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Executive Summary

Accomplished governmental and external relations professional with eighteen years experience in:

  • Messaging, issues, and policy development
  • Local, state, and federal lobbying in the legislative and regulatory arenas
  • Grassroots network management and implementation
  • Legislative and regulatory analysis
  • Managing internal and external stakeholders and cross-functional teams
  • Extensive expertise in organizational needs analysis
  • Skilled presenter, negotiator and business person able to forge solid relationships with strategic partners and build consensus across multiple organizational levels.
Core Qualifications
  • MBA
  • Experienced lobbyist
  • Association management
  • Grassroots management
  • Political action committee management
  • Skilled negotiator
  • Legislative policy research & development
  • Legislative monitoring & reporting
  • Persuasive communicator
  • Public speaking & event planning
  • Media spokesperson
  • Community outreach
  • Strategic planning
  • Budget development & allocation
Professional Experience
True North Strategies Atlanta, GA Principal 10/2008 to Current

Contract lobbying firm.

Provide the following services:

  • Local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory lobbying
  • Grassroots consulting and planning
  • Coalition and stakeholder engagement
  • Media and position development
  • Workforce development consulting
  • Lobbying the Tennessee legislature and regulatory bodies from 2013-2015
  • Trade Association Management
Georgia Electric Membership Corporation Atlanta, GA Manager, State and Federal Legislative & Regulatory Affairs 08/2006 to 10/2008
  • Utilized the grassroots network of over 4 million members of the 42 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations to achieve legislative and regulatory goals. 
  • Educated lawmakers and regulators about Georgia's EMCs.
  • Monitored and reported on legislation affecting EMCs verbally and in writing.
  • Coordinated efforts to influence state and federal legislation and regulation.
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Atlanta, GA Assistant Commissioner 07/2003 to 08/2006
  • Worked with all 159 counties and over 550 cities in Georgia.
  • Represented the legislative interests of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) at the Georgia General Assembly.
  • Worked with General Assembly to create state incentives to improve the economic development climate in Georgia.
  • Developed and maintained relationships with external partners to ensure collaboration between the public and private sectors.
  • Managed the Office of Community Services and the AmeriCorps state program.
  • Served as the Executive Director of the Governor's Georgia Rural Development Council.
  • Directed the coordination of the Appalachian Regional Commission's activities with other rural development programs in Georgia.
  • Managed state leadership conferences and events with over 500 attendees.
  • Hosted legislative meetings to educate them on DCA resources for them and their communities.
Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta Atlanta, GA Realtor 02/2002 to 07/2003
  • Consulted residential buyers and sellers.
  • Advised commercial clients in leasing projects.
Service Resources, Inc. Marietta, GA Regulatory Affairs Manager 05/2001 to 10/2001
  • Monitored, analyzed and reported on federal and state regulatory requirements and industry issues for electric and gas operations.
  • Managed various internal task force groups in order to develop and implement the company's strategic action plans.
  • Managed the development of communication plans to inform customers of changes in services and rates.
Southern Company Atlanta, GA Senior Analyst/Political Action Committee Manager 01/1999 to 05/2001
  • Recruited new Southern Company PAC members through education that assisted the company in achieving their overall public policy goals.
  • Trained PAC coordinators in their division efforts.
  • Managed the marketing and coordinated training of Southern Company's Governmental Resource System to all Southern Company subsidiaries (Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi).
  • Managed Southern Company's Political Action Committee and monitored federal guidelines to ensure the company was in compliance.
  • Assisted Southern Company System employees on planning projects to ensure long-term electric reliability throughout the Southeast.
  • Coordinated the Integrated Resource Plan witness training for Georgia Power Resource Policy and Planning.
Georgia Power Atlanta, GA Policy Analyst 05/1997 to 01/1999
  • Planned and directed legislative events including tours of power plants and operations facilities.
  • Tracked and analyzed state and federal legislation and regulation that had financial impact on  the company and reported it to management.
  • Managed Georgia Power's grassroots network made up of employees, retirees, and local opinion leaders to advance the company's legislative agenda.
Education
MBA: Business Brenau University, Gainesville, GA, United States
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science University of Georgia, Athens, GA, United States
 
 
Organizations
  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce - Government Affairs Council
  • Cobb County Chamber of Commerce
  • Smyrna Business Association
  • Georgia Professional Lobbyists Association - Board Member
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia - Board Member
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Work History
Human Resources Administrator & Receptionist 04/2017 to Current
Stackpole International Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Promoted from Administrative Assistant and Receptionist in January 2018
  • Worked in Human Resources Department in all areas including recruitment and selection of candidates, on-boarding, training, employee engagement and payroll
  • Create reports and maintain databases for training, benefit allowances and recruitment
  • Member of the Global Social Media Team
  • Screened telephone calls, answered general inquires and directed callers
  • Processed invoices and submitted them to accounts payable
  • Organized events, meetings, catering and co-ordinated travel arrangements
  • Updated calendars, scheduled meetings and reserved meeting rooms
  • Greeted guests, had them sign in and notified staff of their arrival
  • Oversaw inventory and office supply purchases
  • Wrote and disseminated workplace communications   
  • Contributed to 2 successful safety audits by creating a contractor database, collecting liability insurance and WSIB certificates 
Seasonal Horticulturalist Specialist & Event Support 05/2008 to 10/2014
City of Mississauga Mississauga, ON
  • Worked in a fast paced team environment with various stakeholders
  • Supervised students and volunteers
  • Responded to inquiries from the general public in a prompt and professional manner
  • Performed project management, customer service, public safety and administrative tasks
UNHRC Researcher & Policy Analyst 10/2010 to 09/2012
International Educational Development Inc. Geneva, Switzerland
  • Credentialed to the United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Monitored emerging human rights issues and provided briefings to head delegate
  • Worked with head delegate to develop policy and political position 
  • Conducted research, prepared presentations and wrote reports that were published on the United Nations website
  • Attended meetings, took minutes and provided administrative support to head delegate
  • Organized and attended events on behalf of the organization
  • Made travel arrangements and expense reports
  • Worked with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds (governmental, internal and external) and overcame language barriers 
Research Intern 09/2011 to 12/2011
Habitat for Humanity London, ON
  • Interviewed Habitat for Humanity home recipients in the London area
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and organizational and problem solving skills
  • Maintained database of research data
  • Developed and wrote research reports measuring effectiveness of the program
Skills & Valuable Attributes
  • Expert written & oral communication skills
  • Volunteer management & fundraising
  • Effective time management, prioritization & organization skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Windows & Apple platforms
  • Creative problem solver with sound judgment
  • Flexible and able to accommodate change in the workplace
  • Strong Research & Analytical Skills
  • Accustom to multicultural & diverse work environments 
  • Works well under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Education
Diploma: Human Resources Management 2018 Sheridan College - Oakville, ON
Master of Arts: International Law, Security & Terrorism 2016 University Of Nottingham - UK
Bachelor of Arts: Global Studies: Honours Specialization in Development 2012 University of Western Ontario - Huron College
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Professional Summary
An enthusiastic, hardworking and tactical who learns quickly with effective communication skills and works well under pressure
Personable Kitchen helper and self-motivated team player with strong attention to detail. Maintains a high level of professionalism while providing consistent and quality service.
Skills
  • Skilled housekeeper
  • Fast learner
  • Painting and plastering
  • Able to lift 50lbs pounds
Work History
JOB DESCRIPTION INSTITUTION |
October 2014-July 2017 Cleaner SAHAD CLEANERS AND CO |
  • Food delivery, Cleaning and stocking houses, restaurants e.t.c Performing and documenting routine inspection and maintenance activities.
March 2014-October 2014 Kitchen Helper, Front desk Attendant |
  • General Duties, Day to day supervision of restaurant activities.
April 2013-March 2014 Policy Analyst SENTINEL GLOBAL GROUP OF COMPANIES |
  • Examining Government regulations affecting the company, Liaison Officer, Human Resources.
July 2012-April 2013 Administrative assistant INTEGRATED EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANCY |
  • Sorting out and Indexing of Student files, Regulating admission procedures.
Education
2017 M.A Peace Building and Collaborative Development- in view: INSTITUTION CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY
2015 B.sc: Political Science/ International Law and Diplomacy BABCOCK UNIVERSITY OGUN STATE GPA: 4.25
2011 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination BAPTIST MODEL HIGH SCHOOL (2006-2008) Junior National Examinations Council Certificate DATFORTE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (1) Primary School Leaving Certificate PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES PSESNSE EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS CERTIFICATION 2O15 NYSC ORIENTATION BROADCASTING SERVICE:
2015 CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION INTRODUCTORY CERTIFICATE IN ARBITRATION: Mr Jide Ogundipe , Head of Personnel and Admin, Hope and Anchor College of Education
Interests
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS: , READING AND TRAVELLING
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Professional Summary
Skills
Work History
President & CEO, 11/2015 to 08/2016
HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE HPCANYS Colonie, NY
  • Accomplished and dynamic leader and nonprofit and government affairs professional with more than 25 years of experience working inside and outside New York State government.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of legislative and political process.
  • Experienced local government official.
  • Management and advocacy experience in nonprofit organizations.
  • Excellent public speaker with significant experience speaking and presenting before various audiences and in various formats including news conferences, debates, live and taped television and radio broadcasts.
  • Lead mission-driven nonprofit trade association representing hospice care providers, palliative care providers, and individual members.
  • Executed association strategic blueprint for strengthening association, retaining and growing association membership and worked to expand access to quality hospice and palliative care in New York State and serve as liaison to state and federal policymakers.
  • Retained association membership and worked and recruited new members.
  • Coordinated Board business and served on all Board standing committees.
  • Managed Association's annual budget of more than $700,000 Directed Association external and internal communications including public speaking, writing regular Director's Memos, wrote opinion editorials and other conducting conference calls.
  • Managed and supervised professional and office staff.
  • Built and maintained strageic partnerships with other organizations and associations.
  • Traveled as needed throughout the State of New York and nationally.
  • Directed Worked to promote Association's public policy agenda to advance mission of the association, communications efforts and increase public awareness of hospice care and palliative care.
  • Co-created the annual budget and submitted it to the Board of Directors for review and approval.

Fiscal/Policy Analyst, 10/2014 to 11/2015
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FEDERATION PEF Latham, NY
  • Analyzed New York State budget and its impact on public employees and members of PEF.
  • Collaborated with Civil Service Enforcement department in assisting PEF members with employment challenges.
  • Analyzed New York State budget and its impact on public employees and members of PEF.
  • Collaborated with Civil Service Enforcement department in assisting PEF members with employment challenges.
  • Drafted testimony for legislative public hearings including joint legislative budget hearings and public hearings on various issues affecting PEF members, labor unions in general and other issues of concern to PEF.
  • Analyzed legislation and public policy issues Monitored the implementation of New York State's Medicaid waiver and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program (DSRIP).

County Legislator, 01/2004 to 01/2016
People of Albany County

Legislative Aide, 01/2012 to 10/2014
NYS Assembly NY
  • Successfully introduced and passed dozens of local laws and resolutions.
  • Negotiated and debated legislative proposals and policy issues.
  • Assisted constituents with issues related to county and town government.
  • Solicited media coverage for local legislative proposals.
  • Drafted press releases, opinion editorials and letters to the editor.
  • Served as Chairman of the Health Committee and as Deputy Chair of the Social Services Committee and also served as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and as a member of the Charter Reform Committee.

Chief of Staff/Legislative Director/Legislative Aide, 01/1988 to 12/1988
Assemblymember Bob Connor
  • Managed staff and devised operations in solving constituent problems.
  • Drafted legislation and bill memoranda in support.
  • Garnered support for legislative agenda.
  • Drafted correspondence to and on behalf of constituents.
  • Represented member at meetings with constituents and lobbyists.
  • Participated in legislative negotiations for Welfare Reform, Medicaid Managed Care and Health Care Reform.
  • Drafted press releases, newsletters and assisted in development and operations of social media.

Director of Government Affairs, 06/1997 to 12/2004
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE
  • Developed and implemented statewide advocacy and government relation activities for major voluntary health organization.
  • Raised association's profile in fighting asthma in New York State.
  • Organized and trained grassroots advocates throughout state.
  • Created Tobacco Control Report Card to hold New York State's counties accountable for spending decisions related to revenue from the historic 1998 Master Settlement Agreement.
  • Raised significant media attention and public awareness with Report Card that raised public awareness for association and tobacco control issues.
  • Contributed to development of national advocacy goals for asthma.
  • Successfully secured more than $11 million in funding from state for asthma management coalitions and other asthma programs.
  • Created "Back to School with Asthma" initiative with a grant from Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to assist elementary school children, teachers and parents in asthma management while in the school environment.
  • Key leader in coalition that worked to enact New York State's Clean Indoor Air Act of 2003 that banned smoking in all indoor workplaces including restaurants and bars.

Policy Analyst, 04/1994 to 12/1995
NYS Health Maintenance Organization Council Albany, NY
  • Served NYSHMOC's 31-member health plans as liaison to state and local health departments.
  • Represented NYSHMOC at monthly Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee meetings with the state health department.
  • Assisted state agencies in applying for a 1115-b waiver to implement a mandatory Medicaid Managed Care program in the state.
  • REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK.

VOLUNTEER President/Board Member, 01/2006 to 01/2012
Food Bank of Northeastern New York Laham, NY

Education
Master of Arts: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 1995
UAlbany/Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy - Albany, NY

BACHELOR OF ARTS: 1986
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy University at Albany -

Bachelor of Arts: English/Journalis, 1986
State University of New York, College at New Paltz -