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  • Advocacy

    NACE advocates on behalf of its membership and the profession on issues related to the career development and employment of the college educated work force. Through its efforts, the association works to educate members regarding legislative and regulatory matters that may impact the profession, and advocates before governmental officials and the public for outcomes that best support the interests of NACE members and the profession.

    Leading the effort is the Advocacy Advisory Committee, which is composed of NACE past presidents and members of the NACE Academy of Fellows. The committee includes:

    R. Samuel Ratcliffe, Virginia Military Institute, chair (retired) 
    Dawn Carter, Intuit, vice chair 
    Cheryl Allmen, San Jose State University (retired) 
    O. Ray Angle, Gonzaga University 
    Marie Artim, Enterprise 
    Dan Black, EY 
    Ralph Brigham, Southwestern Advantage 
    Patricia Carretta, George Mason University (retired) 
    Emanuel Contomanolis, Northeastern University 
    Denise Dwight Smith, University of Richmond 
    Glen Fowler, California State Auditor (retired) 
    Philip Gardner, Michigan State University
    Norma Guerra Gaier, University of Texas at Austin
    Kendra Haywood, Fayetteville State University
    Tim Luzader, Purdue University
    Scott Maynard, Florida State University
    Lisa McGuire, University of Connecticut 
    Kathleen Powell, William & Mary 
    Kathy Sims, Gifted Hire (retired) 
    Trudy Steinfeld, Cappfinity 
    Vanessa Strauss, FDIC 
    Ellen Smith, MWW 
    Trudy Steinfeld, New York University 
    Vanessa Strauss, FDIC 
    Shawn VanDerziel, The Field Museum

    The committee is supported by NACE staff members Marilyn Mackes, executive director, and Edwin Koc, director of research, public policy, and legislative affairs.

  • NACE believes in a world that is inclusive in approach and where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all. Read NACE’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement at