• Kristen Thomaselli
    Kristen Thomaselli
    Senior Director


September 20, 2012

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Kristen Thomaselli, 202-602-1854

John Buscher Joins Forbes-Tate

Firm Continues to Expand with Focus on Moderate Members

WASHINGTON, DC – Forbes-Tate Founding Partners Jeff Forbes and Dan Tate announced today that they have hired John Buscher as senior vice president.  John comes to the firm with more than 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill and in the private sector.

John spent the last nine years as a senior policy advisor at Holland & Knight.  He worked with a variety of Fortune 400 companies including UPS, United Airlines, Praxair and The Hartford, among others.  John has also represented associations, universities, hospitals, state and local governments and non-profits.  Before joining Holland & Knight, John was the director of governmental affairs for United Airlines.  He also spent more than four years on Capitol Hill with Illinois Senators Alan J. Dixon and Carol Moseley-Braun.

John will add tremendous value to Forbes-Tate’s growing practice areas. He joins the firm at an exciting time: Forbes-Tate launched as a new organization in July when long-time lobbyist and Democratic strategist Dan Tate joined forces with Jeff Forbes and his firm Cauthen, Forbes & Williams.

“John is a heavy-hitter: he has tremendous skill and lobbying savvy and knows how to deliver for clients. We are absolutely thrilled he is joining us,” Forbes said.

Tate said, “John is a perfect fit for this firm and this builds nicely on the momentum we picked up when we launched Forbes-Tate a few months ago. We’re getting an exceptionally strong new colleague and our clients are getting another strong advocate for their interests.”

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to join Jeff, Dan and the rest of the team at Forbes-Tate.  This is a first class operation and a true leader in government affairs in Washington, D.C.,” said Buscher.

In addition to co-founders Forbes and Tate, Buscher joins seven other government and public affairs specialists at the firm including George Cooper, Jay Driscoll, Libby Greer, Buck Humphrey, Rachel Miller, Ryan Welch and Zach Williams. The Forbes-Tate team works together on issue areas including tax, trade, healthcare, communications, appropriations, energy and natural resources.

Kristen Thomaselli
Senior Director

Kristen Thomaselli is the Senior Director of Strategic Communications at Forbes Tate Partners – she joined the firm in Fall 2015.

Ms. Thomaselli brings both Capitol Hill and private sector experience to Forbes Tate Partners’ growing strategic communications, grassroots, and public affairs practices.

Kristen’s keen ability to create compelling messages on behalf of the firm’s clients – from a variety of industries with diverse needs – has helped to advance key initiatives in policy areas, such as healthcare, energy, finance, and labor relations.

Specifically, Ms. Thomaselli’s ability to produce favorable exposure – on the national, state, and local levels – for Forbes Tate Partners’ clients, and their stances on pertinent policy issues, adds depth to the firm’s public affairs efforts. Along those lines, Kristen has designed and implemented earned media campaigns for a broad range of key stakeholders – including Fortune 500 companies, think tanks, nonprofits, and national labor unions.

Generating media placements in premier outlets – such as the New York Times, USA TODAY, CNN, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal – helps to position Forbes Tate Partners’ clients on center stage of the policy issues they care about most.

Before joining the Forbes Tate team, Kristen managed clients’ media relations and public outreach efforts as the director of earned media at DC-based Keybridge Communications.

Prior to her tenure at Keybridge Communications, Ms. Thomaselli — a West Virginia native — served on the staff of former U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV.

Ms. Thomaselli graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University, where she was elected to the Student Government Association’s Board of Governors for two terms. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Capital Area Chapter of the West Virginia University Alumni Association, and occasionally contributes to the Huffington Post among other outlets.