Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Information Alert: Meet Our GA Team

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Victoria Cobb, President

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Information Alert: Meet Our GA Team


Tomorrow, the General Assembly will come to town for the 2012 session.  All eyes will be on the state Senate beginning at noon as procedural votes and decisions about committees and rules take place.  The political drama will set the stage for the rest of the 60-day session and will be fascinating to watch. (You can observe the state Senate when it in session by clicking here.)


Yesterday, our GA team assembled to begin preparing for what will likely prove to be one of the busiest and most demanding sessions in our history.  The stakes are high, and great are the opportunities that lay before us.  We have been working toward this moment for months, from our policy team researching the issues and preparing our agenda to our Winning Matters 11 effort to bring about a conservative Senate. 


Each year The Family Foundation represents you in the halls of the General Assembly.  Our full time policy staff, including myself, our VP Chris Freund, and our policy analyst Jessica Cochrane, brings nearly 25 years of experience to the advocacy work we do.  Normally, we contract with one or two additional lobbyists to help us during a GA session.  This year, however, due to the opportunity before us and the generosity of our donors, we have hired four additional lobbyists and a coordinator to make sure that your values are heard loud and clear. 


I urge you to be praying specifically for our team over the next two months.  Session is a spiritually and physically exhausting time.  We need God’s grace, wisdom and discernment as we engage legislators, explain policies and urge grassroots involvement. 


The following people have joined us for this session.  I’m excited about the team we’ve put together and look forward to all that will be accomplished:


Steve Rossie

This will be Steve’s seventh legislative session with us as a lobbyist, but Steve also serves as our full-time blogger and social media coordinator.  Steve brings a wealth of experience and expertise in government relations, communications and public relations.  Steve has in-depth understanding of the nuances of the General Assembly and relationships with dozens of legislators.  He focuses primarily on property rights and budget issues.


Mary Doug Enghauser

Mary Doug has been involved with The Family Foundation in various capacities since the organization’s humble beginnings.  She has been both an activist and advocate, having worked in past years as a lobbyist for us and for homeschool organizations.  She will be focused primarily on the issues surrounding school choice.


Mark Earley, Jr.

The name may be familiar to you.  Mark is the son of former Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley.  Mark worked for The Family Foundation as a field representative during our 2009 Winning Matters Campaign, and since has been working within Governor Bob McDonnell’s administration.  Mark is preparing to enter law school later this year.  He will be focused on life issues this session.


Mark Barrett

Mark just completed his undergraduate work at Columbia International University in South Carolina.  He is well-versed in the activities of The Family Foundation and brings fresh energy and perspective to our efforts. 


Adam Wise

Adam recently served as a field representative in The Family Foundation’s Winning Matters 11 campaign where he covered the Roanoke area.  Adam is a graduate of Liberty University and has been working in music ministry and spent time doing government contract work in Afghanistan.  He will serve as our General Assembly Coordinator, responsible for internal logistics and communications for the GA staff.


We also have several interns and pages assisting us this year.  Thank you for your prayers on behalf of everyone here!

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