Who Is
Cicely Simpson?

One woman and two men receiving their awards at the Association Trends Conference.

Meet Cicely

Cicely Simpson is Founder, President and CEO of Summit Public Affairs, a bi-partisan government affairs firm also specializing in risk management and communications. Leveraging 20 years of leadership experience in public affairs, public policy, communications, political, and legal affairs, she brings a wealth of business and public affairs knowledge to help clients proactively manage the intersection of business and politics at all levels government: federal, state, and local.

Prior to launching Summit Public Affairs, Cicely served as the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at the National Restaurant Association leading the restaurant industry’s public affairs strategy at all levels of government to achieve the industry’s public policy and political goals.

During Cicely’s tenure at the Association, she was named to the Nation’s Restaurant News Top 10 Power List. She has also been recognized as one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Also, in 2016, Cicely was recognized with the Association Trends 2016: Leading Association Lobbyists award.  

Prior to joining the Association, Cicely served as Vice President of Government Affairs at Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., the franchisor and corporate parent of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants. During her tenure at Dunkin’ Brands, she led the company’s legislative, regulatory, and political strategy with federal, state, local, and international governments. Prior to her service at Dunkin’ Brands, Cicely served as the Legislative Director for two Tennessee Congressmen on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis.

She began her career in the Tennessee Attorney General’s Criminal Division, before joining the law firm of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop in Nashville.

Cicely received a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University’s School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Lipscomb University in Nashville. 

Cicely currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Pepperdine School of Law, Board of Trustees for Lipscomb University, the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army National Capital Area, and the Advisory Board for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

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