Sean Kennedy
Sean Kennedy

The National Restaurant Assn. has hired Sean Kennedy, who was in charge of global government affairs for the Airlines for America trade group, as executive VP of PA.

He will handle federal advocacy, organize grassroots lobbying campaigns and promote the economic impact of the $860B restaurant/foodservice sector the employs 15M people. He also will forge litigation strategy for the Restaurant Law Center.

Prior to his seven-year stint at A4A, Kennedy was special assistant for legislative affairs in the Obama White House, chief of staff to former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and legislative director for ex-Democratic leader Congressman Dick Gephardt.

He also held the assistant VP-federal relations slot at AT&T.

Upon joining the NRA in mid-June, Kennedy will report to CEO Dawn Sweeney.