U.S. Delegates traveling to Morocco: (Feb 2-10, 2013):
Peter Fenn: Fenn Communications Group is one of the nation’s top political and public affairs media firms. Since 1983, they have worked in over 300 campaigns, from President to Mayor, and represented a number of Fortune 500 companies. Peter has been in partnership with Tom King, Steve Murphy and Mark Putnam, producing ads for candidates in all 50 states. Increasingly, Fenn Communications Group has been assisting clients such as General Motors, Lockheed-Martin, 3M, The National Association of REALTORS, The Brookings Institution and the Humane Society of the U.S to provide strategic communications advice and produce image and issue advertising.
Prior to forming the firm, Peter was the first Executive Director of Democrats for the 80’s, a political action committee founded by Pamela Harriman and then-Governor Bill Clinton. Peter also served on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and as Washington Chief of Staff for Senator Frank Church. In 1983, Peter helped found and was the first Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics.
In 1996 and 1998, the firm was chosen as the lead media consultants for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, producing ads that helped win back seats for the Democrats. Peter served as a surrogate spokesperson on cable news programs for Gore 2000, Kerry in 2004 and in the general election for Obama 2008.
Peter has consulted overseas for the Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy. He produced television programs in Russia, Bosnia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic and consulted for political parties and candidates in such countries as South Africa, Mozambique, Romania, Latvia, Colombia, Northern Ireland, and Hungary. He worked in Egypt in 2012, conducting seminars with a dozen political parties, teaching over 80 participants.
His writing and producing have earned him Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants, Telly Awards, Summit Awards, Vision Awards and the award from PRNews for the Best Public Service Ad Campaign of 2005.
Peter has a B.A. from Macalester College, where he was President of the Alumni Association and where he is currently a Trustee. He earned a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He has been an Adjunct Professor at George Washington’s Graduate School of Political Management since 1995. Peter appears frequently as a TV commentator on the major networks and on cable news shows.
Rich Galen has a career that includes work in and out of politics, in and out of the United States. In 2003-2004, Rich did a tour of duty in Iraq where he went at the request of the White House. The assignment – which was to have lasted about eight weeks, stretched into six months. While there, he was responsible for bringing the message of the positive aspects of what the coalition was doing in Iraq back to Middle America.
Rich has been press secretary to Dan Quayle, when the former Vice President was a Congressman and a U.S. Senator; and to Newt Gingrich when Gingrich was House Republican Whip and, in 1996 became the communications director of the political office of Speaker Gingrich.
Rich also has extensive non-US business and political experience. At the time of the dissolution of the Communist governments in Eastern Europe, he was one of a select number of Americans sent over to help build a democratic political infrastructure. He spent a significant amount of time in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and what was then Czechoslovakia.
In 1992, Mr. Galen went to work for Electronic Data Systems as the director of a new organization known as the Emerging Markets Group where he designed and implemented a plan to help EDS expand its service offerings into new geographic areas. Under Mr. Galen’s guidance, EDS established operations in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt.
Since, March 1998, when he assumed the position of Executive Director of GOPAC, Mr. Galen has written a three-day-a-week political column – Mullings – which reaches some 400,000 people per month and is considered required reading by senior reporters and political operatives on both sides of the aisle.
In Washington, DC, Mr. Galen is an often quoted source for many of the major American news outlets. He has maintained excellent contacts with all of the networks, major daily newspapers, major news weeklies as well as the Associated Press and Reuters wire services. Mr. Galen is a frequent guest on television shows on FOX, CNN, the “Today” show, on “Good Morning America,” on ABC “World News Tonight” and on “Larry King Live.”
U.S. Delegates traveling to Morocco – September 14-26, 2012:
Occupation: Founder at Zeliff Enterprises, Senior Counselor, Former Member of Congress at The Livingston Group
Biography: William “Bill” H. Zeliff, Jr.is a former Republican Member of Congress from New Hampshire, serving from 1990 to 1997, and provides leadership at TLG as a Senior Counselor. Mr. Zeliff engages as a private advocate for client interests before state and federal governments and the business community.
During his congressional tenure, Mr. Zeliff served as Deputy Whip, where he helped create and implement the House agenda. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice under the House Government Reform Committee, Mr. Zeliff focused on drug policy and programs, elevating them in the public consciousness and making them a major issue in the 1996 presidential campaign. He was a member of the House Transportation Committee and served with distinction on the Surface Transportation, Water Resources and Aviation subcommittees, as well as serving on the Small Business Committee. Mr. Zeliff authored the “A to Z Budget Cutting Tool” used by members of Congress to encourage fiscal responsibility.
Outside of Congress, he has successfully built and operated three small businesses. In 1988, he won the New Hampshire Restaurant and Lodging Association’s prestigious Innkeeper of the Year award.
Mr. Zeliff, a native of East Orange, NJ, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut. He served honorably in the Connecticut Army National Guard and afterwards in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Occupation: State Program Director, Corporation for National & Community Service.
Education: B.S. in Psychology, Grand Canyon College Phoenix, AZ (1987)
Biography: Amy Dailey has over twenty years of experience in domestic and international programs and volunteer management. She started service as a Girl Scout mascot at age two and fulfilled a dream in 1990 when she was selected to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, North Africa as a special education teacher. Upon returning from Tunisia, Amy entered public service as a Recruitment Coordinator in the Los Angeles Regional Peace Corps Office. She served in that capacity for four years until she started working for the Corporation for National and Community Service, California State Office in 1997. Amy accepted the position as State Program Director for Oregon in 2006 and oversees a budget of over $5 million dollars in federal funding for the Senior Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) programs. These programs provide long-term volunteer opportunities for people 18 + and focus on sustainable solutions to address poverty and meeting local community needs across Oregon. Amy directly supervises two field staff and serves ex-officio as a member of the Oregon State Service Commission, Oregon Volunteers!
As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Amy is committed to helping people find meaningful domestic and international volunteer opportunities.
Specialties: Partnership development, recruitment, retention and recognition of volunteers, project development, grant management and fiscal oversight.
Sherry Shapiro (Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress)
Occupation: Senior Research Adviser, Congressional Research Service
Education: Graduate of the George Washington University and the Catholic
University of America School of Information Science.
Biography: Sherry Shapiro is a Senior Research Adviser for Foreign Affairs, Defense, Trade and Technology with the Congressional Research Service of the Library Of Congress. Ms. Shapiro serves as the lead information specialist in the area of foreign policy, intelligence policy, national security, and issues related to U.S. defense, trade, and international technology issues for the Congressional Research Service and develops and tests databases to enhance access to information on national security, intelligence policy, foreign policy and foreign technology issues for the legislative branch.
Ms. Shapiro provides information support for the 90 member research staff of The Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division of CRS and to key Congressional staff. In the performance of her duties, Ms. Shapiro facilitates the design and implementation of complex interdisciplinary research projects
involving national security, intelligence, law enforcement and trade policy. Ms. Shapiro speaks regularly to parliamentary groups on the role of the Legislator as consumers of information and on U.S. information and foreign policy issues. She has compiled extensive bibliographic studies on such topics
as information policy, legislative information systems, reform of the intelligence
community, information technology, and Parliamentary libraries.