The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced several new staff members joining the organization.
Chris Raymond has been named vice president of political affairs for the NRA. In this role, Raymond will develop the association's political strategy on key initiatives and priorities. Raymond will work closely with members of Congress and Administration officials, manage grassroots efforts, and oversee the association's Political Action Committee (PAC) and the Save American Free Enterprise (SAFE) program. Prior to joining the NRA, Raymond was vice president of government relations for the National Council for Higher Education Loan Programs. Raymond also held several positions on Capitol Hill, including chief of staff/legislative director for Congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA).
David Koenig joins the association as director of tax and profitability, where he will develop and implement the association's public affairs strategy on tax and profitability at the state and federal level. This includes issues such as restaurant depreciation, business meal deductibility, and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, among others. Prior to joining the NRA, Koenig was tax policy director for the American Forest and Paper Association and held previous positions with Texaco and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Caitlin Donahue has been named the director of the association's PAC. In this role, Donahue will handle the day-to-day management of the PAC and set strategy to align and support the Association's strategic plan. Most recently, Donahue was executive director of candidate advocacy for the Business Industry Political Action Committee. Donahue previously worked as manager of political involvement for Procter & Gamble.