May 21, 2019



Photo courtesy of the National Restaurant Association

CUA Law alumnus, Sean Kennedy '95, was appointed as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, the Association's senior-most executive in the development and execution of its multi-year advocacy strategy.

A government relations leader in both the private and public sector with more than 20 years of experience, Kennedy will lead all advocacy initiatives, federal and grassroots lobbying efforts, and policy economic analysis for the $863 billion restaurant and foodservice industry. He will also lead the Association's litigation strategy through the Restaurant Law Center. Kennedy joins a strong and seasoned public affairs team and will work to advance the priorities of the restaurant industry. He will report to Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association, and will step into his role mid-June.

"We are thrilled to have Sean join the National Restaurant Association and lead our industry's public affairs efforts," said Sweeney. "Sean is a proven government relations executive who understands the nuances of the policy-making process. His experience advocating for a large and complex industry will be a valuable asset to our members as he engages on the myriad issues affecting our industry and America's workforce."

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