IPA Election Coverage – Part I
Despite major disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. is still facing one of the most pivotal election years in history.
Listen in as this webinar takes a closer look into the ever-shifting dynamics in the battle for the White House between Trump and Biden, the prospects for another Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House, how a global pandemic could fundamentally change the way America votes moving forward, and how various potential outcomes could impact your business, the industry and the general voting public.
Anya CovermanSVP, Government Affairs and General Counsel, IPA
Anya is the IPA’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and General Counsel. Anya leads the IPA’s legislative, regulatory and legal initiatives, including the IPA’s Political Action Committee (PAC). Anya serves as the primary liaison and senior policy representative before Congress, the Administration, and federal and state financial and self-regulatory agencies on all aspects of financial services policy affecting the PDI industry. Anya also counsels the IPA on all internal legal matters. She is a regular speaker at conferences and public events and is often quoted in financial news and industry publications.
Prior to joining the IPA, Anya was the Deputy Director of Policy and Associate General Counsel at the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the national association representing state financial regulators. She also has practiced corporate and securities law at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP in Washington, D.C., and, prior to that, at a boutique financial services law firm in New York City.
Anya received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Miami. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Virginia, New York and Texas. Anya enjoys travel, oil painting and spending time with her family.
Chris McCannellSenior Government Affairs Consultant, GrayRobinson
Chris McCannell brings more than 20 years of Washington experience and insight to the clients of the GrayRobinson. His clients include Angel Capital Association, Prudential Plc., Center for American Entrepreneurship, National Association of Truck Stop Operators, Manufactured Housing Institute, 98Point6, US Travel, Etihad Airlines, and Broadmark Capital. Chris is known for his high-level engagement with House Democratic leadership on behalf of his clients.
Prior to joining Eris Group, GrayRobinson’s predecessor, Chris led APCO Worldwide’s Washington financial services and government relations practice. He previously served as vice president of government affairs at Ameriprise Financial and as a director at Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a bipartisan government relations firm in Washington, D.C.
Before joining Ameriprise Financial, Chris was chief of staff to Rep. Michael E. McMahon (D-N.Y.). Earlier in his career, he served as chief of staff and floor assistant to Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), a member of the Committee on Ways and Means and chair of the Democratic caucus. Chris was also press secretary to Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-M.D.). He began his career as a press assistant in the office of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and the office of the Democratic Policy Committee.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in international relations from Fordham University.
Doyle BartlettManaging Shareholder DC, GrayRobinson
Doyle is a member of the Firm’s government affairs and lobbying group and leads the federal lobbying arm of GrayRobinson. In his early career, Doyle served for five years as Chief of Staff to Representative Bill McCollum, supporting Congressman McCollum’s work as vice chair of the House Banking Commit t ee and chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Crime Subcommittee. He oversaw Bill McCollum’s rac e for the U.S. Senate in 1999-2000 and his successful campaign for Florida Attorney General in 2006. Doyle cofounded the Eris Group in 2003 which was acquired by GrayRobinson in 2019. From 1988 to 1994, Doyle was general counsel and senior vice president for Legislat ive Servic es wit h the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, the professional association of state banking regulators. Before his time there, he was Manager of State Government Relations at Freddie Mac . Doyle c ame t o Washington in 1984 as staff to the House Banking Committee, supporting Congressman Bill McCollum in his position as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. He had previously served as McCollum’s district representative in Orlando, Florida. Background A Florida native, Doyle holds a degree in finance from the University of Florida and a law degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University. Doyle is a member of the Bar in both Oklahoma and the District of Columbia. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s Department of Political Science where he teaches a graduate level seminar of federal advocacy.
Greg MesackSenior Government Affairs Consultant, GrayRobinson
Greg Mesack has 20 years of experience in legislative and policy making in Washington, DC, serving in capacities both on and off Capitol Hill.
Greg began his career on Capitol Hill after graduating from Miami University, in Ohio. His career in politics began as an intern for Congressman Dave Camp, and then moved to staff assistant for Congressman Wally Herger. Greg then honed his political skills at the House Republican Conference as a legislative analyst for members of Congress.
In February 2001, Greg began work for Congressman Bob Ney as his legislative assistant, handling the policy portfolio of the Financial Services Committee. Soon after, he was named legislative director, where he oversaw Congressman Ney’s legislative staff and operations. During his time working for Congressman Ney Greg staffed the Conference Committee for critical legislation including Sarbanes-Oxley, TRIA and the FACT Act.
Greg left Capitol Hill in 2004 to work at America’s Community Bankers, a trade association representing banks across the nation. He was promoted to Director of Government Relations in 2006 and to Vice President in 2007. In 2007 Greg was named one of the top association lobbyists by The Hill newspaper.