Associate Vice President for Federal and Washington Relations
John F. Sturm was appointed to his current position effective June 1, 2012 and opened the University’s first office in Washington, DC at that time. His responsibilities include executing a federal relations strategy for the University and strengthening Notre Dame’s relationships with key constituencies in Washington, including the Congress, the White House, federal agencies, regulatory bodies, media, and alumni. Based in Washington, Sturm is often on campus meeting with administrators and faculty.
Prior to his appointment by the University, Sturm served for 16 years as president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), the newspaper industry’s largest trade organization, before retiring in September 2011. He also oversaw the operations of the Newspaper National Network in New York City, an affiliate of NAA, and was president of the NAA Foundation. He was NAA’s senior vice president of public policy and general counsel before becoming its chief staff executive.
Sturm joined NAA from CBS Inc. where he was vice president, government affairs in the CBS Washington office. Prior to eight years with CBS, Sturm was with NBC as senior counsel in Washington. He also served in several capacities at the Federal Communications Commission, including assistant to the FCC Chairman. Sturm was a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserve.
Sturm presently serves on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and The Science Coalition, both in Washington, DC. He is a member of the US Advisory Committee of the IESE Business School (University of Navarre) in Barcelona, Spain.
He has been a member of the board of directors of the Advertising Council in New York City, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and serves on the corporate advisory board of “So Others Might Eat” in Washington, DC. He also served on the directors committee of the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers, chaired the American Society of Association Executives Key Industries Associations Committee, and was a member of the US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Previously, Sturm served on the boards of the National Association of Broadcasters, the North American National Broadcasters Association, the American Diabetes Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia has been admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. A native of Indiana, Sturm has been named a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the Governor of Indiana. He and his wife have two grown children and reside in Chevy Chase, MD.