WHO WE ARE
Fred is Principal of the Federal Tribal Practice for Aronnax Public Strategies LLC, a Washington DC-based government relations firm. He has nearly 20 years of experience in legislative and political affairs, lobbying and grass-roots advocacy, political organization and fundraising. A former senior staff for U.S. Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI), Fred has achieved numerous victories for his clients in the form of friendly legislation as well as millions of dollars in federal appropriations to meet tribal needs. His successful efforts span fields as diverse as Native issues, gaming, agriculture, health care and the justice system. Fred is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Drew is President and CEO of The Setter Group LLC, a government affairs firm based in New Mexico. A veteran of nearly 15 years of experience in government affairs in both the public and private sectors, he was the lead lobbyist in the effort to secure gaming compacts for nine of New Mexico's gaming tribes, and continues to represent several tribes in that state. His major policy efforts have included tribal gaming, infrastructure development, renewable energy, education, tax policy, and cultural preservation. Drew previously served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Pamela is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Zuni, with more than 30 years of experience in public education, community outreach, tribal gaming, tribal natural resource issues, and water rights. Her commitment to sovereignty and the preservation of tribal rights informs her role as Senior Associate for The Setter Group LLC, where she facilitates communications between the firm and its tribal clients, and also coordinates relationships with legislative offices, state agencies and other stakeholder groups. In 2007, Pam was selected as part of a New Mexico state delegation that traveled to southern African countries as part of a cultural and economic exchange project focused on rural and indigenous community development.
Michelle is an enrolled member of the iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and President of Michelle Holiday & Associates. She has extensive experience in tribal affairs, government relations and the energy industry. From 1993 to 2013, she held customer relations and senior public affairs roles for Southern California Edison and its parent company, Edison International. She also has provided services to her own tribe as Director of Economic Development and consultant for strategic planning, tribal development and government relations. Michelle is on the Board of Directors of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), and serves as an Ambassador to the U.S. Department of Energy's Minorities in Energy Initiative. She is a graduate of California State University-Long Beach.
Marsha is President and CEO of MSK Ventures, Inc., a strategic communications and business development consultancy. She has more than 23 years of experience in Indian country, serving as lead communications counsel for the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) since 1992, and working with tribal governments and organizations in Wisconsin, Michigan, New Mexico and California over the past 20 years. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Kelly served in the Office of Governor Rudy Perpich (D-MN) as Communications Director for Lt. Governor Marlene Johnson, the first woman to hold that office. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mesa Grande Economic Development Authority. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota.
Heidi is the President and CEO of HAB Consulting. She has been producing and promoting training programs, conferences and trade shows in Indian country for 21 years. In addition to producing and marketing regional gaming conferences in Minnesota, Arizona, New Mexico and Washington state, Heidi also has developed her own trademarked conferences on key topics such as human resources (HR Bootcamp), Class II Gaming (game protection and compliance), and tribal business development (Doing Business in Indian Country). She began her career as a political organizer and lobbyist, and entered the Native conference and training business through a Native-owned company, Marketplace Productions. She is a graduate of Coe College, and did graduate work on government at the University of Chicago.