As an executive leader, you often find yourself in the same meetings, with the same group of people, making the same decisions, leading to the same outcomes, day after day.
The FiscalNote Executive Institute (FNEI) helps top executives get out of their ideological comfort zones so they can create the kind of bold thinking and substantial changes that put their companies front and center.
We give senior leaders across sectors opportunities to meet in closed-door settings so they can freely discuss their experiences off the record and develop new solutions and resources that address the most pressing issues affecting their organizations.
FNEI’s community includes senior leaders in global government affairs, public affairs, ESG, and corporate counsel roles across industries who meet throughout the year to share cross-industry insights, expand their networks, and create new thought leadership that drives change at companies worldwide. There is no enrollment fee to join, and key issues include diversity, equity and inclusion; digital transformation; sustainability and ESG; and government and global affairs.
Our trusted Advisory Board helps guide our efforts.
Becca Bycott is the Director of Thought Leadership and Engagement for the FiscalNote Executive Institute, where she develops programs, events, and thought leadership content that uniquely responds to timely, pressing issues affecting global companies. She brings 15 years of experience advising CEOs, academic leaders, and government officials in strategic communications, digital marketing, and event planning. Her roles have included supporting university presidents in speech writing, crisis communications, and comprehensive rebranding campaigns; spearheading digital engagement for assistant secretaries at the U.S. Department of State; leading PR trainings for international CEOs and partner organizations in affiliation with U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs; and developing content strategy as a part of consulting for nonprofits, startups and public affairs teams.
Becca attended the University of Texas at Austin for a bachelor’s degree in journalism and the University of Kansas, Lawrence, for a master’s degree in American Studies. She has a certificate in international communications from Southern Methodist University.
Stephanie Childs is Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations, at Diageo North America, a premium drinks company, where she supports a committed, seasoned group of communications, government relations, and social impact professionals dedicated to making the world a better place. Before that, she served as Vice President, Global Government Relations, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a global leader in personal care products. Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its trusted brands, including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Pull-Ups and GoodNites, are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. In her role, she has been recognized for her dedication to leading with purpose, integrating social impact programming into public policy initiatives. In 2020, Stephanie was awarded the Tom Mielke award for caring leadership and in 2019, she received the General Counsel’s award for transformative leadership.
Stephanie has extensive experience as a government relations executive in the public and private sectors, including as Vice President, Federal Government Relations for PepsiCo and Vice President of Global Government Affairs for the multinational IT services company, Cognizant Technology Solutions. She also led the government relations organization of the United States Postal Service, the largest postal service in the world, and served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for International Trade at the United States Department of Commerce. Stephanie earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia. She is a Washington, DC native.
Dave is the Chief Sustainability and ESG Officer at Paul, Weiss one of the world’s most prestigious law firms. Dave came to Paul, Weiss after having served as SVP, Chief Business Officer at FiscalNote where he helped establish and lead the Executive Institute.
Dave came to FiscalNote from Thomson Reuters where he was the Global Director, Risk & Compliance. Dave began his career as a media trial and appellate lawyer before moving to senior in-house legal, compliance and regulatory affairs positions.More recently, Dave has led a variety of organizations that leverage technology, AI, data & analytics to help companies mitigate risk and drive growth. Prior to his role at Thomson Reuters, Dave led four RegTech companies, including Risk Readiness Corp., a technology and advisory business he co-founded that focused on proactively eliminating risk for complex organizations with cutting-edge approaches.
Nathalie Errard has been appointed SVP Head of Europe and NATO Affairs of Airbus in 2021. Prior to this position, Nathalie served as SVP Head of Investor Relations and Financial Communication from April 2008 to 2012. She had been in the investor relations department since 2005.
Nathalie began her career as an external auditor with PriceWaterhouse in 1995. She joined the Mergers & Acquisitions team of Aérospatiale in 1998 to participate in the merger with Matra and the creation of EADS (previous name of Airbus).
From 2000 to 2005, Nathalie held several positions in mergers & acquisitions and business development at Technicolor in France and in the U.S. Nathalie served also as Head of Thomson’s Europe & Asia Corporate Audit. Nathalie holds a degree from France’s Institut Mines Télécom-Business School.
Dennis Garcia is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation based in Chicago. He practices at the intersection of law, technology and business and leads the legal support function to Microsoft’s U.S. Enterprise Commercial sales team – one of Microsoft’s largest commercial businesses. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dennis worked as an in-house counsel for Accenture and IBM.
Dennis received his B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut and Illinois (House Counsel). Dennis is a Fellow of Information Privacy, a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Mr. Gesser is a litigation partner and a core member of our Data Strategy & Security practice. Having joined Debevoise in January 2020, Mr. Gesser brings to the firm extensive experience advising major companies on a wide range of data, cybersecurity and incident response matters, including artificial intelligence and data minimization. He has represented international financial services firms, private equity firms, hedge funds and media organizations throughout full cybersecurity incident cycles, including managing large-scale data breaches, coordinating with law enforcement, responding to regulatory investigations, advising boards and executives on critical data liability issues, and defending against civil lawsuits. Mr. Gesser is a primary author of the firm’s Data Blog and the architect of the Firm’s Data Portal, an online tool that helps clients quickly assess and comply with their cyber breach notification obligations.
Mr. Gesser also represents companies and financial institutions in investigations relating to anti-money laundering, sanctions and FCPA compliance. He has advised several U.S. and international financial institutions on cross-border tax investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Department of Financial Services and on the subsequent enhancement of their compliance policies.
Mr. Gesser has been recognized for his outstanding work throughout his career by legal directories and trade publications, and in 2013, he was the recipient of both the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award and the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence – Outstanding Criminal Investigation. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Gesser served as Counsel to the Chief of the Fraud Section, Criminal Division at the Department of Justice.
He received his B.S. from the University of Manitoba in 1991, his LL.B. from the University of Manitoba in 1994, his LL.M. from the University of Cambridge in 1995 and his LL.M. from New York University in 1998, where he served as the graduate editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics.
Collis leads the team responsible for managing U.S. federal and state government relations activities on behalf of Deere. These efforts are aimed at supporting legislation and public policies that are favorable to the interests of the company’s employees, customers and business partners. Collis brings over 20 years of governmental strategic, tactical and policy development experience to this role and is one of Deere’s key contributors in delivering client-focused business initiatives within the organization. His 30-year career began at John Deere Financial and has included various marketing, sales and public policy leadership roles across the enterprise.
Mark Kahn has been an attorney for a number of bay area technology companies. Currently, he is General Counsel at Segment, a b2b customer data infrastructure company headquartered in San Francisco, where he oversees the legal and policy functions. Prior to Segment, he spent three and a half years at WhatsApp, helping to shepherd the company through its acquisition by Facebook. Mark also served as in-house counsel for several tech companies, including Palm, Yahoo!, and Evernote. In his spare time, Mark helps his wife with a bakery she opened in 2017 in San Francisco called Kahnfections. Mark is also on the Boards of two other non-profits: the SF Bay Area Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance and San Francisco Little League.
Ryan Khuri is the Senior Director of FiscalNote’s R&D Operations, where he is responsible for the strategy and execution of the Engineering, Product, Research, and Professional Services teams. He joined FiscalNote in 2016 and previously served as the team leader for the Professional Services team. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and holds a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Louisville. Ryan’s work experience includes regulatory agency policy compliance and criminal litigation.
Chris Lu brings 20 years of regulatory, legislative, and political experience to his role as Senior Strategy Advisor at FiscalNote. Prior to joining the company, Chris’ public service career spanned all three branches of the federal government, including Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Under his leadership, the Labor Department was named the most improved large federal agency for employee engagement two years in a row. He promoted innovative programs that prepare America’s workforce for the 21st Century; represented the U.S. at international convenings; and was a board member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
He also served as White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to President Obama from 2009-13; co-chaired the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; was Senator Obama’s Legislative Director and Acting Chief of Staff; and was Executive Director of the Obama-Biden 2008 transition team. He was Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee working for Rep. Henry Waxman, and was a law clerk for Judge Robert E. Cowen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
He began his legal career in litigation at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. Chris graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. Chris also serves as a senior fellow at the University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs. He is a frequent television commentator and is a contributor for TIME.
Brittany Masalosalo is the 3M Head of International Government Affairs and Public Policy and a member of the Global Government Affairs Center of Excellence. Brittany works to advance 3M’s commercial diplomacy goals of advocating for policies and fostering political relationships that enable business success. Prior to 3M, she worked at the White House in the Vice President’s office as a senior advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy. While she was originally hired by Vice President Joe Biden, she continued to serve with Vice President Mike Pence until deciding to join 3M. Brittany also worked several years at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and has spent time living in Belgium, working with NATO partners and allies. While serving in the US Army, Brittany deployed twice to Iraq and is a decorated veteran.
Britton Nohe-Braun is a Managing Associate in Dentons’ White Collar and Government Investigations group. Britton represents and advises Fortune 500 companies and senior executives in government investigations and conducts internal investigations for US domestic and multinational firms. She specializes in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and False Claims Act (FCA) matters and regularly advises companies on compliance with U.S. and international anti-bribery, anti-corruption, and privacy laws.
Britton is also active in civil society and regularly speaks and hosts events related to women’s rights, diversity and inclusiveness, and access to justice. She is on the Board of the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI), Co-Chair of the Denver Chapter of the Women in White Collar Defense Association, and a member of Denton’s Women LEAD and Pro Bono Committees.
Anne Brady Perron is a senior government affairs executive and currently serves in-house at a large global investment firm headquartered in Singapore with 13 offices worldwide. Her experience spans two decades having worked on Capitol Hill, at a top trade association, lobbying firm, in the Democratic party as well as significant political/campaign experience.
Anne has proven herself as a top-notch strategist on complex policy issues with a keen focus on utilizing a multi-dimensional approach to advocacy, public affairs & intelligence gathering. She is well known as one of Washington’s top strategists and brings a proven ability to lead diverse teams, as well as tested experience as a political operative, coalition builder, and entrepreneur.
Currently, Anne serves in-house at a large investment firm tracking and translating global policy developments and provides guidance around industry, economic, social and political developments relevant to their investment activities. She has extensive public speaking experience and is comfortable speaking with groups of all sizes. She is passionate about strategy, Democratic politics and spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and daughter.
Anne is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Johns Hopkins University with a Masters degree in Government and National Security and holds a B.A. from Pepperdine University.
Krystal oversees marketing and thought leadership at FiscalNote to help customers and prospects better mitigate risk and uncertainty. She brings 20+ years of diversified marketing, branding, and business development experience across both enterprise organizations and startups. Krystal also services as the general manager for FiscalNote’s advocacy business, leading the vision and strategic direction of a portfolio of products.
Before joining FiscalNote, Krystal ran demand generation at EAB. Prior to that, she was VP of Marketing at Localist in Silver Spring, ran marketing for PBS’ education division, and has had a variety of roles in previous marketing departments at Discovery Communications, TrustArc, BearingPoint, and CEB.
She holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a B.S. from Tulane University.
Jim Shaughnessy is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Workday, responsible for all legal affairs at the company. Jim has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategic legal executive for leading technology companies. Before joining Workday in 2011, Jim served for four years as senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel at Orbitz Worldwide. From 2005 to 2007, Jim served as senior vice president and general counsel at Lenovo Group. Prior to Lenovo, Jim was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at PeopleSoft, where he served as a key advisor to the board of directors leading up to its acquisition in 2005.
Jim has also held legal counsel jobs at Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computer Corp., and Digital Equipment.
Jim holds a Juris Doctor degree and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University.
Puru is Managing Director of Corporate Relations, with direct responsibility for the Meridian Corporate Council and leads commercial diplomacy across Meridian. Prior to joining Meridian, Puru has worked across the financial services, policy advocacy and consulting industries. Most recently, Puru was an Associate Director, Services to Government for APCO Worldwide in New Delhi, as well as Deputy Director for the US Chamber of Commerce in India/US-India Business Council. At USIBC, Puru managed the policy advocacy efforts for 300 major US companies across industries, working to strengthen bilateral ties between both the US and India and helping push forward reforms which benefit US companies abroad. Prior to joining the USIBC, Puru worked with private equity secondary transactions in Boston with State Street Financial, Bank of America Private Bank, in Manhattan with Smith Barney Citigroup and Fimeris, a boutique PE firm in London.
Puru is on the board of advisors for World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Project X Global Advisory Committee, Cariluxe Inc. in Barbados and Lazy Eight in New Delhi. He attended Boston University School of Management for a B.Sc in Finance, as well as Babson College Olin, Wellesley Massachusetts for his MBA. Originally from the Greater Boston Area, Puru has lived, worked and studied in Saudi Arabia, England, China and India.
Annie Xiao is the Events and Partnerships Marketing Manager at FiscalNote, where she helps organize exclusive events and thought leadership content for business leaders at global companies as part of the FiscalNote Executive Institute (FNEI). She also manages awards, events, and partnerships for FiscalNote’s corporate marketing team. Prior to joining the FNEI’s core leadership team, Annie was the Executive Assistant to the CEO of FiscalNote.
Previously, Annie worked as a Policy Coordinator at National Coalition For Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), where she helped set policy priorities and strategies for the organization’s advocacy campaign. She also served as a year-long Public Policy Fellow with The Fund for American Studies.
Annie received her B.A. in Global Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a political studies certificate from the Lyon Institute of Political Studies in France.
“Green aviation will drive development and growth of Airbus capabilities and sites, but also the capabilities and prosperity of the multitude of suppliers and SMEs within the supply chain which will all benefit from these initiatives both economically and technically. The development of these technologies will also make European countries less dependent on fossil fuels and should make the EU more competitive against the U.S. and China’s aerospace industries, setting the new global standards for climate change targets.”Nathalie Errard, Senior Vice President, Head of EU and NATO Affairs at Airbus