A long-time activist, Frank Donatelli is chairman of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors and serves on Young America’s Foundation’s Board of Directors.
He is also executive vice president and director of Federal Public Affairs for McGuireWoods Consulting and serves as counsel to McGuireWoods LLP. Frank is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the American University Law School.
During the 2008 Presidential race, Senator John McCain tapped Frank to serve as deputy chairman of the GOP where he coordinated the RNC’s fundraising and organizing activities directly with the McCain-Palin Presidential campaign.
His previous appointments have included serving as an assistant to President Ronald Reagan for political and intergovernmental affairs and as deputy assistant to the President for public liaison at the White House. He served on White House Chief of Staff James Baker’s team that negotiated Presidential debates in 1984. Frank was also a senior advisor to Bob Dole in 1996 and represented his campaign in debate negotiations.
Frank has more than 20 years of experience in public policy advocacy and boasts substantial expertise in the legislative process. He has represented a wide variety of companies in such diverse areas as energy, taxes and trade, telecommunication, and Homeland Security and has provided strategic advice and policy guidance to many large companies and trade associations.
He has appeared on numerous public affairs programs on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN and is a noted writer whose articles have been printed in the Washington Post, the Washington Times and the New York Daily News.
In 1992, Frank chaired the Christopher Columbus Quincentennery Commission, which celebrated the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the New World. In March 2009, he was elected chairman of GOPAC, a group that assists GOP “rising stars” running for state and local office. He served as GOPAC chairman through 2014.