Jim has won wide respect across three areas: media, business, and government. He served as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, leading the U.S. Government’s international strategic communications effort. Among his accomplishments at the State Department was bringing new Internet technology to bear on outreach efforts. He was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate and holds the lifetime rank of ambassador.
He was also chairman of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, which directs all non-military, taxpayer-funded international broadcasting, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Alhurra TV.
On August 31, 2013, he completed four years as founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, building the policy innovation arm of President Bush’s library and museum complex in Dallas. He is now a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he served as a fellow or senior fellow for 11 years.
He has been moderator of three weekly television programs: Ideas in Action and TechnoPolitics on PBS and Capital Gang Sunday on CNN. And he is an experienced publishing executive, having been publisher of the New Republic, president of the Atlantic Monthly, executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, and editor of Roll Call. He was a columnist for the Washington Post for 11 years and has written three books on finance. He has published more than 2,000 articles in the past 15 years in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and elsewhere. He has also given more than 500 speeches, in such venues as the National Press Club, Detroit Economic Club, and Chatham House in London.
In April 2012, he was appointed to the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He was formerly a member of the Policy Advisory Board of Intel Corporation and a senior advisor to AT&T and SAP America.
He holds a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, where he was managing editor of the daily newspaper, The Crimson.
Rick began his work on complex public policy issues over 30 years ago and much of his career has been focused on energy and natural resources issues. Mr. Shapiro, who has led public affairs organizations for three Global Fortune 500 companies during his career, specializes in serving as a strategic advisor to corporate public affairs leadership and in helping them to manage their most critical public policy challenges.
Before joining PAE, Mr. Shapiro was a senior member of the team at Quinn Gillespie and Associates, managing energy and resource management issues for Fortune 500 clients. Prior to that role, he served as executive vice president of public affairs for CEMEX’s U.S. operations and was responsible for the company’s governmental affairs, communications and community relation’s functions. Mr. Shapiro also led a multi-year legislative and regulatory campaign for market-oriented reforms in the electricity and natural gas sectors while serving as the managing director of government and regulatory affairs for Enron.
Mr. Shapiro received his Bachelor’s degree with Honors from James Madison University and a J.D. with High Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Gilliam Center for Free Enterprise and Ethical Leadership at James Madison University. Mr. Shapiro also serves as a Senior Counselor for the DCI Group. Mr. Shapiro divides his time between his residence in The Woodlands, Texas, with his wife Amy, sons Ben and Jonny, and Shih Tzu Milani and Washington DC.
Elizabeth Heaton has more than 10 years of experience in media relations and public affairs. In her current position, she oversees media strategy and public affairs implementation on a wide range of advocacy campaigns. Ms. Heaton focuses primarily on health care, trade, energy and financial issues.
Prior to this, Ms. Heaton worked for the DCI Group, the nation’s fourth largest independent communications consulting and public affairs firm. She also worked at the Electric Power Supply Association, a national trade association serving competitive power suppliers active in U.S. and global power markets; the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked as a senior advisor in the Office of Justice Programs; and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the principal trade association of the cable industry in the United States.
Ms. Heaton began her professional career working at the White House in 2003. Her political experience also includes work with various political campaigns around the country.
Originally from Grand Rapids, Ms. Heaton is a graduate from the University of Michigan, where she received her B.A. in political science. She and her husband, Dave, live in Columbia, South Carolina with their twin daughters.
Faye Dickerson is an Executive Assistant with Public Affairs Engagement supporting the organization’s executive team. As an Executive Assistant, Ms. Dickerson brings over a decade of experience to PAE in the executive support field.
Ms. Dickerson is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where she received a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education. Currently she lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Henry and their two daughters.