Dr. Carol Stewart, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Purpose Financial
During her 17 years with Purpose Financial (formerly Advance America), the leading provider of cash advance services, Dr. Stewart has established and executed a multi-state strategic regulatory effort with a strong record of successful campaigns to ensure a sustained and profitable operating environment. Prior to Purpose Financial, Dr. Stewart served as Vice President for Public Policy and Chief Lobbyist for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Before the South Carolina Chamber, Dr. Stewart served in a variety of advisory and leadership roles pertaining to state education in South Carolina. Previously Stewart worked as a teacher, principal and school district superintendent.
Joseph Testa, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, American Express
Joseph Testa is Vice President, Government Affairs at American Express, based in Washington, DC. Testa manages the company's policy agenda, political activities and strategic communications in 50 states, along with an international portfolio. His issue areas of expertise include financial services regulation, electronic payments, data security and consumer contracts.
Earlier in his career Testa held government relations positions at Capital One, the American Council of Life Insurers, SPI/APC and Stateside Associates, and as legislative staff at the Minnesota Senate and Delaware House of Representatives. He is a frequent volunteer for voter registration and political campaigns.
Jenn Stowe, Vice President, Government Relations, The Carpet and Rug Institute
CRI is the trade association with responsibility for representing U.S. manufacturers of carpets and rugs. Stowe's responsibilities include federal, state and local government relations as well as interaction with government agencies and other Washington-based trade associations.
Prior to joining CRI, Stowe worked with the Chlorine Chemistry Council (CCC) in Arlington, VA as Manager, International Affairs. At CCC she worked with product stewardship, government relations and public information regarding chlorine and chlorine chemistry on a national and global basis. Prior to her work at CCC, she spent nearly three years working as a volunteer at an orphanage in Mexico.
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