Mindy Williams Carlin

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Mindy Williams Carlin
BornMindy Michelle Hess
💼 Occupation
Public Affairs
Business Owner
🏢 OrganizationAccess Point Public Affairs[1][2]
Honors2017 Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award[3]

Mindy Carlin (also known as Mindy Williams in press accounts) (née Hess; born January 7, 1971) is an American public affairs lobbyist and former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[4][5] Carlin currently serves as spokesperson at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia for the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership, an aggregate of four chambers of commerce in the region.[6][7]


Chamber of Commerce[edit]

Carlin served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce in 2006.[5]

In 2009, Carlin served on the Loudoun County Government's Health Council on behalf of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.[8] She was later made the chairman of the Health Council in 2010.[9]

At the "Battleground Forum" Virginia gubernatorial debate in 2013, Carlin was chosen to be one of four Virginia business leaders on a panel questioning candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe.[10] The Forum was hosted by the Fredericksburg Regional, Greater Reston, Loudoun County and Prince William chambers of commerce and moderated by Derek McGinty of WUSA9 (TV).[10]

At the "Executive Committee Meeting" on August 12, 2017 in Virginia Beach, the Virginia Municipal League recognized Carlin as an "active and engaged leader at the state and regional level."[5] Currently, Carlin serves on the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. She is also a former Health Council and Policy Committees Chairman, and past Executive Committee member.[5] She is also currently a Board member for the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership (NVCP)[edit]

Carlin has served from 2009 to the present as the designated representative for the NVCP to the Virginia General Assembly.[11][12] In 2013, the Virginia House of Delegates Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee, backed by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, proposed to amend the Constitution of Virginia to permit the Virginia State Board of Education to hold the power to locate Charter schools.[13] Presenting on behalf of the NVCP, Carlin stated to the subcommittee that "Under current law, local school boards approve or deny applications for charter schools."[13] She went on to say that "the application process isn’t easy. It is very difficult to get approved here in Virginia".[13]

Carlin currently serves on the Virginia Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business.[5]

In 2003, Carlin co-founded Access Point Public Affairs in Alexandria to serve clients in Virginia.[14]


Loudoun Health Council[edit]

Carlin was the subject of a campaign in 2009 to remove her from the region's "chief advisory health board" as a result of her efforts to block state legislation regarding autism and insurance costs for therapy.[8]

Islamic school funding[edit]

Delegate Rob Krupicka introduced Carlin as she presented to the Virginia State Board of Education, a controversial application by the Northern Virginia Education Foundation to establish the Loudoun Math & IT Academy Charter School.[15][16] The dispute revolved around whether the charter school was part of the Gülen movement schools, a network of Islamic schools.[17][18][19] Opponents to the application stated that the charter school would be funded by followers of Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish preacher and former imam, and would likely be used as a "vehicle" to spread the group's beliefs.[18] Proponent Carlin faced criticism after stating that she did not believe the charter school was affiliated with the Gülen movement.[20] Carlin responded to critics, explaining that because the school would be a public institution, it "would be illegal" for there to be a religious or ethnic focus.[21] Carlin spoke to with The Washington Post, requesting the assistance of the Loudoun County School Board to develop a promising plan.[22]

Lobbying loophole[edit]

In 2013, Carlin and her husband and business partner, Michael Carlin were the subject of a Washington Post article exposing a loophole in a Virginia state law requiring lobbyist to disclose gifts and entertainment expenses on disclosure forms.[2] In this case, the Carlin's paid for a dinner on Capitol Hill with Senator David W. Marsden and his wife.[2] The issue revolved on how the value of the gift was to be determined, the Carlins had divided the total value of the bill among the nine clients she represented to the Virginia General Assembly, none of whom were in attendance during the meal.[2] State legislators including the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Bill Bolling and House Speaker William J. Howell both agreed that this loophole "may comply with the letter of the law, it certainly violates the spirit of the law”.[2] Even Senator Marsden agreed that it is a "a valid argument" that this practice should be reconsidered.[2] In the interview with The Washington Post, Carlin responded that these dinners with legislators are not focused on legislation but rather a time to nurture relationships and "decompress."[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2015, Carlin was honored with a Chairman's Award from the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce.[4] At the November 4, 2016 22nd Small Business Awards ceremony, Carlin's company, Access Point Public Affairs was recognized as a Loudoun County Small Business Award honoree for the category: Home-Based Business of the Year.[23] In 2017, Carlin received a Chairman's Award from Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce for her "work to support the local business and nonprofit community."[3]

Carlin was the subject of an feature in The Washington Examiner by journalist Mary Katharine Ham.[24]

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  1. Ham, Mary Katharine (2008-08-17). "My Washington -- Mindy Williams". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Vozzella, Laura (2013-08-28). "Study highlights check-splitting in Va. gift reporting". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nadler, Danielle (2017-01-26). "Chamber Puts Spotlight on Community Champions". Loudoun Now. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harris, Anna (2015-01-30). "Loudoun Chamber of Commerce Honors Businesses at Annual Awards". Loudoun Times-Mirror. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "Executive Committee Meeting" (PDF). Virginia Municipal League. 2017-08-12. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  6. Smith, Dusty (2012-01-20). "NOVA Chamber Partnership Push Agenda in General Assembly". Ashburn Patch. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  7. "Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership". Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kravitz, Derek (2009-10-20). "Lobbyist confirmed for Loudoun health post". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  9. "Loudoun Health Council Meeting". Loudoun Health Council. Loudoun County Government. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Virginia's 2013 Gubernatorial candidates faced off in "Battleground Forum" hosted by Chambers from Commonwealth's critical electoral region". Prince William Chamber of Commerce. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  11. Curtis, Eileen; Ingrao, Mark; Howard, Tony (2016-01-06). "Greater Reston and Surrounding Areas News". Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  12. "Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership 2017 Legislative Scorecard" (PDF). Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Schmidt, Markus (2013-01-28). "Republican's legislation would allow state to place charter schools". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  14. "Access Point Public Affairs". Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  15. "Virginia Board of Education Agenda Item" (PDF). Virginia State Board of Education. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  16. "School Board Meeting" (PDF). Loudoun County School Board. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  17. "What is Turkey's Gulen movement?". BBC News. 2016-07-21. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Strauss, Valerie (2012-03-27). "Largest charter network in U.S.: Schools tied to Turkey". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  19. Saul, Stephanie (2011-06-06). "Charter Schools Tied to Turkey's Gulen Movement Grow in Texas". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  20. Ahlert, Arnold (2012-11-13). "U.S. Islamist Charter School Under Investigation: Part II | Clarion Project". Clarion Project. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  21. Svrluga, Susan (2012-12-16). "Charter school proposal in Loudoun ignites opposition". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  22. Chandler, Michael Alison (2013-02-26). "Loudoun County appears poised to turn down charter school application". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  23. Reed, Sharon (2016-11-10). "Loudoun Chamber Small Business Award Winners Announced". Leesburg Patch. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  24. Ham, Mary Katharine (2008-08-17). "My Washington -- Mindy Williams". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017-10-28.

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