Chaz Cirame, Founder and Principal
Chaz is one of the nation’s foremost experts regarding how NGO’s and influencers affect public policy. The company he founded and runs - Cc: External Affairs, Inc. – helps corporations, trade associations, public affairs firms and non-profits develop long-term partnerships to reach and exceed their goals - be they shaping public opinion, achieving legislative outcomes, or building lasting strategic alliances.
A veteran of dozens of political and issue campaigns, Chaz has also served in senior Fundraising and political roles for a variety of campaign and non-profit organizations including serving as Political Director of the Maine Republican Party. Immediately before starting Cc: External Affairs, Inc., Chaz served on the senior leadership team of the American Legislative Exchange Council where he ran Public Affairs, Fundraising/Membership and Conferences. While at ALEC, Chaz and his team shattered organizational records for fundraising, legislative outreach, private sector member recruitment and conference attendance.
Chaz is an alumnus of the University of Maine Augusta, where he worked his way through college as an aide to the Maine State Senate Leadership. Chaz is a past President of the Washington Area State Relations Group, an association of D.C.-based state government affairs professionals, He currently serves on the board of directors of the America’s Future Foundation.
Laura Elliott, Senior Associate
Laura Elliott has twenty years of experience working for some of the country’s best known non-profits and trade associations. Laura started her career working for University of the South, her alma mater. Laura then moved to Washington D.C. to continue her work in the education sector for the Washington Scholarship Fund and the United Negro College Fund. She has a passion for adoption which grew while working for the National Council For Adoption and exponentially grew recently with the adoption of her son. Before joining Cc: External Affairs, Laura most recently worked for the American Legislative Exchange Council where she oversaw a 50-state, 2,000-plus member network of state legislators.