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Chris Swonger

President and CEO

As President & CEO for, Chris Swonger brings his knowledge leading the industry in corporate social responsibility strategies. With over 25 years of experience in the public and private sector, representing elected officials and three diverse, global consumer goods companies, Chris has led integrated corporate affairs strategies with responsibility for public affairs, international government affairs, corporate reputation management, corporate communications, brand public relations, philanthropy, and social responsibility.

Currently, Chris serves as the President & CEO of both the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. was founded in 1991 and has received more than $250 million dollars voluntarily from the nation’s leading distillers to fight drunk driving and underage drinking and promote responsible decisions about beverage alcohol. The Council is the leading voice for distilled spirits in the U.S. market and serves as the industry’s advocate in state capitals, the nation’s capital and foreign capitals around the globe.

Chris has extensive experience guiding corporations to lead in business while playing a positive role in communities through proactive engagement. In this capacity, Chris focuses on breaking down the traditional barriers that exist between corporations, non-government organizations and activist groups by facilitating consensus based outcomes which are deliverable, actionable and measurable.

A native Texan, Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Tech University and lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife Amy and their two sons Holden and Beckett Boone.

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Leslie Kimball

Executive Director

Leslie Kimball leads’s communications initiatives which includes traditional and social media strategy and implementation, advertising, and strategic partnership engagement. Leslie oversaw the successful rebranding of the organization in 2015 as well as the organization’s 20th Anniversary celebration in 2011. She is proud of all of’s award winning programs but Ask, Listen, Learn’s substance, message and role models will always hold a special place in her heart. She’s produced and distributed over 150 PSAs to fight underage drinking. She enjoys working with parenting influencers and is proud to see more parents engaging in conversation about underage drinking with their children; she was the spark behind’s #TalkEarly campaign.

Leslie previously worked in Communications and External Affairs at The Brookings Institution. She and her husband live in Washington, DC with their daughter and son. She serves as the Vice Chair of Best Buddies Capital Region and the Advisory Board of her children’s school.

Shaquille O’Neal’s nickname for her is “Boss Lady.”

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Katie Beaumont

Communications Manager

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Maureen Dalbec

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President, Research and Programs

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Hannah Dickmyer

Educational Programs Manager

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Lonnie Edwards

Director of Digital Communications

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Christiana Falcon

Government Relations & Traffic Safety Manager

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Joey Ford

Member Relations Manager

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Kendra Goode Carroll

Chief People Officer

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Tom Grane

Educational Programs Manager

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Darrin Grondel

Senior Vice President of Traffic Safety

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Erin Hildreth

Vice President, Communications

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Brian Jimenez

Director of Production for Creative Services

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Chris Konschak

Senior Director of Traffic Safety and Government Relations

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Tate Meyer

Graphic Designer

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Sam Nathews

Vice President, Communications & Branding

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Kelly Poulsen

Senior Vice President of Government Relations

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Hannah Reed

Social Media Manager

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Chris Ruiz

Digital Communications Associate

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