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Senior Team

PETER J. BERRY, CAE

pberry@hillstaffer.com

Peter Berry serves as Managing Director of HillStaffer. Mr. Berry is an association executive who brings over 34 years of leadership experience to HillStaffer clients. As both a former Chief Staff Officer and as president of an international association management company, Mr. Berry deepens HillStaffer’s existing representation of not-for-profit and association clients.

Mr. Berry is a seasoned leader with expertise in operational, structural, and policy issues that challenge associations today. His experience, vision, and expertise in multiple sectors enable HillStaffer clients to better understand how to allocate resources efficiently while managing successful and effective government relations efforts. Having created, managed, and then sold a business with 60 employees, Mr. Berry brings a unique understanding and perspective on the issues that challenge this sector.

Prior to HillStaffer Mr. Berry served as President of Association Resources, an association management company that managed U.S. and international associations in multiple sectors including education, healthcare, law enforcement, and general business. Mr. Berry served as the Chief Staff Officer for two international associations, and has developed a particular expertise managing legislative Fly-Ins, including coordinating Hill Appointments, hotel, meeting, transportation, and other logistical support. Mr. Berry has served as the Chief Staff Officer for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International League Against Epilepsy..

Mr. Berry is involved in numerous volunteer leadership efforts as well. He is currently Vice Chair of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) International Section Council. He is active in the Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA) where is serves on the Awards Committee and on the Government & Advocacy Committee for the Capital Chapter.

Mr. Berry is a former member of the ASAE Public Policy Committee, Chairman of the Connecticut Convention and Sports Bureau, a former Connecticut State University System trustee, and was an elected delegate from Connecticut to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business.

A native of Connecticut, Mr. Berry earned an M.S. in Criminal Justice at Northeastern University and a B.A. in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University. He is married and has two grown children.

 

JUDITH A. BLANCHARD

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Judith Blanchard serves as Director of HillStaffer and focuses on Federal relations within the oil & gas, energy, and environmental sectors. Ms. Blanchard brings HillStaffer and its clients a unique combination of Capitol Hill, Federal agency, and private sector experience. She is a recognized energy, environmental and technology expert with over 30 years of experience developing public policy along with legislative and regulatory strategy and advocacy.

Most recently, Ms. Blanchard worked for the Chevron Corporation as Manager of Federal Relations. She managed a broad range of critical policy, legislative and regulatory issues for the company including domestic energy development, hydraulic fracturing and shale issues, advanced biofuels development, technology, and cyber security. In addition, she managed numerous environmental issues including climate change, Superfund, RCRA, Clean Air, Clean Water, TRI and enforcement issues. Prior to Chevron, Ms. Blanchard worked for Pennzoil managing environmental issues. She successfully advocated before Congress and the Administration including the White House, OMB, EPA, DOE and DHS.

Ms. Blanchard is an experienced strategist and has worked with senior executives to identify emerging issues and opportunities for business development with the Federal government. In addition, she has led several industry coalitions, served on multiple EPA task forces, directed high profile company events, and designed and implemented strategies with numerous trade associations, including the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Ms. Blanchard has over 10 years of public sector experience, most recently in the U.S. House of Representatives as Deputy Staff Director for the Government Reform and Oversight Committee. In this role, she helped manage and organize the work and staff of the 52-member Congressional committee along with managing numerous oversight hearings and passage of regulatory reform legislation. Prior to working in Congress, Ms. Blanchard worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Congressional Liaison in the Office of the Administrator. She was responsible for advocating agency positions and developing legislative strategies for the Clean Air Act, RCRA, and appropriations legislation. Ms. Blanchard received numerous awards for her outstanding service, including the Inspector General’s Citation for Excellence. She began her career as a Presidential Management Intern, a two-year competitively-selected Federal management training program.

Ms. Blanchard is a native of Southern California and earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she was honored with a Title IX Public Service Fellowship (full scholarship); and an Executive Certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University.

 

WILLIAM BUCKLEY

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Bill Buckley serves as Director of HillStaffer, and focuses his attention on grassroots and state level initiatives.  Mr. Buckley is a government relations veteran who brings vast management, public affairs, communications, and lobbying experience to HillStaffer and its clients.

Over his 30-year career, Mr. Buckley has managed grassroots, lobbying, and communications initiatives in the healthcare, transportation, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and chemical sectors throughout the Untied States.  During that time he has worked with hundreds of state and local elected officials and directed teams of more than 100 lobbyists advocating for various business interests.

Mr. Buckley served as a Principal at Direct Impact, the premier innovative grassroots firm.  He created the state government affairs division at the Chemical Manufacturers Association, now the American Chemistry Council.  Mr. Buckley has also served as the director of public affairs at Eastman Kodak, director at the Brunswick Group and began his career as a lobbyist for Warner Lambert.  Mr. Buckley is a former member of the Board of Directors at both the State Government Affairs Council and the Washington Area State Relations Group.

Mr. Buckley earned a Bachelors of Science degree in marketing from Ferris State University, and a certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government from the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Buckley and his wife live in Falls Church, Va.

 

ANNE DESETA DARCONTE, CAE

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Anne DeSeta DarConte serves as Senior Director of HillStaffer. Ms. DarConte has more than 30 years of federal, state, and local government relations experience and advises clients on strategic advocacy initiatives including messaging, grassroots and grass tops advocacy, Hill Days, advocacy training, and community outreach. Ms. DarConte’s successful programs have been recommended as models of best practices, and she is often called upon to speak at industry conferences and at universities.

Prior to HillStaffer Ms. DarConte managed a 50-state coalition in the accounting profession, responsible for all advocacy efforts including legislative and regulatory matters, outreach priorities, stakeholder relationships with national and state-based organizations, and support for ad hoc state government relations initiatives. Previously Ms. DarConte served as the Director of Outreach for a 500-member energy trade association, where she created that association’s outreach program. She has also served as Director of Grassroots for a $125MM trade association, responsible for all aspects of the organization’s grassroots inititaives and Get Out The Vote program, resulting in web traffic increases of 94.5% and 103.5%, respectively. Ms. DarConte began her career in the Florida House of Representatives, where she served as a Senior Legislative Analyst in the Committee on Commerce.

Ms. DarConte is Vice Chair of the Government Relations Section Council for ASAE, and recently attained her CAE credential. An active leader with various women’s organizations over the years, she is a Co-Founder of the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference and Excellence in Advocacy Awards, as well as a former Board Member of Women in Government Relations and PLEN, the Public Leadership Education Network. In March 2016, PLEN honored Ms. DarConte with the Mentor Award for her outstanding service to the organization as well as her impact on public policy and role in women’s leadership.

Ms. DarConte earned a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, from Goucher College. She and her husband Bruce, both native New Yorkers, are active in serving their local DC community and enjoy the dynamic, cultural life that city living offers.

 

JOANNE BERRY FAULKNER

jfaulkner@hillstaffer.com

Joanne Faulkner serves as a Senior Director for HillStaffer, and brings over 20 years of foreign affairs, appropriations, grants, and foreign governance democracy program experience to HillStaffer and its clients through work on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, and with USAID (United States Agency for International Development). Ms. Faulkner advises international clients on a variety of appropriations, advocacy, education, and strategic matters.

Ms. Faulkner is a former Foreign Affairs Officer with the United States Department of State, where she was the lead policy officer on Iraq at Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and managed several hundred million dollars in democracy and governance programs while overseeing all NEA proposals for Quick Response Funding (QRF), including regular/supplemental funding requests for FY 2008, 2009 and 2010. While at the State Department Ms. Faulkner also served as a Grant Awards Facilitator, with oversight of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) programs in 16 Middle Eastern countries and responsibility for education and women’s empowerment matters.

Ms. Faulkner has also worked with IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems), where she coordinated Middle East North Africa (MENA) projects in the West Bank/Gaza and Lebanon and had responsibility for donor interest in new projects in Tonga, Fiji and Samoan Islands. In addition, she served as an advisor to The Burka Foundation, representing the organization at Foreign Operations Appropriations Advocacy meetings of MFAN (Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network) as well as USAID.

Ms. Faulkner began her career as a Legislative Assistant with Senator Paul Sarbanes, and a Legislative Aide at the United States Senate, Senate Foreign Relations Committee where she provided oversight of foreign aid programs.

Mr. Faulkner earned a Masters Degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, and a Bachelors Degree in Government, Politics and International Relations from the University of Maryland, where she was a Deans List Scholar.

 

JOEL KASSIDAY

jkassiday@hillstaffer.com

Joel Kassiday serves as Vice President of HillStaffer and leads strategy development and senior advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and within Federal agencies. Mr. Kassiday is a Capitol Hill veteran who brings an insider’s perspective and vast public affairs expertise to HillStaffer and its clients.

Prior to HillStaffer, Mr. Kassiday spent three decades on Capitol Hill as a top aide to four U.S. House members and two U.S. senators. Mr. Kassiday was Chief of Staff for former Representatives Elton Gallegy of California, Rick Lazio of New York and Hank Brown of Colorado, and also served as Brown’s Administrative Assistant in the U.S. Senate. In addition Mr. Kassiday was Press Secretary to former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and former Rep. James P. Johnson of Colorado. During his career Mr. Kassiday served on the staff of the House Budget Committee and the House International Relations Committee.

In 1985, Mr. Kassiday received the American Rivers Conservation Council Congressional Staff Award for his work in passing legislation creating Colorado’s first wild and scenic river. Working with the House Ways and Means staff, he helped with House welfare reform efforts, resulting in passage of Family Assistance Act of 1988; put together a coalition of media, conservatives and environmentalists that started the effort that eventually resulted in the repeal of the Synthetic Fuels Corporation; assisted in the successful effort to help obtain the release of U.S. hostage Thomas Sutherland from Lebanon (1985 – 1991), including traveling twice to Middle East to meet with top officials of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen; and, played a direct role in the Senate Foreign Relations Terrorism Subcommittee’s investigation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).

In addition to his accomplishments on Capitol Hill, Mr. Kassiday has been a lobbyist for some of the largest firms in the world as Legislative Director at Liz Robbins Associates, including the H. J. Heinz Company, Thomson Corporation, Reed Elsevier and its Lexis-Nexis subsidiary; and, worked as congressional affairs director at the non-profit Republican Jewish Coalition. Mr. Kassiday began his career as an award-winning journalist after graduating with “high distinction” and Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado State University.

Mr. Kassiday and his wife, an internationally known artist with work in museums and other major collections, live in Kensington, Md.

 

MICHAEL LEWAN

mlewan@hillstaffer.com

Michael Lewan serves as Managing Director of HillStaffer. With four decades of Capitol Hill experience as a Senior Staff member and government affairs advocate, Mr. Lewan has substantial expertise in legislative affairs and close relationships in both the House and Senate.

Mr. Lewan has assisted numerous Senate and House members in their reelection efforts and has played an important role in the work of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Leadership Council. He was a founder of the New Democratic Coalition, the Senate Mod Squad and the Third Way. Mr. Lewan is an acknowledged leader in the moderate Democratic movement. In 1994 President Bill Clinton named Mr. Lewan Chairman of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, which oversees cultural, religious and historic monuments and memorials of significance to Americans who trace their roots to Central and Eastern Europe.

Prior to HillStaffer Mr. Lewan served as president of The Michael Lewan Company, and represented a wide cross section of Fortune 500 companies and trade associations including Travelers Insurance, Guardian Insurance, The Phoenix Companies, Oracle Corporation, Idaho Power, Mutual of Omaha, Medtronic, The National Association of Dental Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and United Concordia (Highmark). Prior to The Lewan Company, Mr. Lewan served as Founding Principal in the Washington, DC office of international law firm Brown Rudnick.

While on Capitol Hill, Mr. Lewan served as Chief of Staff to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut. He also was a Senior Advisor to Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Senator Joseph Lieberman, and as an Advisor to Senator Lieberman in the 2004 Presidential Primary campaign. Prior to that, Mr. Lewan served as Chief of Staff to Representative Stephen Solarz of New York for 13 years.

Mr. Lewan has extensive public speaking, television, and radio experience including serving as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, and Radio America; lecturer in political science and public policy at the Maxwell School of Public Policy, Syracuse University; co-host of the weekly radio program “Talking Politics” on the Radio America Network; and lecturer at the Library of Congress, the Brookings Institute, and numerous other university forums, corporate boards and trade associations.

In addition to his accomplishments in the private and public sectors, Mr. Lewan was awarded the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit, by President Aleksander Kwasnievski of Poland (the highest honor Poland confers to a foreign citizen), in recognition of his successful work to improve Polish-American and Jewish-Christian relations. He was named “Man of the Year” by the Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture in 1999.

Mr. Lewan’s past and present professional affiliations include Member, Board of Trustees, Freedom House; Chair, Board of Advisors Bernard Baruch School of Public Affairs (CUNY); Chair, Board of Advisors, Maxwell School of Public Policy at Syracuse University; Member, Board of Trustees, Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation; and Clinical Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

 

PETER MIRIJANIAN

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Peter Mirijanian serves as Senior Advisor of HillStaffer. He also serves as the founder and president of PMPA. Mr. Mrijanian has over 25 years of experience leading public relations, media relations, and crisis & litigation communications campaigns for Fortune 500 corporations, international trade associations, and law firms. Mr. Mirijanian’s primary focus is on national media and includes a variety of high profile matters including class action lawsuits, proposed corporate mergers, international trade disputes, casino gaming and public health issues with particular emphasis in the consumer affairs, telecom, financial services, and healthcare sectors.

Utilizing decade-long relationships with the national press corps, Mr. Mirijanian has initiated and managed media coverage and editorials that have appeared in national outlets, including The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, Telecommunications Daily, Politico, RCR Wireless News, Wireless Week, and Fierce Wireless, along with the broadcast networks. He has also devised and executed media tours, editorial board meetings and talk radio campaigns for clients in markets across the country.

Mr. Mirijanian has worked with clients including Verizon, Lifeline Connects, Catholic Television Network, Broadway League, Motorola, Verizon, FedEx, FBR, Travelocity.com, Clean Energy Fuels, PhRMA, BIO, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and the Merchants Payments Coalition, among others. He has managed litigation cases at the law firms of Chadbourne & Parke, Arnold & Porter, Sidley & Austin, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Venable LLP, Holland & Knight and Williams & Connolly. He also managed the media inquiries and served as spokesperson for attorney Jack Quinn who represented Marc Rich in his pardon appeal to former President Clinton.

Mr. Mirijanian is a crisis communications commentator in national publications, and for NBC’s Today Show, The FOX NEWS Channel, MSNBC, including “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, and CNBC’s Power Lunch and Closing Bell. Previously, he worked in corporate advocacy as a Senior Counselor at Powell Tate, and led non-profit media campaigns while at Fenton Communications. He served on the national advance staffs of the Dukakis/Bentsen ‘88 campaign, Clinton/Gore ‘92 and ‘96 campaigns as well as the Gore/Lieberman 2000 campaign, and has traveled internationally in that capacity for President Clinton and Vice President Gore.

Mr. Mirijanian graduated magna cum laude from Drew University and earned a Master of Arts in Public Policy [M.P.P.] from Georgetown University.

 

PETER MOLINARO

pmolinaro@hillstaffer.com

Peter Molinaro serves as Senior Advisor of HillStaffer. Mr. Molinaro is a corporate veteran who brings over 37 years of public and private sector experience in the fields of public policy and public affairs.

Prior to HillStaffer, Mr. Molinaro served as Vice President, North America Government Affairs for the Dow Chemical Company, responsible for U.S. federal and state, and Canada government affairs professionals and advocacy management for the company. In addition, Mr. Molinaro had responsibility for directing and maintaining relationships with national political, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and leading the company’s advocacy efforts on all U.S. energy and climate change policies.

Mr. Molinaro offers vision, experience and creativity in multiple areas for HillStaffer clients, including advocacy strategy; federal, state and local issues management; lobbying; community relations; policy analysis and development; organizational design and development; non-traditional stakeholder and activist engagement; and, design of multi-faceted advocacy campaigns. Given his multinational experience, Mr. Molinaro’s areas of issues expertise are broad and include energy, natural gas, petrochemicals, Export-Import bank, public/private financing, petrochemicals, building codes and energy efficiency, climate change policy, regulatory reform, chemical safety and security, taxation and international trade.

Prior to joining Dow, Mr. Molinaro served as Assistant Director of Government Affairs for Union Carbide Corporation, having first joined the company as Manager of Community Affairs and, subsequently, serving as Regional Manager of Public Affairs at which time he was responsible for state government relations in the northeast.

Mr. Molinaro is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, a member of The Business-Government Relations Council, and is a past vice-chairman of the Public Affairs Council and Chairman of the Federal Government Affairs Committee of the American Chemistry Council. He earned a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of Hartford and a bachelor’s degree in political science (B.A.) from Central Connecticut State University.

A native of Danbury, Connecticut, Mr. Molinaro is married with two daughters and currently resides in Oakton, Virginia.

 

MICHAEL PARR

mparr@hillstaffer.com

Michael Parr is a Managing Director of HillStaffer, where he leads public policy and corporate strategic issues initiatives for both NPOs and for-profit entities. Michael has nearly 35 years of experience in the energy and chemical sector within Fortune 500 chemical companies developing effective solutions to complex energy, environmental, sustainability and technology challenges. Most recently, Michael served as Senior Manager of Government Affairs for E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company, where he has garnered extensive grants and incentives experience, with numerous relationships with US Congress, White House, and business and NGO stakeholders.

Michael, has broad technical expertise in fossil and clean energy production; consumption and efficiency; greenhouse gas emissions production and mitigation; refrigeration and ozone depleting substances; air, water and waste regulation; toxic substances; science and technology. While at DuPont, Michael has secured over $120M in R&D and pilot facility grants, and represented the company before Congress, White House, Administrative Agencies and other stakeholders on energy, environment, sustainability, science and technology policies.

Michael has worked closely with DOE, EPA, and CEQ on new refrigerant product approvals, testing, and policy, is experienced negotiating IP rights with DOE and ARPA-E, and successfully advocated for inclusion of advanced manufacturing investment tax credits in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He has served on Bipartisan Policy Council’s Energy Task Force that developed comprehensive energy strategy recommendations for the incoming Congress and Administration after the 2012 elections, and is a Founding member of US Climate Action Partnership.

Michael is a former seismologist, developing technical requirements and supervised geophysical data collection for oil and gas exploration, and a former environmental consultant providing technical expertise on water supply and soil and groundwater remediation projects. He holds a B.S. degree in Geology.

 

CHERYL JANAS REIDY

creidy@hillstaffer.com

Cheri Reidy serves as a Senior Director at HillStaffer, and utilizes 30 years of tax and budget policy experience to advise clients on a variety of financial and budgetary matters. Formerly a Staff Director at the United States Senate, Committee on Budget, Ms. Reidy is an expert in multiple finance issues including the budget process, tax reform, public debt, fiscal policy, and political strategy, and is a former Stennis Fellow (110th Congress).

Ms. Reidy advised three successive committee Chairmen/Ranking Members (Senators Pete Domenici, Don Nickles and Judd Gregg) on policy, political strategy, and developments regarding federal spending, tax policy and the congressional budget process. During that time Ms. Reidy was responsible also for managing a staff of 20 attorneys, policy and legislative analysts, and communications professionals.

During this time Ms. Reidy served as Principal staff for Sen. Judd Gregg in his role as a member of President Obama’s Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, providing analysis and insight on prior budget negotiations and agreements, reconciliation legislation, and Senate parliamentary procedures and rulings. Prior to that Ms. Reidy served as the Principal liaison with Congressional Budget Office, Office of Management and Budget, and Government Accountability Office.

Earlier in her career Md. Reidy served as a Director and Senior Analyst at the Senate Committee on Budget, and served on a three-person Budget Review team responsible for reviewing and coordinating committee budget analysts’ narratives and spreadsheets for Budget Resolution preparation. She worked in conjunction with committee counsel and Senate floor staff to enforce the Budget Act; conceived, developed, and maintained “Analysts’ Aid” for determining budget points of order; maintained and served as budget committee point of contact for Senate pay-as-you-go scorecard; and was responsible for analysis of all revenue and tax policy issues, including budget baselines, budget scorekeeping, enforcement, and reconciliation tracking.

Ms. Reidy earned an M.S. in Public Policy Analysis, and a B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. In addition, she completed coursework through the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business

 

THOMAS ROSENFIELD

trosenfield@hillstaffer.com

Thomas Rosenfield serves as President of HillStaffer. Mr. Rosenfield has extensive experience leading a variety of national initiatives for large organizations including grassroots, coalition building, Capitol Hill advocacy, and fly-ins. He currently Chairs the Government Relations Council at the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), is the past Chair of ASAE’s Government Relations Symposium, and as a Member of ASAE’s Public Policy Committee helps train all members on federal advocacy issues and for the group’s annual fly-in. Mr. Rosenfield has also served as a national Executive Committee member with the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), recognized as one of the nation’s most effective advocacy groups, and was Co-Chair of AIPAC’s Policy Conference – an annual fly-in with over 5,000 participants and one of Washington, D.C.’s premier advocacy events.

Mr. Rosenfield is known for his strong advocacy, team building, and leadership skills with a history of producing consensus among diverse stakeholders. He has led multiple initiatives for stakeholders from the public and private sectors, including highly diverse constituencies of Democrat and Republican caucuses. Through Mr. Rosenfield’s leadership HillStaffer has established expertise in key sectors including healthcare, financial services, chemicals, education, and foreign operations.

Prior to HillStaffer Mr. Rosenfield held a variety of executive positions within the financial services and real estate industries, including Managing Principal of a Schottenstein Family Office; Chief Operating Officer of The Bacon Companies, an award-winning firm responsible for developments including The Boulders and the Scottsdale Princess resorts; and President of Expansion Funds America, an investment advisory firm managing over $500 million AUM. Mr. Rosenfield began his career with Cantor Fitzgerald, working in both the firm’s New York and Los Angeles offices and ultimately directing investment activities for public-sector clients including state treasuries, state retirement systems, and municipalities.

Mr. Rosenfield is an active public speaker, and has served as a Guest Lecturer at the ASU/W.P. Carey Graduate School of Business, the ASAE Online Conference for Small Staff Associations, the ASAE Annual Event & Exposition, IMN Institutional Investor Conferences, and the Urban Land Institute.

Mr. Rosenfield earned his B.A. in economics from Haverford College, including a concentration in finance the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and J.D. from Tulane University School of Law.

 

ROBIN M. SEXTON

rsexton@hillstaffer.com

Robin Sexton serves as a Senior Advisor at HillStaffer. A well-known PAC expert, Ms. Sexton has over 25 years of experience providing political action committee management for both corporate and association clients. She is proficient in all aspects of the Federal Election Campaign Act, has a strong working relationship with the FEC, and extensive understanding of PAC management and structure issues, procedural documentation, and audit best-practices.

Ms. Sexton began to develop her expertise in the PAC industry shortly after the passage of the Federal Election Commission Act while working at Corning Incorporated. As the PAC and Grassroots Director, she was actively involved in the political community through her involvement with BIPAC, the Public Affairs Council, the US Chamber of Commerce, and Women in Government Relations. Following her position at Corning, Ms. Sexton has worked directly with some of America’s most successful companies, including Honeywell, FMC Corporation, Duke Energy, and Quest Diagnostics. Over the years, she has also provided consulting services to other PAC service providers including, Vocus, 720 Strategies, Political Action Committee Services, Aristotle, Stakeholder and Gnossos (now owned by Vocus). Through her work with these organizations, Ms. Sexton has shared her knowledge and expertise with many additional organizations, including NiSource, Exxon Mobil, Constellation Energy, Nuclear Energy Institute, Motion Picture Association of American, CSX, Pitney Bowes and the National Right to Life.

Ms. Sexton is well-regarded by FEC staff and has acted as a liaison between clients and their analyst or FEC auditors. Using her experience, Ms. Sexton developed an audit process for PACs that takes into account both the financial aspect of the PAC, as well as the FEC requirements and the processes related to them. She works with organizations to provide documentation of their procedures as part of PAC succession planning. Ms. Sexton continues to build and maintain strong ties in the political action committee community.

A native Marylander, Ms. Sexton graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in marketing. She resides in Crofton, Maryland, with her family, and is active in her church and community.

 

SUSAN WALDEN

swalden@hillstaffer.com

Sue Walden is a Managing Director of HillStaffer, where she leads strategic legislative, public policy, and advocacy efforts for health care clients. Ms. Walden is an accomplished government relations professional with more than 30 years of public and private sector experience in the health care field. Her experience includes serving as congressional committee counsel and directing government relations for a major health care company, where she developed health care policy, built coalitions, and led major legislative initiatives. Her background includes expertise in Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement, health care quality, and health information technology, along with a decade of representing a Fortune 100 global health care company on a wide range of pharmaceutical, biologic, and medical device issues.

Prior to HillStaffer, Ms. Walden served as Health Policy Counsel to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), former Chairman/Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she developed legislation on issues including Medicare payment and delivery system reforms. Ms. Walden was responsible for developing legislative proposals in areas such as reimbursement for physicians and other health care providers, quality improvement incentives, value-based purchasing, and Medicare demonstration programs, including numerous provisions enacted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Previously, Ms. Walden served as Health Policy Advisor to Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), where she managed an active legislative agenda and advised the Senator on Medicare and Medicaid issues affecting hospitals, physicians, post-acute care providers, and prescription drugs, including implementation of Medicare Part D.

Ms. Walden also brings significant private sector experience to HillStaffer clients. She was Director of Federal Relations for Johnson & Johnson, where she served as Washington representative and directed federal legislative affairs for company businesses that manufactured and distributed pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer products. Ms. Walden developed policy and legislative strategies and coordinated and led corporate advocacy efforts on major pharmaceutical and medical device legislation, including Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act amendments, the Medicaid rebate program, the Section 340B drug discount program, and the VA Federal Supply Schedule program.

Ms. Walden graduated with honors from the University of Georgia and earned a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.

 

ROBERT YOUNG

ryoung@hillstaffer.com

Robert Young serves as a Senior Advisor of HillStaffer, and brings over twenty-seven years of Pentagon experience and Army leadership to HillStaffer clients and leads strategic advocacy efforts with Congress and the Department of Defense on legislative affairs and appropriations matters.

A Colonel with the Army, Mr. Young’s extensive experience includes multiple leadership roles within the Pentagon, the Army Reserve, and the United States Department of State. He has served as the Chief of Institutional Training and the Director of Government Affairs at the Headquarters Department of the Army/Pentagon, as well as the Chief, Government Relations for the Headquarters Office of the Chief, Army Reserve/Pentagon, and the Executive and Legislative Branch Liaison for the Chief, Army Reserve. In these roles Mr. Young was the primary advisor to Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz and Lt. Gen. James Talley on all Congressional matters, and responsible for developing Congressional and DoD engagement strategies.

Prior to this Mr. Young served as the Chief, Legislative Liaison, for the 99th Regional Support Command/Fort Dix, NJ and was the legislative advisor to the Commanding General, 99th RSC with responsibility for all legislative and political matters. He has also served as the Deputy, Plans and Assessments at the US State Department/Office of Provincial Affairs, where he directed strategic planning for the Office of Provincial Affairs at the US Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq and oversaw 850 personnel. Earlier in his career Mr. Young was a Budget & Programming Officer with the Army Budget Office, a Company Commander (C Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Infantry, Attack Division – Cobra Helicopters), and a Congressional Fellow with Congressman Sanford D. Bishop.

Mr. Young earned a BS in Human Resource Management from the United Stated Military Academy at West Point; an MBA in Finance & Decision Systems from the University of Florida; and, a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is a Comemrcial Multi-Engine Rotary Wing Pilot, a Senior Aviator, and a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM).