Caucus Issue Will Salute CBC, Hill Staffers, Top Lobbyists & Influencers

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Update: Photos from the Caucus Prelude Reception (By Terrence Nelson)

When September arrives in Washington, D.C., it’s Caucus Season! On September 24th, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will convene its 44th Annual Legislative Conference. The ALC is the the premier conference on legislative and policy issues impacting the African-American community. It is attended by thousands of national and international thought leaders interested in learning about the challenges and opportunities facing Black America and the Diaspora. During the day, ALC attendees attend public policy forums, community education workshops and policy briefings. During the evening, a bevy of buffets, cocktail receptions, and parties entertain guests. At the center of it all are the Congressional members, their staffers, and the professionals whose business is influence. Many of these individuals are black lawyers. For this reason, On Being A Black Lawyer (OBABL) publishes an annual Caucus Issue, which honors CBC members, as well as black attorneys working on Capitol Hill. The issue also features profiles of the 50 most influential black lawyers with influence. To develop this list, we scoured political sources and consulted people in the know. We also accepted nominations. The Caucus Issue will be released the day the ALC opens, but here’s a sneak peek at our 50 Top Lobbyist & Influencers.

Top Lobbyist & Influencer Honorees 2014
Alethia M. Jackson Senior Democratic Lobbyist Walgreens Co.
Anita Estell Shareholder Polsinelli PC
Antoinette C. Bush ‎Executive VP and Global Head of Government Affairs News Corp
Ari Q. Fitzgerald Partner Hogan Lovells LLP
B. Keith Fulton VP, Mid-Atlantic Region Verizon
Bradley Knox Vice President and Counsel AFLAC
Chanelle Hardy SVP and Executive Director National Urban League Policy Institute
Crystal Ashby Executive VP, Government & Public Affairs BP America Inc.
Dana Thomas Government Relations Director WellPoint
David Morgan Vice President, Government Affairs American Express
David Sutphen Managing Partner Brunswick Group LLP
De’Ana Dow Partner and General Counsel Capitol Counsel LLC
DeDe Lea Executive Vice President, Government Affairs Viacom, Inc.
Demetrius G. McDaniel Shareholder Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Dirck A. Hargraves Senior Vice President Vox Global
Don Calloway Director of National Affairs Anheuser-Busch
Dontai Smalls Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs United Parcel Service, Inc.
Dorothy Jackson Vice President, Government Affairs American Gaming Association
Dwayne Andrews Member Cozen O’Connor
Earle Jones Senior Director/Federal Government Affairs Comcast
Fred Humphries Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs Microsoft Corporation
Gina Adams Corporate Vice President for Government Affairs Fedex
Glenn F. Ivey Partner Leftwich & Ludaway
Gregory L. Jefferson, Sr. Legislative Representative AFL-CIO
Hilary West Vice President, Federal Government Relations JPMorgan Chase and Co.
Jacqueline Ayers Director, Legislative Affairs Planned Parenthood Federation of America
James L. Winston Executive Director and General Counsel National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Inc.
Jason Hill Director, Federal Government Relations Walmart
Joe Briggs Public Policy Counsel NFLPA
Joel Wiginton Vice President, Government Samsung
Jonathan Mayes Senior VP of Public Affairs, Government Relations Safeway
Kenneth Edmonds Legislative Director NFL
Kevin Avery Manager, Federal Government Affairs ConocoPhillips
Langston C. Emerson Vice President, Government Affairs Private Equity Growth Capital Council
Lauryl Dodson Jackson Director, Federal Affairs Johnson & Johnson
Lonnie L. Johnson Senior Director, Federal Relations Exxon Mobil Corporation
Marc Lampkin Shareholder Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Marie Sylla Chief Legislative Counsel, Director Government Affairs T-Mobile
Matthew Cutts Partner Patton Boggs LLP
Michael Strautmanis VP of Strategic Programs for Corporate Citizenship Walt Disney
Paul Brathwaite Principal Podesta Group
Robert “Bob” Maloney Policy Advisor Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Rodney P. Emery Partner The Madison Group
Ronny Lancaster Senior VP, Public Affairs and Government Relations Assurant
Singleton McAllister Partner Husch Blackwell
Stephanie Childs Vice President, Global Public Policy Cognizant Technology Solutions
T. Reed Stephens Partner McDermott Will Emery
The Hon. Michael Powell President & CEO National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
William A. Kirk, Jr. Partner K&L Gates LLP.
William Jawando Of Counsel The Raben Group


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