WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has appointed Maryam Cope and Craig Kalkut as vice presidents of governmental affairs. Kalkut joined the association on March 24, with Cope following on April 14.
Kalkut will lead AH&LA’s efforts in the areas of travel promotion, tax and enterprise issues such as terrorism risk insurance and patent reform. He joins the association after nearly eight years in the United States Senate, most recently as chief counsel for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. In this position, he focused on intellectual property, immigration, and bankruptcy issues, as well as advising Senator Klobuchar on tourism and travel promotion policy. Kalkut previously served as counsel and banking and financial affairs analyst for former Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and the Senate Budget Committee, and formerly was counsel and legislative assistant in Conrad’s personal office. Kalkut has a law degree from Harvard University.
Cope will support the association’s increased advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with the Administration, where she will manage technology and data security issues. She comes to AH&LA from her most recent role as director of government relations for the Information Technology Industry Council, representing major technology companies such as Apple, IBM, Intel and Google. She was responsible for directing advocacy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity and cloud computing. Previously, she served as principal of The Cope Group, a reputation management and brand identity consulting firm providing services to Fortune 500 clients. Cope was also a professional staffer in the United States Senate, working for former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) and the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation where she focused on internet policy, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and telecommunications.