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MEET THE TEAM
Michael F. Canning, APR
Co-Founder of MCA
Michael F. Canning, APR, co-founded Manis Canning & Associates with George Manis in 1991. Mike brings his background in communications, public relations and lobbying to MCA.
Mike lobbies on behalf of MCA clients in both the Washington, D.C. and Annapolis. He also used management skills to run trade groups like the Maryland Sheriff's Association. He helped develop the Maryland Sheriff's Association into the vibrant, politically active association it is today.
One of his distinct achievements was the role he played in changing public opinion of a bill aimed at Maryland dairy farmers. A legislative initiative was brought up in Annapolis to provide dairy farmers with a financial safety net. Opponents went to the media and claimed the measure would be a disaster for consumers. In response, Delmarva milk producers turned to MCA. Mike used his lobbying and media expertise to convince the public and lawmakers would not harm Maryland's consumers, while helping to preserve the state's family farms. The "doomed" measure passed in the closing hours of the legislative session.
He perfected his craft over some thirty years in such positions as senior executive assistant to Maryland Governor Harry Hughes, public affairs director of the Maryland Department of Transportation, communications director of the Washington, DC office of the National Governors Association and assistant information officer for the Montgomery County Government.
Mike served as an Associate Judge of the Maryland Tax Court from 1983-1994. He holds BA and MA degrees in public relations.
Nicholas G. Manis
Nicholas G. Manis, the son of MCA co-founder George Manis and managing partner of the firm, has presided over legislative and special event successes on behalf of clients such as the Motion Picture Association of America, the Baltimore Ravens, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and Pfizer.
Nick has been an accomplished lobbyist and legislative analyst for more than 20 years and has played an instrumental role in forging innovative and economically enhancing business partnerships among clients. He is proud to see MCA continuously ranked as one of the top lobbying firms in Maryland and the growth the firm has experienced during his time here. He has represented clients in matters related to sports entertainment, taxes, professional licensing, gaming, transportation, insurance, franchises, business regulation, information technology, environmental regulation, mergers and acquisitions, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.
In 1989, Nick's business bent led him to co-found Manis & Wright Realty, a premier residential and commercial realty firm that grew from modest beginnings to a successful 40 associates company that merged with the largest real estate company in Maryland.
Nick graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1980. He was the captain of the varsity lacrosse team during his time at College Park.
A native of Annapolis, Nick is involved in many local business and community organizations including the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center Board of Advisors, Annapolis Youth Lacrosse Association, and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He was presented the Louis L. Goldstein Award in 1998 in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the Maryland Alcohol Beverage Industry. He is married with two children.
John F. Favazza, Esq.
Accomplishing goals in Annapolis depends in large measure on mutual trust and mastery of the legislative process, two attributes that John F. Favazza, Esq., has honed through his experiences in Annapolis and applies now as a member of the MCA firm.
These traits coupled with his legal training and ability to deal effectively with complicated and sometimes controversial subject matter, give added strength to the Manis Canning team in work for their wide array of clients. He has a deep understanding of the nuances and subtleties of the legislative process and state government, and advises clients on strategies to accomplish their goals.
John spent 13 years working inside the legislative process in Annapolis. He served as Counsel to the House Economic Matters Committee for four years, and then spent nine years working for the Speaker of the House, the last six as Chief of Staff. Working with the Speaker and House leadership, John gained insight into the larger strategic decisions that underpin the legislative process in Maryland. He was involved in a broad array of substantive and policy issues, but with a focus on business, environmental, gaming and tax structure issues.
John holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in History from Towson University and Villanova University respectively and a law degree from the University of Maryland. A member of the Maryland Bar, John lives in Annapolis with his wife Erin, and their three children.
Joseph C. Bryce, Esq.
A long-time trusted advisor to Maryland policymakers Joseph C. Bryce, Esq., is regarded as one of Maryland's top governmental program architects and advocates. He brings his reputation for creative and insightful problem solving and ability to manage large, complex projects and issues to MCA.
Joe has brought his ability to handle controversial issues in a professional manner to the firm. This skill, combined with his detailed and extensive knowledge of all levels of government, has proven invaluable to our clients.
For nearly twenty years, Joe distinguished himself working at the highest levels of government. He worked with two Maryland Governors, the Maryland Senate President, and the University System of Maryland. In all of these positions, Joe provided senior policy and budget advice, and implemented legislative agendas in areas such as health, environment, gaming, tax policy, energy, and social and criminal justice.
Joe served as Governor O'Malley's Senior Policy and Legislative Advisor (2007-2012); the University System of Maryland's Associate Vice Chancellor for Government Relations (2002 to 2007); Chief Legislative Officer for Governor Glendening (1997 to 2002); and Chief of Staff to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (1994 to 1997).
Joe graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1989. In 1993, he graduated first in his class from Georgetown Law School. He is the recipient of numerous professional and academic recognitions and honors and currently serves on the Board of the Maryland Stadium Authority. Joe, his wife, Kristin Jones Bryce, and children Joey and Madison, reside in Odenton.
Andrea E. Mansfield
With more than 20 years of government relations, management, and administration expertise, Andrea E. Mansfield brings her ability to successfully execute advocacy efforts and programs to Manis Canning. Her broad experience and involvement with the Maryland Legislature on policy, fiscal and budget matters; and her ability to work with diverse groups and build consensus on complex issues will be an asset to the firm.
Andrea has extensive experience at the state and local level, having led and coordinated policy efforts for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) and implemented the legislative agendas of state agencies. As MACo’s Legislative Director, her last six years were spent advising, crafting, and implementing the common agendas and legislative goals of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.
In state government, she worked within three Administrations in positions of increasing responsibility, serving as legislative liaison to the Legislature for the Department of Budget and Management, and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR); and Special Assistant, Director of Financial Aid, and Assistant Secretary of Finance Policy with the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Andrea has successfully implemented legislative agendas in the areas of tax and fiscal policy, finance, transportation, and student financial aid. She has also managed programs totaling more than $110 million and established the first Office of Governmental Affairs at the newly created DLLR in 1995.
Andrea serves on the Odenton Town Center Advisory Committee, is a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association serving on the Public Policy Awareness Committee, and has served as a mentor through the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services. She has a Master of Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Andrea, her husband Bob, and their three children, reside in Odenton.
Patricia manages the day-to-day activities for all the legislative tracking and information processes provided to our clients. She coordinates information from our staff to develop the legislative profiles available on our web-based system. Patricia has become the 'jack of all trades' in the office, bringing with her a positive attitude, considerable skills and a strong work ethic to provide assistance to all clients when needed. Her abilities to quickly adapt and effectively respond have made her a valuable asset to the Firm and our clients.
Jennifer handles the accounting and financial management for the Firm and the several associations operated by its principals. She brings over 25 years of accounting experience in both the public and private sectors to the Firm. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park she obtained her CPA license and began her accounting career in public accounting. She is a long time resident of Annapolis and enjoys spending time on the water with her husband, three children and family dogs.