The Sweetest Staff in Washington, D.C.

Administration & Finance

John H. Downs, Jr.

John H. Downs, Jr.
President & CEO

Chief of Staff

Elise Fennig
Chief of Staff & Senior Vice President of Operations

Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson
Vice President of Finance

Tirzah Orr
Assistant to the
President & CEO

Lauren Swift

Lauren Swift
Registrar and Data Specialist

Erin Garcia

Erin Garcia
Manager of Finance

Public Policy & Government Affairs

Liz Clark
Senior Vice President of
Public Policy

Manager of Government Affairs

Dan Shorts
Director of Government Affairs 

Alyssa Clevenger

Alyssa Clevenger
Senior Manager of Political Affairs

Courtney Hogan
Manager of Grassroots
& Public Policy  

Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Debra Miller
Senior Vice President of
Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Paige Smoyer
Manager of Food Safety
& Regulatory Affairs  

Industry Affairs and Sweets & Snacks Expo

Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson
Vice President of Industry Affairs

Lynn Wylie
Senior Director of Industry Affairs

Theresa Anthony
Senior Director of the
Sweets & Snacks Expo

International Business Development

Karen Horan
Vice President of
Global Business Development

Meetings & Membership

Libby Taylor

Libby Taylor
Vice President of
Membership & Meetings

Jaclyn Gurwitz
Manager of Meetings & Events

Mandie Middleton
Manager of Membership
& Engagement Services

Kim Nolan
Sponsorship & Exhibit
Sales Manager

Public Affairs & Communications

Christopher Gindlesperger
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications

Susan Whiteside
Vice President of Integrated Marketing & Communications

Manager of Digital Content and Front end Development

Paul Kissin
Director of Marketing
& Web Technology

Lauren O’Toole Boland
Director of Communications

Carly Schildhaus
Manager of Public Affairs

Amy Buglass

Amy Buglass
Manager of Web Technology

James Gleason
Content Manager

Joy Phifer
Graphic Designer