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ASAE lobbyist Clarke announces upcoming retirement

Mary Kate Cunningham to succeed longtime association advocate, who is leaving next year after more than 20 years at group

Clarke and CunninghamClarke, left, and Cunningham

Oct. 12, 2018
By Walt Williams

The lobbyist who advocates on behalf of the association community is stepping down.

ASAE announced Oct. 9 that Senior Vice President of Public Policy Jim Clarke will retire at the end of January 2019, concluding a career at the association spanning more than two decades. Mary Kate Cunningham, currently senior director of public policy at ASAE, will succeed him.

Clarke first joined ASAE in 1997 from Capitol Hill, where he was a Republican staffer. In an announcement about his retirement, the association credited the lobbyist for a number of regulatory and policy victories, including protecting associations from a number of “onerous” tax changes proposed in last year’s GOP tax overhaul.