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The Political Life

From campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between - a podcast about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

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Dominance of the Offense, Dominance of the Defense; Martin Gold Returns
This week Jim welcomes Martin Gold back to the podcast as they focus on the process of what the senate parliamentarian had to go through to determine what could be considered for the Inflation Reduction Act as part of the budget reconciliation process. Martin B. Gold is a partner with Capitol Counsel, LLC. In service to our clients, he brings over 40 years of legislative and private practice experience. He is a recognized authority and author on matters of congressional rules and parliamentary strategies, and U.S. policy in Asia. He frequently advises senators and their staff and serves on the adjunct faculty at George Washington University. In 2022, he received the College of Professional Studies Faculty Excellence Award. Before domestic business, professional, and academic audiences, he speaks about Congress as well as political and public policy developments. Capital Counsel works closely with their clients to set achievable goals, craft strategic arguments, and devise winning plans to address legislative challenges and opportunities. They implement winning strategies that help their clients meet their policy goals. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
24:36 09/30/2022
Should You Make the Move From In-House to a GR Firm? Saat Alety Makes the Leap and Joins "Fed Hall"
This week we welcome back friend of the podcast Saat Alety as he gives Jim an update on his recent move from Allstate to Fed Hall. Saat Alety is a Partner at Federal Hall Policy Advisors (Fed Hall), a leading bipartisan government affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Named to The Hill's Top Lobbyist list in 2021, Alety most recently led Allstate’s advocacy efforts with Congress, the White House, and federal agencies, in addition to its public policy development at the federal, state, and local level. Alety previously served as Majority Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development under U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. As Sen. Scott’s senior policy advisor on financial services issues, Alety led efforts that resulted in the enactment of legislation to grow consumer access to banking services, prevent synthetic identity theft, and modernize mortgage credit standards. Prior to his tenure as a Senate staffer, Alety spent three years as Communications Director to U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. While spokesperson, Alety was also a Legislative Assistant to Rep. Royce for his House Financial Services Committee portfolio. In addition to his Capitol Hill experience, Alety has held positions with the Financial Services Roundtable (now Bank Policy Institute), the leading trade association for the financial services industry, and the Romney 2012 presidential campaign. A native of Naperville, Illinois, Alety began his career in the office of U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL). He serves on the boards of directors/advisors for College to Congress, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the One Love Foundation. Alety is also an alumni advisor to the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and a recipient of its Jose M. Montano Jr. Award for "going above and beyond to sustain a pipeline of AAPI Hill staffers and leaders on the Hill." In 2022, Alety joined his undergraduate alma mater Loyola University Chicago as an adjunct professor in its political science department, teaching PLSC 238: Political Advocacy for the school's Washington program. He has also guest lectured for students at the University of Chicago, New York University, and American University. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
19:15 09/23/2022
Foreign Service or Politics? Mike Bober Chose Politics. Hear from the thoughtful leader of the Pet Advocacy Network.
This week we welcome Mike Bober to the podcast as he shares a bit about his personal story and tells Jim how he ended up in his current role as the President and CEO of the Pet Advocacy Network. After more than a decade in various political outreach roles, Mike now oversees all aspects of the pet care community’s agenda at the federal, state and municipal levels for the pet trade’s largest legislative trade association. He works to engage and educate elected officials on a variety of issues affecting companion animals and those who care for and about them. The Pet Advocacy Network's mission is to champion pets and responsible pet professionals with expertise and integrity. They envision a future with expanded opportunities to enjoy the companionship of healthy and well-treated pets, in which responsible pet care professionals are respected and seen as having the best interests of pets in mind. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
20:19 09/16/2022
First Ever! WASRG In-Person Inside the Dome Symposium! Maggie Mick gives us a sneak peek
This week we welcome Maggie Mick to the podcast as she gives Jim a sneak peek of WASRG's upcoming In-Person Inside the Dome Symposium in Washington, D.C.! Maggie Mick serves as Assistant Vice President at MultiState. Before joining the firm's leadership team, she spent nearly 12 years at The Council of State Governments, or CSG, nationally headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. Her final role was Chief Advancement Officer. Prior to her tenure at CSG, she was an aide in the United States Congress. In addition, she held public office as a member of the Lancaster City Council for two terms. The Washington Area State Relations Group (WASRG) is one of the nation’s largest organizations dedicated exclusively to serving state government relations professionals. Since the mid-1970s, WASRG has been providing its corporate, trade association and public sector members with a unique and valuable opportunity to interact with their peers, key state officials and public policy experts. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
17:04 09/09/2022
Get the Inside Scoop from Tim Storey, the Executive Director of NCSL
This week we welcome Tim Storey to the podcast to give Jim the rundown on what it's like to oversee the largest state legislature conference in the country. Tim Storey serves as the Executive Director of the NCSL. Prior to that, Storey spent the past 30 years working for and studying legislatures—specializing in elections, redistricting, legislative organization and leadership. As Executive Director of NCSL, he provides leadership and vision to diverse constituencies in achieving NCSL’s goals and implement organizational change in response to the shifting needs of legislatures and a dynamic political environment. Check out Tim's podcasts here: https://www.ncsl.org/podcast-portal Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
35:23 09/02/2022
Democrats Achieve Legislative Wins before The August Recess - We Dive in with Rich Gold
This week we welcome back friend of the show Rich Gold to discuss the recent wins for Democrative policy-makers in Congress. Rich Gold is the leader of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group and focuses his practice at the intersection of complex policy and political issues involving Congress, the executive branch, and the media. Mr. Gold has been recognized as a top lobbyist in Washington by The Hill, The National Journal, Washington SmartCEO, Super Lawyers, Washingtonian and The Washington Business Journal. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
24:11 08/26/2022
What did you do during COVID? Jake Bookwalter traveled the world.
This week we welcome James "Jake" Bookwalter onto the show to give us a rundown of his many international trips during the Covid-19 pandemic. You might be surprised by his favorite location over the past couple of years. James (better known as Jake) serves as Vice President for Legislative Information Services at Stateside Associates. Jake joined Stateside in 2011 as a legislative associate and served as a manager and senior manager before assuming his current role. As Vice President, Jake manages the overall legislative monitoring services provide to clients, manages each of the four legislative teams and is responsible for the overall accuracy, quality, and timeliness of the legislative monitoring and research. He is also responsible for the training of the professionals monitoring and analyzing legislation and political trends in all 50 states and the territories. In addition, Jake liaises with clients and frequently lectures about state issues. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
31:40 08/19/2022
The Future? Combining Investing and Government Relations. Meet Rachel Stern of InState Partners.
This week we welcome newcomer Rachel Stern the show to chat with Jim about their shared enjoyment of NCSL as well as Rachel's work with InState Partners. Rachel Stern is a Senior Vice President for InState Partners, a business line of Advantage Capital. As the founder of the business line, over the last decade she has invested in and advised InState’s extensive portfolio companies on how to foster effective partnerships between innovative technology solutions and state and local governments across the country. Rachel is also a graduate of the CORO™ Fellows Program, an intensive, full-time, graduate-level fellowship in public affairs. Through CORO, she worked in multiple sectors of public affairs, including non-profits, public companies and private equity-backed businesses, state government and electoral campaigns. She received her MBA from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business and her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
35:48 08/12/2022
NCSL – You think your perceptions are correct? Think again. Keynote Speaker and part time F16 pilot Eric M. Bailey outlines “Using Brain Science to Explain Irrational Behavior”
This week we welcome keynote speaker and author Eric M. Bailey onto the show (fresh off his presentation at NCSL) to chat with Jim about perception versus reality when it comes to understanding our real-life human colleagues and co-workers. Eric M. Bailey is the bestselling author of The Cure for Stupidity: Using Brain Science to Explain Irrational Behavior and President of Bailey Strategic Innovation Group, one of the fastest-growing human communication consulting firms in the United States. Eric has a diverse set of experiences that includes helping NFL All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald pet a rhinoceros, doing barrel rolls in an F-16, and chatting with LL Cool J on the campus of Harvard University. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
23:03 08/05/2022
Chips Plus Science and the Inflation Reduction Act!!
This week we welcome back friend of the show Rich Gold and his Holland & Knight colleague Chris DeLacy to discuss the Chips Plus Science Act as well as the Inflation Reduction Act. They also take a bit of time to make some predictions about the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game. Chris DeLacy is the leader of the Political Law Group and a member of the Public Policy & Regulation team at Holland & Knight. For 18 years, he has been representing corporations, trade associations, local governments, coalitions and nonprofits before Congress and the executive branch. Mr. DeLacy has extensive experience with cybersecurity, data breach, privacy, maritime, agriculture and trade issues. He has helped to develop legislation and federal policies in these areas and has represented clients during related hearings. Rich Gold is the leader of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group and focuses his practice at the intersection of complex policy and political issues involving Congress, the executive branch, and the media. Mr. Gold has been recognized as a top lobbyist in Washington by The Hill, The National Journal, Washington SmartCEO, Super Lawyers, Washingtonian and The Washington Business Journal. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
28:27 07/29/2022
Keeping Up with Katie Kincaid
In this episode Chris, April, and Jim welcome back friend of the show Katie Kincaid to hear about her experiences traveling the world in the midst of a pandemic after leaving her position at Lyft for a journey of self-discovery which took her from Thailand to Myanmar to Croatia and ultimately to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Katie is a government relations and public affairs professional with extensive experience across all levels of government. Having worked in government, as a consultant, and in the private sector, Katie offers a unique perspective on how to mold and execute public policy and accompanying advocacy efforts for a variety of needs and objectives. Through these experiences, Katie has developed a strong network and keen understanding of political process. April is the SVP of Public Policy at hims & hers, where her goal is to secure federal, state, and local healthcare policy that increases access and empowers patients. And Chris is an Operating Partner on the Craft Ventures platform team focused on helping founders with issues related to government relations, public affairs, social impact, and diversity & inclusion. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
63:08 07/22/2022
April Mims and Chris Massey are back for Part 2
This week we welcome back friends of the show Chris Massey and April Mims for part two of their recent discussion with Jim. April is the SVP of Public Policy at hims & hers, where her goal is to secure federal, state, and local healthcare policy that increases access and empowers patients. And Chris is an Operating Partner on the Craft Ventures platform team focused on helping founders with issues related to government relations, public affairs, social impact, and diversity & inclusion. In this episode Chris, April, and Jim discuss the unique rewards and challenges of in-house government relations. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
37:22 07/19/2022
NCSL is BACK!! See you in Denver!
Welcome back to another episode of The Political Life! Today, Jim meets with Caroline Carlson and Jennifer Stowe to talk about the upcoming NCSL Legislative Summit! This year, the event will take place August 1st through 3rd in beautiful Denver, Colorado! As director of foundation programs, Caroline Carlson leads the over $4 million in fundraising efforts, board director engagement and award management of the NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures. Carlson marks 21 years with the organization after leading fundraising efforts for 18 years. An admirer of the public policy process, Carlson received her master's degree in public affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington and a bachelor's of science in political science from James Madison University in Virginia. Jennifer L. Stowe is the Vice President, Government Relations for The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) in the Washington, DC area office.  CRI is the trade association with responsibility for representing U.S. manufacturers of carpets and rugs. Her responsibilities include federal, state, and local government relations as well as interaction with government agencies and other Washington-based trade associations. She holds a B.A. degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.  You can find the other podcasts mentioned in this episode (Our American States and The Inside Storey with Tim Storey) by following this link: https://www.ncsl.org/our-american-states.aspx Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
26:19 07/08/2022
SCOTUS Ruling in Dobbs, Cassidy Hutchinson testimony, and much more with Rich Gold
This week we welcome back friend of the show Rich Gold to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony in the January 6th hearings, and much more. Rich Gold is the leader of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group and focuses his practice at the intersection of complex policy and political issues involving Congress, the executive branch, and the media. Mr. Gold has been recognized as a top lobbyist in Washington by The Hill, The National Journal, Washington SmartCEO, Super Lawyers, Washingtonian and The Washington Business Journal. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
23:03 07/05/2022
FOMO – tune in to hear what Chris Massey & April Mims have to say
This week we welcome back friends of the show Chris Massey and April Mims (as co-hosts with Jim) as they have part one of a two-part discussion about where they first overlapped in the work world: Lyft.  April is the SVP of Public Policy at hims & hers, where her goal is to secure federal, state, and local healthcare policy that increases access and empowers patients. And Chris is an Operating Partner on the Craft Ventures platform team focused on helping founders with issues related to government relations, public affairs, social impact, and diversity & inclusion. As this episode can attest, all roads seem to lead back to Lyft, which is the place where April's and Chris' professional paths first crossed back in 2014. Together, April and Chris lead the listeners through their joint experience working in the public policy department and shaping the message at Lyft in the early years of the app's development. As a reminder, you'll be hearing more from Chris in the near future as we gear up to bring you coverage of the National Conference of State Legislatures, which will be hosted in Denver, Colorado, in early August. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
40:29 06/29/2022
Recalled– San Francisco Prosecutor Chesa Boudin was rejected by 60% of residents.
This week we welcome back friend of the show Chris Massey to discuss the results of the recent recall election in San Francisco and the wider implications of that outcome upon the looming midterm elections. Chris is an Operating Partner on the Craft Ventures platform team focused on helping founders with issues related to government relations, public affairs, social impact, and diversity & inclusion. We'll be hearing more from Chris in the near future as we gear up to bring you coverage of the National Conference of State Legislatures, which will be hosted in Denver, Colorado, in early August. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
21:14 06/17/2022
What do Pres. Obama, Lyft, Zoom and Soft Bank all have in common? They all hired Lauren Belive.
Lauren Belive is the Director of Government Affairs at SoftBank. After she graduated from Barnard College she moved to Washington, D.C., where she took on a staff assistant job with former California Congressman Henry Waxman. From there she went on to work for then-Senator Barack Obama before joining his team on the presidential campaign trail and in the White House. She later held positions with Lyft and Zoom where she served as the Head of Federal Government Relations and Head of U.S. Government Relations, respectively. In this episode, Lauren and Jim discuss Lauren's career history as well as her current position at SoftBank, where she works with portfolio companies and deal teams in various capacities as the Director of Government Affairs. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
29:25 06/06/2022
Prashanthi Rao Raman's Journey from Healthcare Law to Autonomous Vehicles
Prashanthi Raman is the Vice President, Global Government Affairs at Cruise.  She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Thereafter, Prashanthi earned a joint Juris Doctorate and Masters of Public Health degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and University of Illinois at Chicago. After practicing healthcare law for 6 years, she was appointed by Illinois Governor Quinn to manage his administration's healthcare and human services legislative portfolio. She then transitioned to the private sector and joined Lyft's government affairs team, where she oversaw and managed a wide range of public policy issues in various markets across North America. Currently, she works for Cruise, an all-electric autonomous vehicle company, where she oversees global public policy and regulatory issues.  Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
25:57 05/27/2022
A Recap of the All-in Summit + How a Recession Could Impact the GR Sector
Today on the show we welcome back Chris Massey, the Operating Partner, Government Relations & Public Affairs at Craft Ventures. Craft Ventures is an early-stage and growth fund dedicated to the craft of building great companies. Comprised of entrepreneurs and operators, they're a team of founders helping founders. Chris provides us with a recap of the All-in Summit, which recently took place in Miami. Featured speakers included Elon Musk, Nate Silver, Tim Urban, and more.  He also covers what an impending recession could mean for the government relations industry. Specifically, he touches on the potential for a decrease in spending on GR by startups.  Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
36:42 05/19/2022
Eric Tanenblatt on the State of the Autonomous Vehicle Industry
This week we are pleased to present part two of our conversation with Eric Tanenblatt. As a reminder, Eric is the Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation at Dentons, the world's largest law firm. At Denton's, Eric started up an autonomous vehicle practice, which now collaborates with 70+ partners around the globe within the autonomous vehicle ecosystem.   In this episode, Eric gives Jim a concise update regarding the current state of the growing autonomous vehicle industry and shares some insight on the progress of electric vehicles in the United States - with particular focus placed on industry leaders like Waymo and Cruise and their work in metro areas like San Francisco, Phoenix, and New York City. Check out Eric's writing on autonomous vehicles and keep an eye out for Denton's 'Global Autonomous Vehicle Index' here: https://www.thedriverlesscommute.com   Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net    Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
19:59 05/13/2022
Eric Tanenblatt on Georgia's Legislative Session and Upcoming Elections
Eric Tanenblatt is the Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation at Dentons, the world's largest law firm. He also leads the firm's US Public Policy Practice, leveraging his three decades of experience at the very highest levels of the federal and state governments. Eric also heads up the firm’s 50-state practice. To name just a few of his accomplishments, Eric has served in the administration of three U.S. Presidents, as senior advisor to U.S. Senators and Governors, and helped coordinate the 2004 G8 Economic Summit, which was hosted in Sea Island, Georgia. In Georgia, Eric also served as chief of staff to the former Governor Sonny Perdue. Because of his deep roots in Republican politics in the state, Eric updated Jim on recent activity in the Georgia state legislative session, and provided some insight into the gubernatorial and senate races there. This is part one of a two part conversation, and next week Jim and Eric will chat about Eric’s past work helping disruptive companies navigate the complicated laws and regulations surrounding the innovation economy – with a particular focus placed on Eric’s work and writing around autonomous vehicles. Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
51:23 05/06/2022
April Mims' Journey from Law School to Government Relations Part II
We are excited to present part two of Jim’s interview with April Mims, the SVP of Public Policy at hims & hers. In our previous episode April shared a bit about her journey through law school and her experience serving as the Director of Public Policy at Lyft before joining the team at hims & hers. In this week’s episode, Jim and April discuss her work at hims & hers, a direct-to-consumer telehealth and wellness platform dedicated to de-stigmatizing healthcare and making it easier for people to access the care they need. The company was launched as  “hims” back in November of 2017 with the goal of providing more accessible healthcare for men - particularly sexual health, skin care, and and hair loss - all from the convenience of a laptop or smartphone. “Hers” was launched about a year later (late 2018), and the company went public in January of 2021. Since then, the company has been approved to provide synchronous telehealth care in all fifty states and asynchronous care in the majority of them. It is April’s job to work with the handful of states that have not yet approved asynchronous care and help them understand this method of care, why it’s safe, why it’s convenient, and how it will create better access to care across the board. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. And don’t forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
21:15 04/24/2022
April Mims' Journey from Law School to Government Relations Part I
April Mims is the SVP of Public Policy at hims & hers. Prior to taking this position, she worked as the Director of Public Policy at Lyft, where she negotiated new regulations for the ride-share industry back in her home state of Texas. April grew up outside of Houston before heading to North Carolina to earn her bachelor’s degree from Duke University; she later earned her J.D. at Georgetown University. While studying at Georgetown, she realized that she wanted to forego the white-shoe law firm route and focus instead on public policy. In part one of this conversation, April reflects on her time as a law student, discusses her experience as a Law Clerk at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and  shares some of what she learned during her time as the Public Policy Director at Lyft during the early 2010s.   Be sure to tune in next week when we share part two of our conversation with April, in which we’ll focus on her work at hims & hers and how her previous experience has helped her succeed in her current position.   Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
27:56 04/15/2022
Texas Politics Revisited with A.J. Bingham and Andrew Cates
Today's episode features the returning guest, A.J. Bingham, Founder and CEO of The Bingham Group, LLC. An Austin, TX based lobbyist, we previously discussed A.J.'s journey to launching Bingham Group. He is joined by Andrew Cates, a recent addition to Bingham Group, who will head up Bingham Group's work at the Texas Legislature as a Managing Principal.  The Bingham Group, LLC is a full service lobbying firm representing clients before municipal governments in Austin Metro, and the legislative and executive branches of Texas government. Bingham Group produces their own weekly podcast titled “The BG Podcast ” where they interview Austin’s leaders and influencers. “A conversation at the intersection of business, policy and community.” You can find the podcast on sound cloud, Google play or iTunes.    To continue the conversation with A.J. and Andy you can connect with them via the following platforms Instagram: @binghamgroup Twitter: @binghamgp Facebook LinkedIn  BG Podcast Email: aj@binghamgp.com and andrew@binghamgp.com www.binghamgp.com Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly update
19:35 04/08/2022
Steve DelBianco - The Tech Industry's Toughest Advocate
Steve DelBianco is the President and CEO of NetChoice, a trade association that works to make the Internet safe for free enterprise and free expression. NetChoice helps tech companies overcome the obstacles presented by entrenched incumbent businesses.  Steve grew up in Western Pennsylvania and is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, where he earned bachelors degrees in economics and business engineering, and his MBA. Shortly after graduation, Steve started his own consulting firm, Financial Dynamics, in 1984. That firm initially consulted on software development and eventually transitioned to Internet-based applications. Steve sold Financial Dynamics in 1997 and started a new company called eRealty, an online realtor service, in 1998. When his new company faced backlash from a national organization of realtors, Steve realized that he needed to start a trade association focused exclusively on breaking down barriers to online and e-commerce for other entrepreneurs. Shortly thereafter, Steve sold eRealty and founded NetChoice. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly update
29:54 04/03/2022
How REEF is Transforming Open Urban Spaces Across the U.S.
Ron Bilbao is Vice President and Head of Public Affairs at REEF Technology. REEF transforms static parking facilities into thriving mobility and logistical hubs. Their mission is to be the ecosystem that connects the world to your block. Ron is a Miami native with 15 years’ experience in public policy and government. Through his firm, November Strategies, he advised countless local, state and federal candidate and issue campaigns. Prior to REEF, Ron worked on the legislative team at the National Education Association’s Florida affiliate, the largest association of professional employees in the South. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A first-generation college student, he founded the school’s first Latino Center to advance opportunities for current and future Hispanic students. Ron then continued his advocacy at the ACLU, defending and promoting civil liberties in Florida. Ron worked as Political Director for SEIU - the nation’s largest healthcare union, representing nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals – in Miami. He was named one of Miami’s “Leaders of the Future” by LatinoLeaders Magazine as and one of the “30-under-30 Rising Stars” in Florida Politics. For eight years, Ron served on the Board of Directors of Miami-Dade's oldest and largest LGBT advocacy organization SAVE. Ron is of Venezuelan-Colombian heritage and lives on Miami Beach with his wife Maria and their husky Lola. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
29:57 03/25/2022
The Future of International Trade In Light of the Ukraine Invasion
This week on the show we welcome back Rich Gold, who is a Partner at Holland & Knight, and the leader of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation team. We're also joined by Nasim Fussell - a trade attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office, and a member of Rich's team. Nasim has a wealth of trade legislation and negotiation experience, having served in numerous trade-related roles in the public and private sectors. Nasim advises clients on trade legislation, negotiations and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, she was the chief international trade counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, serving under Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). She also served as deputy chief international trade counsel under former Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).  Support the people of Ukraine by donating to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
42:45 03/13/2022
How Vance Roush is Reinventing Modern Philanthropy
Today on the show we have a conversation with Vance Roush of Overflow. Overflow is an online stock donation platform that helps nonprofits and churches accept donations of publicly-traded stock. While most nonprofits deal exclusively with cash donations, many potential donors hold their wealth primarily in stocks, not cash. This fundamental misalignment means nonprofits miss out on countless donations each year. Overflow is reinventing modern philanthropy by making it possible to donate stock directly to nonprofits. With a background in technology as a former Googler and in the nonprofit space as a church builder, Vance has experienced first hand the power of generosity and is on a mission to scale that principle through technology. In addition to leading Overflow, he serves as Executive Pastor at VIVE Church. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
23:57 03/04/2022
David Owen's Journey from San Francisco City Hall to AirBnB & Shef
This week Chris Massey of Craft Ventures and David Mack (D-Mack) guest host the show and interview David Owen of Shef. Shef is a startup based out of San Francisco that allows consumers to have authentic, homemade meals cooked by local, certified chefs delivered right to their home.  Chris and D-Mack speak with David about: How David decided to make the move to in-house government relations; What it was like working for AirBnB in the early days of the company; How the '08 financial crisis and smartphones paved the way for the creation of companies like Lyft, AirBnB, and Eaze; How Shef is navigating the patchwork quilt of food-related regulations across the country Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
49:47 02/27/2022
Hidden Tribes and the San Francisco Recall Election
Today on the show we welcome back Chris Massey, the Operating Partner, Government Relations & Public Affairs at Craft Ventures. Craft Ventures is an early-stage and growth fund dedicated to the craft of building great companies. Comprised of entrepreneurs and operators, they're a team of founders helping founders. Chris talks about the recent San Francisco recall election, and how the research from More In Common's Hidden Tribes Project can help us understand the outcome.  He also speaks about his work with Craft Ventures, and one of their exciting portfolio companies, Overflow — a company that helps nonprofits easily and securely accept stock and cryptocurrency donations. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
35:44 02/18/2022