Member Spotlight

Each month, we interview an AAF DC member and get the inside scoop on what makes them tick, their successes (and challenges!), and what being a member means to them!

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This month, meet Pooja Vara, Paralegal, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.

What is your role at your company?

Pooja Vara,
Paralegal, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

I handle the organization and compilation of various documents to assist clients with their Offshore Voluntary Disclosure to the IRS. I also participate in and strategize on how to respond to IRS denials.

Describe a recent success.

I assist in preparing responses to IRS denials in the form of a protest. Since my team processes quite a few, I worked with the IS staff to create a standardized template for future use. Going forward, this will simplify the process and cut down on preparation time.

What emerging trend are you most excited about?

The growing presence of social media and how public response leads the trajectory of a campaign.

Why did you join AAF DC?

I joined Ad 2 DC to network and form professional relationships with like-minded professionals. This was also an opportunity for me to get a taste of what the advertising world is like!

Member Spotlight Archives

May 2016 - Brittany Floyd, Senior Associate, Burson-Marsteller
April 2016 - Patrick Cavanaugh, Senior Strategist, BRINK
March 2016 - Brian Wohlert, Account Lead, Centro
February 2016 - Andy Blenkle, Chief Business Officer, Semper Fi Fund
January 2016 - Sarah Ninivaggi, Public Relations Specialist, USPS
December 2015 - Leslie MacCallum, Group Ad Director, Bloomberg Media
November 2015 - Greg Kihlstrom, CEO, Carousel30
October 2015 - Louise Salas, Associate Creative Director, Wunderman DC
September 2015 - Sarah Maria Harrell, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Manager, RCIS
August 2015 - Julia Sarver, Creative Director, Merritt Group
July 2015 - Scott Williams, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Operating Officer, Newseum

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