Mark Nelson is Oregon’s leading business lobbyist and political strategist. Since 1980, Nelson has represented a multitude of diverse interests before the Oregon legislature, has provided campaign management for over 30 statewide ballot measure campaigns, and has built a leading public opinion survey research firm that specializes in polling for political campaigns, statewide ballot measures, local school districts, and local projects.
J.L. Wilson comes with a 16-year history in public affairs and lobbying as past Executive Director of NFIB/Oregon and past Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Associated Oregon Industries. Wilson has been a full-time lobbyist representing primarily business interests since 2000. Prior to that, he served as Legislative Director for two Speakers of the Oregon House.
DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Justen Rainey is a full time lobbyist and political strategist for Public Affairs Counsel. Prior to joining Public Affairs Counsel in 2012, Justen served as the Legislative Director for Oregon House of Representatives Co-Speaker Bruce Hanna. Justen held a similar legislative position with the Oregon Senate Republican office. Rainey began his professional career in 2001, where he spent 7 years as an aide to U.S. Congressman Greg Walden in his Washington D.C. office and Bend office.
DIRECTOR OF COALITION AND GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT
Alison Hart leads Public Affairs Counsel’s association management practice. Previously, Alison served as Chief Executive Officer for the Gresham Chamber of Commerce. An accomplished business and community leader, Alison’s career has included designing, developing, marketing and facilitating membership and community-building programs for both private sector and nonprofit organizations. Alison holds a Certified Meeting Planning Designation from MPI. Her additional experience includes managing a corporate marketing department for a subsidiary of the Daily Mail & General Trust, as well as membership services with the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Danile Kelly is the controller at Public Affairs Counsel since 1999, having come to the firm after 20 years in accounting with Evergreen Helicopters in McMinnville where she held the position of controller. For Public Affairs Counsel and its association clients, she is responsible for contribution and expenditure reports, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, tax reports, and financial statements. Kelly’s experience in accounting and financial management is unparalleled.
OPERATIONS AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER
Alicia Givens has been with PAC since 2005, offering over ten years of project management expertise to lobby, survey research and campaign clients. Ms. Givens manages Public Affairs Counsel’s day-to-day operations. She also oversees scheduling, tracking bills during legislative session and preparing legislative reports. She’s the proud mother of her five year old daughter Addison Ray who also helps her mom manage the Public Affairs Counsel family.
Chad Horgan is a recent graduate of The Daniels College of Business at The University of Denver, majoring in international business with a minor in socio-legal studies. Chad is a language enthusiast, having spent a combined 21 years studying French, Spanish and Italian. Chad’s prior experience includes working for US Congressman Luke Messer in the Congressman’s Washington, D.C. office.