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Quinn Louise Cheney St. Paul, Minnesota 55116 qcfe63d6@westpost.

net (651) 472-3534

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS * More than 15 years of professional experience in Government Relations and Publ ic Affairs at the State, Federal and International levels * Expert in development of policy, legislative and grassroots advocacy, and mark eting strategies * Proven high-level negotiation skills * Skilled in communicating effectively, and in building and maintaining good rel ationships with government officials and stakeholders * Fluent French speaker, with working knowledge of Spanish WORK EXPERIENCE Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Board of Animal Health Director of Policy Development (2005-Present), St. Paul, Minnesota * Supervise all government relations and lobby on behalf of two state agencies * Manage development of $40 million annual budget, and advocate it to legislator s and stakeholders * Communicate regularly with legislators, other government officials, and stakeh older groups through presentations, testimony, and public meetings * Design, execute and advocate the executive branch policies on agriculture, ani mal health, food, bioenergy, rural economic development and many other issues * Develop and implement legislative and public relations strategy * Participate as member of senior management decision-making team * Write internal and external reports, newsletters and other promotional materia ls. * Serve on multiple state and national boards and councils Office of Governor Tim Pawlenty, St. Paul, Minnesota Senior Policy Advisor for Legislative and Cabinet Affairs (2004-2005) * Advised Governor on issues related to Agriculture, Renewable Energy, Local Gov ernment, Transportation, and Water Management * Managed daily affairs of four cabinet-level state agencies, including overseei ng commissioners' activities, and supervising legislative and non-legislative po licy development, and external communications * Designed and advocated Governor's policy and budget initiatives, working with a government officials and interest groups * Collaborated with leadership team on development of strategic plans for annual legislative sessions * Negotiated 2005 international agreement U.S. and Canadian officials on controv ersial water issue * Effectively managed relationships with the political party, congressional dele gation, legislators, the business community, interest groups, and multiple board s and commissions * Wrote letters, briefings, talking points, and memos for Governor

Canadian Consulate General, St. Paul, Minnesota Political and Economic Relations Officer (1998-2004) * Served as advisor for the Government of Canada on U.S. politics, policies and regulations affecting eight states (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebra ska, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana) * Researched, analyzed and reported on political and economic developments and r egional attitudes that affected the bilateral U.S.-Canadian relationship and pro vided regular briefings to senior Canadian officials * Worked on key issue areas, including healthcare, homeland security, energy, tr ade, and the environment * Developed and lobbied to encourage support for Canadian positions on federal a nd state legislative proposals * Created and managed department budget * Planned and executed public relations campaigns * Developed communications materials and responded to media inquiries * Organized advocacy events, such as receptions, luncheon speakers and conferenc es * Actively involved in regional organizations such as Western Governors Associat ion and the Councils of State Governments The Williams Companies, Inc., Washington, D.C., a Fortune 200 energy company Government Affairs Manager (1996-1998) * Developed and lobbied public officials regarding company policy on federal and state legislation and regulations * Collaborated on development and implementation of public relations strategy an d grassroots marketing efforts to promote corporate reputation * Counseled and advised corporate leaders on congressional and regulatory activi ties * Managed collection and disbursement of PAC funds and wrote quarterly PAC newsl etter * Coordinated successful campaign to increase contributions to corporate Politic al Action Committee (PAC) * Represented company at business associations, such as Association of Oil Pipel ines, Interstate National Gas Association, and others United States Senate, Washington, D.C. Legislative Correspondent, Legislative Assistant (1992-1996) * Developed and advocated public policy positions on federal budget and appropri ations state and federal legislation, and local issues. * Drafted and negotiated passage of congressional bills and amendments; wrote co ngressional testimony, briefings, editorial columns, and constituent corresponde nce. o U.S. Senator Larry Pressler (SD), Legislative Assistant (1994-1996) - Advised Senator on matters related to Tourism, Energy, Environment, and Native American issues. o U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger (MN), Legislative Assistant and Legislative Corr espondent (1992-1994) - Advised on matters pertaining to Tourism, Energy, Enviro nment, Transportation, and Natural Resources and served as staff for Environment and Public Works Committee. EDUCATION * St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN o Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, double major in Political Science and Frenc h

o Extensive study and travel abroad to France, Germany, Spain and Australia - in cluding internships with the French Assemblee Nationale and Senat; and with a re gional French newspaper * Springfield High School, Springfield, Illinois * Broadmeadow High School, Newcastle, Australia

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES * Abraham Lincoln's Law Offices and Illinois Old State Capitol Historic Sites Volunteer Tour Guide * John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts - Hostess and greeter at Rooftop Te rrace and special events such as charity galas and President Clinton's Inaugural ball * Pharmaciens sans Frontieres Comite Internationale - Volunteer for efforts base d out of Chalon-sur-Saone, France to provide pharmaceuticals to then-emerging ea st European nations in need * House of Hope Presbyterian Church - Elder on church session, Chair of Children and Family Services Committee, Nominating Committee member, frequent volunteer * Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky - Director of application review panel for T errill Scholarship Fund; volunteer for annual Brain Ball, golf tournaments and helmet donation activities * Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network - Volunteer for annual fundraising walk a nd other activities * L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School - Volunteer for school events and fun draising activities * Local Politics and Political Campaigns - Advisor and volunteer for numerous po litical campaigns