Janet Kopenhaver, President of Eye on Washington, has over twenty five years experience in the public policy and government relations field. She founded her consulting firm – Eye on Washington – with the aim of creating a highly efficient and results-oriented company to assist organizations in ways specially designed to fit their needs.
Throughout her career, she has developed numerous contacts both on Capitol Hill and in U.S. Federal Government Agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture,
U.S. Department of Energy,
U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and U.S. Department of State. Among her many areas of expertise are: lobbying of legislators and Administration officials; grassroots development and management; public policy strategic planning; drafting newsletters, background papers, action alerts, and other materials; monitoring and analyzing legislative and regulatory developments; arranging and preparing attendees for meetings with Members of Congress and Administration officials; and writing public policy releases.
Janet has been serving as the Washington Representative and Chief Lobbyist for a number of trade and professional organizations since founding Eye on Washington. She also serves as a regulatory consultant to an organization involved in the alternative fuel and energy sector.
Prior to starting Eye on Washington, Janet served as Vice President for International Trade and Government Relations for a manufacturers' trade association, and concurrently as Executive Director of an affiliated Canadian organization of manufacturers. In these roles, she organized and directed the association's government relations and grassroots programs.
Before working in the association field, Janet was employed in the federal Government for five years. She served at the U.S. Department of State and in the congressional office of Mr. Michael DeWine from Ohio.
Janet earned an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a B.A. in International Affairs from American University.
Pamela J. Slater
Pam Slater currently works as a freelance lobbyist and international trade consultant. In the recent past she served first as the Legislative Director, and then the Executive Director, of Consumers for World Trade (CWT). In this capacity Ms. Slater lobbied to reform the U.S. sugar program, eliminate the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (aka the Byrd Amendment), resolve the U.S.-Canada softwood lumber dispute in a manner that was not harmful to consumers, as well as eliminate and/or reduce duties on consumer items such as apparel, footwear, and food.
Prior to joining CWT Ms. Slater served as Director, Trade Policy, Europe at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Slater worked with member companies to draft the Chamber's positions on U.S.-EU trade issues and communicate them to Congress and the Administration.
Ms. Slater also served as the Executive Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), Washington 's largest network of international trade professionals.
Ms. Slater has a B.A. in Economics and French from Albion College and an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies ( SAIS ).
Mark Habeeb has worked as a lobbyist, political consultant and public relations advisor for over twenty years. He specializes in developing successful strategies for achieving client objectives before Congress, in the Executive Branch and in the media. He has organized numerous lobbying missions to Washington and has arranged meetings for his clients at the highest levels of Congress, at Executive Branch agencies and in the White House.
Prior to joining Eye on Washington in 2006, Mark was a Senior Vice President for several large Washington public affairs firms, where he was responsible for a wide range of domestic and foreign clients. He has extensive contacts on Capitol Hill, where he once served as a foreign policy advisor to a United States Senator, and in the media. He has drafted op-eds for clients that have appeared in such newspapers as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Mark has served as an adjunct professor of political science at Georgetown University since 2001. He earned PhD and MA degrees in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in government from Georgetown University.