ED INGLE has 30 years of public affairs and public policy experience in high-stakes environments--including senior positions for Microsoft, the White House, and WPP.
Ed left Microsoft in September 2019 after spending 16 years managing the company’s government affairs engagement with the Executive Branch, Congress, Governors, State Attorneys General, and local leaders. Ed's success as General Manager at Microsoft drew from all aspects of corporate affairs: public policy, communication, CSR and philanthropy, corporate positioning and business development – all in close partnership with the company’s senior management team and business group leaders. Ed also served as the company's senior political affairs advisor, PAC Treasurer, and its corporate compliance and governance lead. In these roles, he helped Microsoft achieve the highest ratings among Fortune 500 companies for transparency and accountability related to government advocacy and political spending.
Ed is regarded as a leading public affairs expert, authoring the “Government Relations” chapter for a best-selling corporate communication textbook, Reputation Management (Routledge), now in its fourth edition. As an adjunct professor at New York University, he taught a government affairs course for NYU’s graduate corporate communication program from 2007 to 2013, named as the top such program in the country. And, for the last 12 years, he has served as a guest lecturer on corporate government affairs for American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, which has been covered by C-SPAN.
During President George W. Bush’s first term in office, Ed served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary at the White House, coordinating policy and communications between the White House and senior Cabinet officials. Ed was serving in this capacity on 9/11/01, when he helped coordinate the 50-agency response in the days and weeks that followed. Prior to the White House, Ed served as a Senior Vice President and Principal for Washington, DC’s longest-running bipartisan government relations firm of Wexler and Walker, owned by the top international public affairs and communications firm, WPP plc.
Throughout his career, Ed has been recognized as a leader with high integrity, evidenced by his membership and Chairmanship of the Board of Governors for the Bryce Harlow Foundation, comprised of some of the top government affairs professionals, who promote the highest ethical standards. Ed has also been a long-time board member and sponsor of Operation Hope, a non-profit organization that brings financial literacy education to inner city youth and adults. Since its founding in 1992, Operation Hope has empowered more than 2.8 million adults and youth with financial dignity, and has directed over $3.2 billion in economic activity into underserved communities.
Ed currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Poligage, a global online marketplace that launched in May 2020, which provides a gateway to top public policy and government engagement experts from Washington DC, state capitals, and around the world. Ed is also a Member of K Street Capital, a DC-area angel investor network comprised of individuals who have worked in the highest levels of government, media, technology, and finance. He has a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University, and a B.S. in Communication from the University of Tennessee. He lives in McLean, VA, and is a passionate advocate for STEM education, rural prosperity, and ending Alzheimer's.