C. Stewart Verdery, Jr.
Recognized as one of Washington’s most effective public policy advocates and an expert on security, technology and commerce issues, Stewart launched Monument in 2006, building on high-level positions in the Bush Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. In the Senate, Stewart served as General Counsel to the Assistant Senate Majority Leader, Don Nickles, Counsel to Judiciary Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch, and Counsel to the Rules Committee Chairman, John Warner. Stewart has testified before Congress on numerous occasions and has held high-level positions for presidential campaigns, corporate boards and Washington, D.C. think tanks. He is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Virginia School of Law.
With a decade of experience 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.
Rich Thomas 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., 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.
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.
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 Ranking Democrat on 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 D.C. 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 leads Monument’s work in the Pacific Northwest area. He holds an undergraduate degree from Seattle University and a Master’s degree from American University.
A well-known political insider, Katharine has expertise with complex public policy and communications issues stemming from hands-on experience at the highest levels of government on a diverse range of issues including trade, tax, technology, intellectual property, energy and health care. Before joining Monument in 2013, Katharine served as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff to Senator Maria Cantwell, and as senior communications advisor for presidential, Senate and House campaigns. She combines her insider knowledge of the federal government and deep ties to senators’ offices, with over a decade of work in communications, crisis management and politics, to give clients a 360 degree plan to meet their strategic business needs. Katharine holds a degree from Yale University.
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.
Kimberly Thompson Ellis
Kimberly joined the firm in 2012 after serving as the Legislative Director to Rep. Kevin Brady, currently Chairman 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.
Kate Christensen Mills
Kate brings over a decade of experience in politics and policy 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.
A former Senior Republican Senate staffer, T.A. knows what it takes to successfully navigate Congress and D.C. Since arriving at Monument in 2015, he helps clients understand the current political environment as well as provide expertise on appropriations, defense, national security, public lands, agriculture, forestry, and nutrition issues. Previously, T.A. worked for current 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. graduated from the University of Tennessee.
Stephanie A. Martz
One of the leading Democratic public policy attorneys, Stephanie joined Monument in 2015 following positions as Senior Counsel and Special Assistant to the President in the Office of White House Counsel and as Chief Counsel to Senator Chuck Schumer. Her areas of expertise include immigration, national security issues, intellectual property reform, competition issues, cybersecurity, and civil and criminal justice reform. Prior to her government service, Stephanie worked as a Senior Director for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and at two major Washington law firms after clerking at the district and appellate court levels. Martz graduated from Georgetown University and Stanford Law School.
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 MPG, 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.
Connor focuses on policy issues in the sports and technology arenas. Previously, he served as an intern for Senators Jon Tester and Harry Reid. He also served as a Fellow for the 2014 Georgia Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Atlanta. While attending Centre College, he spent summers interning for the Georgia State University Institute of Public Health and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.