Andrew Kovalcin, Senior Director of Advocacy and External Affairs
Andrew Kovalcin is the senior director of advocacy and external affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). He brings a diverse set of skills and experience from his work in managing coalitions, building strategic alliances, and designing and implementing issue advocacy campaigns. Kovalcin leads and manages one of GIPC’s top initiatives, which is to build national and state strategic alliances. His work includes identifying new and creative approaches to delivering intellectual property (IP) messages to various audiences around the country and ensuring that these messages echo back to Capitol Hill and the Administration. He has developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to promote the importance of IP to jobs, the economy, and American competitiveness.
Kovalcin has extensive experience engaging third-party voices, grassroots, and academics in educating state and federal policymakers on telecommunications, health care, and IP issues. He worked at the Republican National Committee and served as a staff member in the office of Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL). Most recently, he worked at the DCI Group, a public affairs firm specializing in using a political campaign style to develop and execute strategic lobbying campaigns for public policy issues. Previously, Kovalcin established the North Carolina chapter of a national healthcare coalition promoting consumer protections, and managed a North Carolina State House of Representatives campaign.
Kovalcin, a graduate of North Carolina State University, has a bachelor’s degree in political science with an interdisciplinary concentration in international relations.