We will gather leading lobbyists to explore the impact of the elections on various sectors of business and finance.
Moderator: Michelle Cottle
Panelists: Jeffrey Forbes, Bill Pierce, Heather Podesta, Ed Rogers
Michelle Cottle is a senior writer for National Journal. Before working for National Journal, she wrote for The Daily Beast and Newsweek. Ms. Cottle was a longtime senior editor at The New Republic, where her writing appeared in The Best American Political Writing of 2009.
The Honorable Jeffrey Forbes
Jeff Forbes is a 20-year veteran of political campaigns. Mr. Forbes has worked with and coordinated more than nine different campaigns, ranging from municipal candidates to the U.S. Congress, as well as the White House. He served as the Democratic staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance in 2003. He served as chief of staff to Senator Max Baucus from 1999-2002. Mr. Forbes is a veteran strategist for the Democratic National Committee serving from 1993-1995 as Midwest Political Director.
William Pierce joined APCO Worldwide in 2005. Mr. Pierce specializes in providing strategic advice and counsel, tactical execution and representation to health care clients. He helps clients develop strategies and tactics that combine media relations, policy, advocacy and alliances in campaigns to achieve definable objectives. He also provides crisis communication training and counsel.
Heather Podesta is a leading legislative and public policy strategist with experience on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. Her firm was recently named one of DC’s top 50 government relations firms by The National Law Journal. Ms. Podesta has guided clients from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits to success in Congress and the Executive Branch.
The Honorable Ed Rogers
Ed Rogers founded BGR Group with former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour in 1991. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Rogers served as the deputy assistant to President George H. W. Bush. Mr. Rogers served as senior deputy to Bush- Quayle Campaign Manager Lee Atwater. During the Reagan Administration, he served as special assistant to the President and deputy director of the Office of Political Affairs. Mr. Rogers is a contributor to the Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog. He is a visiting professor at the University of Alabama Law School and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.