Hear from members of the Brewers Association (BA) government affairs team on the BA’s legislative priorities heading into 2023. Topics will include the United States Postal Service (USPS) Shipping Equity Act, rulemaking activity at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and state government affairs priorities like franchise reform and opposing beer excise tax increases.
About the Speakers
Sam DeWitt, State Government Affairs Manager
Sam DeWitt hails from Colorado and spent much of his life in the American West. He fell in love with craft brewing in Missoula, Montana, where he majored in broadcast journalism and wrote his senior project on the rich history of brewing in Montana. Prior to joining the Brewers Association, he was the legislative campaigns manager for nonprofit Compassion & Choices, chief of staff for former Colorado state representative Diane Mitsch Bush, and director of communications for the Colorado Health Care Association.
Katie Marisic, Senior Director of Federal Affairs
Katie Marisic is the senior director of federal affairs at the Brewers Association. Based in Washington, D.C. she plans and executes legislative, regulatory, and political strategies to drive the association's federal affairs presence on Capitol Hill.
Nancy Palmer, State Government Affairs Manager
Nancy Palmer most recently served on the Georgia Chamber’s Government Affairs team as a state lobbyist focusing on the issue areas of Civil Judiciary policy, Tax policy, and Employment law; she worked directly with state legislators and agencies to facilitate the policy goals of the Georgia Chamber’s member businesses. When the legislature was not in session, she worked closely with the Georgia Chamber’s Foundation and Policy Committees to draft legislation, identify legislative trends, monitor decisions from the state’s appeals and supreme courts, and develop short and long-term policy priorities. Prior to working at the Georgia Chamber, Palmer was the first executive director and lobbyist of the Georgia Craft Brewers’ Guild for six years. During her tenure at the guild, Palmer was twice named to Georgia Trend’s annual list of “Notable Georgians” and was included in Atlanta Magazine’s inaugural “Atlanta 500” list. She was also the 2018 recipient of the Brewers Association F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award. Palmer is a native of Atlanta where she currently resides. Palmer’s first day at the Brewers Association will be April 18.
Marc Sorini, General Counsel
Marc Sorini, General Counsel for the Brewers Association, is a beer lover and homebrewer who has served as a counsel for small and independent craft brewers for more than two decades. Marc holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and when he's not contemplating beverage alcohol law, he's homebrewing with his adult kids.