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AMY J. BLANKENBILLER
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AMY J. BLANKENBILLER

Amy Blankenbiller founded AjB Strategies, LLC in 2009. She works with trade associations, non-profits and private companies in the following areas: communications, message development, federal and state legislative and regulatory advocacy, event planning
and logistics, fundraising, coalition building, grassroots, association management
and leadership training.

Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Blankenbiller was the President and CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest business advocacy organizations in the state. For nearly twenty years before returning to Kansas, Ms. Blankenbiller lived and worked
in the Washington, DC area. Amy was a Senior Associate at Waterman & Associates,
a privately owned consulting and lobbying firm and Legislative Director for the National Associate of Homebuilders. Amy received a political appointment from President George H.W. Bush and served as a Congressional Liaison at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She also worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Representative Bob Whittaker and U.S. Senator Bob Dole.

Ms. Blankenbiller was an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. She served on the Board of the Washington, DC Kansas Society, was President of the DC Area KU Alumni Association and was an invited participant for the 2009 RNC Women’s Leadership Conference. Amy is also a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Kansas Program, is on the Board and current Treasurer for the Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series and has served on boards for numerous other organizations. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas
and has completed coursework toward a Masters Degree at the University of Virginia.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Kansas Chamber of Commerce Topeka, KS

July, 2007- January, 2010
The Kansas Chamber is a statewide business advocacy organization comprised of five corporations and five affiliate programs, representing over 10,000 businesses through direct membership and coalition activities.

  • Directed professional staff and contract service providers to meet all organizational goals.
  • Created and maintained positive balance budgets annually.
  • Defined annual policy objectives, advocacy strategies and messaging; high rate
    of success.
  • Created a dynamic new membership development program to increase average revenue per member.
  • Developed strong grassroots network, programs and events.
  • Maintained strong relationships with state and federal policy leaders, businesses
    and other stakeholders.
  • Seized opportunities for innovation, partnerships and coalitions to move organizational interests forward.
  • Developed five year strategic plan with overall organization objectives and measurable goals.
  • Conducted complete internal assessment of structure, policies and procedures; implemented revisions to increase efficiency, revenue and member involvement; implemented SMART goals for staff and departments.
  • Oversaw operations, fundraising and campaign involvement for Chamber's political action committee.
  • Managed multiple events including largest gathering of business and political leaders in state, economic summits, congressional summits, political fundraisers and high profile stakeholder meetings.
  • Served as chief spokesperson for organization.
  • Represented organization on numerous state and national boards and commissions.

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Senior Associate & Client Manager
Waterman & Associates Washington, DC

December, 1996 – July, 2007
Waterman & Associates is private consulting firm working with national organizations
to develop and implement effective federal policy strategies and provide business solutions to meet organizational goals.

  • Managed several national trade association contracts.
    Provided technical and strategic advice to clients on environment, energy and business policy.
  • Developed client policies and strategies, including timelines, goals, objectives
    and deliverables.
  • Managed legislative and regulatory initiatives; analyzed impacts; gathered data; and prepared issue briefs, articles, testimony, regulatory comments and position papers.
  • Worked with organizational board and grassroots; managed several task forces, work groups and committees.
  • Represented multiple client interests simultaneously before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Managed two large annual conferences and numerous other special events.
  • Served as client representative in various forums; delivered speeches across the nation on policy and politics.
  • Supervised staff and volunteers; assisted with firm management, staffing
    and strategic business decisions.
  • Areas of focus included: All major environmental issues, energy efficiency and business issues.

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Legislative Director
Nat'l Association of Home Builders Washington, DC

Nov. 1992 – Nov.,1996
NAHB is one of the nation's largest trade associations and works to advance the home building industry.

  • Represented the housing industry before Congress and regulatory agencies.
  • Defined policy objectives; managed advocacy strategies; facilitated member participation in federal policy arena.
  • Monitored and analyzed legislative and regulatory activities; wrote issue briefs, testimony and policy statements.
  • Provided written and verbal updates to key stakeholders; delivered speeches on
    a variety of topics.
  • Participated in national coalitions on behalf of industry.
    Areas of focus included: water, air, solid waste, hazardous waste and Superfund.

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