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Welcome to the new and improved Forbes Tate Partners!

Welcome to the new and improved Forbes Tate Partners!

Derrick M. White Senior Vice President As the hotly contested 2016 elections are now behind us – bringing with them a new Administration, Congress, and political landscape – we are excited to unveil the changes within our firm. As of 2016, Forbes Tate Partners (FTP)...
Peter O’Keefe
Partner

Peter O’Keefe has spent the past twenty-five years navigating between business and government at the highest levels.

As a former member of the Clinton Administration White House Staff, Mr. O’Keefe has applied that knowledge and experience to assist companies in developing strategies that either solve complex problems or increase public sector sales. His clients include publicly traded and privately held businesses in the financial services, infrastructure and technology sectors.

Mr. O’Keefe has worked on more than a dozen political campaigns, beginning his career as a political operative on the Clinton for President campaign in 1992. He currently serves as the National Treasurer for the Democratic Governors Association. In 2013, he played a leading role in the successful election of his longtime friend, Terry McAuliffe, as the 72nd Governor of Virginia.

Previously, Mr. O’Keefe served as the Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Mr. O’Keefe’s main focus was on developing and advising the national committee on strategic planning, while overseeing a $30 million dollar capital campaign that transformed the national party headquarters and operations. Prior to joining the staff of the DNC, Mr. O’Keefe served as the Director of Major Donor Development for the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. O’Keefe served on the White House staff and spearheaded the Administration’s efforts to coordinate with the business community to pass key sections of the Clinton Economic Program.

He holds degrees from Marist College and the London School of Economics. He and his wife Sara and their two children reside in Washington, DC.

 

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.

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.

Derrick M. White
Senior Vice President

Derrick White, a Senior Vice President at Forbes Tate Partners, joined the firm in October 2015.

From April 1996 until July 2001, Mr. White served on the state, DC, and Judiciary Committee staffs of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), current Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and senior member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee. While with Chairman Hatch, Derrick covered issues in healthcare, defense and trade.

At the time of his departure from Senator Hatch’s staff, Derrick was serving as Deputy Communications Director.

From July 2001 to January 2009, Mr. White was a member of the Federal Government Relations team at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). In his capacity at PhRMA, Mr. White worked on a broad range of issues, including: Medicare, Medicaid, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) III, and IV (FDAAA), the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, 340B, Bioterrorism, patents, and vaccines.

Mr. White also played a crucial role in working with Congress to craft and pass the landmark Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 – which created the current prescription drug Part D benefit for seniors.

Upon leaving PhRMA, Derrick operated as an independent consultant and continued to advise and represent PhRMA on the legislative deliberations on both the Affordable Care Act of 2009 and the America Invents Act of 2011.

From 2012 until joining Forbes Tate Partners in 2015, Mr. White was a member of the Federal Government Relations team at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). At BIO, Mr. White led the organization’s engagement with Republican Senators and their staffs and Committee staffs.

Derrick also played a central role in BIO’s efforts on the Prescription Drug User Fee Act reauthorization (PDUFA V) via the Food and Drug Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), the Drug Quality and Security Act, patent reform, 340B, and vaccines.

At the time of his departure from BIO, Mr. White was engaged in BIO’s efforts on the Senate HELP Committee’s forthcoming 21st Century Cures legislation, negotiations with the Senate Judiciary Committee on pending patent reform legislation, and preparations for the upcoming activities associated with the reauthorization of PDUFA (PDUFA VI).

Mr. White, a lifelong Republican, has been active in the Party and campaigns since college. He worked on Senator Hatch’s past three campaigns (2000, 2006 and 2012) – and also participated in the NRSC Special Teams program for Senators Thune (2004), Burns (2006), and Toomey’s (2010) races.

A native of Towanda, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Utah, Derrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations.