Michael P. Carlin

Co-Founder and Owner

Michael P. Carlin

Co-Founder and Owner

"Beachgoer, Target Shooter, Golfer, Skier, Dad, Grandpa."

Michael P. Carlin

Michael P. Carlin

Mike is a highly experienced public affairs professional with extensive relationships and knowledge of government, business and community environments. 

Mike began his career working as legislative staff to U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato and Representative Frank Wolf where he worked on banking, budget, tax, and transportation issues.  He left Capitol Hill to direct the legislative affairs of the largest local chamber of commerce in Virginia where he led advocacy efforts to improve policy and investment on matters of interest to northern Virginia businesses.  He then entered the energy industry as a lobbyist and then head of public affairs for Washington Gas, a public utility and energy services retailer serving Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  After over ten years at Washington Gas, Mike co-founded Access Point Public Affairs.

Over the past 17 years at Access Point, Mike has worked with clients in the communications, energy, healthcare, human services, land use, manufacturing, public safety, technology and transportation industries.  He develops comprehensive strategies collaboratively with clients to help them achieve their goals.  He has worked extensively in the state and local government decision making processes in Virginia. 

Mike has built coalitions of like-minded public opinion leaders and organizations to raise awareness of issues and influence the direction of public policy decisions to achieve shared goals.  He worked to develop and led the REGION coalition (later the Coalition for Virginia’s Future), which focused on public infrastructure investments, and the Utility Industry Coalition of Virginia, which focused on key utility issues. He also helped form and lead the Virginia Association of Community-Based Providers (VACBP), an association of private sector providers of community-based behavioral health and substance abuse services, and Access Point client.  

Over the years, Mike has provided leadership and advice to many business and community organizations, including serving as chairman of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Commonwealth Transportation Alliance, and serving on the Boards of Directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Family Service, the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation and the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance.  He currently serves on the Board of the Northern Virginia Chamber, the Board of NOVABizPAC, and the Board of the Prince William Chamber PAC.  He is a recipient of the Northern Virginia Leadership Award as Community Trustee from Leadership Fairfax for his significant community efforts.

In 2017, Mike and his wife, Mindy moved Access Point’s headquarters to Virginia Beach.  The company continues to maintain a presence in northern Virginia and Richmond.  When he can, Mike likes listening to almost all types of music, reading biographies (usually under an umbrella at the beach), watching mysteries on TV, playing golf, and visiting with his children and two grandchildren.

Leadership awards/recognition from Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce/Leadership Fairfax, REGION Coalition, Committee for Dulles, Virginia Department of Commerce and Trade, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Leadership and Advisory in the following organizations:

Member, Board of Directors, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Executive Staff, Virginia Business Council

Trustee, NOVA Chamber PAC (NovaBizPAC)

Trustee, Prince William Chamber of Commerce PAC

Past Executive Director, Virginia Association of Community-Based Providers (VACBP) 

Past Chair, Commonwealth Transportation Alliance

Past Chair, Utility Industry Coalition of Virginia 

Past Chair, REGION Coalition

Past Chair, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (now NOVA Chamber)

Past Chair, Washington Gas PAC

Past Board Member, Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Past Board Member, Greater Washington Board of Trade (BOT)

Past Trustee, BOTPAC

Past Executive Committee, Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Past Board Member, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (NVTA)

Past Board Member, Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS)

Past Board Member, Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation