Government Affairs Manager Resume Sample

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Seasoned Public Affairs Professional with 16 years experience in public relations and government affairs. Developed successful positioning against emerging issues through expertise in:

• Public/Corporate/Government Affairs • Public Relations
• Leadership/Advocacy • Consensus Building Leader
• Media Relations • Legislative Affairs/Development
• Lobbying • Political Campaign Consulting
• Strategic Counsel • Corporate Communications
• Program Planning/Implementation • Executive Liaison/Consultant
• Industry and company reputation as an innovative, creative and proven professional with industry contacts and political and corporate relationships.
• Comprehensive public relations, public affairs, government affairs, lobbying, and related public and private sector liaison experience with multiple achievements.
• Use knowledge of corporate goals and initiatives to work through planning, organizational leadership, and consensus building
• Skilled in writing and persuasive communications (written/verbal).
• Client interaction includes all levels of community, corporate and public sector personnel.
• Adept at management problem/opportunity identification and developing strategies utilized to drive operations and improve major project or program functions.
Maxwell Management, New York, NY
1996 - Present
Manager of State Government and Public Relations

Key representative in all of the company's priority Southeastern United States. Analyze, plan and implement advocacy and public affairs strategies to achieve positive public policy decisions, maintain access to state decision-makers and protect the company's image. Responsible for providing ongoing and timely strategic counsel on behalf of manufacturing plants, interact with business leaders on public affairs and legislative issues. Coordinate government involvement of each state's leadership team.

Selected achievements/contributions:
• Researched, planned, negotiated, lobbied and secured legislation that resulted in over $80 million in tax incentives.
• Identified critical issues and legislation for the company. Protected company from onerous tax, environmental, and anti-business legislation that has resulted in millions of dollars in cost savings/cost avoidance.
• Coordinated successful campaign that involved advocating company's business policies and issues to top government leaders, including governors and other state leaders. These ongoing campaign efforts have led to improvement and action based on a more positive view of company's policies and values.
• Led company through multiple public affairs and crisis management issues. Provided ongoing counseling and image positioning for the company in all target areas.

Maxwell Management, New York, NY
1994 - 1996
Manager of Multi-State Government and Public Affairs
Selected achievements/contributions:
• Negotiated key tax incentive packages for company expansions in this area through communications and issue leadership skills.
• Interacted closely with several state agency personnel, media personnel and other state leadership to secure passage and/or defeat of legislation. Resulted in savings to the company.
• Planned, developed and executed a media relations training program for company leadership.
Maxwell Management, New York, NY
1989 - 1994
Public Affairs Specialist

Researched, initiated, developed and implemented all external communications for company's manufacturing businesses. Reported to President and General Manager. Managed communications for a variety of products at various life-cycle stages for the company.

Selected achievements/contributions:
• Served as Member of ELITE (business leadership team); provided counsel on public affairs and business communication strategies to executive level.
• Through focused public affairs campaigns, organized and coordinated successful advancement of company and business image among customers and within industry.
• Key additional projects included: public affairs management; media relations and communications for business divestitures; new business formations and joint venture creations.

Maxwell Management, New York, NY
1988 - 1989
Senior Public Affairs Representative

Served in senior role during period of intense public attention for company's largest facility. Managed comprehensive public affairs, interacting with national media, activist groups, and community leaders.

Selected achievements/contributions:
• Developed and implemented successful public affairs strategy during intense scrutiny for incinerator project, wastewater treatment facility, and cogeneration plant.
• Created and implemented a nationally acclaimed science education program for K-6 students; this program successfully linked Trident to science education and responsible corporate involvement.

Maxwell Management, New York, NY
1986 - 1988
Public Relations Representative
Developed employee communication pieces and writing topical articles for corporate magazine with a distribution of 14,000.
Company Designation - Fast Track Executive Program
International Public Affairs/Public Relations Excellence Award
Presidential Scholarship Award Contribution - Excellence Award for Top 1% of Executives in the Company (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001)
Nominee - Woman Executive of the Year
2000 Hour Volunteer Award (recognition for volunteer leadership in communities for the last 10 years)
Portland State University, Portland, OR

PhD in Industrial and Labor Relations, May 1986
B.S. in Public Relations/Public Affairs, May 1983

• Won 100% Academic Scholarship (4 Year Award Based on Leadership and SAT Testing)
• Liberal Arts Representative, Golden Key National Honor Society
• US Public Relations Society - Timeless Leader Award
(highest honor given to outstanding students nationally)

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