Bipartisan. Integrated. Experienced.

Success for our clients comes from our team’s commitment to hard work, our ability to be nimble, and our extensive collective network and experience.

Our team has a history of working with government officials, C-Suite executives from Fortune 100 companies, and leaders to some of America’s most dynamic organizations, often fostering the development of new and sometimes non-traditional partnerships. Our knowledge of the complex anatomy of government decision-making processes opens doors to our clients across the nation’s capital and around the country. We have developed and continue to maintain productive working relationships with local, state, national, and international policymakers that allow us to provide successful, integrated solutions for our clients.

The FTP Team

In the fluid and complex policymaking environment that characterizes Washington, DC today, Forbes Tate Partners offers solid, well-informed strategies that our clients use to develop and achieve their goals.

We rely on years of service on and off Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, and in the White House. We have longstanding statehouse affiliations and industry and non-governmental organization relationships. Our firm has professional roots that encompass significant first-hand expertise in tax, trade, telecommunications, environmental and energy industry regulation. We rely on this experience and trusted corporate and NGO relationships to create winning strategies with key decision-makers for our clients.

Deliberate yet adaptable, established yet innovative, our highly experienced professionals have the capability to advance the interests of our clients across a broad range of issue areas in a bipartisan fashion. Forbes Tate Partners is unique among government affairs firms in that clients have access to and support from our entire team at any given time.

  • Jeffrey A. Forbes
    Jeffrey A. Forbes
    Founding Partner
  • Daniel C. Tate, Jr.
    Daniel C. Tate, Jr.
    Founding Partner
  • John Buscher
    John Buscher
    Partner
  • George Cooper
    George Cooper
    Partner
  • Jay J. Driscoll
    Jay J. Driscoll
    Partner
  • Elizabeth L. Greer
    Elizabeth L. Greer
    Partner
  • Rachel D. Miller
    Rachel D. Miller
    Partner
  • Rick Murphy
    Rick Murphy
    Partner
  • Peter O’Keefe
    Peter O’Keefe
    Partner
  • Steven Palmer
    Steven Palmer
    Partner
  • Jeffrey Sadosky
    Jeffrey Sadosky
    Partner
  • Lauren Crawford Shaver
    Lauren Crawford Shaver
    Partner
  • Jeff Strunk
    Jeff Strunk
    Partner
  • W. Ryan Welch
    W. Ryan Welch
    Partner
  • Zachary W. Williams
    Zachary W. Williams
    Partner
  • Vanessa Bajko
    Vanessa Bajko
    Administrative Assistant
  • Amanda Crumley
    Amanda Crumley
    Senior Vice President
  • Meghan DiMuzio
    Meghan DiMuzio
    Vice President
  • Elizabeth Gonzalez
    Elizabeth Gonzalez
    Director
  • Hubert “Buck” Humphrey
    Hubert “Buck” Humphrey
  • Edward Lannan
    Edward Lannan
    Manager
  • Jeanne T. Moran
    Jeanne T. Moran
    Director
  • Caleb Randall-Bodman
    Caleb Randall-Bodman
    Senior Analyst
  • Hannah Ricketts
    Hannah Ricketts
    Director
  • Emily Schell
    Emily Schell
    Associate
  • Adrienne Schweer
    Adrienne Schweer
    Senior Vice President
  • Sabrina Siddiqui
    Sabrina Siddiqui
    Vice President
  • Frank Steinberg
    Frank Steinberg
    Senior Director
  • Casey Suchors-Field
    Casey Suchors-Field
    Senior Director
  • Jennifer Swanson Prince
    Jennifer Swanson Prince
  • Kristen Thomaselli
    Kristen Thomaselli
    Senior Director
  • Yaw Thompson
    Yaw Thompson
    Assistant
  • Paula Thrasher
    Paula Thrasher
    Director
  • Trey Webster
    Trey Webster
    Associate
  • Derrick M. White
    Derrick M. White
    Senior Vice President

Our Story

 

Forbes Tate Partners grew out of the desire of former colleagues – each with their own successful government relations firm – to get the band back together, so to speak.

And that friendship and desire to work together is at the core of Forbes Tate Partners.

Since joining forces, Jeff Forbes and Dan Tate, Jr. have built a highly skilled team of professionals whose collective expertise – inside and outside the Beltway – and strategic chops make FTP one of the premier government relations and public affairs firms based in Washington. While other firms may also have deep experience, what sets FTP apart is our culture.

Like Jeff and Dan, many members of the FTP team have a history of working together – whether on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on political campaigns, or in state and federal government. This familiarity and camaraderie makes FTP feel like an extended family. Not only do we know how to work well together – we enjoy it and that team mentality produces results for our clients.

We think our culture and personality as a firm is a rarity in Washington, and we invite you to learn more about FTP.

Guiding Principles

We take our work and our relationships – with our clients and each other – seriously. These are the principles that guide our work:

Collaborative

We work closely with our clients and our entire team to create innovative solutions, overcome challenges, and increase effectiveness.

Innovative

We are strategic and tailor our approach to the specific needs of our client. One size does not fit all.

Dedicated

We are fiercely loyal and committed to our clients and their causes – and we’re always up for a challenge.

Effective

We don’t just get stuff done – we move the needle and add value. We are resourceful and deliver for our clients.

Dynamic

We are curious by nature and constantly learning. Change is a constant in Washington, DC and we pride ourselves on being adaptable.

Jeffrey A. Forbes
Founding Partner

Founding Partner Jeff Forbes is a twenty-year veteran of political campaigns at every level. Mr. Forbes began his involvement in politics more than 25 years ago, during then-Senator Al Gore’s 1988 Presidential bid. Since that time, he has worked with and coordinated more than nine different campaigns, ranging from municipal candidates to the U.S. Congress, as well as the White House.

Prior to starting Forbes-Tate, Mr. Forbes was a Founding Partner at Forbes-Tate’s predecessor, Cauthen Forbes & Williams. He served as the Democratic Staff Director for the US Senate Committee on Finance in 2003. Before assuming this role at the Committee, he served as Chief of Staff to Senator Max Baucus from 1999-2002. Beyond his knowledge of the intricacies of tax and trade, Forbes is a veteran strategist for the Democratic National Committee. From 1993-1995 he served as Midwest Political Director. Mr. Forbes later served the national committee as Chief of Strategy in1999.

A stalwart of the Clinton-Gore Administration, Mr. Forbes was the New Hampshire Field Director for then-Governor Clinton’s 1992 Presidential campaign. In President Clinton’s 1996 re-election bid, Forbes was Deputy Political Director and Director of Delegate Selection. Following the campaign, Mr. Forbes went on to serve as a Special Assistant to the President and Staff Director for Legislative Affairs in 1997. From 1998-99, Mr. Forbes served as the Deputy Assistant to President Clinton and was the Deputy Director of Scheduling at the White House. Mr. Forbes also served as Senior Advisor to the Obama for President Campaign in New Hampshire in the 2008 presidential election. Mr. Forbes was a member of the Democratic National Committee’s special Democratic Change Commission to improve the presidential delegate selection process and has been a member of the DNC since 2009.

Mr. Forbes was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Northfield, Minnesota. He earned a BA in Political Science with an Economics minor from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 1987.

Daniel C. Tate, Jr.
Founding Partner

Founding Partner Dan Tate, Jr. brings more than 25 years of government relations experience to Forbes Tate Partners – including a decade of senior staff positions in the White House, U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Prior to starting Forbes Tate Partners with Jeff Forbes, Mr. Tate spent ten years in private practice in both large and boutique firms working with clients. He brings the best practices learned from those experiences to implement at FTP.

He also served in the Clinton Administration for three years as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs – and was a key member of the White House team responsible for developing and implementing the Clinton Administration’s legislative agenda on trade, energy, environment, telecommunications, transportation, and financial services issues.

While working with Members of Congress from across the political spectrum, Dan was President Clinton’s liaison to Democratic and Republican moderates in Congress – working particularly closely with the New Democrats and the Blue Dogs.

Prior to his work at the White House, Mr. Tate served for two years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy, where he was a chief strategist and advocate for the Secretary of Energy and the Department with the U.S. House of Representatives. There, Dan developed and implemented the Agency’s legislative agenda on electricity policy, environmental remediation, and national security priorities.

For roughly four years, Mr. Tate worked for Representative W.J. “Billy” Tauzin – as Tauzin’s legislative director and chief political advisor, where he helped to craft landmark energy and telecommunications legislation.

Since leaving the White House, Mr. Tate has used his high-level government experience and legislative expertise to successfully represent a diverse group of Fortune 500 companies and major policy coalitions – including those in the energy, environment, telecommunications, and healthcare industries – on matters before the Legislative and Executive Branches of government.

Mr. Tate has strong, long-standing relationships with key centrists in Congress, and provides the firm’s clients with key services, including: government relations support, coalition management, and strategic advising. He is perennially named one of the leading lobbyists inside the Beltway by The Hill.

While a native of the Peach State, Mr. Tate graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts. Dan lives in Washington, DC with his wife and their two children.

John Buscher
Partner

John Buscher is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners. He joined the firm in Fall 2012 and has over 25 years of experience working on Capitol Hill and in the field of government relations.

Mr. Buscher advises a combination of elite corporations and financial institutions, non-profit organizations, trade associations and emerging technology companies on a host of policy issues before the federal government. He specializes in the areas of surface and air transportation, technology, banking, taxation, tech/IT, labor, appropriations, homeland security and judiciary issues.

Having served as a liaison for his clients to Democratic members of Congress, congressional staffers, and special interest groups, Mr. Buscher responds to inquiries regarding possible legislative outcomes by incorporating institutional understanding and political knowledge from key Democratic sources.

Mr. Buscher has spent the majority of his professional career working with the United States Senate. His relationships with Democratic Senators, especially Senate leadership, have been solidified through years of experience in Democratic politics at the federal level.

For eight years prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, he led the outreach to Senate Democrats in the public policy wing of a major law firm. He also spent seven years representing the world’s largest airline before members of Congress and Federal agencies as United Airlines’ Director of Governmental Affairs.

Prior to his work with United Airlines, Mr. Buscher served for four years as a Legislative Assistant to two Democratic senators from Illinois. He is a native of Illinois and has maintained longstanding relationships with members of the Illinois delegation.

George Cooper
Partner

George Cooper is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners – and was also a Partner at FTP’s predecessor firm, Cauthen, Forbes & Williams having joined in 2009. Mr. Cooper leads the firm’s natural resource and outdoor recreation government affairs practice.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, George served as President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) – a groundbreaking coalition of the nation’s premier hunting, fishing, and conservation organizations founded to give the sportsman-conservationist voice greater resonance in federal policymaking.

Throughout his more than seven years at TRCP, both as CEO and as Vice President for Policy and Communications, Mr. Cooper helped to create a new strategic advocacy niche in Washington for the nation’s 40 million hunters and anglers.

To do this, Mr. Cooper successfully emphasized the use of highly effective advocacy communications around pertinent issues, including marine resources management, outdoor recreation participation and access, public lands management, private lands agricultural policy, and federal funding for natural resource management.

George has broadened his use of those advocacy tools to provide support and representation for clients in natural resource policy spaces and outdoor recreation interests beyond hunting and fishing. George’s communications and political experience is rooted in Washington, DC political media. Before he joined TRCP, Mr. Cooper worked for CNN for more than a decade.

From 1993 to 2003, Mr. Cooper’s work for CNN included serving as Senior Producer for prominent public affairs shows like “Evans and Novak,” “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer,” and “Reliable Sources.” Mr. Cooper also served as a Senior Producer on the White House and Captiol Hill beats. He worked closely with top political experts and interviewed and reported on members of Congress, Administration officials, and other leading figures inside the Beltway.

George leverages his extensive network in Washington to connect Forbes Tate Partners’ clients with the right people on Capitol Hill and within the Administration. He goes beyond the lobbying he does day-to-day around Washington to help clients and their third party allies better understand the media and campaigns and how to deliver messages that will resonate throughout both the political sphere and the general public.

Thanks to his background in issue advocacy and journalism, Mr. Cooper has a unique understanding of how to shape advocacy campaigns and media plans – which, when coupled with effective lobbying, achieves positive policy and legislative results.

An alumnus of Denison University, George earned a Bachelor’s in History. He and his wife and their two children live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Jay J. Driscoll
Partner

Jay Driscoll is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners – and was also a Partner with Forbes Tate Partners’ predecessor firm, Cauthen, Forbes & Williams.

Prior to joining CFW and FTP, Mr. Driscoll served as the Director of Government Affairs at CTIA – The Wireless Association®. There, Jay led the group’s Democratic lobbying shop. He was responsible for implementing the CTIA’s legislative agenda – which focused on tax, competition, and spectrum issues.

Jay also spearheaded efforts to develop the PAC budget for House and Senate Democrats.

Before his tenure at CTIA, Jay was a top Legislative Assistant for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) – handling a broad set of issues before the Commerce, Finance, and Energy and Natural Resources Committees.

Mr. Driscoll’s most noteworthy efforts during his time with Senator Baucus include his work on Universal Service and Spectrum Reform, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU), Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization, and the Energy Policy Act of 2003.

Before joining Senator Baucus’, Jay served as a leading economist for the Montana Public Service Commission. Here, he concentrated on the economic analysis of the telecommunications, and oil and gas industries. Along those lines, Mr. Driscoll also served as the chief analyst on numerous high-profile dockets that involved investor-owned and regulated utilities – and provided valuable counsel to several national public utility organizations.

Long active in Democratic politics, Jay served as Chief of Staff to the Minority Leader of the Montana House of Representatives and Regional Political Director for the Montana Democratic Party. He was also an active member of the Obama campaign’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Task Force, where he helped to shape then-Senator Obama’s technology and innovation platform.

A third-generation Montanan, Mr. Driscoll has a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Montana. He resides with his wife Erin P. Billings in Washington, DC.

Elizabeth L. Greer
Partner

Libby Greer is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners – and she was also a Partner with Forbes Tate Partners’ predecessor firm, Cauthen, Forbes & Williams.

Before joining CFW and FTP, Ms. Greer served for nearly eight years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Allen Boyd (D, FL-2). As Congressman Boyd’s top advisor, Libby directed the legislative and political operations for Boyd, overseeing teams in both Florida and Washington, DC.

Additionally, Ms. Greer directed the work of a group of nearly 50 fiscally conservative Democrats in implementing Congressman Boyd’s work as Co-Chairman for Administration of the Blue Dog Coalition in the 110th Congress.

In this role, Libby keenly crafted political strategy, drafted a fiscally responsible, pro-growth legislative agenda, and facilitated outreach to key allies throughout Democratic and Republican leadership – across the different caucuses of Congress and in the U.S. Senate.

In previous Congresses, Ms. Greer aided Boyd’s efforts as Co-Chairman of the Blue Dog PAC, shepherding its growth from roughly $250,000 in contributions to more than $2.6 million.

Along the way, Ms. Greer volunteered on numerous congressional and legislative races across the country. Prior to joining Boyd’s staff, Libby worked from 1999-2001 as a Senior Finance Consultant with the DC-based firm Kimball Stroud & Associates. Her clients included numerous members of Congress, Senators, and Gubernatorial candidates, as well as the non-profit Citizenship Education Fund and the Creative Coalition.

Volunteering on the Clinton-Gore coordinated campaign in Birmingham in 1996 led to Ms. Greer’s first job in politics – first as a Field Director, then Finance Director for the Alabama Democratic Party in 1997 and 1998. From there, she joined Cauthen & Associates as a Managing Director, where she consulted on a variety of issues and served as a volunteer fundraiser for Vice President Gore’s presidential campaign.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Ms. Greer earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Birmingham-Southern College, where she graduated with a Distinction in Leadership Studies in 1998.

She and her husband and two children live in Washington, DC.

Rachel D. Miller
Partner

A highly respected energy and environmental expert with 16 years of corporate, regulatory, and congressional experience, Rachel Miller is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners. She leads the firm’s energy practice.

Rachel joined the firm as a Senior Vice President in 2012 – providing clients with unique government relations strategies, coalition management, third party outreach and deep ties within Executive Branch agencies and throughout Capitol Hill.

In today’s budget-focused times, Ms. Miller’s deep knowledge of the federal appropriations and budget processes has proven to be an invaluable asset. She has helped countless clients secure large Department of Energy grants – which, in turn, enable their projects to move forward.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Ms. Miller served as Vice President of Energy and Environment Practice at Capitol Solutions. Before that, she worked on mandatory climate change legislation and policies to support low-carbon power, as Director of Federal Affairs for BP America. There, she co-founded the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Contact Group and managed BP’s legislative agenda within the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP).

Ms. Miller served for nearly four years as Legislative Assistant to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, as a policy advisor on energy, transportation, and agriculture issues.

While on Senator Feinstein’s staff, Rachel drafted legislation that laid the groundwork for the first statutory increase in fuel economy standards adopted since 1975. She also played a key role in drafting energy market transparency legislation that was eventually incorporated as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.

Ms. Miller also served in the House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY). She focused on energy policy, the environment, and education issues.

She is a past President and founder of the DC Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network. Born and raised in New York, Ms. Miller received a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University.

She and her husband live in Chevy Chase, Maryland with their twin boys.

Rick Murphy
Partner

Rick Murphy is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners.

A stalwart in both public policy and politics at the Federal level for two decades, Rick Murphy knows the ins and outs of Capitol Hill.

Rick started his political career in 1992 working for New Hampshire Governor Judd Gregg’s (R-NH) successful campaign for the United States Senate. On the campaign, Rick served as the chief field operative, where he led efforts to organize each county in the state and advanced the Governor ahead of each of his campaign stops. After U.S. Senator Judd Gregg’s election, Rick followed Gregg to Washington where he became an integral member of the Senator’s legislative shop.

After working for Senator Gregg through his first term, Rick left the Senate to start his own lobbying firm, R. B. Murphy & Associates, LLC, which he ran for 15 years.

Rick’s firm quickly gained a strong track record of effectively representing its clients – including Fortune 50 companies like Google and Altria – before the federal government. Mr. Murphy’s firm also represented leading trade associations, America’s leading physicists, and an array of public and private companies.

Rick returned to the Senate in 2014 as Chief of Staff to Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). In this capacity, Rick oversaw a staff of forty people to ensure that the Senator’s constituent services and legislative operations were carried out effectively to benefit New Hampshirites. During his tenure as Chief of Staff, Rick interacted with the Senate Republican Leadership on a daily basis. As a senior aide, Rick was respected by Senate Leadership for his active political role in furthering the legislative agenda and his professional touch.

Originally from Middlebury, CT, Rick received his Bachelor’s from New England College in Henniker, NH.

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.

 

Steven Palmer
Partner

Steven is a public affairs strategist whose work employs the following simple strategy: outworking the opponent results in big wins.

With over two decades of international, multi-state, and federal government relations experience, Steven is adept at advocating for clients and their business initiatives while effectively navigating their public policy challenges and legislative concerns. Steven helps lead FTP’s growing State & Local practice, which leverages the firm’s extensive relationships in statehouses from coast to coast and provides our clients access in all 50 states. He has strong ties to elected officials at all levels of government on both sides of the aisle – from governors and attorneys general to state legislative leaders and mayors throughout the United States.

Steve’s ability to understand his clients’ opportunities and challenges at a high level – while succinctly developing and executing smart, impactful strategies that address both internal and external constituencies – has earned him a proven track record of success. His reputation in the industry is a testament to his ability to help clients achieve their business objectives in the face difficult, complex legislative and policy circumstances.

Before joining Forbes-Tate, Steven served as Managing Director and National Director of Grayling/Dutko Worldwide’s State and Local Government Affairs practice, where he led all lobbying efforts for clients across the country. Over the course of his career, Palmer has served as a senior staff member in the United States Congress, managed state-wide campaigns, and has consistently worked for clients on some of our nation’s most pressing public policy matters since entering the private sector.

An avid ultra-runner with an eclectic taste in music, Steven knew very early on in life that he loved politics and government affairs. In grade school, he handed out candidate leaflets and was elected student body president as an undergraduate at the University of Northern Colorado.

Jeffrey Sadosky
Partner

Jeff Sadosky brings nearly 15 years of experience on Capitol Hill and on presidential, gubernatorial, and senate campaigns to Forbes Tate Partners, where he leads the firm’s growing Strategic Communications practice while working with many of the firm’s government relations clients in the U.S. Senate.

After helping to lead Rob Portman’s successful Senate campaign in 2010, Sadosky served as Portman’s Communications Director for four years. While working with Portman, who called Jeff a “rare mix of a policy mind that understands what it takes to get things done and a communicator who knows how best to advocate for it,” Sadosky gained valuable insight into the intricacies of trade, tax reform, energy, and budget debates, and played a leading role for Republicans during the Super Committee debate in 2011.

Jeff has a unique grasp of the intersection between campaign communications and the policy world. He served as Communications Coordinator for the Southwest region in then-President Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign – and as Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida under then-Governor Jeb Bush. After serving as Traveling Press Secretary for Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign, Mr. Sadosky ran the regional communications team for Senator John McCain’s presidential bid.

Prior to joining Senator Rob Portman’s campaign, Mr. Sadosky served as Communications Director for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) – who, at the time was the Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce Committee. While working with Senator Hutchison’s personal and committee staff, Jeff spearheaded several press outreach efforts tied to a diverse set of issues, including energy, telecommunications, and healthcare.

Mr. Sadosky also served the Buckeye State in yet another capacity – working as press secretary for Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) following his time with George W. Bush’s reelection campaign.

After working on and with nearly 2 dozen campaigns and in four positions within the U.S. Senate, Jeff was brought on to run the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) growing advocacy communications efforts. As a Managing Director, he worked with members of the biopharmaceutical, agricultural and next-gen industrial biotech industries to ensure their voices were heard in Washington policy debates.

Mr. Sadosky graduated from James Madison University with an International Affairs degree, and lives with his wife, their two children, and Chocolate Lab, Madison, in Arlington, VA.

Lauren Crawford Shaver
Partner

Lauren Crawford Shaver is a Principal at Forbes Tate Partners.

Lauren Crawford Shaver joined Forbes Tate Partners as a Partner in January 2017. She oversees public affairs and the firm’s growing grassroots practice.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Lauren served as the Director of Expansion States for Hillary for America. In this role, Lauren led efforts to build a Democratic infrastructure with state parties and candidates up and down the ballot – for 2016 and future cycles alike.

Lauren proved to be an invaluable member of the Hillary for America campaign. Before serving on Secretary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid, Lauren worked in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for health care at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, Lauren managed all campaigns and issues tied to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, Medicaid, HealthIT, prescription drug pricing, health centers, and other health research.

Prior to HHS, Lauren was a consultant known for designing and executing effective grassroots and grasstops campaigns across a variety of industries, including, but not limited to: healthcare, finance, trade, and hospitality.

Lauren’s outside-in approach to grassroots efforts applies the tactics of political campaigns to legislative and public affairs settings. Lauren has directed several of the largest legislative public affairs campaigns in Washington – in fact, she has coordinated grassroots teams across all fifty states, and continues to meet and train additional teams to further expand her already remarkably talented network. Her work creates turnkey access for Forbes Tate Partners’ clients to deliver constituent responses to legislators at any time during any policy debate.

In addition to her consulting work, Lauren also held roles on the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign in Iowa, Nevada, and Washington in 2008, worked for Obama for America in Ohio, and drove priorities for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in Illinois.

A born and raised Seattleite, Lauren received her Bachelor’s from the University of San Diego and received a Masters in Government from Johns Hopkins University, magna cum laude. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two bulldogs.

Jeff Strunk
Partner

Jeff Strunk is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners – he joined the firm in January of 2012.

Mr. Strunk spent eight years on Capitol Hill, including six years with House Republican Leadership – most recently serving as Deputy Floor Director to former Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Jeff regularly works with Fortune 500 companies, trade organizations, and coalitions. He represents client interests on a range of issues, and brings particular expertise in regards to financial products and services, banking, energy, and telecommunications issues. He also operates at the nexus between these policy areas and tax and cybersecurity issues.

Prior to serving as Deputy Floor Director to former Speaker of the House John Boehner, Mr. Strunk spent three years as Floor Assistant. Prior to his time with Boehner, Mr. Strunk worked for Congressman Patrick J. Tiberi, current Chairman of the influential Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Health.

During his time in House Leadership, Mr. Strunk formed incredibly strong relationships with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle – and, also, their staffers. He developed expertise in parliamentary procedure, House Rules, and a thorough understanding of the inner workings of House Leadership and Congress.

Mr. Strunk’s roots connect him to a wide variety of House Committees. He frequently works with members of the House Ways and Means, Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. Jeff also maintains deep ties to both the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees.

Jeff has long been active in the Republican Party – both in Ohio and at the national level. He has worked on the campaign of Patrick J. Tiberi, as well as volunteered on numerous other Congressional campaigns.

Strunk’s background also includes his ongoing role with an organized volunteer campaign effort in his home state of Ohio. For more than six years, he has led an independent GOTV program in the Buckeye State that helps to provide grassroots support to Republican candidates at the local, state, and federal levels.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Strunk is a graduate of Xavier University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

He and his wife and two children live in Washington, DC.

W. Ryan Welch
Partner

Ryan Welch is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners, and was with the firm’s predecessor, Cauthen, Forbes & Williams.

He currently splits his time between the firm’s Washington, DC and Montgomery, Alabama offices. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Welch served on the staff of United States Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, former Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

From January 2002 to September 2007, Mr. Welch served as a Legislative Correspondent, Legislative Assistant, and Legislative Director for Senator Shelby. During Ryan’s time in the Senate, he covered a broad portfolio of issues, such as: agriculture, commerce, energy, environment, education, trade, waterways, law enforcement, homeland security, NASA, FEMA, transportation, science, and natural resources.

As a Legislative Assistant, Mr. Welch served as the primary staffer on all domestic appropriations issues, which required the evaluation of projects being considered for inclusion in Senator Shelby’s priority list.

Along those lines, Ryan brings unparalleled expertise in regards to issues related to the Appropriations Committee. He has also worked closely with both the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Senate leadership during the development of key energy legislation, including the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Mr. Welch leads the Appropriations Practice at FTP. In addition to appropriations, Ryan works closely with clients across the issue spectrum at FTP, while focusing on financial services, energy, natural resources, technology, law enforcement, and homeland security.

Mr. Welch has been active in the Republican Party and various campaigns – at the state and national levels – since college. Since 2010, he has served as part of a leadership team of a highly successful volunteer-driven Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort in the swing state of Ohio.

Ryan has also volunteered campaigns, including the successful U.S. Senate campaigns of Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) in 2004 and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) in 2006. In 2006, he also worked on GOTV efforts in Tennessee.

A longtime volunteer and member of the Planning Committee for the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs, Mr. Welch is a native of Wetumpka, Alabama – and a graduate of Auburn University, where he studied political science.

He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his Black Lab, Duke.

Zachary W. Williams
Partner

Zach Williams is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners.

He provides invaluable guidance to a variety of Fortune 500s, non-profits, and government entities on legislative strategies before Congress.

Zach has constructed and executed dozens of strategies on behalf of Forbes Tate Partners’ clients on issues, including, but not limited to: tax, finance, housing, healthcare, and technology.

To that end, he has also secured millions of dollars in federal funding for clients – as he represents several universities and municipalities before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Appropriations Committees.

A Partner at Cauthen, Forbes & Williams – which later became Forbes Tate Partners – and former Managing Director of Cauthen and Associates in Washington, DC, Zach’s broad experience in Democratic politics began with his work with the Alabama Democratic Party in the 1996 statewide, coordinated campaign.

Mr. Williams has deep roots with the Democratic National Committee. He coordinated logistics for event credentials at both the 2000 and 2004 Democratic National Party Conventions. He also helped to lead grassroots campaign efforts in the Keystone State for Gore-Lieberman 2000 and Lieberman for Senate 2006.

Additionally, Zach served as a top advisor in Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley’s 2006 campaign for Governor in Alabama.

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Zach received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Foreign Languages – and also studied business law at the L’Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur in Paris, France.

Mr. Williams and his wife are natives of Alabama – they have two young children.

Vanessa Bajko
Administrative Assistant

Vanessa Bajko is an Administrative Assistant at Forbes Tate Partners, where she provides direct support to the firm’s principals across all departments – from lobbying to public affairs.

Prior to joining FTP, Ms. Bajko held several positions in the D.C. area, including an internship for the Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. As an intern on Capitol Hill, Ms. Bajko gained valuable legislative insight and independent management experience, including scheduling and budgeting. Ms. Bajko has also spent time in the private sector and previously worked at political consulting firms. In her previous roles, she was responsible for weekly media reports, new business exploration, and research on a diverse policy portfolio – from energy and transportation to healthcare and financial services.

Ms. Bajko graduated with a B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Special Honors.

 

Amanda Crumley
Senior Vice President

Amanda Crumley brings nearly 25 years of experience in communications, public affairs, and campaign strategy to Forbes Tate Partners.

Thanks to a diverse background – including senior positions on winning campaigns, in state and federal government, including more than 4 years in the White House offices of Communications and Political Affairs during the Clinton years – Crumley is exceptionally skilled in devising strategic communications strategies, managing high-profile campaigns, and advising clients on high-stakes, winning elections and public affairs campaigns across the country.

Amanda specializes in message development, crisis management, and developing comprehensive communications plans for her clients.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Amanda ran Crumley Communications & Public Strategies. Crumley provided message development, public affairs, business development, and strategic communications advice to a broad range of major non-profit, political, entertainment, legal, start-ups, and corporate clients.

She also served as a senior advisor to the American Foundation for Equal Rights – the LGBT rights organization that advanced the Perry v. Schwarzenegger marriage equality case to a successful conclusion at the United States Supreme Court.

In response to the intense spotlight on this landmark case, Amanda created the communications war room at the very outset of the case in federal district court. She successfully led a team that conducted all rapid response, press outreach, social media, national television booking, outreach to surrogates, pundits, columnists, bloggers, DC influencers, opinion elite, and editorial boards.

Ms. Crumley previously served as Vice President of Advocacy & Public Affairs for Lifetime Television Networks, where she developed and managed public affairs and advocacy campaigns both at the corporate and grassroots level for the network.

A veteran of three presidential and numerous local and statewide campaigns, Amanda spent more than four years in the Clinton White House. She also served as communications director for Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa, and as communications director on the winning gubernatorial campaigns of Governors Mike Easley (D-North Carolina) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia), and for gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides (D-California).

In 2004, Crumley was the Deputy State Director for then-Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign – and helped the campaign win the battleground state of Pennsylvania. In 2008, Amanda was campaign manager for the U.S. Senate campaign of Ronnie Musgrove in Mississippi.

Campaigns & Elections, the nation’s leading magazine for political professionals, named Crumley as a “Rising Star of Politics” in 2002. The Arkansas Times named her a “Visionary Arkansan” in August 2014 for her work as co-founder and executive director of Southern Progress, a political action committee dedicated to helping elect progressives in the South.

Amanda and her two rescue pups, Bruno and Bambi, split their time between DC and Los Angeles.

Meghan DiMuzio
Vice President

As Vice President for Forbes Tate Partners Grassroots, Meghan DiMuzio leads the firm’s grassroots consulting team – a talented team of policy advocates responsible for crafting and executing meaningful, relevant, and actionable grassroots strategies.

The strategies developed by Meghan and her colleagues amplify the voices of real people who are impacted on a daily basis by the decisions made in Washington – and beyond.

Meghan is successful in designing innovative strategies that have helped the firm’s clients achieve their comprehensive, and sometimes challenging, public affairs goals. She brings more than a decade of experience in both political management and advocacy to the firm.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Meghan served as a Director of Advocacy at Hamilton Place Strategies – where she managed grassroots strategies for a broad range of clients in international trade, higher education, and finance. She was also key in running the grassroots advocacy practice at Aristotle International – and for the American Public Power Association, where she led both the Association’s local advocacy efforts and political action committee.

Meghan’s 12 years of experience are complemented by her time spent as a strategic advisor to the CEO of Seattle’s publicly-owned electric utility. She started her career in public affairs in London at Ergo Communications, before returning to U.S. soil to work for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce as a Public Affairs Manager and Executive Director of the Alki Foundation, the Greater Seattle Chamber’s Political Action Committee.

Meghan graduated from the University of Washington, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communications. She and her husband live in Falls Church, Virginia with their daughter, Madeline, and two rescue dogs, Petey and Lola.

Elizabeth Gonzalez
Director

Elizabeth Gonzalez is the Director of Operations and Development at Forbes-Tate. In this capacity, Ms. Gonzalez provides operational support to the firm, by managing client contracts, accounting inputs and filing the firm’s quarterly reports.

Additionally, Ms. Gonzalez manages all fundraising activities, working with Forbes-Tate’s principals to develop and maintain a dynamic list of potential fundraising efforts that integrate into the firm’s overall philosophy and goals. Ms. Gonzalez also serves as the Senior Executive Assistant to Founding Partners Jeffrey Forbes and Dan Tate.

Prior to joining Forbes-Tate, Ms. Gonzalez worked with various California State legislators from 2004 to 2006, including California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and former California State Senator Deborah Ortiz, researching policy and coordinating constituent events. She also was an Employment Service Specialist at Asian Resources, Inc., a local non-profit organization in Sacramento, California, where she managed a federal youth program administered through the Workforce Investment Act for at-risk youth. While at Asian Resources, Ms. Gonzalez served as a Volunteer Coordinator for a local school board campaign, and as a Policy Committee Member for the Sacramento Works for Better Health initiative with The California Endowment. Most recently, Ms. Gonzalez completed a yearlong fellowship with the Women’s Policy Institute under the Women’s Foundation of California working on health reform implementation.

Ms. Gonzalez is originally from Sacramento, California. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Social Services.

Hubert “Buck” Humphrey

Buck Humphrey currently leads Forbes-Tate’s Minnesota office operations. Mr. Humphrey is an experienced government affairs and public relations executive with relationships and a track record with political leaders in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest.

For over fifteen years, Mr. Humphrey has worked at the intersection of the private and public sectors on issues at the federal, state and local levels. He has strategically defined client reputations, product offerings, and issue sets in the public space for elected officials and agencies, private sector clients, NGOs, and campaigns. His areas of expertise include government and public affairs, as well as strategic communication formation and implementation.

Mr. Humphrey began his career in congressional relations for the Secretary of Agriculture during the Clinton Administration, recently led the Office of Communications for the Department of Homeland Security’s USCIS, and worked as a senior policy advisor for the Mayor of Minneapolis. He was State Director of both Vice President Gore and Senator Clinton’s Minnesota presidential campaigns, Senior Obama Campaign Advisor in Florida and was Midwest Finance Director for Senator Kerry.

His past experience spans a wealth of issues, including: telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, tax, banking, co-ops, agriculture, immigration, conservation, natural resources, trade and energy policy and regulation. His strategic communications experience includes business development, project lead, project management, messaging, branding, interactive, direct mail, design and Web 2.0 communication strategy, and tactics.

Mr. Humphrey managed federal and state government affairs operations for AgriBank, FCB – the largest agriculture lender in the country – and managed the eleven-state regional Farm Credit Services trade association from 1994-2000. From 2002-2009, Mr. Humphrey was Partner and led federal and state relations for two successful bipartisan government and public affairs firms, ASI Communications and Intersect Strategies.

Mr. Humphrey holds a Masters in Public Administration from Hamline University and a B.A. in Law and Society from American University. Buck is married to Heidi Humphrey. They live with their two daughters in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Edward Lannan
Manager

As the Manager of the firm’s Research and Policy Analysis department, Mr. Lannan provides research and strategic insights to Forbes Tate’s government relations and public relations clients and principals.

In this role he analyzes pending and extant legislation, conducts general research, and works closely with the Senior Director of Research and Policy Analysis to create business development proposals for potential government relations clients and keep clients and principals up to date on salient policy developments. In addition, Mr. Lannan provides the Public Affairs team with research and business development proposals.   

Prior to his current role at FTP, Mr. Lannan served in the Obama Administration in the Department of Commerce’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning. He helped implement policy goals on a wide array of issues, including: ocean regulation, promoting American manufacturing, and boosting 21st century economic development. He has also worked in the legislative and campaign offices of Congressman Brad Schneider and on Senator Claire McCaskill’s 2012 reelection. Mr. Lannan has also previously worked as a Research Assistant at Forbes Tate Partners and as a Public Relations Fellow at the Podesta Group. 

Mr. Lannan is a 2014 Graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and a native of Vernon Hills, IL. He is still active in Democratic Politics, volunteering for both state and federal campaigns. 

Jeanne T. Moran
Director

Jeanne Moran is a director on the Public Affairs team at Forbes Tate Partners, managing strategic communications and grassroots advocacy for her clients. Helping to translate clients’ advocacy efforts for their stakeholders inside and outside the Beltway, Ms. Moran works to ultimately influence the larger narratives that shape policy and public opinion of her clients’ most dire issues. 

Prior to joining FTP, Ms. Moran worked as a director at LMG Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. While there, Ms. Moran helped develop and execute public affairs and grassroots plans for trade associations and corporations in the music and telecommunication industries. She conducted full-scale communications campaigns to amplify her clients’ legislative and regulatory efforts with interested stakeholders in Washington as well as the general public. Generating positive coverage through print, television, online and social media, Ms. Moran worked closely with reporters and editors nationwide to place stories highlighting her clients’ advocacy. 

Before joining LMG, Ms. Moran worked as an associate consultant at APCO Worldwide on the public affairs team in Washington, D.C. At APCO, Ms. Moran executed stakeholder engagement, media relations and crisis communications for a variety of nonprofit, trade association and Fortune 50 companies in the transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications and media industries. 

Prior to joining the real working world, Ms. Moran interned for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee as well as the National Republican Congressional Committee. She also helped campaign for a local Louisiana gubernatorial election during her time in college.

Jeanne graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. A born and raised Washingtonian, she currently resides in Northwest D.C. 

Caleb Randall-Bodman
Senior Analyst

Caleb Randall-Bodman is a Senior Analyst for Public Affairs, where he plays a vital role as a member of both the firm’s Grassroots and Communications teams. He helps coordinate and execute successful strategies, powerful messaging efforts, and effective campaigns for clients across various industries.

Mr. Randall-Bodman also leverages his prior experience in non-profit fundraising to inform the firm’s Fundraising and Development practice, where he manages donor communications efforts and provides valuable research.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Mr. Randall-Bodman held several positions in the Grassroots and Fundraising departments at No Labels – a DC-based non-profit organization – where he worked on grassroots and grasstops development, along with donor communications for their national campaign.

Caleb was born in rural Virginia and grew up in Boulder, Colorado and Hillsboro, Oregon. He graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Religion in 2014.

Hannah Ricketts
Director

Hannah Ricketts is a Director in Forbes Tate Partners Grassroots practice. She splits her time between the firm’s DC and Boston offices.

Ms. Ricketts is a native of Seattle, Washington – and she brings more than four years of experience in grassroots logistics and strategies to the FTP Grassroots team.

Hannah’s expertise in designing and executing timely, relatable, and actionable grassroots efforts have helped to broadcast the voices of the men and women impacted by decisions in DC – and in cities across the U.S. – ensuring key policy debates include the opinions of stakeholders with a variety of backgrounds and interest in said debates.

As Client Engagement Manager, Ms. Ricketts supports clients’ comprehensive strategies by helping to design and execute activities and logistics of advocacy campaigns. This includes translating local voices to third party ally support that resonates both inside and outside the Beltway, developing operative relationships, tracking grassroots engagement, and coordinating all vendor activities.

FTP’s grassroots process – devised to elevate the political salience of clients’ issues and provide avenues for advocates to share their stories – is an ideal fit for Hannah, as she came to FTP from political consulting firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, where she served as the Lead Field Research Associate.

Hannah, a 2012 graduate of Colby College, has held numerous internships in the political research, fundraising, and consulting realm. She has also worked on several campaigns, including marriage equality in Maine and Jay Inslee’s successful bid for Washington governor.

Emily Schell
Associate

Emily Schell is the Special Events Associate at Forbes Tate Partners. In this capacity, she provides vital support to the firm’s two Founding Partners – along with other lobbyists and staff members – by scheduling travel, preparing for events, and assisting with the office’s day-to-day operations.

Ms. Schell also works with the firm’s research department to help in such areas as policy analysis and legislation background.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Ms. Schell helped to recruit foreign artists to come to practice in the United States, as a Marketing and Recruiting Intern for a non-profit arts organization. Most recently, Emily spent two years doing research and fundraising for a variety of congressional and non-profit clients.

Ms. Schell graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2012 with a degree in Art History. She is originally from the Windy City.

Adrienne Schweer
Senior Vice President

A Nebraska native, Adrienne Schweer first came to Washington, DC to work for Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam War hero, Senator Chuck Hagel. Prior to coming to Washington, Adrienne helped Representative Jeff Fortenberry get elected to the U.S. Congress.

After years on Capitol Hill, Bono’s non-profit – The ONE Campaign – recruited Adrienne to build partnerships and lead creative advocacy campaigns to mobilize American support for international assistance. For six years, she designed and implemented creative advocacy campaigns to fight for better policies around maternal and child health, food and water, and good governance.

Following her time in the non profit sector, she went back into the government to serve as Chief of Protocol in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). There, Adrienne served Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Ash Carter, and James Mattis. During her tenure, she proposed and led creative new initiatives to raise the profile and advance the priorities of the Secretary of Defense, including creating a partnership with World Economic Forum, organizing the Counter ISIS Coalition meetings, and helping roll out a 12-week paid maternity leave policy for the military.

In 2015, Adrienne started an inside the beltway campaign to find bipartisan solutions to paid family leave with her organization, Family Leave Works. She’s worked across the aisle in both the House and Senate to shape policy and build momentum. In 2017, she has worked to build the Paid Family Leave Coalition, which aims to leverage private sector data, executives, and employee stories to elevate the narrative around the importance of paid family leave.

She and her husband have three young daughters.

Sabrina Siddiqui
Vice President

With expertise in tax, financial services, and health care, Sabrina has spent the last decade translating complex policy into successful persuasion campaigns, working at the highest levels of government as well as the private sector.

Sabrina has served as a Communications Director for Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Communications Director for Representative Dave Loebsack (D-IA), and Deputy Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

As a spokesperson at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Sabrina was responsible for the day-to-day and long-term communications strategy for the Offices of Economic Policy and Tax Policy. At the Treasury, Sabrina spearheaded the Administration’s messaging and execution on tax reform, economic policy, and budgetary issues.

Prior to joining Forbes-Tate, Sabrina consulted for numerous clients, providing strategic advice on rebranding, crisis communications, and thought leadership

Frank Steinberg
Senior Director

Frank Steinberg is a Senior Director of Government Relations at Forbes Tate Partners. He is part of the firm’s lobbying team – with his primary focus being House Republicans.

Mr. Steinberg handles a diverse portfolio of issues, including financial services, appropriations, education, telecom, tech, and defense. He has relationships with several Members and staff across the Conference – ranging from the moderate Tuesday Group to the conservative Freedom Caucus.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners in March 2015, Frank worked at Lewis-Burke Associates, a government relations firm that specializes in science, technology, and higher education.

There, Frank represented some of the country’s leading research universities before Congress and federal agencies.

Before his nearly seven years at Lewis-Burke, Frank gained key insight into the legislative process and the workings of Capitol Hill during his time in the office of Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana.

Mr. Steinberg has designed and implemented legislative agendas that strategically leverage insight and strong relationships across Congress and the federal agencies to achieve targeted wins for clients. He brings extensive experience in navigating the annual budget and appropriations processes – helping Forbes Tate Partners’ clients to both create new initiatives and protect vital programs.

Frank is active in Republican politics. He has volunteered on campaigns in Ohio, Indiana, and his home state of New Jersey. Frank graduated with honors from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he majored in Political.

He resides in Washington, DC.

Casey Suchors-Field
Senior Director

Casey Suchors-Field is the Senior Director of Research and Policy Analysis at Forbes Tate Partners. She joined the firm in March 2013.

Ms. Suchors-Field leads the firm’s Research and Policy Analysis Department and provides strategic and policy insight for the firm’s government relations clients. She also leads the production of research and proposals for potential government relations clients, and acts as a liaison between the firm’s government relations team and other teams. Ms. Suchors-Field keeps principals and clients fully informed of relevant policy developments, manages large-scale projects, and produces written deliverables. She researches and analyzes legislation, relevant regulations, and broader policy, providing principals and clients with reports on their impact, as well as legislative and political update and outlook reports. Ms. Suchors-Field tracks legislation and other client priorities and manages reporting on hearings, briefings, and floor action. She creates policy materials for Hill, agency, and White House engagement, and manages many of the firm’s larger client engagement days on the Hill. Ms. Suchors-Field also develops relationship, profile building, and issue area engagement strategies and action plans for current and potential clients, including policy and member mapping.

Ms. Suchors-Field entered the D.C. policy world through a paid internship in then-Senator Kerry’s office, where she wrote research memos on environmental, health, veterans affairs, and financial issues, covered legislative proceedings, and drafted weekly environmental news updates sent to the Senator. She also held an internship with the House Natural Resources Committee, where she prepared background memos and drafted talking points and questions for hearings, collated data for committee reports and letters, and wrote research memos on forest, wildlife, energy, climate, and Native American affairs issues. Previously, in Massachusetts, Ms. Suchors-Field worked with environmental and women’s health nonprofits, and a then-State House Representative. In her spare time, she has assisted Democratic political campaigns in Massachusetts and at the federal level for a number of years.

Ms. Suchors-Field graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College, with Distinction in Political Science, two awards, and a philosophy minor. She is originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Jennifer Swanson Prince

Jennifer Swanson Prince is a development and communications strategist with nearly two decades of experience developing marketing campaigns for non-profit organizations, interest and advocacy groups, corporations, and political campaigns.

At Forbes Tate Partners, Jennifer advises clients seeking to strengthen their approach to the funding community – and their fundraising performance overall. Her practice offers services including program marketing, board development, donor communications, and strategic planning. She also works with clients on reputational and thought leadership campaigns to help them reach key audiences both inside and outside Washington, DC.

In 2004, Jennifer founded her own consultancy, where she provided strategic guidance to a broad variety of clients, including the Democratic National Committee, Rock the Vote, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Council on Renewable Energy, and various federal and statewide campaigns.

From 2010 to 2013, Ms. Swanson Prince was a Senior Advisor to the Glover Park Group where, she ran marketing and communications campaigns and advised a portfolio of clients that included Univision, Kantar, and FINCA.

Jennifer served as John Edwards’ national finance director during his 2004 presidential campaign. She has held senior staff positions at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, People For the American Way, and EMILY’s List.

Jennifer received her Bachelor’s from Syracuse University – before earning a Master’s from George Washington University.

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.

Yaw Thompson
Assistant

Mr. Thompson is a vital member of the Research and Policy Analysis department, working directly with the Senior Director to conduct legislative, regulatory, media, and data-driven research projects by utilizing the firm’s specialized databases and his knowledge of federal and state government resources.

In addition, he is responsible for creating publishable news content in response to sociopolitical issues and trends in emerging markets. Mr. Thompson also produces memos on hearings, markups, and floor actions for the firm’s principals and clients. Additionally, Mr. Thompson works to identify and track relevant political campaigns as well as pertinent policy issues, which he distributes as a cohesive product to a 23-person government relations team.

Furthermore, Mr. Thompson supports the Operations and Development team to ensure the firm’s day-to-day operations and events run efficiently.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Mr. Thompson was a media and press intern at No Labels, a non-partisan non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. During his time at there, he authored informative pieces about sociopolitical issues on the No Labels blog.  Mr. Thompson also engaged in extensive research to assist with the organization’s outreach strategy.

Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, Mr. Thompson is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he majored in History.

Paula Thrasher
Director

Paula Thrasher is the Controller for Forbes Tate, and was with Forbes Tate’s predecessor firm, Cauthen Forbes and Williams.

Under the direction of the Senior Vice President, the controller plans, directs, monitors, coordinates, interprets and administers all functional activities and policies related to treasury and finance, accounting, budgeting, billing, payables, receivables, payroll, insurance, tax, and human resources for the Washington, Alabama, and Minnesota offices. In addition to Forbes Tate, Mrs. Thrasher works for the Cauthen Companies.

Paula Thrasher came to Forbes Tate with nineteen years of experience in accounting and financial analysis.  She has management experience in accounting, budgeting, board presentations, cash management, financing, revenue sharing, information systems, property management, statistics and strategic planning.

Mrs. Thrasher graduated from Troy University with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She has previously been the Controller/Staff Accountant for Diamond Concrete, Dominic’s, Alabama Farmers Federation, EFS, Inc., Dialysis Clinic Inc., and Columbia Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Thrasher is a native of Wetumpka, AL where she lives with her husband and three boys.

Trey Webster
Associate

Trey Webster is a Research Associate at Forbes Tate Partners. He joined the firm in April 2017.

Mr. Webster works closely with the Senior Director of Research and Policy Analysis to conduct qualitative research and analysis of legislation, government policy, and current events to provide key information and insights to the firm’s principals, and on behalf of the firm’s clients. He also plays an important role tracking and providing support for business development initiatives.

Prior to joining FTP, Mr. Webster spent over two years in a wide variety of political positions. Most recently Mr. Webster worked with the Maryland Democratic Party, where he conducted policy research and worked with the communications team to advance the party’s agenda related to the 2018 election cycle. This role was preceded by a stint as an Organizer in North Carolina for the 2016 elections, where he executed the field plan for a specific geographic region by recruiting, training, and managing nearly 200 volunteers for voter registration, canvassing, phonebanking, and data entry. Mr. Webster also worked as a legal fellow on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), where he conducted research and drafted memoranda to help advance the Senator’s priorities on all issues under the committee’s jurisdiction, including antitrust and competition policy, crime, immigration, judicial nominations, privacy and technology, and terrorism. While in law school, Mr. Webster served as an advocate in Georgetown University’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, advancing the criminal justice and privacy legislative and policy initiatives of a nonprofit civil rights client. He also held an internship in the office of Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO).

Mr. Webster previously held several legal internships in the DC area. This included work for the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel, an internship on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and health law and policy research with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

Mr. Webster holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the University of South Carolina.

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.