WASHINGTON – Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) today announced the additions of Michael Pepe as a grassroots advocacy Senior Vice President and Taylor Mason as a state government relations Vice President. As FTP expands its federal and state advocacy programs, Pepe will focus on leading the firm’s grassroots practice, while Mason will join the firm’s growing state government affairs team.
Pepe brings more than two decades of experience in strategic communications, grassroots, and grasstops campaigns. Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Pepe served as a Senior Director of Communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he led strategic communications efforts for the financial services policy division. Pepe is a graduate of American University and Suffolk University Law School. Mason, a University of South Carolina graduate, has spent the past decade working closely with state and federal government agencies across the country and as a Communications Director for Rep. David Young, R-Iowa. Most recently, he helped launch The Rare Disease Company Coalition and served as the coalition’s Executive Director, guiding government and public affairs strategy, advising on policy positions, coordinating policymaker and third-party group outreach and advocacy, and driving membership development.
“Effective advocacy campaigns require a deep understanding of the legislative landscape and the key players involved in making policy decisions, which is why we are especially excited to bring Mike and Taylor on board,” said FTP Founding Partner Jeff Forbes. “Their years of expertise in grassroots, communications, field campaigns, and federal and state public policy will help us continue to execute winning campaigns for our clients across the board – from statehouses to Capitol Hill. We’re pleased to welcome them both to the team.”
“I look forward to bringing my grassroots advocacy experience to FTP and leading the firm’s growing field services team,” said Pepe. “I’m looking forward to leading the firm’s multi-talented teams and delivering impactful and successful campaigns for our clients.
“This is an exciting time to join Forbes Tate as the firm grows its state government advocacy practice,” said Mason. “I’m thrilled to bring my strategic communications, policy, and advocacy experience to the team and working with some of the best state-level government relations experts in the business.”
FTP also welcomed Eliza Green as an analyst on the Public Affairs team. Prior to joining the firm, Green completed two internships at the Department of State — one at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the other at the Office of Policy, Planning, and Resources. Green is a graduate from The Ohio State University.
Forbes Tate Partners is a bipartisan, integrated full-service public affairs consultancy specializing in government relations, traditional and digital communications, grassroots advocacy and third-party coordination, insights and polling, coalition management, and business development. FTP can help you develop and deliver winning strategies to communicate and engage your key audiences.