The Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA) today announced the appointment of Michael Hershey as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, reporting to OAAA President and CEO Anna Bager. Hershey will be responsible for overall government relations, focusing on Congress and the federal level. Hershey replaces Ken Klein, who retires at the end of 2021, after 20+ years at the national trade association.
Anna Bager said “We’re thrilled to welcome Mike to the OAAA. His 30+ years’ experience in various legislative roles will be invaluable to helping drive regulation and legislation for the OOH industry. Mike’s impressive experience includes three outstanding components that complement each other. He worked for lawmakers on Capitol Hill, at an executive branch agency and at a trade association – a track record that will be valuable to members of OAAA.”
From 2017-2021, Hershey was Associate Administrator for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), working with both parties in Congress to launch tailored efforts to protect small businesses from ruin during the pandemic. Before that, he served as SVP, Government Relations at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and held senior staff positions in the Senate and House, including Chief of Staff.
Hershey and Klein will work side-by-side during a long-planned transition period.