Tom Dorn, President of Dorn Policy Group Inc., has a diverse background in government and politics at the federal, state, county, municipal, district and tribal levels. His firm represents numerous multi-national corporations, trade associations and government entities. Major clients include the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3M, Netjets, Cigna Healthcare, American Insurance Association, Macquarie Capital USA, McLane Company, American Medical Response, The CORE Institute, Arizona Bioindustry Association, HDR Engineering and Peabody Energy.
Prior to starting Dorn Policy Group Inc. in November 2000, Tom was a Partner for three years at the Arizona public affairs firm Jamieson Gutierrez. There he was the chief legislative strategist and lobbyist for the firm’s notable clients including America West Airlines, Cox Communications, Fiesta Bowl, Hitachi Data Systems, Reliant Energy, Southwest Student Services, Hopi Tribe and the City of Tucson.
From 1994 to 1997, Tom served as the State and Federal Lobbyist for the Arizona Department of Transportation where he was instrumental in the STEP 21 Coalition, a Washington D.C.-based effort to secure equitable highway financing nationwide. Tom also initiated development of federal legislation enabling the ultimate construction of the Hoover Dam Bridge now spanning the Colorado River. These significant policy efforts have led to subsequent opportunities for increased commerce along the CANAMEX Corridor and the future Interstate 11 connecting Phoenix and Las Vegas.
From 1990 to1994, Tom served Democrat Governor Rose Mofford as Legislative Director for the Arizona Department of Commerce where he advanced business legislation pertaining to international trade, housing, finance, economic development and sports promotion. He also served as Legislative Director for the Arizona State Land Department under Republican Governor Fife Symington where he advocated for policies relative to natural resource management, water, grazing leases, forestry, urban planning and environmental protection.
Early in his career, Tom served as a Congressional intern Washington for the late Arizona Congressman Jay Rhodes and then as a Government Relations Assistant to legendary Arizona lobbyist, Ambassador P. Robert Fannin from whom he learned honor, knowledge, skill and tenacity are the pillars of successful advocacy.
Tom holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University (ASU). He is active in numerous organizations including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Town Hall, Arizona Tax Research Association, and serves on the boards of the Arizona Highway Users and Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory. Tom has teenage daughters and lives in Phoenix.
Eric W. Emmert joined Dorn Policy Group Inc. in October 2005 as the firm’s Vice President. The addition of Eric’s knowledge, experience and professionalism catapulted Dorn Policy Group to one of the top public affairs firms in Arizona. Eric strategically works municipal, county, state and federal governments while skillfully incorporating government relations, media relations, lobbying, networking and issues management to meet client needs.
Eric has a successful track record in government relations and lobbying. He has been responsible for passage of a wide range of legislation throughout his career. From complex tax legislation and economic development issues to transportation to workforce development, Eric continues to successfully navigate challenging issues though the lawmaking process.
Eric is also highly skilled in government contract and procurement processes. From lucrative towing and infrastructure contracts to small business procurements, Eric has successfully assisted Dorn Policy Group clients win contracts with various government entities.
Professionally, Eric served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, Manager of Government Affairs at the Greater Manchester (New Hampshire) Chamber of Commerce,
Manager of Governmental and Community Affairs for the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Chambers of Commerce and Iowa Communications Director for the Dole/Kemp ’96 campaign.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Public Relations emphasis from Iowa State University. Eric strongly believes in giving back to his community and volunteers his time for many boards, commissions and civic organizations. He served as president or received awards for most of the organizations for which he volunteers. Eric has an entrepreneurial spirit and has started several successful businesses over the years ranging from tour businesses to software companies.
Carly Daniels began her career in Arizona government as an intern with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. She was responsible for relations with local and state government officials as it pertained to the business community. Carly oversaw the publication of the 2016 How We Stand and managed public policy meetings. She, also, represented the Chandler Chamber of Commerce in the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance during the legislative session. Carly held a central role in the development of the public policy department.
In 2016, Carly began an internship with United States Senator Jeff Flake. Carly communicated with constituents regarding state government agencies such as the Department of Health, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Economic Security. Carly, also, reported on state, federal, and international issues.
Originally from Mesa, Arizona, Carly graduated from Dobson High School. Carly was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook and Captain of the Women’s Swim Team. She accepted an offer to swim at a collegiate level for Hiram College in Northeast Ohio. Carly was named NCAC Swimmer of the Month in September 2012 and competed in four Conference Championships. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Associate of Arts in Sociology. Carly currently attends University of Nebraska and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Political Science.
Cole Libera joined the Dorn Policy Group as the Director City and County Government Relations in January 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Cole served as the Manager of the Business Services Section for The Arizona Department of Economic Security. He also dedicated a year to public service as an AmeriCorps VISTA for City of Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego. He specializes in local government affairs, business management, networking, fundraising and policy analysis. Cole was an intern for the Dorn Policy Group in 2014.
Born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, Cole is a native of the desert and understands the challenges the Valley of the Sun faces. He graduated from Corona del Sol High School in 2010 and was involved with soccer, tennis, theater and student government. He then attended Arizona State University where he pursued a Bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in Sustainability and certificates in International Affairs and Civic Education.
He was active in the ASU community, joining Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, ASU’s Barren Mind Improvisation Troupe, Camp Kesum, ASU Fitness Student Advisory Board and much more.
Graduating in May 2014, he accepted a position with Democrat Fred DuVal’s campaign for governor. His major contribution to the campaign was establishing the bipartisan coalition, Republicans For Fred. He grew to understand that working with both sides of the aisle is paramount to successful public policy.
Cole has truly found his dream job. He is honored to work with such a knowledgeable and dedicated staff.
Mel’s employment focus has been in administrative work for the past 20 years. She was employed by the same employer during most of that time and has been described as having a good blend of organizational skills and creativity.
She also run a small catering and party planning business. This combines many of her passions; planning, organization, creativity, hospitality, decorating and my love for cooking.
Mel is your basic, busy, working mom, who spends her “free time” attending various kids’ sports, school and church events. She’s the mom of 6, who’s kids range over a 10-year span and almost as many personalities, occupations and interests. She loves to get together over a yummy meal and have fond memories of various “favorites” that are repeated regularly. This is where the idea of her own cookbook began and she has since printed 3 editions!