Defense & Homeland, Tech/Telecom, Trade
Pamela focuses on issues involving technology, telecommunications, cybersecurity, homeland security, and defense. She is skilled at developing strategies to address both legislative and regulatory needs.
- Supported a defense company in securing funding for major weapons systems support.
- Assisted identity management client in working through and achieving a CFIUS approval.
- Nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate twice to serve as a Commissioner of the President’s Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
- Served on the official Transition Team for three Republican Presidents, working with the Commerce and State Departments.
- Worked on the Platform Committee at the 1980 Republican National Convention and has participated in Republican Conventions since then working with Official Proceedings.
- Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of Homeland Security (Secretary Ridge and Secretary Chertoff)
- Senior Vice President, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
- Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs (Senate), the White House (President Ronald Reagan)
- Legislative Director to Senator John Tower (R-TX)
- BA (Political Science and French)-Indiana University
Did You Know?
- After working at the White House for only a short period of time, Pam asked President Reagan who he was when he called to wish her a Happy Birthday.
Pamela J. Turner, a Managing Director, joins Prime Policy Group from its predecessor firm BKSH & Associates. Pam has more than 30 years of experience in corporate government relations and the political and legislative arenas. She is recognized as a leading public affairs and political strategist, and has held senior positions in several Republican Administrations and the U.S. Congress. She has participated in Presidential campaigns, including in developing domestic policy during John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008.
Prior to joining BKSH & Associates, Pam worked in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In her role as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Pam was the primary liaison with Capitol Hill and managed the Office of Legislative Affairs.
In the years before joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Pam was Senior Vice President for Government Relations at NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, where she formulated and managed the implementation of legislative strategy for the industry. Working with cable and telecom providers, programmers, and equipment manufacturers, Pam was closely involved with a major re-write of the Telecommunications Act as well as copyright and privacy issues.
Pam held several other key positions in the White House and Senate. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as his Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs for both terms. In this capacity, she worked closely with Senate members and staff as well as Senate and House Leadership. Along with general presidential initiatives, Pam focused on national security, foreign policy and labor issues, as well as the confirmation process for presidential nominees. Prior to her White House assignment, Pam served as Legislative Director to U.S. Senator John Tower (R-TX).
In addition to her work on Capitol Hill and in the White House, Pam was nominated by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve two terms as a Commissioner on the President’s Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
Pam graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French. She currently lives in Northern Virginia.