Daryl P. Friedman
Chief Industry, Government, & Member Relations Officer
Daryl P. Friedman is Chief Industry, Government, & Member Relations Officer for the Recording AcademyTM. Referred to as "the D.C. chief for music's creative community" by Variety and "music creators’ man in Washington" by Billboard, Friedman oversees the Academy’s advocacy, membership, and industry relations divisions.
Friedman joined the Recording Academy in 1997 and established the organization's Washington, D.C., office. He created GRAMMYs on the Hill®, Washington's largest annual music advocacy program, as well as a number of programs to advance the rights of music creators through advocacy, education, and dialogue. He serves on the Library of Congress’ National Music Preservation Board and the boards of the National Music Council and Creative Community for Peace. He was named Executive of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association in 2000.
A music industry professional for more than 30 years, Friedman previously directed external affairs for the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. He received his M.A. in arts management from American University in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Senior Director, Advocacy & Public Policy
Todd Dupler is Senior Director of Advocacy & Public Policy for the Recording Academy. In this role, Dupler works with Academy leadership to develop policy positions on issues affecting the music community, and represents the interests of the Academy’s members before Congress and federal agencies. In addition, he manages GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day and District Advocate, the Academy’s signature grassroots advocacy programs. Dupler also coordinates state and local advocacy with the Academy’s 12 regional Chapters.
With nearly two decades of experience in Washington, D.C., Dupler has extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill and the legislative process. He previously served as legislative director for Rep. Lamar Smith during Smith's tenure as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. In this role, Dupler helped facilitate negotiations to reform copyright law and was a liaison to stakeholders in the creative industries.
Dupler also served on the legislative staff for Rep. Kevin Brady and Sen. Phil Gramm. In addition, he was a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor and also has experience in state government. Dupler received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. degree in history and political science from Baylor University. He is a member of the state bar of Texas and serves on the boards of the Copyright Alliance and the Texas State Society.
Director, Government Relations
Michael Lewan is the Director of Government Relations for the Recording Academy in Washington, D.C., where he represents the Academy, its members, and the greater music community on Capitol Hill and with key government agencies. Lewan brings a diverse public policy and advocacy background in helping execute the Academy’s advocacy programs and achieve its legislative and regulatory goals.
Prior to joining the Recording Academy in 2017, Lewan served as Senior Manager of Government Relations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association where he was responsible for a legislative and regulatory portfolio and created the organization’s grassroots advocacy platform. He has also previously worked for an energy association and within the federal government. In 2016 he was recognized for his advocacy work as a “Trending 40” recipient—awarded to the Washington area’s top association and nonprofit innovators. Lewan has two master’s degrees from Syracuse University in public policy and communications, and is a proud graduate of the University of Miami.
Project Coordinator, Advocacy & Public Policy
Alexandra Williams is the Project Coordinator in the Washington, D.C. office and directly supports both Todd Dupler, Senior Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, and Michael Lewan, Director of Government Affairs. In addition to managing the day-to-day flow of the office, Williams oversees online advocacy content, coordinates various annual events including GRAMMYs on the Hill and District Advocate, and manages the creation of the annual Advocacy in Action magazine.
Before joining the team in 2016, Alexandra co-managed singer/songwriter Andrew Belle at a Miami-based music management company. She has also held internships for both Congressman Hansen Clarke and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, co-chair of The Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus. Williams graduated from the University of Miami in 2015 with a focus in law and a B.A. in philosophy and Spanish.
Senior Director of Governmental Affairs, Greenberg Traurig
Diane Blagman is the Senior Director of Governmental Affairs in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. She presently represents major municipalities, corporations, public entities, and major entertainment clients and provides strategic political, legislative and regulatory assistance before Congress and federal agencies. Notable clients include the Recording Academy, MusiCares, GRAMMY Foundation, SESAC, and the New York Philharmonic. She joined Greenberg Traurig in 1994.
With nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill, Blagman has worked for a number of congressmen and served as chief of staff to a senior member of Congress. She previously served on the staff for the House Appropriations Committee and during this time she was the liaison to the chairman of the Congressional Arts Caucus, which was established to support increased funding for arts and music programs in the United States and to advocate for legislation that protects the arts community. She drafted and worked on congressional passage of legislation that includes Live Aid Day, Gospel Music Month and the 50th anniversary of the Recording Academy. Additional legislative efforts she has been involved in include protecting artist's rights during the debate on FCC's fines for indecency, music preservation, and copyright and intellectual property issues.
Blagman has worked extensively on a number of projects and events that combine music with social and political activism, including Live Aid, Live 8 and Live Earth, and the Concert for 9/11.
Most recently, she helped coordinate voter registration and mobilization efforts through the Change Rocks concert for the Obama presidential campaign. She has also worked on a number of presidential and congressional campaigns and previous Democratic conventions. She is a board member of HeadCount, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting participation in democracy through the power of music which has registered more than 150,000 voters.
Blagman is a Governor and Secretary for the Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University.
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