Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
Jim Cregan is Executive Vice President, Government Affairs for MPA—The Association of Magazine Media. He has held the position since January 1, 1999.
Cregan is a Washington attorney and government relations professional with over 30 years of experience in advocating his clients' and employers' positions before Federal courts, Federal agencies and the Congress of the United States. A member of the D.C. Bar, U.S. Supreme Court Bar, and the Bars of subordinate Federal courts, he is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Postal Bar Association, the American Society of Association Executives, the Copyright Society of the United States, and other professional organizations.
Cregan's areas of expertise include legislative practice, administrative litigation, Postal Service and Postal Regulatory Commission matters, First Amendment issues, intellectual property and employment law.
Before joining MPA in 1995 as Senior Vice President and Counsel, Cregan represented MPA in private practice for seven years. He has litigated on behalf of MPA in major cases before the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), including the groundbreaking 1995 classification reform case and a number of complex general rate proceedings. In 2010, he organized and led an ad hoc coalition of over 1,000 companies and trade associations – The Affordable Mail Alliance – in successful litigation to defeat the Postal Service’s attempt to impose an unjustified $3 billion “exigency” postal rate increase. In 2018, he activated and directed a similar coalition that is aggressively opposing the PRC’s proposed double-digit rate increases on magazines and other users of the mail.
Cregan has served as the magazine industry's chief spokesman and principal representative in several successful legislative matters, including a three-year effort to persuade Congress to amend the "fair use" provision of U.S copyright law and the enactment of the landmark 2006 Postal Service reform bill.
Prior to entering the private sector, Cregan spent nine years on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives. There, he served as Counsel to the committee on Post Office and Civil Service and as a principal policy advisor to Chairman William D. Ford. Concurrently, he served under Chairman Morris K. Udall as Chief Counsel of the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards. He also directed the House Committee's two-year investigation of corruption within the Postal Service Board of Governors, an investigation that resulted in the resignation of three Governors and the imprisonment of one.
Cregan was educated at Fordham University (B.A. Political Science) and the George Washington University National Law Center (Juris Doctor, with Honors).