Cliff Andrews has more than 20 years of political experience as a federal legislative strategist and advocate. He heads CapCity Advocates, LLC, a federal government relations business that he started in 2004. He offers extensive experience in legislative issues management and coalition management for trade associations and corporations. In particular, he consults with clients on advocacy plans, legislative and regulatory conferences and fly-ins, policy paper and testimony preparation, policy issue monitoring, grassroots and grasstops development, PAC strategy, and building strategic relationships with third-party groups.
In the past, Cliff served as the Director of Government Relations for Butera & Andrews, a Washington D.C. law firm, and at one time was a staffer for Senator Harry Reid. He also worked in the financial services sector for Equitable and New York Life, where he secured investments and insurance for small businesses and families.
Chuck DiVencenzo is the President and CEO of NAFA, overseeing the association’s efforts to promote and expand the utilization of fixed and fixed index annuity products through independent distribution. His work on advocacy at the state and federal levels, thought leadership, consumer education efforts and commitment to industry best practices have aided product acceptance and industry growth.
Prior to joining NAFA, Chuck was vice president at Allianz Life of North America, where he served as a national spokesperson on topics including taxation, retirement, social security, asset protection and other relevant issues. He also worked closely with the actuarial, sales and legal departments to develop content and product, and to deliver thought leadership to wholesalers and distribution partners. Formerly, he served as the COO/CMO of Paradigm Capital Management and senior vice president in Hartford Life’s Investment Products Division. Chuck has also held positions in academia, practiced tax and ERISA law, and began his career as a consultant with Ernst & Young.
Seth D. Harris is a Distinguished Professor of Practice at Northeastern University and Affiliated Faculty and a Senior Fellow at the Burnes Center for Social Change (and its partner project The GovLab) where he runs the Initiative on Labor and Economic Justice. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was the Deputy Assistant to the President for Labor and the Economy and Deputy Director of the Biden White House’s National Economic Council.
Building on almost seven years of service in the Labor Department during an earlier administration, Professor Harris was Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor (and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet) and Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2014. Between the Obama and Biden Administrations, he was an attorney in Washington, D.C. and a Visiting Professor at Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs and School of Industrial & Labor Relations. He was also deeply involved in retirement policy and, in particular, the role of guaranteed lifetime income for working people.
Kevin Mechtley serves as vice president, business development and chief innovation officer for North American, where he is dually focused on new product innovation and strategic relationship building. He leverages nearly 20 years of annuity industry experience to lead new product ideation processes, oversee competitive intelligence and work with annuity group leadership to prioritize business development opportunities.
Previously, Kevin was part of North American’s legal team where he led the government affairs unit. His former experiences included a stint as the head of First Consulting’s annuity practice, years as a consulting attorney for Aviva USA, which was purchased by Athene, and a role clerking for the Kansas Secretary of State. He is also the current vice chairman of NAFA’s board of directors. Kevin earned his JD from Washburn University School of Law and his undergrad from the University of Kansas.
Michael Sinacore is Pensions Policy Director for the Senate HELP Committee Republicans under Ranking Member Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA). He previously served as the Economic Policy Adviser for Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) where he led the legislative efforts to draft and pass the SECURE 2.0 Act. He has also worked for Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and for Representatives Dave Trott (R-MI) and Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) in their respective assignments to the House Financial Services Committee. Sinacore has also served as the Deputy Director for External Affairs at the National Credit Union Administration.
Prior to his government service, Sinacore worked at JP Morgan’s London Office. Sinacore holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Boston College.
Tyler Dunne joins Congressman Nunn’s DC office as a legislative assistant from Congressman French Hill’s office (AR-02), where he worked closely with the Financial Services Committee.
Prior to his Capitol Hill experience, Tyler worked at Starwood Capital Group as an associate for roughly three years, where he helped develop and fundraise on their SREIT product. He is originally from the DC suburbs and received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University. Tyler is an active sports fan and enjoys watching his alma mater, Baltimore Ravens, and Manchester United Football Club. Additionally, he enjoys taking his two-year-old Golden Retriever, Roman, hiking in the woods.