Media

The MVA Public Affairs communications and media relations team not only assists our clients in working with the media, but also helps connect reporters with MVA public affairs professionals with specific subject matter knowledge, such as tax policy, economic development, and state and local government affairs.

We are a go-to resource for reporters needing relevant information and insight.

Media Contacts

  • Director of Communications & Media Relations

    Katie Hallaway

    (704) 331-2353

    Katie Hallaway

    (704) 331-2353

    Katie Hallaway is director of communications and media relations for Moore & Van Allen’s Public Affairs practice group. She provides clients with communications and public relations counsel, focusing on public affairs campaigns and issue and reputation management. She assists clients with strategic communications planning, message development, media relations, and grassroots engagement.

    Katie brings nearly 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors.  She previously held public relations and government affairs roles at a Fortune 50 retail company, where her background included corporate communications as well as legislative affairs and advocacy. Prior to that, Katie spent six years working on Capitol Hill, serving as a communications director and spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Member
    • PRSA Charlotte Chapter, Member
    • Women’s Impact Fund Board Member
    • Women’s Impact Fund Communications Committee
    • Myers Park Presbyterian Church Weekday School Board Member

    Education

    • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Contact

  • Director of Communications & Media Relations

    Katie Hallaway

    (704) 331-2353

    Katie Hallaway

    (704) 331-2353

    Katie Hallaway is director of communications and media relations for Moore & Van Allen’s Public Affairs practice group. She provides clients with communications and public relations counsel, focusing on public affairs campaigns and issue and reputation management. She assists clients with strategic communications planning, message development, media relations, and grassroots engagement.

    Katie brings nearly 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors.  She previously held public relations and government affairs roles at a Fortune 50 retail company, where her background included corporate communications as well as legislative affairs and advocacy. Prior to that, Katie spent six years working on Capitol Hill, serving as a communications director and spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Member
    • PRSA Charlotte Chapter, Member
    • Women’s Impact Fund Board Member
    • Women’s Impact Fund Communications Committee
    • Myers Park Presbyterian Church Weekday School Board Member

    Education

    • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Director of State Public Affairs

    Cameron L. Henley

    (919) 286-8050

    Cameron L. Henley

    (919) 286-8050

    Cameron Henley’s background lies in public policy, grassroots strategy, and state and local lobbying.  With Moore & Van Allen, Cameron concentrates on representing clients before the North Carolina General Assembly and North Carolina state agencies.  He works with various sectors, including energy, education, technology and finance.  He also assists clients with local matters in Wake County, the City of Raleigh and other municipalities.

    Professional Affiliations

    • North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, Board Member
    • North Carolina Young Lobbyists Association, Board Member
    • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Committee, 2015-Present

    Education

    • B.S., North Carolina State University
  • Counsel

    Canaan Huie

    (919) 286-8044

    Canaan Huie

    (919) 286-8044

    Canaan Huie is a member of Moore & Van Allen’s Public Affairs team. A former general counsel for the North Carolina Department of Revenue, Canaan is an experienced public sector attorney with extensive knowledge of government interactions, the legislative process, agency management, and tax and economic policy.

    While with the Department of Revenue, Canaan assumed primary responsibility for all legal matters affecting the Department. He advised Secretary David W. Hoyle and other senior Department management on overall operations, strategic focus, and issues related to tax policy and law. He specifically focused on developing policy with respect to emerging industries, and applying existing law to unique factual situations.

    Prior to joining the Department of Revenue, Canaan worked at the North Carolina General Assembly for 12 years. He has extensive experience drafting legislation and managing the committee process. Canaan focused on tax and economic development and was heavily involved in the creation or modification of every major economic development program over the past decade. He was a recognized leader in this field and presented at several national conferences.

    With Moore & Van Allen, Canaan concentrates on representing clients before the North Carolina General Assembly and various North Carolina state agencies. He also works closely with clients on compliance with laws and regulations with respect to campaign finance and government ethics.

    Canaan has published articles on local sales tax distribution and transportation funding.

    • Yours, Mine, and Ours: North Carolina Sales Tax Allocations, State Tax Notes
    • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, State Tax Notes

    Of Note

    • Triangle Business Journal “40 Under 40” winner for 2010
    • Lawyers Weekly “In-House Leaders in the Law” winner for 2010
    • Deacons Council, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
      • Chair, 2016
    • Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina
      • Board of Directors, 2006-2010
      • Chair, 2009-2010
      • Vice-Chair, 2007-2009
    • Equality North Carolina, Board of Directors, 2011-2012
    • Equality North Carolina PAC, Board of Directors, 2011-2012

    Education

    • J.D., Duke University School of Law
    • M.B.A., Duke University Fuqua School of Business
    • B.S., Wake Forest University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Director of Public Affairs

    Steven Allison

    (704) 331-3756

    Steven Allison

    (704) 331-3756

    Steven brings more than five years of grassroots and communications experience to the Moore & Van Allen Public Affairs practice group. He helps create statewide outreach plans and leads effective grassroots campaigns, engaging local officials, community leaders, business groups, and other organizations to promote client objectives. He also manages MVA Public Affairs’ North Carolina legislative newsletter.

    Steven works with the MVA Public Affairs team to provide clients with communications and public relations solutions, and writes materials including, news releases, fact sheets and media pitches. Furthermore, he helps manage corporate events such as town hall meetings, groundbreakings, grand openings, and economic development announcements.

    Attentive to the Charlotte region’s economic development and political landscapes, Steven regularly attends public hearings and civic meetings, which allows him to build relationships with local leaders. He also is adept at using social media to proactively engage community influencers and organizations.

    Before joining MVA, Steven served as a marketing communications consultant with a health care marketing company.

    Affiliations

    • “Vote Yes for School Bonds” Campaign, Committee Member
    • Encounter Charlotte, Spring 2017
    • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Member
    • Sustain Charlotte, Member
    • Learn to Ride, Volunteer
    • Providence Baptist Church, Deacon
    • Eagle Scout, Mecklenburg County Council, 2005

    Education

    • B.S., Appalachian State University
  • Director of Public Affairs & Event Management

    Maggie Akers

    (704) 331-2420

    Maggie Akers

    (704) 331-2420

    Maggie is director of public affairs and event management for Moore & Van Allen’s Public Affairs group.  She brings nearly 15 years of project management and event implementation experience ranging from corporate events, public forums, seminars, and panels, to entertainment, hospitality and sponsorship.  She has honed her skills with a variety of employers, including an international law firm, top ranked bank and an advertising agency.

    With MVA Public Affairs, Maggie has planned and executed a variety of events ranging from public events at the grassroots level to events for corporate executives.  Of note, Maggie has managed events announcing some of the largest economic development projects in the Carolinas, and she produced over 20 events in four days for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

    From event conception to execution, she manages the entire process inclusive of recommendations on date, time, location, key invitees, format, security, vendor management, and VIP guest and speaker considerations.  She also brings a broad public relations background with expertise in social media, writing, and project management.

    Maggie brings a range of skills to projects and events, with attention to detail and organization and a focus on client service.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Junior Achievement, Action Board Executive Committee Member
    • Legal Marketing Association Steering Committee, Vice Chair
    • Girl Scouts Hornet’s Nest, Women of Distinction Committee Member
    • “Vote Yes for School Bonds” Campaign, Committee Member
    • Mitchell’s Fund, Member
    • University of South Carolina Alumni Association, Member
    • Junior League of Charlotte, Past Member
    • Bechtler Museum of Art Young Visionaries, Past Member

    Education

    • B.A., University of South Carolina
  • Director of State Public Affairs

    Andy Munn

    (919) 286-8110

    Andy Munn

    (919) 286-8110

    Andy Munn has more than 15 years of legislative relations and public policy experience. He leads MVA Public Affairs’ government relations team in Raleigh and represents clients before the North Carolina General Assembly and North Carolina state agencies.

    Immediately before joining MVA Public Affairs, Andy served as deputy chief of staff to North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, acting as senior budget advisor and principal liaison on health care matters. Andy oversaw official communications and coordinated with the House Principal Clerk’s office on committee reports and the daily calendar for the House floor. Prior to that, Andy served as director of policy for North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, developing and implementing policy strategies for the Speaker and members of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and advising on finance, economic development, local government, unemployment insurance, and regulatory reform issues.

    Andy’s experience includes serving for former U.S. Representatives Sue Myrick and Robin Hayes. In the private sector, he has managed state and local public affairs for a global manufacturing company and a real estate and development organization.

    Education

    • B.S., Appalachian State University
  • Managing Director & Head of Public Affairs

    Walter S. Price

    (704) 331-2388

    Walter S. Price

    (704) 331-2388

    Head of Moore & Van Allen’s Public Affairs practice group, Walter Price has over 20 years of professional, executive-level experience in public affairs and government relations at federal, state and local levels.  Walter is particularly well-versed in strategic public affairs counsel, corporate reputation risk management, corporate image promotion among key stakeholders, and government relations grassroots and advocacy programs.  Walter has served in similar roles for some of the nation’s largest financial institutions.

    Walter works within Moore & Van Allen’s Public Affairs group to communicate clients’ positions at all levels of government in the Southeast and senior policymakers in Washington D.C.

    Of Note

    • Selected to Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”, 2002
    • Foundation of the Carolinas Impact Fund Graduate, 2001

    State/Local:

    • Discovery Place, Board Member
    • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2010-Present
    • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and Chairman, Public Policy Division, 2007-2009 & 2014-2017
    • Boy Scouts of America, Mecklenburg County Council, Board Member
    • 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, Government Relations Committee, Co-Chair
    • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, Washington Delegation Visits, 2003-2006
    • The May 20th Society,  Past Board Member
    • Dilworth Little League, Past Board Member
    • Child Care Resources, Past Board Member
    • U.S. National Whitewater Center, Past Board Member
    • Charlotte Regional Partnership, Past Board Member
    • North Carolina Military Foundation, Past Board Member
    • The Nature Conservancy – North Carolina Chapter, Past Board Member
    • First Presbyterian Church, Deacon
    • Eagle Scout, Mecklenburg County Council, 1989

    National:

    • American Bankers Association Legislative Advisory Committee, Past Chairman
    • American Bankers Association National Bank PAC Board, Past Member

    Education

    • B.A., Davidson College
  • Member

    Nancy S. Smith

    (704) 331-1071

    Nancy S. Smith

    (704) 331-1071

    Nancy Smith is a leading member of Moore & Van Allen’s Public Affairs team, where she delivers policy and legal counsel to her clients.

    Nancy counsels clients on political activity and campaign finance matters.  She has designed political participation strategies for clients combining legal and practical advice for effective engagement.  She counsels on permissible activities for executives and organizations and compliance by political action committees under federal, state and local laws.  Nancy advises clients on proper lobbying registration and reporting requirements and government ethics compliance.

    Nancy has managed public policy campaigns in more than 30 states on complex environmental, energy, health care and business issues.  She has executed strategic communication efforts and grassroots constituency-building campaigns and managed large educational and media events across the country to support policy initiatives.

    Nancy also leads Moore & Van Allen’s Marketing Department.

    Of Note

    • Member, 1991 and 1992 National Championship Women’s Soccer Team, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Committee Member, Charlotte Latin School Parents’ Council on Diversity and Inclusion
    • Volunteer Assistant Coach, Charlotte Latin girls’ varsity soccer team

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
    • North Carolina Bar Association

    Education

    • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill