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Steward Veredy | Monument Policy Group

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.

C. STEWART VERDERY, JR.

       

Bryan Alphin | Monument Policy Group

BRYAN C. ALPHIN

Bryan joined Monument after serving nearly five years as the Public Affairs Liaison and Legislative Assistant for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, where he served as the committee chairman’s liaison to Virginia’s law enforcement community and focused on immigration and criminal justice reform. Bryan previously worked for Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), where he handled the Congressman’s foreign affairs, education, and defense portfolio. Bryan also served as a staff member of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH). Bryan graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.

BRYAN ALPHIN

       

Britt Bepler | Monument Policy Group

BRITT BEPLER

Britt joined Monument in 2017 after a decade sharpening her skill set, including: ancillary operations, negotiations, project/program administration, entrepreneurship, scaling/growth, risk management, analytical thinking, intuitive action and financial management. Prior to 2017, she supported a startup, a tier-one global 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, information technology, HR, staffing, and other systems and infrastructure within the firm.

BRITT BEPLER

       

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.

KIMBERLY ELLIS

     

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.

T.A. HAWKS

       

Anderson Heiman | Monument Advocacy Group

ANDERSON HEIMAN

A former Senate Democratic staffer, Anderson (``Andy``) has spent his career at the heart of policy debates around technology, trade and privacy. He has a keen understanding of Capitol Hill and leverages that expertise to provide clients with strategic counsel. Prior to joining Monument, he led Sen. Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) tech team as Senior Advisor for Technology and Trade. He advised the Senator on a broad range of tech issues, including surveillance reform, law enforcement access to data, and consumer privacy. Additionally, he led efforts to preserve Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the critical law that protects platforms from liability for user-generated content. Anderson also served as professional staff on the Finance Committee’s trade team where he advised the Senator and the Finance Committee on a range of trade issues, including trade preferences and trade adjustment assistance. He joined the Finance Committee in 2012, under Sen. Baucus, where he was a tax policy analyst and advisor. Anderson is a graduate of Brandeis University and the George Washington University.

ANDERSON HEIMAN

    

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.

JOSEPH HOEFER

     

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.

JESS HONCOOP

       

Lilia McFarland Horder

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.

LILIA MCFARLAND HORDER

     

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.

ANDREW HOWELL

       

Ashley Hoy | Monument Policy Group

ASHLEY HOY

With deep ties to Republican Leadership offices in both the House and Senate, Ashley provides political and strategic policy analysis to clients, especially those focused on high-profile political issues and legislative strategies. She has worked extensively on issues relating to energy, technology, health care, and telecommunications. Before joining Monument in 2011, she spent over twelve years on Capitol Hill, including both House and Senate Leadership, which gives 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 Director of Coalitions, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Vice Chair, Senate Republican Conference; Director of Coalitions, Rep. Roy Blunt, House Republican Whip; and Chief of Staff, Rep. Sue Myrick. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

ASHLEY HOY

     

Stacey Hutchinson | Monument Policy Group Staff

STACEY HUTCHINSON

Stacey’s 10+ year career in political campaigns, federal and state government, tech policy, and strategic communications gives her a breadth of knowledge and experience across platforms and industries. Prior to joining Monument, Stacey held senior communications roles on successful congressional and gubernatorial campaigns as well as serving in a similar capacity for the Republican Whip in the House of Representatives. In 2010, she served as press secretary to the governor of Virginia and helped navigate the first year of a new administration building productive relationships with members of the media and crafting a message that resonated with a diverse constituency. Stacey was also deputy chief of staff to a prominent member of the House where she oversaw communications and legislative activity. Most recently, Stacey served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the U.S. Chamber’s Technology Engagement Center where she strategically developed programming and a communications strategy surrounding emerging technology policy initiatives.

STACEY HUTCHINSON

       

Noelle Jones | Monument Advocacy Staff

NOELLE JONES

Noelle joined Monument most recently from Ketchum, a public relations firm, where she worked closely with clients on social media content strategy development, among other things. While at Ketchum, Noelle was also a capstone communications consultant for the National Fitness Foundation as part of her Master’s program. Noelle spent four years on Capitol Hill starting with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as a Congressional intern, followed by legislative roles in the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). She received an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.

NOELLE JONES

   

Michelle Kirkman - Monument Advocacy

MICHELLE KIRKMAN

Michelle joined Monument with a background in communications, politics, and research. Previously, she was at the Department of Defense, where she provided communications research and analysis to the public affairs office of the U.S. Navy. Michelle also worked in political consulting and public opinion research at Lincoln Park Strategies, where she developed data-driven strategic advice on messaging, targeting, outreach, and branding for campaigns and organizations across the country. In addition, while at the Center for Civilians in Conflict, Michelle researched strategies for the protection of civilians in United Nations peacekeeping missions. 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.

MICHELLE KIRKMAN

       

Gideon Lett | Monument Advocacy

GIDEON LETT

Gideon brings two decades of experience and relationships to work for clients at the intersection of technology and public policy as head of the firm’s Bay Area office. Based in San Francisco, Gideon previously served as a longtime Vice President of TechNet, a leading tech trade association, where he worked with iconic companies and executives to advance technology-enabled innovation at the federal and state levels. Gideon also worked in Washington as an issues management consultant with APCO Worldwide and as Director of Political Operations for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during one of the industry’s most vibrant and dynamic periods. Gideon began his career as a political aide to numerous public officials, including former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Congressman Mike Rogers (AL), former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor, and Mississippi Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, among others. Gideon studied Public Administration at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and now resides in San Francisco.

GIDEON LETT

       

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.

MATT MCALVANAH

       

Bella Merrit | Monument Policy Group

BELLA MERRITT

Bella joined Monument after working at Global Fund for Children as their administrative associate. Prior to Global Fund for Children Bella interned on both Capitol Hill, and the United Nations Foundation. She grew up in Seattle but left the West Coast for American University where she graduated with a B.A. in International Relations.

BELLA MERRITT

       

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.

KATE MILLS

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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 MULLIGAN

       

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. An alum of Franklin and Marshall College and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, John was also a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics in 2013. John is a Seattle native, where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters.

JOHN MURRAY

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John Pappas

John Pappas

John joined Monument with a background in environmental and energy policy. Previously, John helped nonprofits like the Center for Biological Diversity lead environmental advocacy campaigns in his home state of Florida, including a successful campaign against a proposed phosphate mine that would have devastated thousands of acres of wetlands and other natural systems. He also has extensive legislative affairs experience, having worked multiple sessions for the fmr. President of the Florida Senate. 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 science.

JOHN PAPPAS

  

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.

TIM PUNKE

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Kevin Stutman | Monument Policy Group

KEVIN STUTMAN

Kevin joined Monument with a background in government relations and public affairs. Previously, Kevin supported several principals at Ogilvy Government Relations and FleishmanHillard, where he focused mainly on policy research and strategic communication for tech companies and federal government entities. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

KEVIN STUTMAN

  

Rich Thomas | Monument Policy Group

RICH THOMAS

Rich is a seasoned DC 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., Rich has strong ties to the House Ways and Means, Senate Finance, and House and Senate Homeland Security Committees. Rich also works closely with the Democratic House Leadership and the New Democrat Coalition and is a campaign veteran in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Rich graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

RICH THOMAS