research and methodology among journalists and policymakers. Howard is the treasurer on the Board of Directors for the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP). He has an MA International Relations from the University of Essex in England and a BA Political Studies from Trent University in Canada, and has obtained the Professional Lobbying Certificate (PLC).
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Gaurav Parikh
Board Member
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Jon Gentile
Board Member
Jon Gentile is vice president of government relations at the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), an association of independent insurance agency owners. Jon leads the lobbying efforts for PIA and covers a broad range of issues including flood insurance, Terrorism Risk Insurance, state regulation of insurance, healthcare, crop insurance and tax reform. Before joining PIA, Jon spent the last decade working in federal government relations for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the National Fraternal Order of Police, and Emerson Electric. He has extensive experience with coalition building and grassroots advocacy working on issues ranging from trade, business, law enforcement, labor, education, and insurance. A native of northern New Jersey, Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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Tom Fahy
Board Member
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Bryan Parker
General Counsel
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Committee Leadership

Donna Kaufman
Programming Chair
Donna Kaufman is the Regional Field Director for the National Patient Advocate Foundation, lobbying access to health care issues throughout the East Coast states. Previous experience includes advocating as a state lead for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network as well as for various other causes and non-profit organizations; working on legislative efforts such as the Affordable Care Act, and the Young Women’s Breast Health Education and Awareness (EARLY Act). Registered lobbyist in multiple states and DC. Founder and principal of Lobby for Good Consulting, LLC, a Washington-based boutique advocacy firm dedicated to working with non-profits and other causes. As an Army Veteran, passionate about veterans’ issues, particularly causes relating to female veterans.
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Virginia Ainslie
Mentorship Chair
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Tommy Goodwin
Corporate Partnerships Chair
Thomas F. (Tommy) Goodwin is the Government Relations Manager for the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program, and portfolio management profession. In this role, he leads federal and international efforts to encourage the adoption of project management best practices by elected officials and policymakers leading to consistent, successful completion of government projects and programs, which in turn reduces government waste and safeguards taxpayer dollars. Prior to joining PMI, he spent more than 15 years leading a wide range of federal government relations efforts, issue campaigns, and advocacy strategy work for several leading associations and corporations, including AARP and Oracle Corp. Additionally, he was a research fellow at Harvard Business School focused on the political and legal environment in which business operates.
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Craig Fleisher
Education and PPC Programs Chair
Craig S. Fleisher, Ph.D., is the Chief Learning Officer and Director of Professional Development at Aurora WDC, a 20+ year old professional services firm. He is a veteran, graduate EMScom faculty member at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), and Professor (adj.) at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland). He has held positions as Dean, graduate programs director, Endowed Research Chair and/or Professor at the Universities of Windsor, Calgary, Coastal Georgia, Wilfrid Laurier, and New Brunswick, and served on doctoral committees at universities in Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK. Dr. Fleisher has been a nationally recognized MBA instructor, a former President of the Canadian Council for Public Affairs and international association of Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) in which he has won its highest (Meritorious) lifetime award, an ex-board member of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA), Center for Public Affairs Management (Washington, DC), a life member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and elected member of the IABC Foundation Committee, a member of university advisory boards for public affairs communication programs in Australia (U. of Sydney), Canada (Mt. St. Vincent U., Nova Scotia) and the USA (George Washington U., GSPM, Washington, DC), and a founding member and former executive officer of the Intl. Assn. of Business and Society (IABS). An active researcher ranked among the top cited contributors internationally in the fields of communication management, corporate communication, business-government relations, competitive intelligence, and issue management by Google Scholar, he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Public Affairs (Wiley) and served/-s on the Editorial Boards of the Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, Interest Groups & Advocacy, and South African Journal of Information Management, among others. Several of his books on business analysis and public affairs are considered to be foundational in their fields and have been translated into numerous foreign languages. His best known business-government relations books are Assessing, Managing and Maximizing Public Affairs Performance (Washington, DC: PA Council, 1997), Handbook of Public Affairs (SAGE, 2005), Public Affairs Benchmarking (Washington, DC: PA Council, 1995), and his newest release the SAGE Handbook of International Corporate and Public Affairs (w/ P. Harris, 2017).
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Staff

Amanda Kadilak
Executive Director
Amanda graduated with honors from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA with degrees in Political Science and International Relations. She started her career in government relations with CAPITAL PARTNERSHIPS (VA), Inc., a boutique firm specializing in transportation policy. As a complete novice, it was definitely “sink or swim” during those first daunting months! She was fortunate, however, to have the guidance and mentorship of an outstanding boss who was committed to upholding the ideals of the profession and urged participation in what was then the American League of Lobbyists. In fact, Amanda was honored to be among the first group of professionals to earn their Professional Lobbying Certification (PLC). CAPITAL PARTNERSHIPS (VA), Inc. merged with Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies a couple years back, and the rest, as they say, is history!
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