Staff Bios

Sandra Swirski

Sandra Swirski

Executive Director
Ms. Swirski co-founded Urban Swirski & Associates, LLC in 2010. Prior to this she was a partner at Venn Strategies, LLC since 2001.  Swirski has extensive experience in non-profit policy circles.  In addition to advising several non-profits, she currently represents The Philanthropy Roundtable and is a frequent speaker at philanthropic and non-profit conferences.  A tax lawyer, Ms. Swirski was a senior Congressional aide for two of the most prominent Republicans to serve on the Senate Finance Committee—Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO) and Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY). Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Ms. Swirski was an associate with Ernst & Young. She holds a JD from the George Washington University and an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University.

Anne Urban

Anne Urban is co-founder of Urban Swirski & Associates, LLC.  Ms. Urban brings more than twenty five years of legislative, public policy and government relations experience both on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. Before Urban Swirski, Ms. Urban was a partner at Venn Strategies, LLC.  Prior to Venn, Ms. Urban was a managing director in the D.C. office of Clark & Weinstock, where she advised clients on a wide range of legislative and executive branch issues, particularly tax, financial services and other economic issues. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Urban was Legislative Director and Tax Advisor to Senator Robert Kerrey (D-NE) overseeing all aspects of the Senator’s legislative work on the Senate Finance Committee, top economic advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman and as a Ways and Means Committee policy advisor for former Cong. Barbara Kennelly (D-CT).  In addition, she ran two of the Congresswoman’s reelection campaigns. Ms. Urban has written, researched, and edited a number of books and reports, including The Real David Stockman, published by St. Martin’s Press in 1986, which she co-authored. Ms. Urban received a B.A. with honors from Amherst College.

William Coughlin

William Coughlin comes to ACR with experience in both the government and non-profit sectors.  William worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), supporting the Congressman’s work on the House Financial Services Committee. Before Capitol Hill, William worked for the E. M. Kauffman Foundation on their Youth Advisory Board and for the CORO Foundation on program development.