NRB President’s Council Members Gather for Capitol Hill Media Summit

President's Council with Rep. Frank WolfMembers of the NRB President’s Council gathered in Washington, DC, last week for the 2014 Capitol Hill Media Summit.

During the September 9-10 event, the Council members were presented with an insider’s perspective of our nation’s capital and heard from government officials, including Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Congressman James Lankford (R-OK). Council members also heard from NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, NRB Senior Vice President & General Counsel Craig Parshall, and NRB Vice President of Government Relations Aaron Mercer, who shared detailed reports of NRB’s work on Capitol Hill and with government entities such as the FCC.

In addition, Council members heard from Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), who was presented with NRB’s 2014 Faith & Freedom Award on the final day of the gathering. Former Senator Jim DeMint, President of The Heritage Foundation, also spoke to the group about the work of the conservative think tank and his regard for Congressman Wolf.

“The NRB President’s Council is a select group of strategic partners whose generous support and dedicated efforts enable the NRB to preserve and expand the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both here and around the world,” notes Melissa Sturgis, NRB’s Director of Membership. “Members recognize the singular importance of NRB’s engagement in the legislative, legal, and regulatory arenas, and they serve as influential ambassadors for NRB as they interact with political leaders and others with positions of significant influence and authority in our nation’s capital.”

Also part of the Capitol Hill Media Summit were visits to the National Archives and the Library of Congress, as well as a roundtable discussion on free speech and the Internet co-hosted by NRB’s John Milton Project and The Heritage Foundation. The roundtable event featured Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Policy for Amazon; Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia; and Andrew Kloster, Legal Fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Craig Parshall, Director of the John Milton Project, moderated.

Following the roundtable, Jennifer Marshall, The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, presented the 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity. This report tracks key social and economic indicators to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right or the wrong track.

The summit concluded with a special dinner at the Embassy of Israel, where the President’s Council heard from Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States.

For more information about the President’s Council, contact Melissa Sturgis, Director of Membership, at 703-331-4502.

To view the list of current President's Council members, click here.

By NRB Staff

Published: September 18, 2014

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