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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

During her 21 years with, Kimball led the development and implementation of programming and communications campaigns for the not-for-profit. These campaigns include the rebranding of in 2015, the organization’s 20th Anniversary celebration in 2011, and the Ask Listen Learn and Talk Early and parenting influencer initiatives.

As Executive Director, Kimball leads the organization’s team of 15 professionals. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Kimball served as chief of communications and branding for DISCUS and in a shared services capacity, where she oversaw all communications work and built an award-winning, in-house team that helped achieve meaningful growth in reach and revenue for both organizations.

Leslie previously worked in Communications and External Affairs at The Brookings Institution. She and her husband live in Bethesda, MD 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

Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations

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Gideon Blum

Government Relations Manager

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Maureen Dalbec

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President, Research and Programs

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Christiana Falcon

Senior Manager, Traffic Safety

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Kristy Farley

Community Engagement Strategist

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Joey Ford

Head of Membership Engagement & Development

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Ian Goudy

Educational Programs Associate

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Tom Grane

Director, Educational Programs

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Darrin Grondel

Senior Vice President, Traffic Safety

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Erin Hildreth

Vice President, Communications

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Chris Konschak

Senior Director, Traffic Safety and Government Relations

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Tate Meyer

Senior Designer & Production Manager

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Abeer Naqvi

Chief People Officer

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Sam Nathews

Vice President, Brand Strategy

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Hannah Parker

Senior Manager, Social Media

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Kelly Poulsen

Senior Vice President, Government Relations

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Chris Ruiz

Digital Communications Manager

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