Meet The Team

Global External is your one-stop-shop for all the external relations that impact your business.

Founder & President

Adam Hawkins

A fixture in the public affairs, communications, and lobbying community for over two decades...

A fixture in the public affairs, communications, and lobbying community for over two decades, Adam Hawkins is the leading authority when it comes to merging government relations, public affairs, and community outreach. Adam started his career as a staffer in the United States Senate. Prior to launching Global, he worked within two leading public policy firms and spent six years with Rio Tinto, an international mining company with projects on five continents. He also holds an International Master of Business Administration from the No. 1-ranked Thunderbird School of Global Management.

All this experience has made Adam adept at working with key regulators such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mining Safety and Health Administration, and Army Corps of Engineers. He is one of the leading practitioners on social license to operate and lectures frequently on the subject.

Associate

Samantha Feitz

Samantha Feitz joined Global External in 2019, bringing over 20 years of professional experience from the media, manufacturing, and retail industries...

Samantha Feitz joined Global External in 2019, bringing over 20 years of professional experience from the media, manufacturing, and retail industries. She has expertise in event planning and coordination, project management, logistics, and analysis. Her project management skills have earned her recognition for her work with Fortune 500 companies. Samantha holds a BS from the University of Florida. She enjoys volunteering with the Deer Valley Unified School District and Arizona Swimming as well as travel, hiking, cooking, and reading.
Consultant

Sophie Dessart

Passionate about embracing the global nature of the contemporary business environment, Sophie Dessart’s experience centers around strategic communications...

Passionate about embracing the global nature of the contemporary business environment, Sophie Dessart’s experience centers around strategic communications, journalism, and project management. Prior to joining Global in 2021, she handled voter communications as a Precinct Inspector for the Michigan Department of State and has experience working in international consulting in Europe. She has a Masters of Global Management in Global Affairs and Global Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. While at Thunderbird, she also worked as Editor-in-Chief of Thunderbird’s Das Tor News & Media, where she led a team of nearly 30 from over 10 countries. She currently serves as a volunteer advisor for the Clarisse Machanguana Foundation and is a passionate home cook and foreign language enthusiast.