Jessica Brady is AHLA’s new VP, federal affairs, tax policy

She managed congressional affairs, while engaging in State Department diplomacy

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Jessica Brady is now the vice president of federal affairs for tax policy at the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Jessica Brady is now the vice president of federal affairs for tax policy at the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Prior to joining AHLA, Brady served as the senior director of federal government relations at the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S., focusing on tax, trade, and other key issues.

Before DISCUS, Brady led budget and appropriations advocacy as the associate director of global development policy and advocacy at Save the Children, AHLA said. She also handled congressional affairs and engaged in multilateral diplomacy at the State Department as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program.

“Jessica’s extensive tax expertise and profound understanding of the federal policymaking process will prove invaluable for our members as we navigate a myriad of crucial tax issues in 2024 and beyond,” said Chip Rogers, AHLA president and CEO. “This addition reinforces AHLA’s commitment to securing policy victories for hoteliers.”

Since 2021, the AHLA and AHLA Foundation teams have nearly doubled in size, now comprising 85 combined employees, according to AHLA. AHLA remains involved in policy issues affecting hoteliers at all levels of government.

AHLA Foundation recently renewed its apprenticeship agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, providing hospitality apprenticeships through a $505,000 grant. The funding supports over 400 apprentices across three pathways: lodging manager, hotel cook, and maintenance.