Helen Milby, Founder and Board Chair
Helen Milby is the founder and president of Helen Milby & Company, a strategic, fundraising and non-profit consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Before founding HM&CO in 2005, Ms. Milby built a solid record as a senior political and non-profit fundraising executive.
Over the last 20 years, she has worked tirelessly for moderate political leaders and pro-innovation ideals, serving first as the Director of Development for the Democratic Leadership Council and the Progressive Policy Institute, and then as president of her own company.
Ms. Milby is a native Washingtonian, a graduate of the Madeira School, and she received a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College; she and her husband have two daughters.
Claude Fontheim is the CEO of Fontheim International, LLC. Mr. Fontheim advises clients regarding global corporate social responsibility and public policy. He has over 30 years of experience in these fields and was among the first CSR practitioners.
Mr. Fontheim previously served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, and the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. He was also Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council’s Project on the Global Economy and International Trade.
Mr. Fontheim has published numerous articles, including on international trade, corporate social responsibility, and labor policy. These articles have appeared in Blueprint magazine, PR Week, various scholarly journals, and he authored the chapter on European telecommunications policy and regulation in the American Enterprise Institute series, “The United States Faces a United Europe,” and the concluding chapter of Trade Policy: The Lawyer’s Perspective of which he was co-editor.
Sam Fried serves as Executive Vice President — Law, Policy & Governance of L Brands, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company, offering products sold internationally at retail and online under the following brands: Bath & Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, La Senza, Pink, Victoria's Secret, and White Barn Candle Company. Mr. Fried joined the predecessor of L Brands in 1991 as its first General Counsel. His portfolio also includes service as Secretary and counsel to the Board of Directors, Chief Compliance Officer, and the company’s representative to key domestic and global stakeholders in government and civil society.
Mr. Fried has been a leader and an innovator in numerous civic, religious, educational, and philanthropic organizations. He is also active in Democratic politics at the federal, state, and local levels and has participated in the leadership ranks of every presidential campaign since 1991. In addition, President Clinton publicly acknowledged Mr. Fried as the source of his administration’s major policy initiative to “put a human face on the global economy.” Mr. Fried continues to work on substantive issue development and fundraising for a number of leading political candidates and organizations.
Steve Glickman is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), a bi-partisan research, policy, and advocacy organization focusing on revitalizing distressed communities through private investment and improved access to capital, supporting entrepreneurship and the growth of new businesses, and championing a more innovative U.S. economy. Steve is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches on economic diplomacy and international trade for the School of Foreign Service.
Steve previously served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2013, most recently as a senior economic advisor at the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council. Earlier, Steve served as Deputy Associate Counsel at the White House, as well as Chief of Staff for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.
Prior to his service in the Administration, Steve worked on Capitol Hill as Counsel to Chairman Henry Waxman and legislative aide to then-Congressman Ed Markey. He also served as a Trial Attorney and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Steve received his B.A. and M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University, J.D. from Columbia Law School, and LL.M. from the London School of Economics. He is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, Atlantic Council Millennium Fellow, and Truman National Security Fellow. Steve was born in Detroit, raised in California, and now lives with his wife, Christen, in Washington, DC.
Raj Goyle is co-CEO of Bodhala, a leading legal technology company based in New York City and Ann Arbor focused on data analytics and legal procurement.
Goyle received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and was elected to the the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006 where he was the first Asian American elected in the history of the state of Kansas. Goyle defeated a three-term Republican incumbent to become the first Democrat to ever hold the seat. Goyle was re-elected in 2008 and ran a nationally recognized race for the US House in 2010. In 2012, he was one of the top fundraisers for President Obama's re-election and currently serves on the National Finance Committee for Hillary Clinton. Prior to holding elected office, Goyle worked as a senior fellow and senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC and as a civil rights attorney focused on election reform and juvenile justice. He is a frequent speaker on a range of political and policy topics. He serves on the boards of Hunger Free America, the American India Foundation, NewDEAL Democrats, Everyartist.me, Issue One and chairs the board of the State Innovation Exchange. Goyle lives in New York with his wife Monica Arora, a partner at Proskaeur. They have two daughters.
Michael Kempner is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MWWPR. He is a nationally recognized authority on reputation management, crisis management, public affairs, business to business, consumer marketing and corporate social responsibility, and has counseled some of the world’s most prominent executives, organizations and companies. Michael has been honored with several of the industry’s highest accolades, including PRWeek’s PR Professional of the Year.
An active member of his community, Michael is a Founding Board Member of ConnectOne Bank, and a board member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Goodwill Industries International, and the Coalition for the Homeless.
Melissa Maxfield serves as Senior Vice President of Federal Government Affairs and is a Corporate Officer for Comcast NBCUniversal. In this role, she is responsible for all legislative issues for Congress and the Administration, all political activities for the company in Washington, DC, along with corporate affairs. She also co-manages the company’s corporate office in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2003, Melissa served as the top political staffer for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota (1999-2003). She also worked on Senator Daschle’s re-election campaign (1996-1998) and served as his political liaison at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Melissa worked for Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska during his 1992 Presidential campaign, his 1994 Senate re-election campaign and at the DSCC during his Chairmanship from 1995-1996. She also worked for Senator Bill Nelson during his 1990 Florida gubernatorial campaign.
Melissa was named among the Top Corporate Lobbyists in Washington in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, by The Hill newspaper and as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2015. She was also named among the Most Powerful Women in Cable in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 by CableFAX: The Magazine and as one of MultiChannel’s Wonder Women in 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA.
Gilberto S. Ocañas is a senior advisor at Dentons, and has spent thirty years working to build a network of political and business relationships with community leaders, operatives, entrepreneurs and elected officials. His coalition-building skills include gathering local intelligence, performing political outreach and crafting communications strategies that work for his clients. This unique combination of experience has led to Gilberto providing quality business management consulting services to clients in both the public and private sectors, domestically and internationally.
A veteran of four presidential campaigns, Gilberto most recently led the National Latino Presidential Campaign for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2000. Other roles include twice serving as the DNC regional field director, in addition to his role as DNC director of the Office of Voter Participation under the late Chairman Ron Brown. Gilberto has run statewide campaigns in Texas. When he began, he was one of the first Hispanics to do so. When he was director of Communications for the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, he led one of the most successful voter registration and education groups in the Southwest.
Holly Page is a Principal at the Page Agency, which helps people and organizations advance their ideas and causes in Washington. She works to spark effective connections, forge powerful partnerships, and create breakthrough opportunities for clients. She has worked with leading political and advocacy organizations, Fortune 500 corporations, industry associations, individuals, and several of the nation’s largest non-profits to develop key programs and navigate third party groups that influence the political and policy process.
Leslie Pollner is a senior policy advisor in the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Ms. Pollner focuses on several key industries, including transportation, economic development and housing. Her extensive experience in government at both the federal and local level allows her to help clients develop innovative solutions and advocacy strategies to achieve results.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pollner was the deputy mayor for federal affairs in Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She led the city of Los Angeles' office in Washington, D.C., directed its federal advocacy efforts, and managed lobbying teams at the Los Angeles port, airport and public utilities commissions. Ms. Pollner was also the principal liaison with the U.S. Conference of Mayors while Mayor Villaraigosa was the president of the organization and worked with mayors across the country on key issues, including building a coalition to support the transportation reauthorization bill.
Prior to that, Ms. Pollner was a two-time chief of staff for U.S. Reps. Suzanne Kosmas and Tim Mahoney, both of Florida. She has also worked in public affairs consulting and crisis communications support for Fortune 500 companies and helped develop communications strategies for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, concentrating on the nonprofit's education investments.
Charlie Salem is the Managing Director of Public Policy Advocacy for U.S Government Affairs and is based in Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Charlie joined Microsoft in November 2010 and brings nearly 20 years of government experience from both federal and state government to this position. He oversees and manages an internal team of nine policy counsel members who provide expertise on a wide-ranging set of issues.
Before joining Microsoft, Charlie served as Chief of Staff to U. S. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), who was first elected to the Senate in 1998 after two very successful terms as Governor of Indiana. Bayh was reelected to the Senate in 2004 and retired in 2010. Charlie served as the Senator’s principal advisor on all political, communications, and policy matters. He also founded the Senate Moderate Democrats Working Group, comprised of 20 Senators working on issues such as health care reform, energy, tax policy, budget, and education.
Prior to his time in the U.S. Senate, Charlie worked for two-term Governor Lawton Chiles (D-FL) for eight years in several capacities. During Governor Chiles’ first term, he served as special assistant to the budget director and helped direct Florida’s relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. Later, he served in Governor Chiles’ Washington, D.C. office as health policy counsel, helping to negotiate several Medicaid waivers to expand health insurance coverage and spearheading an effort to protect Florida’s tobacco settlement dollars from federal recoupment. In 1997, he was appointed by Governor Chiles as Director of the Florida Washington Office, assuming primary responsibility for all federal issues affecting the state including health and welfare reform, transportation, criminal justice, education, disaster relief, and immigration.
Charlie received his B.A. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar.