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
    Managing Partner
  • Stephanie Genco
    Stephanie Genco
    Partner
  • Tessa Gould
    Tessa Gould
    Partner
  • Elizabeth L. Greer
    Elizabeth L. Greer
    Partner
  • Ryan McConaghy
    Ryan McConaghy
    Partner
  • Rachel D. Miller
    Rachel D. Miller
    Managing 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
    Managing Partner
  • Doug Usher
    Doug Usher
    Partner
  • W. Ryan Welch
    W. Ryan Welch
    Partner
  • Zachary W. Williams
    Zachary W. Williams
    Managing Partner
  • Tiffany N. Adams
    Tiffany N. Adams
    Senior Vice President
  • Todd Benjamin
    Todd Benjamin
    Senior Vice President
  • Britton T. Burdick
    Britton T. Burdick
    Analyst
  • Emilie Carinha
    Emilie Carinha
    Senior Analyst
  • Andrew Conlin
    Andrew Conlin
    Director
  • Amanda Crumley
    Amanda Crumley
    Of Counsel
  • Jane Diegel
    Jane Diegel
    Senior Analyst
  • Meghan DiMuzio
    Meghan DiMuzio
    Vice President
  • Paul Dioguardi
    Paul Dioguardi
    Senior Vice President
  • Kristina Dunklin
    Kristina Dunklin
    Vice President
  • Kris Durmer
    Kris Durmer
    Of Counsel
  • Elizabeth Gonzalez
    Elizabeth Gonzalez
    Director
  • Heather Greenaway
    Heather Greenaway
    Vice President
  • Kahla Haber-Brown
    Kahla Haber-Brown
    Analyst
  • Hubert “Buck” Humphrey
    Hubert “Buck” Humphrey
  • Kate Jahries
    Kate Jahries
    Senior Analyst
  • Elizabeth Kapolka
    Elizabeth Kapolka
    Analyst
  • Ronja Kleinholz
    Ronja Kleinholz
    Analyst
  • Max Mandich
    Max Mandich
    Associate
  • Nick Martin
    Nick Martin
    Director
  • Katie McCracken
    Katie McCracken
    Events Assistant
  • Francesca McCrary
    Francesca McCrary
    Vice President
  • Connor McKay
    Connor McKay
    Director
  • Davey McKissick
    Davey McKissick
    Director
  • Christopher Memenza
    Christopher Memenza
    Director
  • Jeanne T. Moran
    Jeanne T. Moran
    Director
  • Sabine Neschke
    Sabine Neschke
    Analyst
  • Charnelle Pinkett
    Charnelle Pinkett
    Associate
  • 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
    Senior Vice President
  • Savannah Stockly
    Savannah Stockly
    Assistant
  • Jennifer Swanson Prince
    Jennifer Swanson Prince
    Of Counsel
  • Megan Taylor
    Megan Taylor
    Vice President
  • Ryan Taylor
    Ryan Taylor
    Vice President
  • Yaw Thompson
    Yaw Thompson
    Assistant
  • Paula Thrasher
    Paula Thrasher
    Director
  • Dorothy Walsh
    Dorothy Walsh
    Of Counsel
  • Trey Webster
    Trey Webster
    Manager
  • Derrick M. White
    Derrick M. White
    Senior Vice President
  • Kelley Williams
    Kelley Williams
    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 resources and outdoor recreation government affairs practice, representing nonprofits, corporations and trade associations on policy related to natural resource conservation, public lands, marine fisheries, agricultural land, tax, trade, and appropriations issues. Mr. Cooper leverages his extensive network in DC to connect clients with the right people on Capitol Hill and in pertinent federal agencies and guide them in delivering messages and creating conversations that produce meaningful results.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Mr. Cooper served as President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP). TRCP, a groundbreaking coalition of the nation’s premier hunting, fishing, and conservation organizations, was founded to give the sportsman-conservationist voice greater resonance in federal policymaking. Throughout his nearly eight years at TRCP, both as CEO and as Vice President for Policy and Communications, Mr. Cooper helped 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.

Mr. Cooper’s 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 Capitol 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.

Mr. Cooper utilizes his background in issue advocacy and journalism to blend effective lobbying, broader advocacy, and collaboration with third party organizations to achieve positive policy and legislative results for clients.

Mr. Cooper currently serves on the Board of Directors of TRCP, and of the Western Landowners Alliance (WLA).

An alumnus of Denison University, Mr. Cooper 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
Managing 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.

Tessa Gould
Partner

Tessa Gould is a Partner at FTP. As Partner, Gould leads client strategy across a variety of industries, utilizing her leadership and campaign experience, specifically her understanding of rural and moderate political dynamics as part of the broader national conversation.

She previously served as Chief of Staff to former United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. In that post, she served as the Chief advisor to the Senator on the day-to-day operations of a congressional office with over 50 employees, operating in Washington, D.C., Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Bismarck and Dickinson, ND. Tessa was responsible for overseeing office-wide strategic planning resource allocation and the daily activities of all political, legislative, press and scheduling operations.

Prior to being named Chief of Staff, Tessa managed Heitkamp’s successful 2012 race for North Dakota’s open Senate seat. Tessa previously managed seven successful congressional campaigns and served as Chief of Staff to former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD). She also worked with former Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), former Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) and former House Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO).

Tessa has dedicated her professional career to advancing public policy important to agriculture, rural economic development, tribal issues and children’s health.

Tessa currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Jamestown and on the Board of Democratic GAIN. She volunteers with a variety of local charities including the YWCA Girls on the Run program, the United Way, the Ronald McDonald House and Big Brother/Big Sister programs.

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.

Ryan McConaghy
Partner

Ryan McConaghy brings nearly two decades of high-level strategy, messaging, and policy making experience to Forbes Tate Partners. As a Partner helping to lead and expand the firm’s public affairs practice, he uses a diverse skill set honed in Congress, on the campaign trail, and in the think tank community to guide successful advocacy efforts and help clients navigate Capitol Hill.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, McConaghy was a senior advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, helping to shape policy development and issue strategy. While leading the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center (DPCC), he built and directed campaigns integrating policy analysis, legislative action, media outreach, public opinion research, rapid response, and stakeholder engagement on topics including economic policy, budget and tax, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and immigration reform, among others. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Democratic Secretary, counseling senators on how to use the rules and precedents of the Senate to accomplish their goals.

Previously, McConaghy served as the Director of the Economic Program at Third Way, where he helped to guide the organization’s efforts on an array of issues tied to economic growth and middle-class success. In that role he organized public forums, and often appeared on national media outlets to represent the organization’s views and comment on political matters. He was also able to successfully engage members of Congress, resulting in several policy proposals being introduced as legislation and enacted.

Mr. McConaghy has also served as Legislative Director for Representative John Hall and worked in the office of Senator Charles Schumer as the Legislative Assistant overseeing energy policy, national defense issues, foreign affairs, and agriculture. In those roles he was able to repeatedly work with bipartisan coalitions to achieve results.

In 2006, McConaghy served as Policy Director during Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s successful campaign in Rhode Island, where he was responsible for policy briefing and development, issue research, and rapid response support.

Mr. McConaghy graduated from American University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in International Studies. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife, son, and their dog Lucky.

Rachel D. Miller
Managing 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 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
Managing 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.

Doug Usher
Partner

Doug Usher is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners.

Doug has spent the last two decades building insights that have helped change the strategic trajectory of major corporations, industry associations, and political campaigns. Combining deep expertise in opinion research, data analysis, and analytics with years of experience navigating the intersection between business goals and the political, policy, and regulatory spheres, Doug has helped build winning strategies and campaigns for clients across a broad range of industries, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

Prior to joining the FTP team, Doug worked at Purple Strategies, Widmeyer Communications, and the Mellman Group.

Doug lectures widely on the changing nature of measuring public opinion and sentiment, conducts seminars for the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Program, and has served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice. Doug has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, CNN, National Public Radio, and CBC TV in Canada for his analysis of trends in public opinion and politics. His writing has been published extensively, including in The Wall Street Journal, National Journal, The Hill, and Campaigns and Elections.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Government and Research Methodology. He was raised in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife, two kids, and their dog.

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 former 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
Managing 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.

Todd Benjamin
Senior Vice President

Todd Benjamin is a Senior Vice President at Forbes Tate Partners. He has nearly two decades of grassroots experience along with hundreds of advocacy campaigns under his belt.

Prior to working at FTP, Todd served as NextWave Advocacy’s Managing Partner, where he spearheaded strategy and day-to-day program implementation at the company.

Previously, Todd was a partner at DDC Public Affairs. As Vice President of Field Operations, Todd directed initiatives in diverse areas such as defense, transportation, health care, immigration reform, social security reform, cap and trade, international trade, and tax policy – every state in the nation with his work.

Todd’s expertise in field operations was fostered at Direct Impact, where he headed the company’s telephone outreach center. His key influential and constituent mobilizations touched health care, defense, siting issues, international trade, telecommunications reform, and legal reform.

Early career highlights include the Forbes 2000 campaign, for which Todd served as Regional Director and candidate aide, as well as field initiative coordination for former Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ-11). Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Drew University.

 

Britton T. Burdick
Analyst

Britton T. Burdick is an Analyst on the public affairs team at Forbes Tate Partners. He joined the firm in March 2019.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Britton was a political organizer for the League of Conservation Voters, where he focused on renewable energy, ballot initiatives, and coalition building. He also engaged in grassroots organizing for Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s historic victory as the first Democrat to win an Arizona Senate seat since 1976.

Before his involvement in electoral politics, Britton worked for several academic research centers and humanitarian non-profit organizations. In this capacity he conducted foreign policy research and analysis on issues including international trade, sustainable development, humanitarian intervention, and civil-military relations.

Britton is a native of Healdsburg, California, and spent over a decade studying and living in New York City where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, from New York University. A proud Johnian, he also holds a Master of Philosophy in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge.

 

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.

Jane Diegel
Senior Analyst

Jane is a Senior Analyst at Forbes Tate Partners.

Prior to moving to Washington, Jane served as Communications Manager at the Michigan House of Representatives where she handled press operations for up to eight state representatives and several committee chairs. While there, Jane took a special interest in criminal justice reform issues and worked to create aggressive and successful communications plans, namely Michigan’s sweeping civil asset forfeiture reform legislation. Before that, Jane got her start in communications as a spokesperson for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, speaking at auto shows across the country.

Since moving to Washington in 2016, Jane has worked mostly on financial services, telecommunications and trade issues at a boutique lobbying firm where she served as an associate and Business Roundtable where she assisted both the Government Affairs and Communications teams.

Jane was born and raised in Oakland County, Michigan. A former competitive figure skater, she still enjoys skating and staying active. She is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Communication Studies.

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.

Kristina Dunklin
Vice President

Kristina Dunklin is a Vice President at Forbes Tate Partners.

Previously, she served as the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN). In this role, Kristina oversaw the Congresswoman’s legislative agenda, with an emphasis on her health portfolio as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health.

Prior to joining Congresswoman Brooks’ office, Kristina worked for former Congressman David G. Valadao (R-CA) for over five years. In Mr. Valadao’s office, Kristina managed the Congressman’s House Committee on Appropriations work, primarily focusing on agriculture, health, energy, trade, and water policy.

Kristina got her start in politics interning for her hometown member, Congressman Devin G. Nunes (R-CA). She has been actively engaged in Republican politics for nearly a decade, having volunteered for local, state, and Congressional races in California, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Kristina is originally from Fresno, California and attended Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, California, where she received a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Communications.

Kris Durmer
Of Counsel

Kris E. Durmer is Of Counsel at Forbes Tate.

Since 2017, Kris has been a principal with Durmer Solutions, LLC, a Washington, DC based consulting firm. As a versatile senior executive, attorney, and advisor, Durmer provides results-oriented services in government property and procurement, crisis management, politics, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mediation.

From 2009-2017, Durmer served as General Counsel for the multi-billion-dollar U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, DC. In that role, he oversaw all legal affairs of GSA, including management of over 160 personnel in 12 offices across the United States with an annual budget of approximately $30 million. He advised the Administrator and other agency officials on all areas of the agency’s mission, including contracting, acquisitions, real estate, construction, IT, litigation, personnel and labor relations, travel and transportation, ethics, and GSA fleet.

An attorney by profession, Durmer has decades of experience as a litigator in state and federal courts and has served on boards of many national and local organizations. He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Kris entered private practice in New Hampshire in 1979, and for the 11 years prior to joining GSA was a founding partner and director of Smith-Weiss, Shepard & Durmer, PC, in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Durmer was a presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of Sallie Mae, serving as Vice Chair in 1997 and Acting Chair from 1997-98. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart University, and the Board of the Nashua Home Health and Hospice Care Agency. From 1982-2000, he was a Commissioner of the Nashua Housing Authority.

Durmer also has extensive political experience at both the state and local levels. He was a volunteer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2016 and worked on former President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. Durmer served as National Senior Political Advisor to Joe Lieberman’s presidential campaign and as Al Gore’s New Hampshire Legal Counsel during his 2000 presidential campaign. He has also served as the Finance Chair for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

Durmer received both his BA and JD degrees from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and currently serves on the Board of the UNH Alumni Association. Kris is a veteran of the New Hampshire Army National Guard.

He and his wife, Lynda, live in Washington, DC, and have three adult children and four grandchildren.

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.

Heather Greenaway
Vice President

Heather Greenaway is a Vice President at Forbes Tate Partners.

Heather manages public affairs campaigns for a variety of clients including Fortune 100 corporations, major associations, and trade organizations. Heather serves as a strategic partner to clients and leads the execution of integrated efforts that combine activities ranging from interactive and earned media campaigns to field operations and coalition building nationwide.

Before joining FTP, Heather was a vice president at DDC Public Affairs overseeing their campaign management team, leading national coalition and public affairs campaigns. Prior to the private sector, Heather served on the staff of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Throughout the last twenty years, Heather has worked on various state political races in Florida, leading press efforts dating back to the 2000 Presidential election.

Heather is a board member of the Claude Pepper Foundation in Tallahassee, FL and is a graduate of Florida State University where she studied political science.

Heather lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and four children.

Kahla Haber-Brown
Analyst

Kahla Haber-Brown is an Analyst on the public affairs team.

Prior to joining FTP, Kahla interned for various organizations in Florida, gaining experience in research, non-profit management, think tank strategy, and political campaign work. She also served as a non-profit consultant focused on organizational strategic planning and public engagement.

Kahla grew up in Jupiter, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Digital Media and Communication Studies, earning a double major in Media/Communications Studies and Interdisciplinary Social Science with concentrations in Public Administration and Social Entrepreneurship.

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.

Ronja Kleinholz
Analyst

Ronja Kleinholz is an Analyst in the Public Affairs department.

Prior to joining FTP, she interned for various organizations in DC including Rational 360 and the Business Initiative for Health Policy. Most recently, Ronja interned at BerlinRosen, where she assisted with daily media monitoring, media outreach, and research for a wide range of clients.

Ronja grew up in Germany, England, and Arizona. She graduated from American University in 2018 with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Philosophy.

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.

 

Katie McCracken
Events Assistant

Katie McCracken is an Events Assistant on the Operations team. In this capacity, she coordinates the firm’s events, provides direct support to managing partners, and assists with day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Ms. McCracken worked as a consultant in the financial services industry, providing environmental, social, and governance solutions to the world’s largest asset management firms.

Most recently, she worked in the International Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she assisted executive leadership with events, operations, and public policy research.

Outside of Forbes Tate, Ms. McCracken assists DC-based non-profit organizations primarily focused on health care and the arts with events, digital branding, and social media management.

Ms. McCracken is originally from New Jersey and graduated from American University in 2017 with a degree in International Affairs with minors in Economics and Public Relations.

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
Director

Connor McKay is a Director 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
Director

Davey McKissick is a 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.

Christopher Memenza
Director

Christopher Memenza is the Director of Information Technology at Forbes Tate Partners, managing the direction and overall IT strategy of the firm.

Prior to joining FTP, Mr. Memenza worked as a Solutions Architect at a Microsoft partner, New Signature, in Washington, D.C. While there, Mr. Memenza helped develop go to market strategies around Microsoft IT initiatives and developed key relationships with third party vendors critical to New Signature’s sales strategy.

Before becoming a Solutions Architect, Mr. Memenza worked as senior Managed Services consultant at New Signature. This provided him with a platform to familiarize himself with the IT needs of growing businesses within the DC region as well as management experience in mentoring junior consultants in both customer advocacy and technological development.

Interested in technology from a very young age, Christopher has worked in the technology space for over 12 years. Christopher was born in Gaithersburg, MD and has lived in some part of the DMV area for all of his life. He currently resides in Herndon, VA with his wife, two dogs, and electric car.

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. 

Sabine Neschke
Analyst

Sabine Neschke is an Analyst in the Public Affairs department.

Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Sabine completed a fellowship at Anheuser-Busch, supporting the company’s political operations teams. She also worked on Rufus Gifford’s political campaign in Massachusetts and has interned at multiple communications firms in DC, including Subject Matter and Keybridge Communications. Most recently, Sabine was an intern at Forbes Tate Partners assisting the public affairs department in conducting research, drafting press releases, op-eds, and social media content.

Sabine grew up in Harvard, Massachusetts. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Government and a minor in Economics. She was a Division I athlete on the Women’s Rowing team and published her first book, The Nerdy Martini: Where Passion Meets STEM.

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.

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
Senior 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.

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.

Megan Taylor
Vice President

Megan Taylor is a Vice President at Forbes Tate Partners. She has nearly a decade of experience that includes serving in senior leadership roles for members in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and advising highly competitive congressional campaigns in Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.

Most recently, Megan served as U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s (R-NV) communications director and as U.S. Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) press secretary. While working for senators on the U.S. Senate Committees on Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, and Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Megan developed a keen understanding of policies related to tax, energy, transportation, and telecommunications. She also gained experience navigating crises that attracted national, sustained media attention.

Prior to working in the U.S. Senate, Megan served as the communications director for congressional races in Virginia and Ohio, and worked for U.S. Representative Jim Renacci (R-OH) and U.S. Representative Robert Hurt (R-VA).

Megan also has experience working on grassroots initiatives and major advocacy campaigns. She began her career at a public affairs firm where she had the opportunity to lead press events with elected officials in multiple states as part of an award-winning campaign.

Megan received her Master of Arts in Communications from Johns Hopkins University and she graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

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.

Dorothy Walsh
Of Counsel

Dorothy Walsh brings more than 20 years of experience in political campaigns and federal relations to Forbes Tate Partners.

Prior to joining FTP, Dorothy was President of D & D Strategies, LLC, a lobbying consulting company. Dorothy also served as Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Senator Bill Nelson. She acted as a liaison to the Senator on legislative matters affecting large employers, especially issues before the Committees on Commerce and Finance. Dorothy also led the effort for the Senator’s legacy work including overseeing archiving and site selection for his liaison to historical record.

Before joining Senator Nelson’s team, Dorothy was Vice President – Congressional Relations and External Affairs for Qwest Communications. There, she worked on issues related to telecommunications, corporate taxes, and spectrum issues, and led company efforts on messaging for grassroots outreach. Dorothy was also the Executive Director for Federal Relations for Ameritech Corporation where, she worked with Congress and the White House regarding the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and helped prepare the company for their merger with SBC. Dorothy has also organized volunteer activities for federal and state candidates.

Dorothy attended San Diego State University and serves as Board Member of the Anne Arundel County Women’s Giving Circle. She also enjoys boating on the Chesapeake Bay, where she currently lives.

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.

Mr. White came to FTP from the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), where he was a member of the Federal Government Relations team from 2012 to 2015. At BIO, Mr. White led the organization’s engagement with Republican Senators, their staffs, and Committee staffs. Mr. White also played a central role in BIO’s efforts on reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V) via the Food and Drug Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), the Drug Quality and Security Act, patent reform, 340B reform, biodefense, and vaccines. Mr. White also led BIO’s efforts on the 21st Century Cures legislation, patent reform legislation, and preparations associated with the next reauthorization of PDUFA (PDUFA VI).

Previously, as an independent consultant, Mr. White advised and represented the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and other biopharmaceutical companies on the legislative deliberations on both the Affordable Care Act of 2009 and the America Invents Act of 2011.

Mr. White’s independent role followed his work as a member of the Federal Government Relations team at PhRMA from 2001 to 2009. Mr. White worked on a broad range of issues, including Medicare, Medicaid, the reauthorizations of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA III and IV, FDAAA), the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, 340B reform, biodefense, patents, and vaccines. While at PhRMA, 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 Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit for seniors.

Mr. White served on the state, DC, and Judiciary Committee staffs of former U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), recent Chairman of the Finance Committee and senior member of the HELP and Judiciary Committees, from 1996 to 2001. While with Chairman Hatch, Mr. White covered issues in health care, defense, and trade. At the time of his departure from the Chairman’s staff, he was serving as Deputy Communications Director.

Mr. White, a lifelong Republican, has been active in the Party and campaigns since college. He worked on Senator Hatch’s 2000, 2006 and 2012 re-election campaigns and also participated in numerous other campaign activities, including the NRSC Special Teams program for Senators Thune (2004), Burns (2006), and Toomey’s (2010) Senate races.

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

Kelley Williams
Senior Vice President

Kelley Williams is a Senior Vice President at Forbes Tate Partners.

Previously, Kelley was Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). In this position, she served as MBA’s lead Democratic lobbyist for the House of Representatives. She lobbied on real estate investment trust issues, GSE reform legislation, flood insurance, High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) loans, regulatory relief, and other issues important to the real estate finance industry.

Before her position at MBA, Williams was Director of Government Affairs at The Hartford where she lobbied on insurance issues for the company. Prior to that, she was the Manager of Government Affairs at the American Land Title Association, where she split her duties between direct lobbying on association issues and managing the operations of the association’s political action committee. She was also a government affairs associate at KPMG LLP.

Williams received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Political Science from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband.