Principals at Jackson Vaughn Public Strategies, LLC

Mary Jackson

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Mary Jackson is the founder and managing partner of Jackson Vaughn Public Strategies (JVPS). Prior to establishing JVPS, Mary built and directed a successful Corporate Affairs team. She most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief Legislative Officer for Cash America International, Inc. (NYSE:CSH). For 25 years, Mary coordinated government relations, corporate communications and public relations in line with the company’s retail and online business strategies. She effectively managed a multi-million dollar budget and a team of 18. Domestically, she is an expert in the financial services industry in Washington, D.C. and 33 states. She has spent the last 18 years primarily focused on federal lobbying. Internationally, she has experience with projects in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Mary is active in several professional associations on behalf of clients. She serves as a Board Member and Executive Committee Leader for the Online Lenders Alliance (OLA) and formally a board member with the Community Financial Services Association (CFSA).

Alex Vaughn

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Alex Vaughn co-founded Jackson Vaughn Public Strategies after having successfully directed and managed state and local government relations activities. He is formally the Vice President of Government Affairs of Cash America International, Inc. and managed a team of five legislative directors and 26 contract lobbyists representing various issues in 33 states. He also has more than 25 years of experience and is extremely active with the Texas legislature. Alex lobbied for a former gas and electric utilities company, as well as oil and gas production. He successfully managed an effort that resulted in two state-wide initiatives being adopted by the legislature. He serves on the board of directors for the Texas Association of Business (TAB). He is the President of the Consumer Services Alliance of Texas (CSAT) and he has served on the board of Junior Achievement, Chisholm Trail.




Directors at Jackson Vaughn Public Strategies, LLC

Giovanni Garibay

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Cruz “Gio” Garibay joined JVPS upon its inception and oversees client activities in south/midwest states. Prior to JVPS, he worked five years for Cash America International managing regulatory issues in the US and Mexico including coordinating with law enforcement in public safety matters. He previously served five years for Comcast Cable Corporation handling Texas regulatory and community initiatives including a NFL Network retransmission contract dispute. Prior to this he has over 10 years of experience managing federal, state and local elected officials offices, campaigns and initiatives based out of Houston, TX. He served as Executive Director of the Texas Senate Hispanic Research Council and also served on the board of a Greater Houston Federal Qualified Health Center and several Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones. Mr. Garibay graduated in 1997 from the University of Houston Wolf Center for Entrepreneurship. While there he was elected Student Body President. He is the son to a Vietnam MIA widow and brother to a former US Navy Gulf War Service Member.


Michael Komaschka

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Michael R. Komaschka has over 10 years of experience dealing with controversial issues across all levels of federal, state and local government in all 50 states and has held a number of diverse positions, all centered on government and politics. Michael has held a position in Ohio governor Bob Taft’s office, worked on the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign, and organized and managed grassroots campaigns for local, state and national issues. For eight years Michael worked for a Fortune 500 company, Reynolds American, Inc, handling several different roles. He directed a public affairs firm that beat a tax initiative. As Director of Policy and Advocacy, he worked with a multidisciplinary team to produce a strategic plan that included developing bipartisan messaging, creating and prioritizing legislative goals, and expanding the number of key stakeholders on an emerging issue. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Communication and Political Science from Cleveland State University and a Master of Applied Politics from The University of Akron. Michael is based in Columbus, Ohio and oversees activities in The Northeast Region.

Barbara O’Brien

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Barbara O’Brien is a seasoned veteran of financial services public policy. She was the Government Relations Director for Cash America International where she directed and managed contract lobbyists and passed key legislation in several states. Barbara served as Senior Executive Assistant and Public Affairs Director to Florida Attorney General, Bob Butterworth. She also worked for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles where she was involved in numerous research and planning projects for the Department. Barbara has served on the Board of Directors for the Police Executive Research Foundation (PERF) and Law Enforcement Advisory Board for ecoATM Company. In 1984 she was selected as one of only two in the U.S. as the Law Enforcement Fellow to the National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology with a minor in Psychology from Florida State University. Barbara is based in Tallahassee, Florida and oversees activities in the Southeast Region.


Fernando Peña

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Fernando Peña has been working in government affairs since 2004 and has a strong background in state and local government. Fernando is adept at working with key legislators and building coalitions to drive legislative victories. Prior to JVPS, Fernando served as the Director of Government Relations at Cash America International and was awarded the 2012 President’s Award for Government Relations Excellence. He was the Senior Marketing and Public Outreach Representative for San José International Airport in San José, California. He also served as a Legislative Aide to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and California State Assembly. Fernando is actively involved in and on the board of directors of several community organizations. Fernando holds a Bachelor of the Arts in History from Santa Clara University. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and oversees activities in the Western Region.