The IAFC’s Government Relations and Policy Department represents the unified voice of America’s fire service leaders in Washington. They work with both the executive branch and Congress to ensure that federal laws, regulations and policies meet the needs and requirements of local fire and EMS leaders.
One of the department’s main efforts is to pass legislation to create and maintain programs in support of the fire and emergency service. On Capitol Hill, the team addresses a variety of administrative and operational issues that span the broad scope of the fire service.
Let us introduce you to the team:
Ken LaSala is the director of government relations and policy at the IAFC. In this position, he manages a three-person department that represents the voice of America’s fire service leadership with Congress, the White House and federal agencies.
Before coming to work for the IAFC, he served from 1997 to 2005 as a staffer on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for the chair, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). As a congressional staffer, Ken covered a wide range of issues, including homeland security; election reform; international trade; and science, space and technology-related issues.
He has bachelor of arts degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a master of arts degree in international relations from the University of Chicago. Ken has been with the IAFC since 2005.
Fun Fact: Ken has worked for three national presidential campaigns. All three candidates lost.
Jim Goldstein is the government relations manager. As liaison to the IAFC's Communications Committee and IAFC representative to the executive committee of DHS's Office of Emergency Communications' SAFECOM program, Jim finds himself handling a range of issues, including transportation of hazardous materials, mission-critical voice communications and broadband development for public safety, to name a few.
Before the IAFC, Jim worked 26 years as an attorney and lobbyist for Motorola Corporation, specializing in government contract law and public-safety issues. Jim has been with the IAFC since 2011.
Fun Fact: Jim used to compete in national and international events as a master competitive race walker.
Evan Davis is the government relations coordinator. He manages legislative and policy issues related to taxation, EMS, wildland fire, the volunteer fire service and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He's also the liaison to the IAFC's EMS Section.
Before joining the IAFC, Evan worked as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Charlottesville and Virginia Beach, Va. He's been with the IAFC since 2012.
Fun fact: Evan enjoys genealogy and has traced parts of his family back to the 1700s.