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Margaret Burnside

Margaret Burnside

Manager, Government Affairs

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Manager Government Affairs at Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

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Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Manager, Government Affairs

• Conduct legislative research regarding trade, customs and privacy issues relevant to the retail industry.
• Draft and compose correspondence with executives from retail member companies, Congressional office staff, as well as Representatives and Senators.
• Assist in the organization of committee meetings ranging from 15-150 members.

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Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Coordinator, Government Affairs

• Conduct legislative research regarding issues such as health care reform, e-fairness, tax reform, and labor.
• Draft and compose correspondence with executives from retail member companies, Congressional office staff, as well as Representatives and Senators.
• Publish weekly newsletter that is distributed to all members.
• Assist in the organization of committee meetings ranging from 15-150 members. Committee meetings consist of publishing programs and materials, organizing break-out session regarding current issues, and planning the overall event.

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Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Intern, Retail Operations & Sustainability

• Co-authorship of an industry-wide, corporate social responsibility report detailing the retail industry’s progression towards implementing a triple-bottom line. The report included benchmarking and best practices regarding environmental, social and economic items. The report is published online at www.rila.org.
• Assisted in the organization of the 2011 Retail Sustainability Conference bringing together over 150 attendees from top retail companies including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Lowe’s, and others.

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Personal Office of Senator Richard G Lugar (R-IN)

Intern

• Collaborated with a senior staff member in conducting research on the efficiency of the Department of Homeland Security and the measures being taken in order to secure the Northern and Southern borders.
• Assisted in writing constituent correspondence.
• Attended committee hearings and drafted memos for senior staffers.
• Executed administrative duties.

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U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Intern

• Conducted research in order to advise the allocation of $45 million for education reform from USAID and advised on how the aid could be used in regards to counter terrorism in the most rural parts of Pakistan.
• Researched and drafted an overview of the Saudi Arabian terrorist rehabilitation program and the benefits and effectiveness of the program.

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Denison University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science

Universitat d'Alacant / Universidad de Alicante