Suzanne Clark has been promoted to senior executive vice president, the Chamber’s number two executive, and will lead the organization’s Government Affairs Division beginning in January 2017, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue announced.
Joining Clark in an expanded government affairs team will be Neil Bradley, former deputy chief of staff and principal policy advisor to House Majority Leaders Kevin McCarthy and Eric Cantor, who has been hired as senior vice president and chief policy officer. American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, will advise the chamber on a range of issues as a senior policy counsellor.
U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President of Congressional and Public Affairs Jack Howard will work closely with Bradley and will lead an expanded lobbying effort on Capitol Hill as a new Congress convenes. Political veteran Scott Reed, an architect of the Chamber’s successful voter education program, will devote his efforts to a strategy that will apply the Chamber’s political influence and tactics to upcoming legislative and policy battles, while also beginning immediately on plans for the 2018 mid-term election cycle.
Donohue also announced that former Small Business Administration Chief Counsel for Advocacy Thomas Sullivan has been hired as vice president of Small Business Policy and executive director of the Small and Mid-Market Business Councils. Sullivan will work to organize the Chamber’s smaller company members into a more potent force in Washington, D.C. and the states.
“Our new government affairs team, under the leadership of Suzanne Clark, will ensure that the Chamber has the vision, the experience, the policy depth, and the grassroots lobbying and political clout to vigorously defend and advance the business community’s interests as a new government takes office in Washington,” said Donohue.
“Suzanne is the ideal choice to lead this all-star team,” continued Donohue. “Her prior experience as the Chamber’s chief operating officer, as president of the National Journal Group of Atlantic Media, and as CEO and owner of a Washington-based public policy research organization gives her an unparalleled perspective on the issues and public attitudes facing our members. She is an individual of high energy, keen intelligence, and total integrity who enjoys the trust and confidence of the Chamber’s board, key members, federation partners, and me.
“Neil Bradley will bring us an extraordinary depth of knowledge and strategic direction on the many vital policy issues affecting business and our economy. He is widely respected in Washington and has worked directly with congressional committee chairmen and other high-ranking policymakers to achieve solutions and find common ground. He will be a strong asset whose door will be open to our members, policymakers, journalists, and the association community,” Donohue said.
“Doug Holtz-Eakin is a policy innovator whose intellectual honesty is admired across the political spectrum. He will play a key role in helping the Chamber develop and advance positive, free market-oriented policy alternatives to Washington’s status quo approaches,” Donohue continued. “And, few individuals in this country better understand the needs, interests, and potential influence of America’s small businesses than Tom Sullivan.”
These moves were precipitated by the upcoming retirement of Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten after an outstanding 42-year career at the Chamber. Sullivan succeeds Giovanni Coratolo, who retired earlier this year. Bradley’s role as senior vice president and chief policy officer is a new position.
“With a new administration and Congress on the way, we couldn’t have assembled a better team at such an important moment for the business community and our country,” concluded Donohue. “We are well positioned for success in 2017 and beyond.”