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Women on the Move: ESA Hires Nika Nour and Melissa Foxman

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has hired Nika Nour and Melissa Foxman as directors in their Federal Government Affairs department. They also promoted their employee Kevin O’Hanlon to director status.

The ESA represents video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. They also own and operate E3, and provide services to interactive entertainment software publishers like business and consumer research, and legal and policy analysis and advocacy on a variety of issues.

Specifically their federal government relations department, which Nour, Foxman, and O’Hanlon will be joining, advocates on behalf of the entertainment software industry to federal officials about the vital role that video games play in health, business, education, and the economy.

Nour was most recently the Director of Communications and Creative Strategies at the Internet Association. Before that, she was a new media specialist for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Foxman joins the ESA from the Women’s High-Tech Coalition, where she served as the Executive director of the nonprofit. The Women’s High-Tech Coalition promotes the exchange of technology policy ideas between women leaders in public and private sectors.

O’Hanlon was hired by the ESA in February to provide management support for their federal government affairs efforts. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Polaris Consulting, LLC.

“Each of these individuals has extensive and varied experience across the public and private sectors, and a proven track record of effectively engaging policymakers on issues critical to our industry,” said Erik Huey, ESA senior vice president of government affairs. “Kevin’s wealth of political knowledge and professionalism has been an invaluable asset to ESA, and Nika and Melissa will be strong additions to our team as we strive to educate key stakeholders about the video game industry’s significant and positive impact on society.”

Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is “The Name of the Wind.”
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Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is "The Name of the Wind."

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