APCO Worldwide welcomes Ami Copeland—a leading strategist and public affairs executive with 20 years of experience working at the intersection of policy, politics and global affairs in both domestic and foreign markets—as the new head of public affairs in Washington, D.C., Licy M. Do Canto, managing director of APCO’s Washington headquarters office.
As the head of public affairs, Copeland will bring the full breadth of APCO’s integrated support and services for its clients and help address the multifaceted global challenges faced today by companies around the world.
“We are thrilled to have Ami lead our public affairs practice in Washington, D.C.,” Do Canto said. “His breadth of experience in geopolitics and solid understanding of the world economy coupled with his extensive background in the Washington political ecosystem and deep expertise in public policy make him a bold and visionary leader of our talented public affairs team and for our clients. His impact on us and our work will be enormous and transformative.”
With experience collaborating with hundreds of decisionmakers across federal, state and local agencies, Copeland is frequently sought after by national media for his insights on national politics. Oftentimes, he is featured in outlets including Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time and NPR.
“Today, more than ever, leaders from around the world seek to engage in Washington, D.C. with credibility and impact,” Copeland said. “Few organizations understand the importance of Washington to the global marketplace more than APCO. I am excited to join and help lead APCO’s exceptional team in creating public affairs solutions for their clients’ complex challenges and unique federal opportunities.”
Prior to joining APCO, Copeland was an executive vice president at Resolute Public Affairs, where he led high-stakes public affairs and risk management engagements with corporations, non-profits and advocacy campaigns at the intersection of public and private sectors on global, national and local stages.
Copeland served as the deputy national finance director for then Senator Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and held leadership positions in the campaigns of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Tom Harkin and within the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Copeland was a founding partner at New Partners Consulting, where he led and supported companies, philanthropic organizations and political campaigns in Washington and across the country. He also served as executive director of Business Forward, a D.C.-based, national business trade group that is active in over 100 cities around the country working with over 100,000 local business leaders and executives.
Before launching his professional political career, Copeland lived abroad, obtained the rank of First Sergeant in the Israeli Defense Forces and worked as an investment banker and business journalist in Europe.
Copeland will work alongside experts across the globe including Do Canto, Managing Director of the Global China Practice Teresa Lu, Senior Director Elizabeth Cohan, Executive Director and Global Solutions Practice Lead Frank Lowenstein, Raleigh Managing Director Courtney Crowder, Senior Director Dan Scandling, Senior Director and Political Strategist, North America, Brandon Neal, London Managing Director Roi Feder, Senior Director and Head of UK Public Affairs James Nason, Japan’s Managing Director and Asia Chairman Masayo Nagai, India Managing Director Rahul Sharma, MENA President Mamoon Sbeih and Brussels Managing Director Theo Moore.
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