C. Stewart Verdery, Jr.
Since founding Monument Policy Group in 2006, Stewart has built the firm into one of Washington’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 the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Axios, Recode, Politico, The Hill and other influential media outlets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt McAlvanah 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 in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.
Chan Park combines legal and policy expertise with a keen understanding of how Washington works to provide clients with superior strategic counsel and effective advocacy. Building on nearly two decades of legal experience in Congress and as a federal prosecutor, he has earned a reputation for building bipartisan coalitions and achieving results. Prior to joining Monument, Chan served as General Counsel for both Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and former Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Before working on Capitol Hill, Chan served as Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland. After graduating from law school, Park clerked for United States District Judge Peter J. Messitte in the District of Maryland. He then worked as a litigator with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Chan received his B.A. from Yale University and his law degree from Georgetown Law. He is the proud Marylander who grew up in Rockville and now lives in Silver Spring with his wife and two children.
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.
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.
Britt joins Monument after a decade in various management roles where her impeccable organizational and interpersonal skills earned her several accolades from private-sector executives and high-ranking military and government officials, both domestic and abroad. She brings to Monument over 10 years of expertise in operations, program and project management, including a diverse background supporting a collection of demanding fields: a startup company, a tier one think tank, contracting with the U.S. Federal Government, and various Middle East-based defense and intelligence programs. Most recently, Britt was the Director of Operations for a culinary incubator startup in DC where she effectively revamped their business practices, BD pipeline and financials; allowing for a 107% growth rate within 12 months. Prior to her role in the startup domain, Britt ran all operations for The Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management in their Governance Studies program - the founding program of the think tank. Britt began her career in the Middle East in 2007 - her portfolio includes the multi-billion DoD Intelligence Security Command (INSCOM) program, the multi-million DoD Security Support Services (SSS-I) program and the Sons of Iraq (Sahwa) program - which contributed to successfully turning the tide of the war. Britt is a proud native of sunny southern California, and moved to the east coast to pursue her undergraduate degree in Boston, where she discovered her love of both the Arabic language and Middle East. She continued her post-graduate degree in Egypt, after which she was recruited to work in Iraq intermittently for the next 5 years during the height of the war. Britt currently lives in DC with her husband, and their two dogs. Britt is an avid enthusiast of live music, spreadsheets, hikes, pranking her friends and overseas adventures.
Julian Bloom focuses on immigration, travel, and pharmaceutical issues. A native Bostonian, Julian came to Washington, D.C. to study public policy and economics at American University. Previously, Julian interned with the Solar Energy Industries Association, where he assisted the government affairs team with their congressional outreach campaign. During his time at American, he served as an intern for Congressman Jim McGovern, and spent time as an intern with the Smart Electric Power Alliance. In college, he wrote extensively on issues such as presidential communication, criminal justice reform, and renewable energy.
Joseph focuses on policy issues mainly in the tech, telecoms, agriculture, and cyber security arenas. Prior to joining Monument, Joseph served as legislative counsel for a boutique lobbying and communications firm, advising clients on issues including tax, tech, agriculture, and criminal justice reform. Prior to that, he cut his teeth working on various campaigns. Joseph is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Courtney Green Knittle
Courtney Knittle combines her passion for government and her business savvy to support Monument Policy’s business development and marketing efforts. She brings experience in digital marketing managing multi-faceted campaigns for political clients and issue advocacy. She previously interned in the office of Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01). A Tennessee native, Courtney is a graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and holds her Master of Arts in Business Management from Wake Forest University School of Business. She lives in Arlingon, VA with her husband Scott.
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.