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Key Staff

Jennifer H. Wieroniey, Executive Director

As AASC‘s Executive Director, Jennifer Wieroniey serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the AASC and the AASC Political Action Committee (PAC). A resident of Washington, D.C., Jennifer is a veteran association executive, previously she served as Executive Director of the American Trucking Associations‘ National Accounting and Finance Council. Jennifer also has experience working on Capitol Hill and has successfully advocated before the Internal Revenue Service, the U. S. Small Business Administration and Congress. A former tax attorney, she has an expertise in federal tax regulations and finance.

Jennifer earned her law degree from Drexel University‘s Thomas Kline School of Law in Philadelphia. Additionally, she holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Towson University. She has been admitted to the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Tax Court.

Jennifer lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, two young children and two dogs. She is an avid runner, having completed nine marathons. Before kids changed everything, Jennifer enjoyed traveling the world and has visited six of the seven continents. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Palisades Community Association, where she frequently volunteers her time.


Lobbyists

John D. Raffaelli

John D. Raffaelli is the founding partner of Capitol Counsel, LLC. He has more than 35 years of experience in federal policy and policymaking, with an emphasis on taxation, finance, health care, international trade, and general business matters. Raffaelli is nationally recognized as one of the most effective lobbyists in Washington and is respected by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers for his knowledge of the legislative process and his ability to develop public policy solutions to client problems. In 1994, he was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the Top 50 Lobbyists in the Nation’s Capital, and he has made every top lobbyist list in the magazine since it began publishing them. In 2012, he was listed in Washington Life Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Washington. Raffaelli is active each year in many House and Senate campaigns.

John holds a L.L.M in Tax from New York University Law School and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas Law School. Additionally, he holds a B.S. from American University.

Previously, John served as the Founder and Chairman of The Washington Group, There he represented a wide variety of business, tax, and trade clients on Capitol Hill and before executive branch agencies. The Washington Group’s predecessor firm was McAuliffe, Kelly and Raffaelli.

Additionally, he served as counsel for tax and international trade in the Office of Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) in Washington, D.C. He has an extensive expertise in the tax rules governing depreciation, R&D, insurance, real estate, energy, and other issues. He also worked as an attorney adviser in the Office of Chief Judge Samuel Sterrett of the U.S. Tax Court, a staff assistant in the Office of Congressman Wright Patman (DTX) and a partner at the law firm Bishop, Cook, Purcell, and Reynolds Law Firm in Washington, D.C. His campaign work includes: 1992 Clinton for President campaign; 1996 Clinton-Gore national finance committee; and Vice Chair of the Kerry for President campaign national finance committee. He served as a board member for the Susan G. Komen Foundation from 2011-2016 and was a past member of the President’s Advisory Committee for the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he served as a former managing trustee for the Democratic National Committee.

From changing the definition of under construction to include archeological excavation, creating a new depreciation rule for sale-lease transactions, creating new kinds of tax advantaged accounts or working to fix the tax treatment of unique and new financial transactions, Raffaelli has been a key player in developing the strategy that advanced sound tax policy and business reality. His ability to find creative solutions to conflict has been the key to his success as a lobbyist, a skill that he has used in other fields such as trade, financial services and health.


Caitlin Canter

Caitlin Canter is a principal with Capitol Counsel, LLC. She brings over seven years of Capitol Hill experience to clients from her work with Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Canter has expertise in the areas of health care, tax and trade. Canter also worked closely on Central Valley agriculture and water issues. She has campaign experience as she served as the primary liaison between Chairman Nunes and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Canter managed Chairman Nunes’ re-election and leadership fundraising operations and coordinated his national travel and speaking engagements to benefit his colleagues in the House. Canter maintains strong relationships with the California House delegation, House leadership, and the House Republican Steering Committee.

Caitlin holds a B.A. from the University of Washington. Previously, she served as in the positions of Deputy Chief of Staff, Legislative Assistant and Staff Assistant in the  Office of Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) in Washington, D.C. There, she hired, managed, and evaluated Washington, D.C. staff; provided strategic advice to develop and implement short-term and long-term legislative priorities; served as liaison for the Republican Conference Steering Committee; attended regular chief of staff meetings and functions with other members of the Republican leadership, i.e., the California Republican delegation, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Republican Deputy Whip team. She is a cofounder of Hill Helpers, which is a community volunteer organization to connect Hill staff with one-time volunteer opportunities to support local D.C. non-profits.

Her successes include serving as a a key staff member in advancing several long-term health care priorities for Congressman Nunes, including reforms to Ambulatory Surgery Center payments and ground ambulance reimbursements. Additionally, she helped establish successful national and digital fundraising platforms for Congressman Nunes.


Political Action Committee

Holly A. Giarraputo

Holly Giarraputo has been a compliance professional for 15 years. Holly began working in compliance at Oldaker, Biden and Belair, LLP in Washington, DC in 2000. Her mentor was William Oldaker, Esq. He served as a General Counsel to the Federal Election Commission from 1976-1979. Giarraputo was responsible for maintaining the bookkeeping of both Mr. Oldaker's law practice and lobbying firm. At the firm she was the sole compliance person for four years and worked on numerous Senate, House and PAC campaigns.
After leaving the firm in 2004, Giarraputo began Campaign Compliance, Inc. and began to focus on supporting federal and state campaigns, political committees and other political organizations. In 2008, Holly moved with her family to the West and continues to work with clients from across the country. When she is not filing FEC reports, she can be found skiing, cooking and spending time with her family.


Finance & Accounting

Sandra K. Brown

Sandra K. Brown is tax manager and payroll services coordinator at Ross & Moncure. She is a native of Arlington, Virginia and a graduate of Marymount University. She majored in Business Studies, and subsequently went on to do a satellite degree in Accounting. She began working for her father’s business in junior high school, and — aside from a brief stint working in Oahu right after college — continued to be his office manager until she joined Ross & Moncure in October of 2002.

Sandy manages hundreds of entity (corporate and partnership) tax accounts, and Ross & Moncure’s Professional Employer Organization (PEO) services. She coordinates with hundreds of clients to meet their payroll preparation and processing needs, and creates and prepares tax efficiency plans for corporate clients focusing on taxation, intelligent decision-making and longevity.

Sandy and her husband Pat live in Calvert County, Maryland with their Labrador, Gunner.