Board of Advisors

GSPM’s Board of Advisors is made up of leaders from the forefront of today’s political and communications arenas who are active and engaged participants in the life of the school.

They provide valuable financial contributions and act as advocates on its behalf. It includes former members of Congress, as well as executive administration officials, national party chairs, presidential campaign managers, Washington power lobbyists, and public relations elites.

The board plays an essential role in recruiting adjunct faculty to teach at the school, as well as attracting high-profile guest lecturers and speakers. Their advocacy of the merits of the applied education our graduates receive at GSPM has raised the profile of our degrees in the political job market.


Current GSPM Board of Advisors:


Blue Co-Chair

Lindsay Ellenbogen, GSPM Adjunct Professor and Board Member, The Phillips Collection, GSPM '96

  • Former Deputy Director of Federal Affairs, City of New York


Red Co-Chair

Leigh Ann Pusey, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Eli Lilly & Company

  Find out more about why our board members joined us.

Jordan Bernstein, Chief Operating Officer, Cassidy and Associates, GSPM '98

Bret Caldwell, Special Assistant to the General President and Director of Communications, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, GSPM '96

Matt Chase, Executive Director, National Association of Counties, GSPM '98

Anthony Coley, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Communications, The Managed Funds Association, GSPM '06

Jesse Comart, Vice President, Head of Communications, Two Sigma, GSPM '12

  • Former policy aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Robert R. Hoopes, Jr., President, VOX Global, GSPM '92

  • Former senior staffer for then-Senator Joe Biden

Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners

  • Democratic Pollster for the George Washington University Battleground Poll

Laurence F. Lane, Vice President, Genesis HealthCare Corporation

Connie Mack IV, Principal, Liberty International Group & Mack Strategies

William Madway, Press Secretary of Green in ’18 and Penn Future, GSPM '13

Dr. Mauricio Moura, Chief Executive Officer, IDEIA Big Data, GSPM '14

David A. Norcross, Esq., Former Partner, Blank Rome LLP

  • Former Chairman of the Republican Party of New Jersey

Bill Press, Host of The Bill Press Show

  • Former Chairman of the California Democratic Party (1993-1996)

Dr. Felipe Ribadeneira, Managing Director, Birch Investments Ltd.

Traci Scott, Director of Communications for the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon, GSPM '96

The Honorable Cliff Stearns, (R, FL-6, 1989-2013), Executive Director, APCO Worldwide

Nien Su, Chief Economic Advisor with the U.S. House of Representatives, GSPM '05

Rex Wackerle, Vice President and Director, Prudential Financial

Ryan Walker, Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs, BP America, Inc.

Todd Webster, Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs, GSPM '96

  • Former Chief of Staff, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

Advisors Emeritus:

Thomas Buckmaster, Former Vice President of Communications, Honeywell

Mary Beth Cahill, National Political Director, United Auto Workers

Yolanda H. Caraway, President and CEO, The Caraway Group, Inc.

  • Former Deputy Chair for the Democratic National Committee

The Honorable Tony Coelho, (D, IL-15, 1979-89), Founding Partner, Vectis Strategies

  • Primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Ken Duberstein, President and CEO, Duberstein Group

  • Former Chief of Staff for President Ronald Regan

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Esq., Former President and CEO, American Gaming Association

  • Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1983-1989)

The Honorable Vic Fazio, (D, CA-3/4, 1979-99), Senior Advisor, Akin Gump

  • Former Chair of the House Democratic Caucus

L. Enrique Garcia, Presidente, Corporacion Andina de Fomento (The Largest Development Bank in Latin America)

Jack Gerard, Former CEO of the American Petroleum Institute

The Honorable Dan Glickman, (D, KS-4, 1977-1995) Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

  • Former Secretary of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton

Ed Goeas, President and CEO, The Tarrance Group

Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post

Maureen Kindel, Ed.D., Founder, Kindel Gagan

  • Former President of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works

Former Senator Mary Landrieu, (D-LA, 1997-2015), Senior Policy Advisor, Van Ness Feldman

Dr. Thomas Mackell, Jr., Chairman, United Benefits and Pension Service, Inc.

Ken Mehlman, Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR

  • Campaign Manager for Bush-Cheney '04; Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee (2005-2007)

Brian J. O'Dwyer, Esq., Partner, O'Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP

  • President's Commission on White House Fellowships under President Bill Clinton

Jack L. Oliver, Chairman, Bryan Cave Strategies, LLC

  • Former advisor, strategist, and National Finance Director for George W. Bush; Former Deputy Chairman of the Republican National Committee

Michael Paese, Co-Head of Global Government Affairs, Goldman Sachs 

Rick Sullivan, The Sullivan Company

  • Former President of International Operations, Fleischman Hillard

The Honorable Vin Weber, (R, MN-2, 1983-93), Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock

  • Former Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy

Wynelle White, Partner and CEO, White Consulting Group