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C. STEWART VERDERY, JR.

Brian Alphin

BRYAN ALPHIN

Kylie Beauregard

Britt Bepler | Monument Policy Group

BRITT BEPLER

POORVIE BISHNOI

BELLA COURCHESNE

Katie Grant Drew

LAWRENCE DUNCAN III

Julie Dunne

Trey Elizondo

Kimberly Ellis | Monument Policy Group

Kimberly Ellis

Roberto Estrada Lobo

Jordan Evich

Sam Gause

T.A. Hawks | Monument Advocacy Staff

T.A. Hawks

Joseph Hoefer | Monument Policy Group

Joseph Hoefer

Jess Honcoop

Lilia McFarland Horder

Andrew Howell | Monument Policy Group

Andrew Howell

Ashley Hoy | Monument Policy Group

Ashley Hoy

JILL JACKSON

MICHELLE KIRKMAN

Anna Nix Kumar

Andrew Lock

Samantha Lostia

Matt McAlvahanh | Monument Policy Group

MATT MCALVANAH

BELLA MERRITT

Aubrey Milham

Kate Mills | Monument Policy Group

KATE CHRISTENSEN MILLS

John Mulligan | Monument Policy Group

JOHN P. MULLIGAN

John Murray | Monument Policy Group

JOHN MURRAY

Maya Namasivayam

JOHN PAPPAS

Tim Punke | Monument Policy Group

TIM PUNKE

CAROLINE REPPERT

Tim Schmeling

Chad Tanner

Rich Thomas | Monument Policy Group

RICH THOMAS

BEN TUGENDSTEIN

Katie Veasey

WINDA WANIKPUN

John Weber

C. STEWART VERDERY, JR.

Since founding Monument in 2006, Stewart has built the firm into one of DC’s premier, boutique advocacy firms. As CEO, he is the driving force behind the organization’s mission and vision, which has led to “explosive growth” according to The Washington Post. A major policymaker and influencer, Stewart has served in high-ranking government positions in both the Executive Branch and in Congress and acted as a senior advisor to leaders at some of the world’s best-known corporate brands. A frequent guest on CNN and Fox News, he is regularly quoted in influential media outlets regarding politics and security and technology policy. He is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Brian Alphin

BRYAN ALPHIN

Bryan has led policy advocacy and engagement strategy for clients pertaining to antitrust and competition, children’s online safety, sport administration and athlete safety, and government access to data. Bryan joined Monument in 2018 after serving seven years on Capitol Hill, including as a professional staff member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee under Rep. Bob Goodlatte where he engaged with industry, civil society, and law enforcement organizations on legislation referred to the Committee and performed oversight of immigration and criminal justice programs. He also worked for Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Bryan graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.

Kylie Beauregard

Kylie joins Monument after 12 years in the Human Resources field, with particular expertise in employee relations and multi-state and federal compliance. She possesses a variety of HR generalist and specialist experience from multiple industries and non-profits. She graduated with a B.A. in English, Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Oklahoma, and holds a Certified Professional certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Britt Bepler | Monument Policy Group

BRITT BEPLER

Britt joined Monument in 2017 after a decade sharpening her skill set, including: financial management; ancillary operations; negotiation; project/program administration; scaling/growth/transitions; risk management; analytical thinking and intuitive action. Prior to 2017, she supported a startup, a global tier-one think tank, high-value contracts with the U.S. Federal Government, and several Middle East-based defense and intelligence programs – an important and diverse array of experience that contributed to her consistent achievements. Her impeccable organizational and interpersonal skills earned her numerous accolades from private-sector executives and high-ranking military and government officials, both domestic and abroad. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations; after which she continued her education with a master’s degree equivalent (and first in her class) in Modern Standard Arabic from the American University in Cairo. Upon completion, she was recruited to work in Iraq intermittently for the next 5 years during the height of the war. As COO, Britt oversees Monument’s daily operations; recommends, implements, manages and enhances finance, accounting, legal, new business, IT, HR, staffing, and other systems and infrastructure within the firm. Since joining, Britt has played a pivotal role in Monument’s dramatic growth as she has successfully worked to scale the business to accommodate an increase of 59% in revenue and an increase of 71% in headcount since 2020.

POORVIE BISHNOI

Poorvie joins Monument from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, where she facilitated strategic advocacy to Congress in support of resources for U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance. Prior to that, she served in the Office of the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, drafting policy reports and strengthening global engagement for the office. Poorvie has also worked on several political campaigns, as well as provided programmatic support and research on nuclear nonproliferation issues at the Stimson Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in diplomacy and international commerce from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Western Kentucky University, where she spent her final semester studying at Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium while working with the Fulbright Commission.

BELLA COURCHESNE

Bella joins Monument as a Manager of Digital and Public Affairs with a background in video production and graphic design. Prior to joining Monument full time, she served as both a Digital Fellow and as an Associate in the digital department, supporting clients with digital collateral and website curation needs. Bella is originally from Holyoke, Massachusetts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

Katie Grant Drew

Katie Grant Drew is a top communications, policy, and political strategist with more than 15 years of experience in a leadership office on Capitol Hill. Most recently serving as Communications Director and Senior Advisor to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Katie oversaw communications for his leadership, district, and political offices; developed and coordinated policy initiatives; and built strong relationships with the press as his national spokesperson. She crafted messaging and communications strategies for House Democrats on key issues and provided crisis communications advice. She also led communications on several successful Congressional campaigns. During her time on the Hill, Katie led messaging and communications efforts around some of the major issues of the day, including the Affordable Care Act and health care, energy and climate change, the economy, tax reform, and national security. A Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Katie earned a B.S. in International Affairs from Georgia Tech and an M.A. in Political Science from American University. A native of Atlanta, she lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Justin.

LAWRENCE DUNCAN III

Larry is a Democratic government affairs expert, strategic advisor, and corporate attorney with over twenty-five years of experience representing Fortune 500 companies and national trade associations in Washington, DC. Larry joined Monument Advocacy as a partner in 2020. He provides strategic advice, legislative advocacy, and counsel to clients across multiple business sectors, including technology, entertainment, financial services, transportation, energy and defense. Before Monument, Larry was the founder and president of Potomac Policy Advisors, a boutique government affairs and consulting firm, where he advised several major technology companies on a range of issues. Larry also worked for 15+ years in the defense aerospace industry as a senior corporate government affairs executive and practiced 7+ years at two major DC law firms. He began his career as a member of the U.S. Senate floor staff, where he worked for the Secretary of the Senate. He holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Julie Dunne

Julie is an established authority on federal procurement, federal IT modernization, cybersecurity and government management. Her government experience includes senior roles at three federal agencies: the General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Commerce. She also has had senior counsel roles at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Finally, she has practiced law at Wiley Rein LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

Most recently, Julie served as the Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service where she led an organization of 3,500 staff with responsibility for government-wide acquisitions valued at $75 billion. Since leaving government service, Julie established Dunne Strategic Solutions LLC and has served as Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group and Counsel at Impresa Legal Group.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University, a Master of International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, and a Juris Doctor from American University.

Trey Elizondo

Trey joins Monument after working at the Farm Credit Council, managing the external communications and digital marketing strategy. Before Farm Credit, Trey interned for USDA and Elanco Animal Health and worked as a Learning Experience Designer at Studio 5 Learning and Development in San Francisco, California. Additionally, Trey served the National FFA Organization as the 2016 – 2017 National FFA Western Region Vice President. As a member of the National FFA officer team he spent a year traveling over 100,000 miles across the nation speaking and presenting workshops over agriculture, agriculture education and leadership to classrooms and conventions of up to 70,000 attendees. A native of south Texas, Trey grew up on a small farming operation and studied Agriculture Leadership & Development at Texas A&M University. 

Kimberly Ellis | Monument Policy Group

Kimberly Ellis

Kimberly joined Monument in 2012 after serving as the Legislative Director to Rep. Kevin Brady, currently ranking member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over tax, trade, health care, and entitlements policy. Kimberly is especially well respected for her work on tax and trade issues for Monument’s clients, particularly those interested in tax reform, trade agreements, and health care implementation. She previously was named one of the Top Ten Trade and Tax Staffers by Roll Call. In addition, she worked extensively on issues relating to health care, aviation, and energy and natural resources, and formerly served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Kimberly is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

Roberto Estrada Lobo

Roberto joins Monument as a Public Affairs Manager after working at FiscalNote, where he helped connect senior Federal government officials with the tools necessary to track and stay up to date with the ever-evolving policy landscape. Before FiscalNote, Roberto served as the Policy and Communications Manager for the Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he developed a deep understanding of the issues facing American seniors. During his tenure in the Senate, he served as the liaison between the committee’s policy and communication teams and helped drive the committee’s work on both fronts. He previously served as a Professional Staff Member for the Committee on House Administration, where he belonged to the Communication Standards Commission staff and was responsible for reviewing and approving all taxpayer-funded communications. Roberto graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double degree in Communications and Political Science.

Jordan Evich

With over a decade of experience working for a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Jordan Evich has a deep understanding of Capitol Hill and a track record of advancing bipartisan legislation. Jordan served as Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s top aide in DC and as her assistant on the Appropriations Committee, where she is a ranking member of a subcommittee. Overseeing the congresswoman’s diverse legislative portfolio and committee policy goals, Jordan successfully led the passage of several notable bills that were signed into law related to fisheries, tribes, and maternal health. He is a skilled negotiator, developing and maintaining strong relationships with federal agencies, leadership, committee staff, and interest groups. Jordan is passionate about helping people find solutions to complex policy issues, with particular understanding of energy and water, infrastructure, natural resources, and public health. He graduated from the University of Washington and keeps strong ties in both Washington, DC and Washington state.

Sam Gause

Sam joins our team as a Government Relations Manager, coordinating client and Monument workflow. Originally from Massachusetts, Sam moved to DC to pursue internships both on the Hill and in a small government relations office before coming to Monument as an Energy and Environment Fellow. Sam graduated from Hamilton College with a concentration in International Relations.

 

T.A. Hawks | Monument Advocacy Staff

T.A. Hawks

A former senior Republican Senate staff member, T.A. knows what it takes to successfully navigate Washington. Since arriving at Monument in early 2015, he has helped clients understand the current political environment while providing expertise on appropriations, agriculture, nutrition, transportation and defense issues. On Capitol Hill, T.A. worked for former Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran as the Republican Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he helped develop, negotiate, and pass the five-year reauthorization of federal agriculture and nutrition assistance programs collectively known as the Farm Bill. T.A. previously held senior staff roles such as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Cochran when Cochran was the senior Republican member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. T.A. is a graduate from the University of Tennessee.

Joseph Hoefer | Monument Policy Group

Joseph Hoefer

With nearly a decade on K Street, Joseph has spent the majority of his career focused mainly on nuanced tech issues – from artificial intelligence to data privacy and cybersecurity to blockchain. Prior to joining Monument, Joseph served as legislative counsel for a boutique lobbying and communications firm, advising clients on issues including general tech, tax, agriculture, and criminal justice reform, as well as developing and implementing communications strategies tailored to the DC audience. Prior to that, he cut his teeth working on various campaigns. Joseph is a graduate of the College of Charleston, the University of South Carolina School of Law, and holds a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Georgetown University.

Jess Honcoop

Jess joined Monument after spending almost a decade in campaigns and legislative offices across the northwest providing policy, communications and legislative support in addition to news writing for business-focused online publications. Most recently, he created and launched Forge Washington to develop local leadership and improve targeted messaging in Washington State. Prior to Forge, he served as communications lead in the Washington State Senate for several senators representing multiple regions and policy fields.

Lilia McFarland Horder

Lilia joined Monument after almost 12 years with the Department of Agriculture. Most recently, she served as the Acting Chief of Staff for Departmental Administration, which provides management leadership across USDA in the areas of contracting, national security, customer service, human resources and more. Lilia formerly served as the lead for the federal government initiative to support and provide resources to the next generation of agriculture, as Acting Chief of Staff in the office of the USDA Deputy Secretary, and in the Office of Congressional Relations, where she worked closely with Capitol Hill on a wide-range of issues including food safety, trade, disaster assistance, risk management, credit and international food security. Lilia also served as a legislative fellow in the office of the senior senator from California, focused on the farm bill and agriculture appropriations. Lilia was recognized in 2016 as a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medals, which recognizes federal government employees who make significant contributions to the governance of the United States. Originally from Deep East Texas, Lilia earned her degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrew Howell | Monument Policy Group

Andrew Howell

With well over a decade at Monument, Andrew helps companies sharpen their federal business development efforts, especially for firms marketing innovative technology solutions. He specializes in security, transportation, federal procurement and cybersecurity issues and works with members on both sides of the aisle. Formerly, he was Vice President of Homeland Security Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He also has served as Senior Vice President at the National Chamber Foundation and as a Senior Associate at Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates. Andrew also worked as Executive Director at the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America earlier in his career. Andrew holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and obtained an M.B.A. from the George Washington University.

Ashley Hoy | Monument Policy Group

Ashley Hoy

A seasoned former top aide in the U.S. Congress, Ashley provides political and strategic policy and process analysis to clients, especially those focused on high-profile political issues and legislative strategies. Before joining Monument in 2011, she spent over 12 years on Capitol Hill working in senior positions for leading Republicans which gave her unparalleled insights into the actions of Congress at the highest levels, and a unique experience in floor strategy, decision-making and policy development. She served as the Director of Coalitions for then-House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) as well as the Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair’s office under Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Prior to serving as a senior leadership staffer, she served as Chief of Staff for former Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), a member of the Energy and Commerce and Rules Committees. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Washington, D.C.

JILL JACKSON

Jill Jackson is a veteran award-winning journalist and storyteller having covered the U.S. Congress and national political campaigns for CBS News’ Evening News, CBS This Morning, Face the Nation and 60 Minutes. She is also a former producer at National Public Radio. During more than a decade on Capitol Hill, Jill reported on health care, financial and tax reforms and efforts to overhaul the country’s immigration system. She covered seven congressional election cycles and contributed to coverage of four presidential campaigns working with the top news anchors in the country. Most recently, Jill served as news director at the NPR-member station KUOW in Seattle. At Monument Advocacy, Jill works with clients on crisis communications, storytelling and public affairs. Jill is a graduate of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and is certified in Corporate Communication by Cornell University’s SC Johnson School of Business.

 

MICHELLE KIRKMAN

Michelle joins Monument with a background in communications, politics, and research, and works with clients to create integrated communications and advocacy campaigns aimed at explaining complex issues to target audiences. Prior to joining Monument, Michelle was at the Department of Defense, where she provided communications research and analysis to the public affairs office of the United States Navy. Earlier in her career, Michelle spent several years working in political consulting and public opinion research, where she developed data-driven strategic advice on messaging, targeting, outreach, and branding for political campaigns and organizations across the world. Michelle has a Master of Arts from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she focused on public international law and human security, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Middlebury College.

Anna Nix Kumar

Anna Nix Kumar is an experienced consultant, strategist and media spokesperson with more than 15 years of experience. Anna has served as a communications adviser on political campaigns in Maryland, Florida, Virginia and North Dakota, and in Congress. An accomplished strategist and campaign manager, Anna subsequently led political campaigns in Sydney, Australia, including the 2015 State Election and 2016 Federal Election, and four special elections. Since 2017, Anna has advised private clients in highly-regulated sectors such as resources, technology and public health on global political and campaign trends, public affairs and strategic communications.

Andrew Lock

Prior to joining Monument, Andy spent eight years on Capitol Hill in the Office of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and as a senior policy staffer for the House Committee on Homeland Security.  

In his time working on and with Congressional committees, Andy has performed oversight of the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security and its components agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. His body of work spans several enacted laws and ongoing legislative efforts, in addition to annual appropriations and defense authorization vehicles. 

Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Westminster College and Master of Arts in National Defense and Strategic Studies from United States Naval War College.    

Samantha Lostia

Samantha joins Monument Advocacy as the Special Assistant to the CEO. She most recently worked with municipalities in Oregon and Washington state. Samantha was a legislative fellow for Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler working on environment and veteran affairs issues. Before moving to DC in 2021 Samantha spent 5 years as a corporate startup paralegal in Silicon Valley and 7 years as a logistician in the Marine Corps Reserves. Samantha has an M.A. in Public Leadership from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Political Science and minor in history from the University of California Davis.

Matt McAlvahanh | Monument Policy Group

MATT MCALVANAH

Matt has spent his career at the intersection of communications and policy – on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. He offers clients a keen understanding of not only how their priorities will play in the White House, cabinet agencies and on Capitol Hill, but also how they impact the broader public debate. His expertise comes from well over a decade of experience managing high-stakes policy communications for a cabinet-level agency, numerous Senate Committees, and for an influential member of the Senate leadership. Prior to joining Monument, Matt served in the Obama Administration as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, spearheading policy communications for the Administration on trade and international investment issues. Prior to USTR, Matt served as Communications Director to U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the senior Senator from Washington state and third-ranking member of Senate Democratic leadership. Matt graduated from the Ohio State University and lives with his wife Anna on Capitol Hill.

BELLA MERRITT

Bella joined Monument in Washington DC as a Manager of Operations to support the founder and CEO along with other members of the senior team. Additionally, she managed the business development and marketing arm until she moved to Seattle, WA. Currently, she is a Senior Manager of Public Affairs, supporting clients on crisis communications, thought leadership and community engagement. Bella previously worked at Global Fund Children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from American University.

Aubrey Milham

Aubrey joins Monument as a Government Relations Manager, where she provides public policy support and analysis to clients. Previously, Aubrey served as a Legislative Fellow at Monument, where she worked primarily on tech-related projects, gaining first-hand experience of the public policy and legislative process. A Northern Californian native, Aubrey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Berkeley, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Public Policy.

Kate Mills | Monument Policy Group

KATE CHRISTENSEN MILLS

Kate brings significant experience in politics and policy in the executive and legislative branches to her work at Monument. With a demonstrated record of achievement as a former administration official and a congressional staffer, she helps Monument’s clients navigate the landscape of Capitol Hill and federal agencies. Kate’s practice focuses on homeland security, immigration, travel, and information technology issues. Prior to joining Monument in 2015, Kate served for over five years as Deputy Assistant Director and then Assistant Director of the Office of Congressional Relations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Kate also worked as senior counsel to Rep. Zoe Lofgren and graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland University and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

John Mulligan | Monument Policy Group

JOHN P. MULLIGAN

John is a Capitol Hill veteran, having served as Legislative Director and Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Adam Smith, currently the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. John managed the Congressman’s HASC, technology and telecommunications portfolios as well as House New Democrat Coalition activities. John also brings broad private sector experience, including opening the DC office for BrightSource Energy, a leading solar technology company. Previously, he was Founder of an energy consulting firm based in Seattle and Managing Director of Corporate Affairs at Imperium Renewables, Inc., one of the nation’s leading biofuel producers, which was acquired in 2015 by Iowa based Renewable Energy Group (REG). He holds an undergraduate degree from Seattle University and a Master’s degree from American University.

John Murray | Monument Policy Group

JOHN MURRAY

In a career spanning policy, communications and politics, John is known as one of the most influential and connected Republican strategists. Previously, he led the YG Network, a nonprofit issue advocacy organization and acted as an outside advisor to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. John served as Deputy Chief of Staff during Cantor’s tenure as Republican Whip and Majority Leader where he oversaw communications, strategic initiatives and political outreach. Earlier John was a Founder of AB+M Partners, a strategic communications and public affairs firm, and held leadership roles at the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Freddie Mac and Burson-Marsteller. He is an alum of Franklin and Marshall College, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Harvard Institute of Politics. John, a native of Seattle, lives in the north end with his wife Joanna and two daughters. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Maya Namasivayam

Maya joins our team as a Government Relations Manager after formerly serving as a legislative fellow. Previously, Maya interned at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she conducted research on open-source intelligence, and at the U.S. Department of State in their Western European Political Affairs Unit. Prior to joining Monument, Maya worked at Signal Group DC in their National Security practice and focused on policy areas related to defense, homeland and cybersecurity, and intelligence. Originally from Fairfield County, Connecticut, Maya graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations, with academic focuses in international security and foreign policy analysis.

JOHN PAPPAS

John joins Monument with a background in environmental and climate policy. Previously, John worked with environmental organizations like the Center for Biological Diversity to launch advocacy campaigns in his home state of Florida. Notably, he helped lead a successful grassroots effort to prevent the rezoning of 18,000 acres of wetlands and other natural systems for phosphate mining. John also has extensive government and legislative affairs experience, having interned with Becker & Poliakoff’s federal public policy team, as well as the former President of the Florida Senate for multiple legislative sessions. John has a juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he attained a concentration in environmental and land-use law, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, where he studied political science and environmental studies.

Tim Punke | Monument Policy Group

TIM PUNKE

Tim understands that advocacy is ultimately about telling the right story – succinctly, consistently, and effectively. And he understands exactly what our clients need because he’s been one. As a senior vice president at Plum Creek, and then Weyerhaeuser, Tim oversaw government relations, corporate communications, public affairs, sustainability, and community engagement. Tim’s 20+ years of advocacy also includes nearly a decade of consulting – a previous stint at Monument, and as a partner at K&L Gates. In government, Tim served as an International Trade Advisor in the Clinton White House, Chief International Trade Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, and as a law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Tim is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. In his spare time, he does triathlons, and has completed four Ironman triathlons. Tim and his wife Lori live outside Seattle with their three kids.

CAROLINE REPPERT

Caroline joins Monument with a background in tech policy, voting rights, and social policy. Prior to joining Monument, she worked for Statt, a policy start-up, where she developed and managed the client onboarding and research process. Earlier in her career, she worked for the Center for American Progress, where she used both qualitative and quantitative research to help set the policy priorities for the Democracy and Government Reform Team in the lead up to the 2020 Presidential Election. She also formerly served as a Senior Fellow at Monument Advocacy, where she worked primarily with tech and health-related clients. Caroline has a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, where she focused her studies both on quantitative policy analysis as well as political communications. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College, with a concentration in Sociology.

Tim Schmeling

Originally from the cornfields of northern Illinois, Tim joins Monument with a unique professional background. He began his career with Kirkland & Ellis’ restructuring group in Chicago before deciding to give university student affairs a try. He then joined the public relations and communications team at Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, where he supported strategic planning and crisis communications initiatives across the enterprise. Since moving to DC, Tim has held multiple diverse roles including conference organizer for The World Bank’s annual Land and Poverty Conference, intern with a member of Congress, McCleary Law Fellow with the Human Rights Campaign, and Public Policy Intern with Amazon. Currently, Tim is also a Fellow with the Internet Law & Policy Foundry and the Vice-Director for Financial Advocacy with the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Tim holds a B.A. in Modern Languages and Integrated International Studies from Knox College, an MBA from Rockford University, and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the National LGBTQ Bar Association, and the State of Illinois Bar Association.

Chad Tanner

Chad is a Capitol Hill veteran with extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the federal government. He started his professional career on Rep. Ted Strickland’s (D-OH) staff as a legislative correspondent, and then press secretary, also serving as press secretary for Strickland for Congress. Following that, Chad served as an intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency on behalf of BAE Systems. From 2009 to 2022, Chad served the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  Chad has also completed two Congressional Fellowships at The Wilson Center on Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity.  

Chad holds a Bachelor of Political Science and Government from Ohio University and a Master of Public Management from the University of Maryland. 

Rich Thomas | Monument Policy Group

RICH THOMAS

Rich is a seasoned Washington veteran and political operative who is well known for his extensive bipartisan contacts throughout the federal government and deep expertise on trade, tax and health care issues. The former Legislative Director to Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Rich has strong ties to the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Senate Finance Committees – regularly engaging each on issues important to clients. He also works closely with the Democratic House Leadership, the New Democrat Coalition and the Future Forum. He is a campaign veteran in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Rich is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

BEN TUGENDSTEIN

Ben joined Monument as a Public Affairs Manager where he provides communications and public policy support for clients. Previously, Ben worked as a Marketing Manager at Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, where he gained experience and expertise in digital marketing and public relations. Ben graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in government and politics, and economics.

Katie Veasey

Katie joins Monument as a Government Relations Senior Manager with an extensive background in sustainability. Prior to working at Monument, Katie was an International Environment Manager at ICF, where she provided consulting services to federal and private clients. She supported EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, oversaw environmental compliance for USAID projects, and contributed to greenhouse gas inventories for a variety of corporations. A lifelong golfer and environmentalist, Katie also spent one year studying the intersection of golf and sustainability in nine countries. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College, where she studied environmental studies and chemistry.

WINDA WANIKPUN

Winda joins Monument as a Digital and Public Affairs Manager where she provides social media and content management support for clients. Previously, Winda served as a Public Affairs and Digital Fellow at Monument, as well as spent time at a small government affairs firm, where she gained experience and expertise in digital communications. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Winda earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Hamilton College with a concentration in government.

John Weber

John Weber joins Monument after serving as Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson and as committee staff for the House Agriculture Committee under the leadership of Chairman Conaway. During his time on the Agriculture Committee, John negotiated the conservation, forestry, livestock, energy, and credit issues throughout the drafting of the 2018 Farm Bill. As a former senior Republican House staff member, John knows what it takes to break through in nuanced policy areas like trade, transportation, environment, natural resources, tax, and energy. John brings a grassroots approach and understanding of agriculture policy through roots on his family’s farm where he still manages a small cattle operation. He began his career on Capitol Hill with former U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and graduated from South Dakota State University.