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
  • Cindy Brown
    Cindy Brown
    Partner
  • John Buscher
    John Buscher
    Partner
  • George Cooper
    George Cooper
    Partner
  • Bob Dold
    Bob Dold
    Partner
  • Jay J. Driscoll
    Jay J. Driscoll
    Partner
  • Stephanie Genco
    Stephanie Genco
    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
  • Edward C. Reno III
    Edward C. Reno III
    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
  • Tiffany N. Adams
    Tiffany N. Adams
    Senior Vice President
  • Vanessa Bajko
    Vanessa Bajko
    Senior Analyst
  • Emilie Carinha
    Emilie Carinha
    Senior Analyst
  • Andrew Conlin
    Andrew Conlin
    Director
  • Amanda Crumley
    Amanda Crumley
    Of Counsel
  • Meghan DiMuzio
    Meghan DiMuzio
    Vice President
  • Paul Dioguardi
    Paul Dioguardi
    Senior Vice President
  • Elizabeth Gonzalez
    Elizabeth Gonzalez
    Director
  • Hubert “Buck” Humphrey
    Hubert “Buck” Humphrey
  • Kate Jahries
    Kate Jahries
    Senior Analyst
  • Elizabeth Kapolka
    Elizabeth Kapolka
    Analyst
  • Max Mandich
    Max Mandich
    Associate
  • Nick Martin
    Nick Martin
    Director
  • Francesca McCrary
    Francesca McCrary
    Vice President
  • Connor McKay
    Connor McKay
    Senior Analyst
  • Davey McKissick
    Davey McKissick
    Deputy Director
  • Jeanne T. Moran
    Jeanne T. Moran
    Director
  • Charnelle Pinkett
    Charnelle Pinkett
    Associate
  • Caleb Randall-Bodman
    Caleb Randall-Bodman
    Director
  • Marc Reiter
    Marc Reiter
    Assistant
  • Hannah Ricketts
    Hannah Ricketts
    Director
  • Samantha Sadowski
    Samantha Sadowski
    Senior Analyst
  • Emily Schell
    Emily Schell
    Senior Associate
  • Adrienne Schweer
    Adrienne Schweer
    Senior Vice President
  • Aaron Segel
    Aaron Segel
    Senior Analyst
  • Sabrina Siddiqui
    Sabrina Siddiqui
    Vice President
  • Connie Smith
    Connie Smith
    Assistant
  • Frank Steinberg
    Frank Steinberg
    Vice President
  • Savannah Stockly
    Savannah Stockly
    Assistant
  • Casey Suchors-Field
    Casey Suchors-Field
    Senior Director
  • Jennifer Swanson Prince
    Jennifer Swanson Prince
    Of Counsel
  • Ryan Taylor
    Ryan Taylor
    Vice President
  • Yaw Thompson
    Yaw Thompson
    Assistant
  • Paula Thrasher
    Paula Thrasher
    Director
  • Trey Webster
    Trey Webster
    Manager
  • 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 20-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 former 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. Jeff and his wife live in Chevy Chase, Maryland with their three sons.

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 former 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.

Cindy Brown
Partner

Cindy Brown is Partner at Forbes Tate Partners with more than 25 years of experience on Capitol Hill, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations.

Cindy, a former Chief of Staff to Representative Ron Kind (D-WI), provides strategic advice on an array of critical issues including, health care, tax, trade, and technology. At FTP, she provides instrumental guidance to many of the nation’s innovative companies, leading trade associations and coalitions on how to maximize their impact both inside the Beltway and beyond.

Previously, Cindy served as Vice President of Legislative Strategies for The Campaign to Fix the Debt, deploying a campaign-wide strategy targeting policymakers on the Hill and in the Administration. As Chief of Staff to Rep. Kind, Cindy helped lead the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) launch their first successful Political Action Committee (PAC) and worked closely with the House Ways and Means Committee and House Leadership.

Today, she serves as advisor to the New Democrat Leadership, the NDC PAC, and actively raises money for moderate Democratic candidates.

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.

Bob Dold
Partner

Bob Dold is a Partner for Public Affairs. He joined the firm in 2017 after two terms of representing Illinois’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As a Congressman, Bob served on both the Financial Services and Ways & Means Committees where he was focused on access to capital for small businesses, tax reform, healthcare reform, and tackling poverty issues plaguing communities across our nation.

Bob was ranked as one of the most independent bi-partisan members of Congress and served as the Co-Chair of the Tuesday Group.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Bob served as an investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee and ran a small business.

Today, Bob resides on the North Shore of Chicago with his wife Danielle and three children, Harper, Bobby and Honor.

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 former 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.

Stephanie Genco
Partner

Stephanie Genco is a Partner on the public affairs team at Forbes Tate Partners, helping run, manage, and grow the firm’s bipartisan strategic communications capabilities. Genco brings over a decade of communications, campaign, and policy experience as a political strategist and public affairs consultant.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Genco designed and executed unique public affairs campaigns, crisis communications plans, and coalition efforts that spanned various industries and policy areas. With a portfolio that included tax, trade, energy, infrastructure, and tech issues, Genco worked aggressively on behalf of clients, helping them navigate the rapidly changing media and policy environment and ensuring their message broke through to policymakers in D.C.

During the 2016 cycle, Genco served as the Deputy Policy Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of House Republicans, where she specialized in interview and debate prep, policy tracking for incumbents and challengers, as well as in-depth policy briefings. In the historic 2010 cycle, she was the lead researcher on over 21 house races as part of the NRCC’s Independent Expenditure team.

Her extensive Capitol Hill experience includes stints in House Republican Leadership, committee communications roles, and as senior staff for members of Congress. Previous positions include Communications Director for then Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL), Communications Director for Congressman Diane Black (R-TN), and Republican staff for the Committees on Homeland Security Committee and Oversight and Government Reform.

A Baltimore-area native, Genco graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a double major in Political Science and Media Arts and Design. She resides in Washington, D.C.

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 former 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 current Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, 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.

Having served on the inaugural National Board of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), she currently serves as President, and is a past President and founder of the DC Chapter of WEN. 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 then-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 former 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 former 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 25 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.

Edward C. Reno III
Partner

Edward C. Reno III is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners.

Previously, Mr. Reno was a Managing Director at Strathspey Crown, LLC and the company’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Strathspey Crown is a private equity firm focused on lifestyle healthcare and partners with board certified physician specialists to bring to market innovative technologies and services in the self-pay sector.

Prior to Strathspey Crown, Mr. Reno was the Chief Government Affairs Officer for Allergan, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device company. Working at the direction of Allergan’s Chairman & CEO, and in collaboration with Allergan’s internal and external stakeholders, Mr. Reno was responsible for creating and executing the legislative and advocacy strategy for the company on policy issues related to drug approvals, marketplace-impacting laws and regulations, tax, trade, antitrust, and general business issues.

Notably, Mr. Reno led the public policy and lobbying effort to defend the company from an unprecedented hostile takeover – an effort that resulted in the company’s market capitalization increasing by over $30 billion upon its sale in March 2014. Additionally, he successfully led the effort against congressional and state tax proposals, saving the company $5 billion by creating and leading a coalition of corporations, physicians and patients. Globally, Mr. Reno worked with the Chairman & CEO to develop and implement the company’s approach to government officials and regulators in key international markets, including China and Brazil.

Mr. Reno also served as a senior counselor to former California Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Wilson. He started his career working for then-U.S. Senator Pete Wilson.

In 2005, Mr. Reno was nominated by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and confirmed by the California State Senate, to a four-year term as a Commissioner of the California Boating and Waterways Commission.

Mr. Reno sits on the board of GenNext, an organization working to overcome generational challenges in three areas: economic growth, education, and international security.

Additionally, Mr. Reno served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Marathon, an executive board member of the Orange County Business Council, a board member of the Public Affairs Council, and a member of the John Wayne Orange County Alumni Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Mr. Reno is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has attended executive training at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

 

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 former Senator John McCain’s presidential bid.

Prior to joining Senator Rob Portman’s campaign, Mr. Sadosky served as Communications Director for former 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 former Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) following his time with George W. Bush’s reelection campaign.

After working on and with nearly two 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 former Congressman Patrick J. Tiberi, a previous 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 three 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), current Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and former Chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs 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 then-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.

Tiffany N. Adams
Senior Vice President

Tiffany Adams is a Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Forbes Tate Partners. She brings more than 25 years of experience working directly with global and domestic manufacturers and industry trade associations.

Tiffany is a well-respected public affairs expert with a demonstrated track record in developing and executing winning, grassroots, and issue advocacy campaigns on a range of policies including trade, energy, infrastructure and tax.

At Forbes Tate Partners, Tiffany works with clients on the full spectrum of advocacy strategy, from grassroots outreach and coalition management, to program design, implementation, and event management. Tiffany is committed to professional growth and development and works closely with the firm’s Public Affairs practice to enhance the client experience and builds results-driven teams.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Tiffany ran her own consultancy, T. Adams Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in advocacy program assessment, including meeting and legislative fly-in optimization, and executive and team coaching. She continues to serve as an executive and leadership coach in this capacity.

Tiffany worked for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) for more than two decades,  most recently as Vice President, Public Affairs in the External Relations Division. She managed member and employee engagement programs, annual legislative fly-ins, and in-district congressional events across the country. She also developed and executed a program for C-level executives to develop essential strategic leadership skills to communicate effectively with policy makers and engage with government.

Tiffany served on the Board of the Public Affairs Council and the Women in Government Relations LEADER Foundation, where she also served as chair.

A native New Yorker currently residing in Washington, DC, Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and is a proud and active alumnus.

Vanessa Bajko
Senior Analyst

Vanessa Bajko has two roles at the firm, one as Senior Analyst in the Public Affairs department and the other as Administrative Assistant in the Operations department.

As a Senior Analyst, Vanessa works with clients across multiple industries – including higher education and health care – to develop and implement public affairs strategies. In her second role as Administrative Assistant, she works directly with 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.

 

Emilie Carinha
Senior Analyst

Emilie Carinha is a Senior Digital Analyst, providing real-time social media analytics, insights, and operational support to the Public Affairs department.

Prior to joining FTP, she interned at various non-profit organizations including The Washington Ballet and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. At Smith Center she offered her expertise in communications and fundraising as a Communications and Development Intern, growing the organization’s donor list and grant applications. Most recently, Emilie was an intern at Forbes Tate Partners assisting the Public Affairs department in drafting press releases, social media content, and research.

Emilie grew up on the Jersey Shore and graduated from American University in 2017 with a B.S. in Health Promotion and a minor in Marketing. She is also a member of the DC chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and frequently travels back to France to visit her family and friends.

Andrew Conlin
Director

Andrew Conlin is a Director on the Public Affairs team at Forbes Tate Partners, helping clients achieve success in an ever-changing political environment.

Mr. Conlin brings both private sector and non-profit experience to the Forbes Tate Partners’ growing Public Affairs practice.

Most recently, Mr. Conlin managed the Mayors Against Illegal Guns program at Everytown for Gun Safety for the Northeast and Western regions of the country. While there, Mr. Conlin worked with mayors from across the political aisle, representing big cities and small towns alike, to elevate their voices on the issue of gun violence prevention. He provided comprehensive advocacy strategies that prioritized grassroots and grasstop perspectives and partnered with political organizations as well as associations to promote public safety measures.

Before Everytown for Gun Safety, Mr. Conlin worked as a Legislative Assistant for Holland and Knight’s Public Policy group. He offered clients legislative, policy, and high-stakes communications strategy support.  In particular, Mr. Conlin assisted clients in developing and implementing online social media strategies to increase brand awareness and to strengthen stakeholder advocacy activities. He worked extensively with Congress, federal agencies and national associations in support of priorities for corporations, trade associations, coalitions, local governments, and nonprofits.

Born and raised in New York City, Andrew has called Washington, D.C. home for the past 10 years. He graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs.

Amanda Crumley
Of Counsel

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 then- Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa, and as communications director on the winning gubernatorial campaigns of former 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.

Paul Dioguardi
Senior Vice President

Paul Dioguardi brings over two decades of experience in issue advocacy, political strategy, grassroots organizing, public policy, and government.

At Forbes Tate Partners, Paul advises clients specializing in health care policy analysis, public affairs, government relations, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the firm, Paul founded Confluence Strategies, an independent public policy consulting firm.

Paul served in the Obama administration as the Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.) In this capacity, he provided strategic counsel to two HHS secretaries, White House staff, state and local elected officials, and a broad array of industry and nonprofit stakeholders across the country. He led the Department’s engagement with state governments and other national stakeholders on the development and implementation of the major components of the Affordable Care Act and other Obama administration health care priorities.

Paul has worked on numerous political campaigns including for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former Vice President Al Gore, former Senator John Kerry, and the historic election of President Barack Obama in 2008. He also served as National Political Director at the Democratic Governors Association.

Paul helped establish and served in leadership roles at the ONE Campaign, the advocacy organization founded by Bono, in support of greater U.S. support for reducing extreme poverty around the world.

Paul received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.

Elizabeth Gonzalez
Director

Elizabeth Gonzalez is the Director of Operations and Development at Forbes Tate Partners, and has been with the firm since 2012. In her capacity as Director, Ms. Gonzalez oversees the planning and execution of the firm’s administrative and business operations for all FTP departments. She manages contracts and compliance reports, accounting oversight, multi-department personnel, and office management and event coordination.

Additionally, Ms. Gonzalez works directly with the Founding Partners and Board of Directors as a member of the firm’s management team, focusing on strategic planning, human resources and hiring processes, and internal and external initiatives. Ms. Gonzalez also manages all fundraising activities. She works with the FTP principals to develop and maintain a dynamic list of potential fundraising efforts that embody the firm’s overall philosophy and goals and oversees the coordination and successful execution of these events.

Prior to joining FTP, 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 then-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.

Kate Jahries
Senior Analyst

Kate Jahries is a Senior Analyst on the Public Affairs team. She uses her experience in political advertising and public relations to deliver holistic approaches to communications challenges.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Kate was a Junior Account Manager at The Campaign Workshop where she worked on direct mail, digital advertising, and strategic communications campaigns for Democratic candidates, PACs, advocacy organizations, and state parties. During graduate school, she was a public affairs fellow at Finn Partners and a press intern in the office of Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04). Her work has touched a number of policy areas, including energy and environment, public health, and education.

Kate is from the beautiful northwest corner of South Carolina and earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina. She holds an M.A. in Media and Strategic Communication from George Washington University.

Elizabeth Kapolka
Analyst

Elizabeth Kapolka is an Analyst in the Public Affairs department.

Prior to joining FTP, Elizabeth completed internship in public affairs and public relations. At Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications and Weber Shandwick in Chicago, she helped craft outreach campaigns that spanned local, regional and national clients. She also contributed to events from the North American Climate Summit to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Ms. Kapolka grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with degrees in Communication Studies and International Studies and a minor in History of Art.

Max Mandich
Associate

Max Mandich is a Research Associate for Forbes Tate Partners. He joined the firm in June 2018.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate, Max worked as an associate at a boutique lobbying firm focusing on national security space and satellite issues. He helped develop government relations strategies for defense contractors at both the Pentagon and Capitol Hill and assisted them in tracking the appropriations cycle for the Department of Defense. He has also held an internship at the Wisconsin State Senate.

Mr. Mandich holds a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nick Martin
Director

Nick Martin is a Director on the Public Affairs team at Forbes Tate Partners, where he brings nearly a decade of experience combining policy, politics, and grassroots advocacy, specializing in healthcare issues.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Nick served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and MACRA. Working with a variety of different stakeholder groups, he also developed engagement strategies around open enrollment, delivery system reform, and public health crises. Additionally, he advised the Secretary of Health and Human Services and senior HHS officials on the priorities of industry and advocacy organizations before the department.

He has worked in many roles at advocacy organizations including most recently leading communications and outreach efforts for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care and on the grassroots field team at the Human Rights Campaign. He has also worked on numerous legislative, ballot, and candidate campaigns at the national, state, and local level.

Nick is a graduate of Northeastern University, where he received a degree in international affairs. He is a native of upstate New York and has called Washington, DC home for several years.

 

Francesca McCrary
Vice President

Francesca McCrary is a Vice President of Government Relations at Forbes Tate Partners.

A Maryland native, Francesca McCrary began her career in Washington D.C. working for the Department of Defense on military family issues. Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Francesca worked on Capitol Hill on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee staff for then-Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings.

Francesca has collaborated on various projects involving healthcare investigations, federal agency oversight and postal legislation. Additionally, she managed the Committee’s Intergovernmental Subcommittee, which oversaw topics involving federal and state relations.

Prior to her work on the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, Francesca served in Congressman Cummings’ Washington D.C. office overseeing legislative issues including: science & technology, health, and environmental policy.

Francesca is a champion for diversity and inclusion, throughout her time on the Hill she was active in the Tri-Caucus staff associations and was President of the Congressional Black Associates. These staff associations pride themselves on enhancing the political, social and economic capabilities of Capitol Hill staffers through professional development, community service, and social networking opportunities.

Francesca graduated with honors from The Citadel the Military College of South Carolina and holds a Masters in Public Health from the American Public University.

Connor McKay
Senior Analyst

Connor McKay is a Senior Analyst for Public Affairs. In this role, Connor helps the team coordinate and execute public affairs campaigns for clients across multiple industries.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Connor worked in Business Development for POLITICO, a leading DC-based political and policy-based media organization. Coordinating with the marketing and editorial teams, he crafted successful and targeted outreach campaigns for current and prospective clients. Before that, he held numerous positions, both in congressional offices and on policy research teams at international corporations.

Connor was born in upstate New York and is a proud fan of the Buffalo Bills. He is a graduate of Emerson College with a Bachelor of Science in Political Communication.

Davey McKissick
Deputy Director

Davey McKissick is a Deputy Director on the Public Affairs team at Forbes Tate Partners, where he works with clients to elevate their priorities in a dynamic political environment and create lasting impressions with stakeholders in their industries.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Davey worked with Trammell & Company, a public affairs firm specializing in government relations and coalition building, as well as with Witeck Communications, a strategic communications firm. Davey served both firms’ diverse group of fortune 500 business, trade association, and non-profit clients providing communications, government relations, and alliance development counseling.

Davey has worked on political campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. Most recently, Davey worked for the Hillary for America campaign as Deputy Director of Operations for the state of Florida during the 2016 presidential election. Additionally, Davey was the Associate Director of Public Engagement at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where he was charged with ensuring delegates, ally and labor organizations, Democratic Party leadership, and elected officials were fully engaged and effectively leveraging their participation in the Convention.

In 2012, Davey worked in the Political Department at the Democratic National Committee, assisting regional political directors with surrogate event planning and managing travel briefings.

Davey is a Richmond, Virginia native, but he now calls Washington, D.C. home. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Government from the College of William & Mary.

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. 

Charnelle Pinkett
Associate

Charnelle Pinkett is currently an Associate on the Operations team. She provides direct support to the firm’s lobbyists and manages the firm’s intern program as Intern Program Coordinator.

In this role, she assists in coordinating a variety of logistics for events held at FTP’s DC office – including fundraisers, briefings, and other meetings. Prior to FTP, Ms. Pinkett nurtured her passion for politics by providing campaign support for local representatives and attending events such as the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference and the Social Research Social Justice Conference.

Ms. Pinkett previously worked for Discovery Communications in the Education Department. While there, she oversaw the Siemens Competition which awards college scholarships to high school students participating in STEM research projects. She also served as the event logistics liaison to competition contestants, university partners, and company leadership.

Ms. Pinkett lives in her hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. An alumna of The Posse Foundation, she graduated from Lafayette College in 2013 with a degree in American Studies with a focus on Social Justice.

Caleb Randall-Bodman
Director

Caleb Randall-Bodman is a Director in FTP’s Public Affairs department. He advises clients on strategic communications, digital campaigns, and third-party engagement. His work on behalf of FTP’s clients spans a number of policies, including energy and environment, trade, higher education, and health care.

Caleb specializes in translating clients’ complex policy priorities into compelling narratives that are capable of breaking through the 280-character news cycle. At FTP, Caleb has helped shape national and regional campaigns that have delivered tangible wins for our clients.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Caleb held several positions at No Labels – a non-partisan, non-profit organization – where he worked on grassroots and grasstops development, along with major donor development 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.

Marc Reiter
Assistant

Prior to his current role at FTP, Marc served as a research and policy analysis intern for FTP.

He supported client proposals and monitored congressional hearings across a wide array of pertinent policy issues such as infrastructure, the opioid crisis, and energy security. Previously, he worked at the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition. Before moving to D.C., Mr. Reiter worked as a research and appropriations analyst for the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, and served as an intern in the Springfield and Washington offices of Senator Dick Durbin.

Marc has also worked on multiple State Senate campaigns and interned for former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Mr. Reiter graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, and is a native of Minonk, IL.

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.

Samantha Sadowski
Senior Analyst

Samantha Sadowski is a Senior Analyst for Public Affairs. She works with a range of clients to develop and implement public affairs strategies.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Samantha was a Digital Strategy intern at Revolution Messaging, where she created social media content for nonprofits and labor unions. She also worked at various nonprofits in Colorado, including the Colorado chapter of Make-A-Wish and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley where she worked on communications and event development. Most recently, Samantha was a Public Affairs intern at FTP, where she drafted social media content, op-eds, and conducted research.

Samantha grew up in the suburbs of Colorado, where she graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016. She is currently working on her Master’s from George Washington University in Strategic Public Relations.

 

Emily Schell
Senior Associate

Emily Schell is a Senior Associate on the Operations team 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.

Additionally, Ms. Schell is the Board Secretary at Forbes Tate Partners, where she works closely with the firm’s Board of Directors. Ms. Schell also worked 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 (R-NE) 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 has worked across the aisle in both the House and Senate to shape policy, build momentum, and leverage private sector data, executives, and employee stories to elevate the narrative around the importance of paid family leave. In 2018, she became a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center where she leads its Paid Family Leave Task Force.

She and her husband have four young children.

Aaron Segel
Senior Analyst

Aaron Segel is a Senior Analyst for Public Affairs, specializing in state legislation monitoring. Aaron provides valuable intelligence on state level activity as it relates to Forbes Tate Partners’ work and clients.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Aaron was a Legislative Associate on the Education & Economy team at Stateside Associates where he became familiar with a wide range of issues and state legislative processes. He also worked at the Connecticut General Assembly for State Senator Beth Bye where he helped draft testimony on legislation and met with key stakeholders and constituents.

Aaron graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College where he served as captain of the Men’s Tennis Team. He is originally from the Boston area.

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

Connie Smith
Assistant

Connie Smith is an Accounting Assistant at Forbes-Tate. She works closely with the Director of Finance and the Director of Operations and Development.

Prior to joining the Forbes-Tate team, Connie worked as a Paralegal and Office Manager in law firms in North Carolina and New York and was an Administrative Assistant with the United States Air Force in Okinawa, Japan. Recently, she was the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Facilities and Grounds at Wind Creek Casino in Wetumpka, AL.

Connie is currently enrolled at Troy University where she is working towards a BS in Business Administration.

Connie is a native of Montgomery, AL.  Marrying a Marine in 1998, she has lived in North Carolina, Florida, New York and in Okinawa, Japan. After her husband’s retirement from the United States Marine Corps, Connie and her family returned to Alabama and now reside in Wetumpka, AL.

Frank Steinberg
Vice President

Frank Steinberg is a Vice President 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 then-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 Science.

He resides in Washington, DC.

Savannah Stockly
Assistant

Savannah Stockly joined the firm in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant.

In this capacity, she provides support to the Operations Department by fulfilling front desk duties, preparing for events and assisting with day-to-day operations of the office. Most recently, Ms. Stockly was an Intern at Forbes Tate Partners assisting the Research and Policy Analysis Department in covering congressional hearings, performing administrative tasks and conducting research. Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, she interned as a teacher’s aide supporting homeless youth as they completed their GED and job training programs.

Ms. Stockly grew up in Portland, Maine and graduated from Bates College in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology and concentrations in Psychology and Education.

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
Of Counsel

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 former Senator 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.

Ryan Taylor
Vice President

Ryan Taylor is a Vice President of Public Affairs at Forbes Tate Partners. He brings more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill as a senior advisor and communications strategist to four U.S. Senators and a member of Congress, most recently serving as communications director for U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss).

Prior to joining Senator Wicker’s office in 2013, Ryan served as a policy advisor on federal regulatory issues for Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on the Senate Republican Policy Committee. In this role he handled regulatory matters related to Dodd-Frank, EPA, and DOT, just to name a few.

Ryan has considerable campaign experience. In 2012, he served as Senator Barrasso’s campaign manager, helping him garner an unprecedented 75.9 percent of the total statewide vote. In 2010, as Executive Director of the Wyoming Republican he helped to lead the Party to the single largest election victory in 90 years.

Having worked for members of Congress from the Rocky Mountain West to the South, Ryan has a strong background on a wide range of issues, including national defense, telecommunications, infrastructure, energy, public lands, and healthcare.

His experience and reputation was recognized when Ryan was elected by his peers to serve as the president of the Senate Press Secretaries Association (SPSA) in 2016. Additionally, he was an elected member of SPSA’s executive board for four years.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, where he received a degree in political science. He and his wife, Bevin, live in Alexandria, Va., with their son, James.

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 Director of Finance for Forbes Tate, and was with Forbes Tate’s predecessor firm, Cauthen Forbes and Williams.

The Director of Finance 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
Manager

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

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.