ANNE DESETA DARCONTE, CAE
Anne DeSeta DarConte serves as Senior Director of HillStaffer. Ms. DarConte has more than 30 years of federal, state, and local government relations experience and advises clients on strategic advocacy initiatives including messaging, grassroots and grass tops advocacy, Hill Days, advocacy training, and community outreach. Ms. DarConte’s successful programs have been recommended as models of best practices, and she is often called upon to speak at industry conferences and at universities.
Prior to HillStaffer Ms. DarConte managed a 50-state coalition in the accounting profession, responsible for all advocacy efforts including legislative and regulatory matters, outreach priorities, stakeholder relationships with national and state-based organizations, and support for ad hoc state government relations initiatives. Previously Ms. DarConte served as the Director of Outreach for a 500-member energy trade association, where she created that association’s outreach program. She has also served as Director of Grassroots for a $125MM trade association, responsible for the organization’s grassroots inititaives and Get Out The Vote program which resulted in web traffic increases of 94.5% and 103.5%, respectively. Ms. DarConte began her career in the Florida House of Representatives, where she served as a Senior Legislative Analyst in the Committee on Commerce.
Ms. DarConte is Vice Chair of the Government Relations Section Council for ASAE, and recently attained her CAE credential. An active leader with various women’s organizations, she is a Co-Founder of the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference and Excellence in Advocacy Awards, as well as a former Board Member of Women in Government Relations and PLEN, the Public Leadership Education Network. In March 2016, PLEN honored Ms. DarConte with the Mentor Award for her outstanding service to the organization as well as her impact on public policy and role in women’s leadership.
Ms. DarConte earned a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, from Goucher College. She and her husband Bruce, both native New Yorkers, are active in serving their local DC community and enjoy the dynamic, cultural life that city living offers.