Paul Equale is the President of Equale & Associates, a public affairs strategic counseling firm. The firm’s client base has included major corporations and trade associations in the financial services, entertainment, technology, energy, health care and legal sectors.
From 1977 to 1979 he served in the U.S. Department of Energy as an attorney in the Congressional Relations Division of the General Counsel’s office. His tenure included an assignment to the White House team tasked with devising a coupon based gasoline allotment plan during the oil shortage of the late 1970’s. Following his government service, he spent 2 years as the Director of Government Relations for the Travel Industry Association of America. From 1982 until 2001, Mr. Equale served in a succession of senior government relations and communications roles at the Independent Insurance Agents of America. In 1997 he was named Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, and then Chief Executive Officer. He left the association in 2001 to start Equale & Associates.
Mr. Equale graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and from the university’s law school. He has also completed executive programs at Harvard Business School, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the Bar in New York; Washington, D.C.; U.S. District Court; U.S. Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court. The New York Times, Business Week, Washington Almanac,and Insurance Review have named him as one of Washington’s most effective advocates and political operatives. He has appeared numerous times on NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, C-Span and National Public Radio. From 1998 until 2002, he was a senior political commentator for Washington’s News Channel 8.
Mr. Equale served as Chairman of the Business Council of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 until 2002. In that role he was the key policy and finance liaison between the DNC and the nation's business community.
Mr. Equale is one of eight Washington political figures profiled in War Without Bloodshed: the Art of Politics, a book co-authored by Newsweek Contributing Editor Eleanor Clift and the late Tom Brazaitis, then Washington Bureau Chief of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. They wrote: “Equale transformed the IIAA from a sleepy one-issue office into a legislative affairs powerhouse.”
He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies of the American University, and at the Graduate School of Political Management of the George Washington University.