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New Hires Bolster Team’s Extensive Public Policy Experience
March 13, 2013 – WASHINGTON, DC – Ali Amirhooshmand and Danielle Rodman joined the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) as directors of federal government affairs, the association announced today. Together, Amirhooshmand and Rodman bring more than two decades of public policy and government affairs experience to the ESA team, with expertise in technology, communications, intellectual property, and trade issues important to the entertainment software industry.
“Through their extensive work in federal government and in the private sector, Ali and Danielle have demonstrated their ability to forge key stakeholder relationships, balance competing interests, and provide lawmakers with valuable perspective on policies impacting a variety of issues important to a high-tech industry such as ours," said Erik Huey, senior vice president of government affairs for ESA, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “They will be strong additions to our team as we continue collaborating with policy makers to cultivate an environment that fosters the innovation and creativity for which our industry is known.”
Amirhooshmand and Rodman will help lead ESA’s federal government relations department, which advocates on behalf of the entertainment software industry to federal officials and staff, and underscores the positive role video games play in education, health, business, and the economy.
Amirhooshmand joins ESA with more than 15 years of government and private sector experience. Prior to ESA, he co-founded Seward Square Group, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm which provides strategic business advice to and advocates for sound legislative policies on behalf of a diverse group of clients. As a principal at the firm, he counseled major technology and financial services clients on policies impacting information and communications technology, intellectual property, cyber security, and other issues. Previously, Amirhooshmand managed the telecommunications and media practice for Cassidy & Associates, an international government relations firm, and served as a policy and legislative advisor for several Members of Congress, including then-House Majority Whip Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).
A Capitol Hill veteran, Rodman brings a range of regulatory experience to her new role at ESA. Rodman previously served as a senior legislative assistant to Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology. As the congresswoman’s primary advisor on House Judiciary Committee work, Rodman provided strategic guidance on issues including child safety, telecommunications, women’s issues, health care, and immigration. Rodman also served as a staff assistant for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where she advised lawmakers on telecommunications legislation including domestic broadband expansion, media consolidation, and spectrum.
ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global anti-piracy program, owning and operating E3, and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com or follow us on Twitter: @RichatESA or @ESAGovAffairs.