marketing and lobbying for nonprofits
Donna Wiesner is CEO of BrainTrain LLC, a business specializing in marketing and communicating political ideas and projects. BrainTrain works with executives and lobbyists to propel ideas toward policy-makers and ordinary citizens. For example, Miss Wiesner managed the web-based grassroots outreach for satellite television legislation. According to the front page of the Washington Post, -members of Congress dealing with this issue say it has generated more calls from their constituents than any other controversy except impeachment.
In the 107th Congress, Ms. Wiesner lobbied for fundamental tax reform, aided by the Coalition for Fundamental Tax Reform, a coalition she helped grow to represent more than 8 million citizens. Her financial clients have included growing a mortgage consulting firm including the 50 state licenses, starting a mortgage banking company, communications assistance for Fannie Mae, and managing written communications and political staffing during the student loan debt crisis at the Department of Education.
Other clients have included Science News, a 5-part Women in Power's news tape shown to more than 17 million people, a television pilot for FOX, Bell Atlantic, the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly, and the U.S. House of Representatives. As a lobbyist, Miss Wiesner has represented the May Company Department Stores on electricity deregulation in Maryland and federal bankruptcy, and Eli Lilly and Unisys in Virginia.
In the Bush Administration, Miss Wiesner was Director of the Executive Secretariat for the U.S. Department of Education, chief editor for Secretary Cavazos, and manager of written communications for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary. She represented the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on the Total Quality Management Task Force, and chaired the Information Technology Committee. As Reagan Administration Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Secretary of Labor Bill Brock, she focused on labor issues. As Assistant Director of Logistics at the White House Conference on Small Business, Miss Wiesner supervised arrangements for 54 state conferences and the national conference for 5,000. She managed the multi-million-dollar media event budget for the 1985 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
The youngest Director of Marketing of a Disneyland hotel, Ms. Wiesner has developed a wide range of marketing plans for printing firms, mortgage companies, candidates, and modeling agencies.
Ms. Wiesner is an elected: Commissioner, Arlington County Cable and Information Technology Advisory Commission; Board Member, Bush Alumni Association; and National Advisory Board Member, James Monroe Foundation. She is a Life Council member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, and helped found the Bush Schedule C's Association. She founded and runs The Job Pods (www.jobpod.org). Originally a chemical engineering student, she a Masters in International Transactions from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.
poetry under my own name
many, many speeches, articles, brochures and books under client names
Posted on: Friday, February 6th, 2004 by Donna Wiesner
In the Reagan Bush '84 re-elect campaign, head of women's issues Sonia Landau printed a bumper sticker, Women's Issues are Economic Issues.' So great was the male outrage that the prints never distributed, just destroyed.'
While at the Women's Bureau, former Secretary of Labor and Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg told me that he asked President Kennedy if he could close down the Women's Bureau, because it seemed to get in the way of women being treated equally.' Kennedy agreed, but said he could never weather the political storm.
A few years later, FOX Network kept our revolutionary pilot TV show the first talking heads format to include women among the pundits, brainchild of Kathy Wilson, former head of the National Women's Political Caucus on its potential show top ten list for several years, not sure whether it would be accepted among the political public or not.
Well, women's issues still are economic issues, and we women still put obstacles in the way of our own equality, and just because women have token political pundits on every television show now, does...
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