Brian Flahaven is the senior director for advocacy for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the professional association for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications and development. He directs CASE's government relations activities and tracks federal and state legislative and regulatory issues of concern to CASE members. He also oversees CASE's public college and university foundation programs.
Prior to joining CASE, he was the manager of government relations and public policy at the Council on Foundations. He also served as the first Public Policy and Philanthropy Fellow at the Council of Michigan Foundations and worked for former Illinois Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood.
Flahaven received his bachelor's degree in political science, economics and history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his master's degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
In 2016, he earned the designation of Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives. From 2011 to 2016, he served as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing the southeastern Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington DC.