- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 21, 2003

Washington lobbyist Ann Sullivan is getting a new office. There, she will voice public policy issues for an Oklahoma association for female business owners.

Ms. Sullivan, 47, is heading up the Northwest office on L Street for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), which opened last week.

She will continue in her 2-year-old role as a federal legislative consultant, but the added responsibility has her working full time to promote the issues of the 460,000-member nonprofit.

“The workload is huge right now, but as the organization grows, I grow,” said the president of Madison Services Group, a McLean government-relations firm.

Ms. Sullivan remained a consultant instead of signing on with the organization to keep her status as a female business owner.

“It’s important for the association to practice what it preaches by having actual women business owners testify on issues they know firsthand to Congress,” she said.

While she has several other clients in the area, Ms. Sullivan plans to devote most of her energy to the association, her largest client. “Right now, I’m it at the office. Eventually, I plan to bring on a deputy manager and some interns to help with the workload.”

Group President Terry Neese said she picked Ms. Sullivan to lead the key office because of her 20 years working on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist and senior adviser in the U.S. Senate and House.

“Ann has really shown to Congress that our members are swing votes and critical to the upcoming 2004 presidential election,” Ms. Neese said.

Some of the main issues Ms. Sullivan will push are instituting association health plans, repealing the federal estate tax, and implementing a mandatory 5 percent set-aside of federal contracts for minority- and women-owned small businesses.

“The ultimate goal is make sure legislators are talking with women business owners,” she said.

Ms. Sullivan lives in McLean with her husband, Rick, and their children, Matt and Elizabeth.

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