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NMPA ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

November 30, 2011, 11 AM EASTERN

WASHINGTON—The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) today announced that Allison Halataei will join the organization as Vice President for Government Affairs.

Halataei comes to the NMPA from the Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves as Deputy Chief of Staff and Parliamentarian. She oversees all Committee legislative activities and provides procedural legal counsel to the Chairman and Committee Members during Committee sessions and bill consideration before the full House. She also serves as Committee liaison to House leadership for legislative matters. She has been with the Committee since 2006, first as Counsel and then her current capacity beginning in 2007.

In her new role, Halataei will serve as the NMPA’s chief liaison to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, overseeing all legislative and regulatory policy development and outreach on behalf of the music publishing and songwriting industry.

“We are excited to welcome Allison to our team,” said NMPA President and CEO David Israelite. “She brings to our organization and its members extensive experience in both issue substance and legislative process. She will be an invaluable leader for our industry in the coming years.”

Prior to her Committee work, Halataei served as Counsel to the Office of Congressman Lamar Smith from 2003-2005, practiced law with the firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP from 2002-2003, and was a legislative assistant for Congressman Porter Goss from 1998-2000. She received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002 and a BA in Political Science and Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1998. She is a member of both the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.    

About the NMPA
Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights.