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NILE Announces 2023 Top Lobbyist Recipients



Fairfax, VA, The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics (NILE) is thrilled to announce the recipients of its 2023 Top Lobbyist award. In 2020 NILE embarked on a mission to create an annual list that recognizes excellence in lobbying while ensuring the selection process is purely merit-based. Our dedicated panel of judges blindly evaluated each nominee to guarantee that the honor of being a Top Lobbyist is earned solely through outstanding performance and dedication to their profession in the given year.


“This award celebrates the top in our profession this year,” stated Jocelyn Hong, NILE President. “This award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to those they represent, as well as those who have made a commitment to giving back through pro-bono work. Given the number of local, state, and federal lobbyists, grassroots, and PAC professionals, to be singled out by your peers for this award has real meaning,” added Hong.


The 2023 Top Lobbyist list is a diverse representation of the advocacy profession, featuring lobbyists, PAC professionals, and grassroots professionals who were nominated by their peers. These individuals have not only demonstrated their exceptional skills in advocacy but have also showcased innovation and thought leadership, earned high regard from their clients and peers, and actively contribute to their community through charity/pro bono work. Their dedication, expertise, and commitment to ethical practices have made them exemplary representations of the profession.


The 2023 Top Lobbyist recipients will be celebrated at an awards reception on November 16, 2023, where they will receive the recognition for their outstanding achievements in 2023.


NILE congratulates and proudly announces the following individuals as 2023 Top Lobbyist recipients:



Association Category

Brian Banks, American Counseling Association

Edward Cross, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association

Allison Cunningham, American Gas Association

Mary Kate Cunningham, American Society of Association Executives

Shawn Donilon, National Association of Broadcasters

David Edmonson, TechNet

Justin Elliot, American Physical Therapy Association

Jeff Evans, American Society of Association Executives

Wes Fisher, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

David French, National Retail Federation

Andrew Fullerton, March of Dimes

Jon Gentile, National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

Marco Giamberardino, National Electrical Contractors Association

Anders Gilberg, Medical Group Management Association

James Gelfand, The ERISA Industry Committee

Scott Greytak, Transparency International U.S.

Joshua Habursky, Premium Cigar Association

Jordan Howard, Associated General Contractors of America

Micaela Isler, National Association of Business Political Action Committees

Kernard Jones, Waterford.org

Ronny Lau, National Education Association

Larry LeClair, National Association of Surety Bond Producers

Danielle McBeth, Florida A&M University

Bill McCabe, K9s For Warriors

Katherine McGuire, American Psychological Association

Robert Mellion, Massachusetts Package Store Association

Paul Moradkhan, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce

Kelsey Odom, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association

Jason Ortega, National Wooden Pallet & Container Association

Paulo Pontemayor, Catholic Health Association of the United States

Sasha Pudelski, The School Superintendents Association

Jill Sims, Hospitality Minnesota

Tyler Smith, Everytown for Gun Safety

Michele Stanley, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

Mary Lee Watts, American Society for Microbiology

Nathaniel Wienecke, American Property Casualty Insurance Association


Corporate Category

Casey Aden-Wansbury, Instacart

Andrew Barnhill, IQVIA

Laura Berkey-Ames, BASF Corporation

Kendra Brown, Mastercard

Justin Clayton, UnitedHealth Group

Marjorie Dickman, BlackBerry

Anjelica Dortch, SAP

Theresa Fariello, United Airlines

Joe Fawell, Air Liquide

Eric Johnston, Marriott International

Jeff Le, Conduent

Stephen McCall, Firefly Aerospace

Robert Rose, MetLife

Amirah Salaam, Adtalem Global Education Inc.

Tom Saunders, Ports America

Zuraya Tapia-Hadley, Televisa Univision

Molly Wilkinson, American Airlines

Cherie Wilson, Delta Airlines


Large Firm Category

Anna Abram, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Nathaniel Bell, DLA Piper

Jose Felix Diaz, Ballard Partners

David W. Jones, Capitol Counsel

Allison Kassir, King & Spalding LLP

Dee Martin, Bracewell LLP

Mary Beth McGowan, Dykema Gossett PLC

Jessica Monahan, Arnold & Porter

Dao Nguyen, Cornerstone Government Affairs

David Olander, Capitol Counsel

David H. Reid, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Arshi Siddiqui, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Amy Smith, Arnold & Porter

Andrew Tabler, K&L Gates LLP

Ivan Zapien, Hogan Lovells


Small Firm Category

John Lucas Adair, Keller Partners & Company

Saat Alety, Federal Hall Policy Advisors

Ashlie Bagwell, Harris Jones & Malone, LLC

Debra Dixon, Ferox Strategies

Gerard Evans, Evans & Associates

Tom Fahy, Capitol Meteorologics

Marla Grossman, ACG Advocacy

Katie Hazlett, Commonwealth Strategic Partners

Brian Hess, I Street Advocates

Suri Kasirer, Kasirer

Paul Klein, Tri-Strategies

Frank McCarthy, McCarthy Advanced Consulting

Erin Neal, Velocity Government Relations

Michael O’Brien, MOB Advocacy

Kristy Park, Park Government Relations

Keith Pemrick, Commonwealth Strategic Partners

Lisa Peto, Mindset

Randi Reid, KDCR Partners

Lynne Schlosser, Lynne M. Schlosser, LLC

William Strusinski, Libby Law Office

Peggy Tighe, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

Xavier Warren, Congressional Partners

Becky Weber, Prime Policy Group

Paul Weiss, Prime Policy Group


Grassroots Category

Na’ilah Amaru, Women Creating Change

Davon Gray, American Institute of Architects

Ethan Lott, March of Dimes

Austin O’Boyle, Aristotle International

Anne Russell-Thompson, National Corn Growers Association


Political Action Committee Category

Dave Bender, American Council of Engineering Companies

Catherine Harris, American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology


Student Advocate

Zayd Ahmad Hamid, George Mason University


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About the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics


The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics is a non-partisan organization committed to fostering ethical lobbying practices and promoting the highest standards of professionalism in the lobbying profession. NILE serves as a resource for lobbying professionals, offering training, education, and best practices to ensure the profession maintains its integrity and contributes positively to the democratic process. NILE is the home of the Public Policy Certificate, the gold standard for continuing education for lobbyists.


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