Andrew G. Kaffes is a government relations consultant who enjoys seeing the gleam in an advocate’s eye when they convey their issues to a member of Congress. That gleam is the reason why he started A.G. Kaffes & Associates in 2007 with the goal in mind to help “Main Street” organizations and start-up companies find their voices and navigate through Washington. All told, he has 25 years of experience working in Washington.
Andrew has provided legislative and public affairs consulting to a diverse portfolio of clients in the sectors of: non-profits, public health and medical research, aging/affordable housing, foreign policy, victims' rights, and energy efficiency. He has generated grass-tops and grassroots support for appropriations efforts, devised federal budget lobbying plans, analyzed legislation, organized meetings with the highest levels of government officials in Federal Agencies and coordinated Capitol Hill Day events. Andrew has submitted written testimony on behalf of clients that has been entered into the public record.
Andrew's accomplishments include:
Working on a client's behalf, and contributing to a coalition's effort, to preserve critical financing mechanisms to affordable housing in comprehensive tax reform
Garnering congressional support for a Housing tax credit program
Garnering congressional support to restore funding for programs in various federal agencies (HHS, State, HUD, DoJ)
Executing a government relations strategy that propelled implementation of a Homeland Security policy
Helping a client forge new relationships with prominent aging organizations to the benefit of client's mission and programs
Working on a client's behalf, and contributing to a coalition's effort, to pass legislation to implement a national strategy to support caregivers
Devising a government relations outreach campaign to successfully create awareness of an energy efficiency technology
Working on a client’s behalf to contribute to coalition efforts to pass the reauthorization of theViolence Against Women Act
Working with a coalition to pass Congressional Gold Medal legislation
Implementing proactive measures to voice a client’s position to include stimulus aid for NIH to key congressional stakeholders that was eventually adopted
Organizing a client's first-ever congressional briefing on the importance of oral health disparities and cultural competence
Drafting and passing legislation that commemorated two associations' anniversaries
On a client's behalf, helped to grow a congressional caucus by six-fold
During his tenure with an international membership association, Andrew blended public relations, grassroots and coalition-building tactics to help the organization address the issues affecting the membership. Andrew researched and produced Congressional Scorecards, drafted, introduced, and passed legislation; and helped grow a Congressional Caucus to a record 163 members in the 110th Congress.
As a result of his efforts, the association was recognized in the September/October 2005 issue of Foreign Affairs, the official publication of the Council on Foreign Relations, as an organization whose lobbying tactics are often emulated by similar groups.
Andrew has organized several public policy forums that included the participation of U.S. and foreign government officials, prominent think-tank organizations, leading academics and non-profit professionals, and foreign journalists. The forums help to raise awareness of issues and educate the community.
Moreover, Andrew has written extensively for a wide variety of needs, ranging from magazines and newsletters to news releases, policy statements, issue briefs, electronic media and speech-writing. He has ghost-written Letters to the Editor that were published in the New York Times,The Washington Times, The Washington Post,New York Post, and Ekathimerini, and his news releases and media advisories have led to international media placement as well as placement in mainstream news wires and media outlets such as the Associated Press, New York Times, The Guardian, CNN International,Arizona Republic,Atlanta Journal-Constitution and broadcast media outlets in New York City.
Furthermore, Andrew has provided marketing communication support to national manufacturers of home building products, including news release writing, management of a client’s newsletter and editorial research. His work received placement in industry publications.
Finally, Andrew has consulted with clients to assist them with the appearance and effectiveness of their Web site advocacy pages.
Education M.A., Political Management, The George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), 2006 Valedictorian Concentrations: Lobbying; Corporate & Trade Association Public Affairs B.S., Public Relations, Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1994 Cum laude
Outstanding Public Advocacy Award, American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Henry D. Paley Award, GSPM, The George Washington University Voted Most Principled Political Player by peers at GSPM The Pinnacle Award in Public Relations, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Olympic Torchbearer, 2002 Winter Olympic Games
Named to Greek America's Forty Under 40 in 2012
Moderator of Panel: Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean (July 29, 2017)
Panelist: Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Action for Improving Access to Care. Topic: "Improving Access to Care: Assessing the Political Landscape. (November 4, 2011) Moderator of Panel: The U.S./Greece Strategic Partnership in the Balkans (December 2, 2005) Moderator of Panel: Pressing On: Reconciliation for Cyprus and the Media's Role (March 30, 2004)
Professional Memberships Member, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), National and National Capital Chapter
Noteworthy Andrew has worked with a coalition to pass a Congressional Gold Medal bill, passed three Congressional resolutions, initiated congressional letters of support for various issues, and submitted several written testimony statements for the public record. Moreover, he managed successful efforts to restore federal funding for a federal program, and he garnered congressional support to keep a government division from being downgraded to branch status. Most recently, he executed a four-year government relations strategy that enacted a change in Homeland Security policy for visa-free travel to the United States from Greece.