Paris Dennard is the Events Director for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Prior to joining the McCain Institute he worked as a strategic communications consultant for his own public affairs firm. Paris was Associate Director for the Republican National Committee’s Coalitions Department, serving as a liaison to third party organizations, and state parties. His objectives included creating strategic alliances, branding the party, as well as mobilizing and training grassroots leaders for campaigns. In this capacity, he also managed and executed hundreds of public and private events in DC and around the country. Paris was honored to serve in The White House in the offices of Political Affairs, Legislative Affairs and Public Liaison for President George W. Bush. He also served on the White House Advance Team, travelling domestically and internationally coordinating over 15 events with various leaders and officials. Paris became the Director for Black Outreach for the administration, where amongst other things, planned annual White House observances and public events for The President. He had the privilege of being appointed the primary liaison for the families of former U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents for the State Funeral of President Gerald R. Ford. Paris is originally from Phoenix, AZ. He earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and Political Science from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.