Joe Hrdlicka attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism and worked in various political campaigns before coming to Iowa in 1992 to work for Rep. Jim Lightfoot. After his work with Lightfoot, Mr. Hrdlicka joined the marketing firm Strategic America as director of public relations. Following his tenure at Strategic America, he served 13 years with the Iowa Lottery. Most recently, he served as vice president of public affairs for the Iowa Communications Alliance, an industry organization of telecommunications providers serving Iowa’s rural communities. He says working in the association world has been extremely engaging, and he feels privileged to have the opportunity to head up such a vibrant industry organization.