NFIB Announces Key Vice President Promotions

Date: June 03, 2014

NFIB Announces Key Vice President Promotions
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Kelly Hoffman 202-314-2054 or

NFIB Announces Key Vice President Promotions

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2014- The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced two promotions within the organization’s DC office: Brad Close as Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy and Amanda Austin as Vice President of Public Policy.

“It is with great pleasure that we publicly recognize Brad Close and Amanda Austin’s strong leadership and expertise. Both Brad and Amanda have made significant contributions to NFIB by helping navigate the increasingly complex political environment,” said National Federation of Independent Business President and CEO Dan Danner. “Their leadership will help ensure that NFIB is able to achieve our goals and continue to be the voice of small business in Washington.”

Brad Close joined NFIB in 2002 and previously held the position of Vice President of Public Policy. In his new role Close will oversee NFIB’s political and development departments as well as NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center and Research Foundation.

Amanda Austin has been with NFIB for eleven years and prior to her promotion was Director of Federal Policy for the Senate. She is also considered one of Washington’s “healthcare experts.” In her new role as NFIB’s top lobbyist, Austin will oversee NFIB’s lobbyist and communication teams, tax counsel and the manager of regulatory policy.


For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America's economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities. More information is available online at

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