About the FiscalNote Executive Institute

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. 



Our Advisory Board

Becca Bycott

Director of Thought Leadership and Engagement, FiscalNote

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.

Dave Curran

Chief Sustainability and ESG Officer Paul, Weiss

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

SVP Head of Europe and NATO Affairs, Airbus

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. 

Kia D. Floyd

Director, U.S. Public Policy, East, Meta

Kia is the Director of U.S. Public Policy, East for Meta, the world’s largest social network.  Meta’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer  together. 

A veteran attorney and government affairs professional, Kia leads the company’s regional U.S.  public policy strategy with a focus on shaping fair and balanced regulation for the Meta family of  apps: Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, What’sApp and Oculus AR/VR.  

Kia has more than a decade of experience representing global technology companies, leading  their legislative and regulatory strategies, advocacy campaigns and stakeholder engagement  initiatives. Accordingly, Kia has been at the forefront of some of the nation’s hottest public  policy debates impacting technology sector growth and innovation, from online consumer  privacy to data security, online safety, content moderation and internet platform community  standards.  

Before joining Meta, Kia led public policy strategy for the RELX Group, the parent company of  LexisNexis, Law360, Elsevier Publishing, and other business IT solution brands. She has been  recognized as an outstanding public policy and community leader by City & State Magazine– The Power Players (2020); Connecticut Magazine–40 Under 40 (2012); and the American  Council of Young Political Leaders (2014). 

Kia is a public spokesperson for Meta with national and local media on public affairs and  community engagement. She is civically active and currently serves on the boards of the Ohio  Chamber of Commerce, TechUnited, Tech:NYC, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the  Villanova Law School Alumni Association.

Dennis Garcia

Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

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.

 

Sonay Aykan, Ph.D.

Associate Director ESG & Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive

Sonay Aykan is a sustainability expert and believes in creating a more sustainable future by translating environmental and social impacts into business performance. Sonay serves as Associate Director, Sustainability and ESG at Colgate-Palmolive Company, where he leads the creation, management and disclosure of sustainability data, as well as integration of sustainability metrics into business risks and opportunities. He leads the efforts to embed UN Sustainable Development Goals into Colgate’s Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy by creating roadmaps and educational material. Sonay has a PhD. in Urban Systems from Rutgers & NJIT, an MA in Sociology and a BA in Economics from Bogazici University. He also holds a SASB FSA credential. He is an avid cyclist. Sonay is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching the course Sustainability Metrics.

Lillian Bijl

Senior Director of Account Management, FiscalNote

Lillian Bijl is the Senior Director of Account Management at FiscalNote. She leads a team accountable for the successful retention and expansion of 2,000+ client accounts, ranging from community-led non-profits to global corporations. She provides insight and guidance on go-to-market strategies and partners across the organization to ensure the client is at the center of FiscalNote’s decision-making. Lillian also currently serves as the 2021-2022 chair of the FiscalNote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Task Force. 

While at FiscalNote, Lillian has successfully identified, led, and launched initiatives to automate the customer journey, leading to increased efficiency and higher dollar retention. In 2019, she served as interim Director of Business Development at FiscalNote Europe, based in Brussels, where she led a sales team focused on serving the EU public affairs market. Prior to that, Lillian partnered with government relations and public policy teams at some of the world’s biggest brands, developing product implementation and renewal strategies to ensure outsized customer results and maximum value for the business.

Passionate about solving industry and community challenges with a thoughtful combination of technology and human spirit, Lillian anchors her leadership approach in empathy and connectivity. She serves as an advisory council member for the George Washington University’s Transformative Leadership In Disruptive Times executive program. Lillian is a magna cum laude graduate of High Point University with a degree in international relations with minors in communications and Spanish.

Avi Gesser

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

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.

Brittany Masalosalo

Global Head of Government Relations, HP

 Brittany Masalosalo is the Global Head of Government Relations at HP Inc. The work that the Government Relations team does is vital to HP, delivering value by proactively identifying, quantifying, and actioning geopolitical trends, influencing government policies, and coordinating HP’s public policy position. Brittany and the Government Relations team partner closely with the Global Business Units to help shape HP’s growth and development strategies, representing HP’s positions before policymakers, legislators, and regulators around the world. This work helps to advance HP’s goals of advocating for policies and fostering relationships that reflect HP’s values and enable success.Prior to joining HP, Brittany worked at 3M as the Head of International Government Affairs, representing 3M’s positions before domestic and international trade institutions, the international diplomatic community, multilateral and bilateral institutions, and other international audiences. She also spent time working at the White House in the Office of the Vice President as a senior advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy. While she was originally hired by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, she continued to serve with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence until deciding to join 3M. Her portfolio includes both regional and functional policy areas such as trade, international economics, and global health security. Prior to working at the White House, Brittany worked for several years at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She has also spent time living in Belgium, working with NATO partners and allies. While serving in the U.S. Army, Brittany deployed twice to Iraq and is a decorated veteran. She holds an M. Ed from North Central University and a B.A. from American Military University.

Collis R. Jones

Vice President, U.S. Policy & Strategy, John Deere

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.

 

Lorenzo Lopez

Vice President of Corporate Communications, Diageo North America

Communications for leading global spirits producer Diageo North America, parent company of more than 200 iconic brands, including Johnnie Walker whiskey, Guinness beer, and Don Julio Tequila. In his role, Lorenzo is responsible for external and internal communications supporting the company’s strategic initiatives and government relations/policy priorities. Lorenzo is also responsible for telling Diageo’s Society 2030: Spirit of Progress story, which includes the company’s efforts towards grain to glass sustainability, inclusion and diversity/community, and responsible drinking.

Prior to joining Diageo, Lorenzo served as Senior Director of Communications at Walmart. Throughout his career at the global retailer, he held various roles leading national, local, and multicultural media relations, merchandising and marketing communications, public relations efforts, public affairs communications, and crisis communications.

Previously, Lorenzo served as a senior director for FD Dittus, a public affairs and media relations firm in Washington, D.C., where he provided counsel to multiple clients on issue advocacy, community outreach, and media relations strategies.

Lorenzo was also special assistant to the Co-Chairman and director of Hispanic Affairs for the Republican National Committee (RNC). In this capacity he advised Republican Members of Congress and political candidates on local and national issues affecting the Hispanic community and served as spokesperson for Spanish-language and mainstream media. Lorenzo started his career at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, serving the organization in several different roles in the U.S. and Mexico, including Vice President of International and Business Development.

Britton Nohe-Braun

General Counsel, One Earth Future Foundation

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 Perron

Senior Government Affairs Executive, Temasek

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 Putman-Garcia

Chief Marketing Officer & GM of Advocacy, FiscalNote

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.

 

Nichole Francis Reynolds

Vice President & Head of Global Government Relations, ServiceNow, Inc,

Nichole Francis Reynolds is the Vice President & Head of Global Government Relations at ServiceNow, Inc. She leads the company’s global government relations, public policy, and advocacy agenda domestically and internationally. As a lawyer and the company’s top lobbyist, she works with Administration officials, Members of Congress, State and local public officials, the diplomatic community and industry associations on domestic and international technology policy issues.

Prior to joining ServiceNow, she served as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the Interstate Natural Gas Association. Prior to that, she served for five years as Vice President of Public Policy& Community Relations at Mastercard. Prior to joining Mastercard, she spent ten years in Washington D.C. in a variety of senior roles on Capitol Hill including Chief of Staff to two Members of Congress, as District Director, and as counsel on the Homeland Security Committee. She also gained political experience working on national presidential elections and congressional races. 

Ms. Francis Reynolds graduated cum laude and with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Spanish from Eastern Michigan University and received her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She is a Member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Values Commission and serves as a Trustee on the Governing Board for Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Teach for America DC Region, Imagination Stage DC, Ed Farm, and the Corporate Advisory Council for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children. 

Jim Shaughnessy

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Workday

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 Trivedi

Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Meridian

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.

Omar Vargas

Vice President, Global Public Policy, General Motors

Omar Vargas was appointed Vice President, Global Public Policy, at General Motors on Aug. 1, 2021. In this role, Vargas advocates for policy solutions in support of GM’s vision and commitment to an all- electric future.

Prior to joining GM, Vargas was senior vice president and chief Government Affairs officer for 3M Company. Before that, Vargas held senior government relations roles with Praxair and PepsiCo, handling a range of international and U.S. federal and state issues. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in a variety of capacities and his portfolio included a broad range of law enforcement, civil rights, national security and immigration policy matters. His government service preceded his work in private practice.

Vargas holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Seton Hall University, a Master of Arts in international law, organizations and economic development from the School of International Service at American University and a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at American University.

David K. Young

Managing Director, Oxford Analytica

David K. Young is the Managing Director of Oxford Analytica and leads the firm’s business worldwide ensuring Oxford Analytica continues to enable the world’s leading organizations to succeed in complex global environments by providing expert insights and trusted judgments. From 2014 to 2016, Davy served as the Director of Innovation, implementing a variety of internal and external change initiatives throughout the firm.

Prior to joining Oxford Analytica, Davy worked across the sectors of international security, technology, and emerging market development as a management consultant, as the European Director for a US-based, Africa-focused not-for-profit and at Canopy, a joint venture of Atos, EMC2 and VMWare, where he advised senior executives across a variety of industries how best to leverage emerging technologies to achieve strategic objectives. Davy is the co-Founder of a cloud-based, mobile payment company and a boutique due diligence firm, a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and continues to advise multiple early-stage and not-for-profit organizations.

Davy has a BA in Government from the College of William and Mary, a MA in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College, University of London, and a MBA from the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University.

Participating Organizations

“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

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