John Runyan

John Runyan is President of Runyan Public Affairs (RPA), an independent government relations consulting firm assisting clients with a full range of federal affairs services.  John opened RPA in 2009 after more than 25 years in the government relations profession. 

Prior to opening RPA, John managed the federal government relations team for International Paper, a Fortune 100 global corporation.   John joined IP in 1996 and led IP's federal government relations efforts on a range of issues including energy, transportation and logistics, labor-management relations, postal and mailing and general business issues.  John also served as Treasurer for the International Paper Political Action Committee (IP-PAC) which raised almost $800,000 during the 2007-2008 election cycle.

Before joining International Paper, John served as the Senior Government Relations Advisor to the firm of McGuiness & Williams where his clients included the R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., and the HR Policy Association.  He also spent more than a decade with the Printing Industries of America, the nation's largest graphic arts trade association, where his positions included Senior Director, Government Affairs.  John started his career in Washington on the staff of former US Senator Donald Stewart (D-AL).

John is currently playing leadership roles in the following major legislative coalitions:

John earned his Bachelor's degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. He and his wife Ruth Kane live in Alexandria, Virginia and are the parents of two daughters.


Strategic Partners

Hudson Hollister

Hudson Hollister is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Data Transparency Coalition.  Prior to starting the Coalition, Hudson worked as a securities litigator in the Chicago office of Latham and Watkins, LLP.  He most recently served as counsel to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the US House of Representatives and as an attorney fellow in the Office of Interactive Disclosure at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Data Transparency Coalition has partnered with Runyan Public Affairs which is providing administrative and organizational support for the effort.

Thad Huguley

Prior to founding Huguley Consulting, LLC, Thad Huguley worked as a Congressional staffer and campaign operative for almost 15 years. Huguley began his career as a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Howell Heflin of Alabama. After Heflin retired from the Senate, Huguley served U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder of Arkansas as his Legislative Director and Campaign Manager. From 1999 to 2006, he served as Chief of Staff and directed the re-election campaigns of U.S. Congressman Marion Berry of Arkansas.

As founder of Huguley Consulting, LLC, Huguley has built a public affairs and government relations practice with expertise in managing coalitions, Congressional process, navigating Executive branch bureaucracy, and public policy advocacy. The roster of clients at Huguley Consulting includes big corporations, small businesses, advocacy groups, and non-profit organizations.  Huguley is coordinating with Runyan Public Affairs on behalf of Rayonier, Inc.

A native of Lanett, Alabama, Huguley graduated from the University of Alabama, and he earned a Master's Degree in American History from American University in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Kim, have two sons.


Rafe Morrissey

Rafe Morrissey has over 17-years of public policy experience in a broad range of areas, including:  postal affairs, consumer privacy, labor and employment law, telecommunications and Internet privacy issues.  Rafe directly represents Hallmark Cards and the Greeting Card Association and is working with Runyan Public Affairs on behalf of the Coalition for Transportation Productivity and Consumers for Paper Options.   Prior to starting Morrissey Strategic Partners, LLC, Rafe managed legislative and public policy issues for EnGage, LLC and prior to that, the Evans Capitol Group, where he represented a range of clients including:  American Business Media, the Newspaper Association of America, Cyren Call, Nextel and others. 

He began his career working for the Washington, D.C. based law firm, Wiley, Rein & Fielding, as a legal assistant specializing in medical insurance fraud litigation. Rafe is a recipient of the American Business Media 2007 Thomas W. Tully award for Outstanding Government Services.

Craig Brightup

Craig Brightup is chief executive officer of The Brightup Group LLC, a government relations consulting firm in Washington, DC.  He has provided services to 15 different organizations since 2009, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Previously, he was Vice President of Government Relations for the National Roofing Contractors Association in its Capitol Hill office, which he opened in 1990.  Before that he headed congressional relations for the Federal Trade Commission by appointment of President Reagan, and in 2000 was named toFortune Small Business magazine’s POWER 30 list of “influential insiders” in our Nation’s Capital.  Brightup is a noted expert in regulatory affairs, having guided small business involvement in major rulemakings at OSHA, EPA and the Department of Labor for more than 20 years. 

Rational 360

Rational 360 For more than a decade, Rational 360 has specialized in developing and executing strategic communications programs in ever-changing business and regulatory environments. The firm has created multifaceted advocacy campaigns and rapid response operations for Fortune 500 companies, has executed strategic marketing initiatives and digital campaigns for consumer and business-to-business brands, and has worked with public and independent companies on executive positioning and visibility. Founding partner Patrick Dorton and director Beth Dozier are assisting several Runyan Public Affairs clients, including the Coalition for Transportation Productivity and the Consumers for Paper Options.

Lisa Griffin Howell 

Lisa Howell assists Runyan Public Affairs in a variety of client related projects including association management and membership development support for the Coalition for Transportation Productivity.  The tasks Lisa assists with include: association management; bookkeeping; meeting planning; and communications.  Lisa graduated suma cum laude from Florida Southern College in 2000. After graduation she worked as a Legislative Assistant to State Senator JD Alexander and then to Congressman Dennis Ross when he was a member of the Florida House. Lisa also served as Scheduler and Assistant to the Speaker of the Florida House, Larry Cretul, and recently served as Office Manager/Scheduler to Congressman Dennis Ross.