Nancy Gibson Prowitt
President & Chief Operating Officer
Nancy Gibson Prowitt, President & Chief Operating Officer, has earned a reputation for being one of Washington’s top-tier government relations experts. In her more than three decades with Alcalde & Fay, Ms. Prowitt has successfully led lobbying and public relation efforts for various types of clients, both public and private. Prior to her role as President & COO, she served as Managing Partner from 1994 – 2015.
Before joining Alcalde & Fay, Ms. Prowitt served as a legislative assistant to a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee from Virginia both as a personal office staffer, and then as an Appropriations Committee staffer. She also served as a Regional Communications Manager for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce based in the Chicago suburbs working with the Chairmen of the Chamber implementing the Chamber’s messaging throughout the Midwest on public relations tours.
Ms. Prowitt’s in-depth knowledge of the Congressional process, combined with her nationwide contacts at both the regional and local levels, gives her a unique and tailored perspective in the formulation, communication and implementation of legislative strategies and initiatives. Her appropriations background as a staffer on the Hill has helped ensure positive results, particularly for public body clients seeking federal funding.
In addition to her management positions at the firm, Ms. Prowitt serves as the lead for a number of education and public body clients (cities, counties and ports) as well as corporate clients. She has worked on the Cruise Lines International Association account (previously International Council of Cruise Lines) for over 30 years in a number of policy areas. She has an extensive background in association management, and “grass roots” communications campaigns having led a number of the firm’s campaigns over the years. By way of example, she led the firm’s efforts on behalf of the Keep America Moving Coalition (made up of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, American Petroleum Institute, Highway Users Federation, and the American Trucking Associations) to secure passage of the National Highway System. She also served for seven years as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy (ACE), a coalition of low sulfur coal producing and transporting companies formed to represent the industry’s position on acid rain control legislation which operated out of the firm.
A native of Chicago, Ms. Prowitt holds a B.A. degree from DePauw University in Indiana. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Award Foundation, and on the Arlington Women’s Civic Alliance for 20 years, most recently as President of the Alliance. In 2017, she was appointed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia to serve a four year term on the 16 member Board of Visitors at George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public university.