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ELIZABETH A. C.
Ln. N., , Plymouth, MN
professional network in the government, business, and nonprofit communities;
strong relationships with government and elected officials; career with
the New York State Legislature and with several Chambers of Commerce
Builder… Polished Community and Business Leader… Business Relationship
GOVERNMENT/COMMUNITY RELATIONS SPECIALIST
offering + years of experience in government relations and extensive
interactions with elected local, state, and national government officials.
Provide an exceptional understanding of government and legislative processes
gained through a career with the New York State Legislature. Recognized,
as a dynamic government relations specialist who has worked extensively
within the complex legislative system and achieved desired results.
government relations expert who understands the needs of corporations
and constituents. Capable of assisting businesses and nonprofits, influencing
government leaders, and helping drive legislative and regulatory changes.
Thrive on the opportunity to work with grassroots groups, build coalitions,
sponsor new issues and causes, and make a significant difference. Involved
in several nonprofit organizations; held roles including Board of Directors.
Areas of Expertise:
Strategic Partnerships and
Grassroots Advocacy Programs
Advocacy and Educational
Profit & Loss Management
Board of Director Relationships
Letters of Request, Funding
Member of team
that wrote and passed legislation and a new state constitutional
amendment that facilitated the expansion of an airport runway within
the Adirondack Park.
in a grassroots program in Florida that supported a ballot amendment
to increase percentage of votes required to modify the Florida State
Constitution. Help gain extensive press coverage; interviewed by local
in securing grants and private donations to sponsor a community
railstotrails project that had been suspended several years. Project
received vast media coverage and was one of the first of its kind in
upstate New York.
for the Chamber Alliance of New York, which lobbied for legislation
to provide affordable health insurance for New York entrepreneurs. Catalyst
in the development, lobbying, and final passage of a bill signed by
Former Governor Pataki; involved in garnering press coverage for new
PARKS & TRAILS COUNCIL
OF MINNESOTA – Exec. Director St. Paul, MN…………….…………………
improve management and internal operations of organization. Revamp
budgeting and overall financial
for organization. Improve coordination of operations with the
MN Department of Natural Resources.
internal controls, operations and procedures.
streamlined relationships and operations with the MN DNR
with contract lobbyist to prioritize and influence the Legislature on
the use of funding for the Parks and Trails portion of the Amendment
CLEARWATER REGIONAL CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE – Pres./CEO Clearwater, FL to
Hired to enhance relationships
with local and state government officials, accelerate communications
among Chamber members, and conduct a review of the organization’s
financial status. Executive leadership role includes Profit and Loss
management, revenue and cost saving strategies, general business management,
operations, media relations, community relationships, and multimillion
dollar budget management. Represent the Chamber and its Board of Directors
at public hearings, press conferences, and business meetings.
Founded and lead
a new Political Action Committee. Highly involved in a grassroots campaign
designed to persuade city residents to pass a referendum allowing the
construction of boat slips at the city’s waterfront. Committee was
successful in achieving goals as this issue had been declined three
times in the past.
relationships with officials employed by local, state, and federal government
Recognized as a
principal supporter of all Chamber of Commerce organizations in Pinellas
County that worked diligently to promote tourism. Helped secure $,
in funding from the County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
leaders to identify need to sell office building, as it no longer met
the needs of the organization. Instrumental in selling building for
$. million and producing $ million in profit.
expenses by $, in , improved the financial standing, and propelled
GREATER SOUTHERN DUTCHESS CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE – President Wappingers Falls, NY to
Championed and supervised the
constructions of a new office, cultivate relationships with local government
officials, and negotiate contract with the county to operate a minor
league baseball stadium. Led all operational aspects of organization.
across New York by serving as the Chairperson of the Chamber Alliance
of New York State; conducted scores of presentations focused on health
insurance issues, grassroots advocacy efforts, and other subjects.
Championed a new
government relations advocacy program in concert with the Business Council
of New York State, which enabled businesses to participate and have
a voice in important legislative issues.
Formed a c
organization to support new educational, economic development, and arts
program, and generate revenue to support programs.
Acted as a key person
during a campaign that raised $, to help fund the construction
of a new office.
Received a Star
accreditation rating from the US Chamber of Commerce – one of two
Chambers in New York to achieve that rating in .
FULTON COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY – President Gloversville, NY to
Leveraged previous legislative
experience to establish a new Legislative Program and cultivate relationships
with local, state, and government officials. Initially secured funding
to support various tourism programs vital to economic growth, improve
membership programs, and lead all organizational functions.
Directed a campaign
that secured a $, grant from ISTEA to build a new visitors center.
initiatives that delivered $, in days to support a community
Founded a “First
Night GloversvilleJohnstown” event that included venues and
volunteers; first event was attended by , citizens. Event generated
$, in profit during the second year.
NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE
– Albany, NY to
Committee Analyst, Senator
Michael Tully – to
Legislative Aide, Assemblyman
Anthony J. Casale – to
Assemblyman John G.A. O’Neil – to
Gained rich experience
in drafting, promoting, and implementing legislation from concept to
final delivery to the Governor of New York for approval.
issues and communicated votes to constituents via direct mail. Partnered
with constituents to understand and resolve their issues with state
and federal agencies.
due diligence on legislative issues regarding water resources and bottled
water licensing; presented information to the Senators Task Force for
their consideration and action.
Worked with elected
officials to draft and pass a state constitutional amendment, and garner
support from the public, which encouraged ratification.
& PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
of Science, Political Science, The College of Saint Rose, Albany,
Institute for Organizational Management Texaco Management Institute
of Commerce Member of Committee of
Federation Advisory Board Work Net Pinellas Board of Directors
Downtown Development Board Business Council of New York State
Past Member, Statewide Steering Committee Chamber Alliance of New York State
Member of Advisory Committee Big Brothers, Big Sisters,
Action Agency, Former Board Member