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Political Strategists Mary Matalin and Donna Brazile to Address National Ethanol Conference

December 20, 2017


WASHINGTON - The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that former Presidential Advisor Mary Matalin and veteran Democratic Political Strategist Donna Brazile are scheduled to speak together at the 23rd annual National Ethanol Conference, Feb. 12-14, 2018, in San Antonio. Matalin and Brazile will be the featured luncheon speakers on Tuesday, Feb. 13, for "A Candid Conversation about Washington Politics." Matalin served under President Ronald Reagan, made her mark as George H.W. Bush's campaign director and was most recently assistant to President George W. Bush, and as assistant and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, making her the first White House official to hold that double title. Today, Matalin is a frequent commentator on both radio and TV, and is the co-author of "All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President," a national bestseller written with her husband, James Carville. Brazile is the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee and fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. She has worked on every major presidential campaign since 1976 and in 2000, became the first African American to serve as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore. Brazile is the founder and director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. "We're excited to have Mary Matalin and Donna Brazile, two top presidential strategists, address our conference attendees," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. "Each brings unique insights into what it's really like running a presidential campaign or working in The White House. As we have learned over the past year, the Trump administration is anything but typical, but who best to help decipher how the political landscape has shifted than Mary Matalin and Donna Brazile. NEC attendees will benefit from hearing the lessons learned from these top Republican and Democratic strategists and how to navigate in the current political environment. I'm looking forward to an entertaining, engaging session." The NEC is the most widely attended executive level conference for the ethanol industry. For more information, visit: