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NSBA’s staff boasts decades of small-business advocacy expertise, from our long-serving leadership to our knowledgeable, well-connected government affairs team to our passionate membership team—we have who it takes to get the job done.
Todd McCracken currently serves as president of National Small Business Association (NSBA), directing all activities of the advocacy-oriented association. Mr. McCracken became president of NSBA in 1997. Mr. McCracken started with the association in 1988, previously serving as vice president of government affairs.
Mr. McCracken represents NSBA before the U.S. Congress and myriad other settings. As director of its government affairs arm, Mr. McCracken plays a key role in developing NSBA’s policies on issues and the strategies in implementing them. Since coming to the association, Mr. McCracken has testified before Congress numerous times about issues ranging from fundamental health care reform to tax code restructuring.
Mr. McCracken also is a frequent commentator in the media, having appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and NBC Nightly News as well as in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and myriad other publications.
As a non-partisan organization, NSBA works proactively with elected and administration officials to promote policies that support small business growth and development. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small business organization. It was founded in 1937.
A native of New Mexico, Mr. McCracken is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in Economics.
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Rosa Wright joined the National Small Business Association (NSBA) in May of 1989. She currently serves as vice president of administration. In this capacity Rosa is responsible for directing the overall activities of personnel and day-to-day office operations; managing the association’s annual conferences and all other meetings throughout the year; and providing principal support to the President and Board of Trustees.
Rosa is an active member of her community where she manages the tutoring program for First Good Samaritan Church Development Center; volunteers for Christmas in April-Prince George’s County; and also does Wedding Planning.
Rosa holds degrees from Albany Area Business School in Business Management and Strayer Business College in Personnel Management.
Patrick Post joined the National Small Business Association in May of 1996 as the Vice President of Membership Development. In this capacity he is responsible for the overall marketing and membership function of NSBA and its councils.
Prior to joining NSBA Patrick served as the Grassroots Membership Manager for the United States Chamber of Commerce. In this role he was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with institutions in designated areas of the country that resulted in an increase political advocacy and membership organizations.
Patrick earned his B.A. in International Affairs and a M.A. in International Economics from George Washington University.
Molly Brogan is currently the vice president of public affairs for the National Small Business Association (NSBA). Ms. Brogan served as senior director of government affairs, overseeing advocacy and public outreach on health care, immigration, workplace issues and employee benefits. She also facilitated the NSBA Political Action Committee, and oversaw 2006 election campaign and endorsement activities.
Prior to NSBA, Ms. Brogan managed professional networking and education for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, and ran the small business services department within the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce training programs and the Denver Small Business Development Center.
Ms. Brogan received a B.A. in Political Science and Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
David R. Burton is the General Counsel for NSBA. He handles employment, health care and labor issues and assists on tax, entitlement and regulatory issues, as well as serving as in-house counsel on general legal matters.
Mr. Burton has represented small businesses and their trade associations for nearly two decades in private practice. He has served as CFO and General Counsel for the Alliance for Retirement Prosperity, a free market competitor to AARP. He was V.P. Finance and General Counsel to New England Machinery, a small multinational manufacturer of packaging, automation and testing equipment. Previously, he was Manager, Tax Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
He has advised, lobbied and litigated for small business on employment, securities, corporate, health care, tax and administrative law. He is a nationally known proponent of fundamental tax reform. He drafted four major pieces of tax reform legislation including the FairTax, the first national sales tax introduced in Congress, the first flat tax introduced in Congress and Sen. DeMint’s hybrid business transfer tax and national sales tax proposal sometimes called the BEST Tax. He has also drafted Medicare and Social Security reform legislation.
He is the author of numerous articles in major newspapers and professional publications. He has authored studies for most major free market think tanks and for the NSBA. He has testified before Congress and administrative agencies numerous times. He has been a guest on television and radio shows on hundreds of occasions. He co-edited a book on reforming the tax policy making process entitled The Secret Chamber or the Public Square? What Can Be Done to Make Tax Analysis and Revenue Estimation More Transparent and Accurate.
He has a law degree from the University of Maryland and an economics degree from the University of Chicago.
Michael A. Berson, director of government affairs, is responsible for banking, energy, environmental and regulatory issues. Berson previously worked for Kinghorn, Hilbert and Associates, LLC (KHA), where he advocated on behalf of small businesses, trade associations, institutions of higher education, and local government clients on a variety of issues ranging from transportation and economic development to energy and defense. Prior to working for KHA, Berson served as a Legal Fellow on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee where he conducted research and provided legislative support on Committee initiatives and proposed legislation.
Berson previously practiced law with Caldwell & Watson in Atlanta, Georgia, clerked for the Honorable John R. Lockett, Circuit Court Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit inMobile,Alabama, and interned for U.S. Congressman Artur Davis inWashington,DC.
Berson is a native of Mobile, Alabama and a graduate of the University of Florida. He is a 2006 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law,SamfordUniversitywhere he was a Scholar of Merit and a member of theHonor Court, Dean’s List, and Cordell Hull Speakers Forum Board.