NFL Names Former White House Staffer as SVP, Public Policy and Government Affairs

Cynthia C. Hogan will oversee public policy and legislative initiatives for the league, mired in controversy

Last Updated: September 16, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

Amid chaos, comes order to the National Football League. Or at least a new senior vice president of public policy and government affairs.

In the middle of its public relations crisis — which includes domestic violence charges and child abuse indictments of star running backs, among other issues — the league has named Cynthia C. Hogan, former deputy assistant to the president and counsel to the vice president of the United States, to tackle the aforementioned role.

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In her new gig, Hogan will develop and implement the league’s public policy and legislative initiatives and work with NFL teams on local and state issues, the league said in a press release.

She will be based in the NFL’s Washington, D.C. office and starts Sept. 22. Hogan will report to Paul Hicks, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs.

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As part of the White House staff from 2009-’13, Hogan analyzed legal and policy issues for the Obama Administration, including health care, financial regulation, information technology, privacy and other civil liberties, criminal justice and national security.

She led numerous special projects, including the effort to confirm Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, and also helped coordinate the administration’s gun violence proposals.

Prior to joining the White House, Hogan was chief counsel, staff director and counsel for Constitutional Law for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary from 1991-’96.

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“We are pleased to welcome Cynthia to our leadership team,” Hicks said. “Cynthia’s broad experience on a wide range of public policy issues will help advance our initiatives in Washington and around the country.”

“The complex and compelling issues of interest to the NFL and the opportunity to help shape policy on those issues is a unique and exciting challenge,” Hogan said. “I could not be more excited about joining the NFL team.”