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Dan Colegrove

President of ACME Public Affairs

Dan Colegrove is the former Vice President of Government Affairs for DineEquity, Inc. and the current President and CEO of ACME Public Affairs. A seasoned political veteran with nearly 25 years of advocacy and outreach experience, Dan acts as a Senior Advisor to Goddard Gunster, assisting our clients with strategic responses to far-reaching social, economic, market, and policy issues.

Dan’s extensive professional and political network spans government entities, corporate environments and business alliances. He began his career as a chief legislative aide in the California State Assembly, managing staff in Sacramento and in offices throughout the state. While in Sacramento, he was selected to open the western regional office of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a trade group representing the world’s largest consumer products companies. Here, Dan directed legislative and political activity throughout the western United States.

Dan came to Washington, DC in 1997 to join the Government Affairs Department of Philip Morris Management Company (now Altria). His career at Altria including directing food related public policy, creation of a global issues management system, and leading a regulatory task force. In 2007, Dan joined Kraft Foods as Senior Director of State Government affairs for all 50 states for America’s largest food company. Overseeing a large network of staff and consultants, he established a national reputation as a leader among his peers.

In 2010, he was recruited by DineEquity to create and grow a comprehensive government affairs practice for one of the world’s largest restaurant companies. His successful organization ultimately included building a vast grassroots network, creation of a political action committee and directing lobbying efforts before Congress and the Administration.

Dan Colegrove is based in Washington, DC and holds Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude from San Francisco State University in his native California.


Goddard Gunster

Goddard and Gunster is a strategic partner with ACME Public Affairs. They break through the clutter by speaking to the self-interests of your target audiences. Their strategic and creative teams work side-by-side to unify logic and emotion. The results are creative concepts and campaigns that have visceral effects on audiences.

Through facts and research, they define the parameters of the public debate and align consumer, corporate, and government interests. They implement strategy, monitor the success of that strategy, and adjust as they go across print, television, radio, and digital media platforms.

They do it by looking ahead. After all, winning is not about reacting—it’s about anticipating challenges and positioning yourself strategically for victory before the battle has even begun.

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