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Poligage is the world’s first online marketplace for public policy insights and government affairs and services, helping companies and organizations find the expertise they need, right when they need it. Having an effective government affairs function is business-critical for any organization, reducing risk and identifying opportunity early enough to influence those outcomes, and building a reputation that government stakeholders understand and respect.

  • Poligage offers access to public policy or government affairs engagement for every organization, no matter their size or experience. Poligage provides an advisory network for your on-demand use at any time.
  • Poligage saves you time through our easy to use marketplace design, enabling you to search for and connect with experts in seconds. No more wasting cycles and cashing in favors to connect with someone who may or may not be a fit for your need.
  • Poligage delivers value by enabling pay-as-you-go consultations, content, and projects. Poligage does not charge membership or subscription fees to use our marketplace.

Poligage is managed by policy and government affairs industry professionals with extensive experience in public policy, government affairs, and digital engagement across the United States and around the world, including experience working in senior levels of government, as well as leading government affairs functions for companies, trade associations, consulting firms, business organizations, and non-profits. The Poligage Experts Network includes a core group of deeply experienced and vetted policy and government affairs experts, each with a minimum of 15 years of experience and a reputation for consulting excellence. We also believe that transparency builds trust, and Poligage users have direct access to the bios and credentials of every expert in our network.

Founder and CEO

Christine Davies has built her 20-year career in the government affairs and engagement space, with leadership roles in the government, business, technology, and not-for-profit sectors both in the United States and internationally. Christine most recently served as Vice President for Partnerships at the Asia Society, a global organization devoted to increasing understanding between the East and West, and previously as a business development manager for the Public Sector Services division at Microsoft. Earlier in her career, Christine served at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of State, where she worked on a variety of global economic and development issues, and as the International Trade Specialist at the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand. Christine earned her MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.

Advisory Council

Juanita Duggan is the founder of CLARIFYD, providing clients with clarity and solutions for complex policy problems. Most recently, Juanita was President and CEO of the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy group. A native of Alabama, Juanita has served at the helm of multiple, high-profile trade associations and in the White House during both the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. Juanita was the first woman to serve as President and CEO of NFIB, as well as the first woman to lead the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the American Forest & Paper Association, and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. She held leading roles as a lobbyist at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, the National Food Processors Association, and for Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

Jim Messina is CEO of The Messina Group. Named “The Obama White House’s Fixer” by the media, Jim Messina is perhaps the world’s most successful political and corporate advisor. The mastermind behind President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, Messina guided the Obama-Biden Administration to another term in the White House. With the guidance of technology’s foremost leaders, Jim abandoned every step of a traditional presidential campaign and merged technology and politics in a way that was both unpredictable and unprecedented. Since its founding in 2013, The Messina Group has been involved in winning public policy campaigns on five continents. Jim previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Obama White House, where he was integral to the passage of the historic health care bill, the economic stimulus act credited with saving the US economy, and the landmark repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” For over twenty years, Jim served as Chief of Staff for various Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill where he worked to pass key legislation such as multiple tax cut bills, the Medicare prescription drug bill, and several trade agreements.

Ed Ingle is the President of New Lantern Partners, a corporate affairs and business strategy consulting firm. Ed has 30 years of government affairs and public policy experience in high-stakes environments, including senior positions for Microsoft, The White House, and WPP. He left Microsoft in 2019 after spending 16 years managing the company’s government affairs engagement before the Executive Branch, Congress, and State Governments. During President George W. Bush’s first term, Ed served as Deputy Assistant to the President in The White House, coordinating policy and communications with senior Cabinet officials. Ed is expert at providing trusted counsel and insights to corporate executives on navigating complex policy and business challenges as it relates to government affairs, public affairs, corporate social responsibility, policy development, and the political process.

Conrad Woody is Partner and Head of Odgers Berndtson's U.S. Corporate and Government Affairs Practice in Washington, DC, through which he works with organizations around the world that are seeking executive talent for their corporate and government affairs business function. Conrad’s portfolio of search work includes advising clients on government affairs, corporate communications/public affairs, economic development, trade association CEO and leadership roles. He’s also a member of the firmwide Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council and leads the firm’s Corporate Board Diversity Initiative. Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Conrad was a Principal at Korn Ferry and a key member of the firm’s Government Affairs Practice. Before this, he was with Goldman Sachs, where he was a member of the campus and diversity recruiting teams. He began his career as a staffer on Capitol Hill. Conrad has a degree in political science from Howard University and serves as a director on the non-profit boards of Step Afrika!, Starting with Today Inc. and the Young Patrons Board of The Arena Stage.

Judy Benn is the CEO of Unalome Strategies. Judy recently retired after serving for over 17 years as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, one of the most active business chambers of commerce in the world, as well as the Founding Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar. Judy has managed hundreds of advocacy efforts in Thailand and throughout Asia on behalf of the business community and often in collaboration with civil society. Judy served for many years as a Director of KPMG in China earlier in her career.

Avi Millman is a multi-time founder and early-stage startup advisor who brings 15 years of early-stage and growth-stage experience to Poligage. Avi recently completed three years at InVision, where he helped launch and build the company's EMEA & APAC business, as it passed $100M in ARR and was named #8 on the Forbes Cloud 100 List. In 2009, Avi founded Stray Boots, a mobile city-tour concept that used smartphones and game mechanics to make exploring new places fun, social, and interactive, which expanded to over 40 cities and delivered millions of hours of 60+ NPS experiences. He raised over $3.5M in venture capital and sold the business in 2015. Before Stray Boots, Avi was the fourth employee at Q Drinks, and he ran Logistics, Inventory, Control and Supply Chain at retailer Steve & Barry's during its fastest growth period from 2005-2007. Avi recently joined Immersion, an early-stage neuroscience SaaS company, to lead Product and Go-to-Market Strategy. Avi and his businesses have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Spiegel, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, and many other publications.

Scott Norville is Vice President of Digital Audience Development at the Walt Disney Company, where he is responsible for leading Fox Film Studio’s and Fox Network Group’s cross-division initiatives regarding short-form video creation and distribution, and digital audience development on YouTube and other social video platforms. Scott has an extensive background in content and technology business development, having previously worked at Google in YouTube’s Content Partnerships Group, and at the Walt Disney Company before Google in strategy/business development roles in both their Consumer Products and ABC News divisions.

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