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 to 1994, 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.
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.
Bea Rocklin joined Dorn Policy Group Inc. in November 2019 as the Director of Development and Client Relations. Prior to joining the firm, Bea formed “Bea Spoken” in 2009, which is dedicated to providing exceptional services in the areas of public affairs and campaign fundraising. Bea’s professional and innovative team has supported a variety of projects including political campaign fundraising, ballot referendums and non-profit capital campaigns.
In 2014, Bea began advocating for clients in public policy at the state legislature and at cities. Having represented local corporations such as Republic Services and Alliance for Trade, Jobs, & Growth in Washington, D.C., her passion for policy continues to grow. Bea's experience and knowledge of legislative and government affairs processes, along with her deep relationships within both political parties, allows her to provide impactful policy work at the state and local levels of government.
Bea has lived in Phoenix, Arizona for over 46 years and holds a residential real estate license for investments. Bea is also strongly committed to community service, having raised millions of dollars for countless charities such as Heart Ball, Phoenix Suns Charities (past board member), and Childhelp Drive the Dream (current State board member), and was recently appointed to the Phoenix Women’s Commission, Alumni American Enterprise and Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service. Bea passionately believes that philanthropic efforts and strong public policy result in stronger, safer and more compassionate communities!
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 runs a small catering and party planning business, Mel’s Heavenly Bites. This combines many of her passions; planning, organization, creativity, hospitality, decorating and her love for cooking. When she is not typing at the computer keys at DPG, she’s busy creating new recipes to provide at Mel’s Heavenly Bites.
She’s the mom of 6, who’s adult kids range over a 10-year span and almost as many personalities, occupations and interests. They love 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!
Mel’s favorite activity is hiking and you can find her many days a week on the Arizona trails. But in the summer, you will most likely find her out of the Phoenix heat and spending time in Northern Arizona.