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 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.
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.
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. Previously, 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.
Gideon Lett 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.
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 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 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. John is a Seattle native, where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters.
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.
Bryan C. Alphin
Bryan joins Monument as Legislative Manager 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.
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.
Joseph focuses mainly on tech, telecommunications, cybersecurity, and immigration issues. 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.
Michelle joins 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.
Courtney Green Knittle
Courtney Knittle combines her passion for government and her business savvy to support Monument Policy’s business development, communications and marketing efforts. She brings experience in digital marketing and online communications to the task of executing modern, multi-faceted campaigns for Monument’s clients. She has a knack for all things social and loves to leverage the latest trends to bolster the firm and our client’s online presence. Prior to coming to Monument, Courtney managed digital campaigns and online fundraising for Vertical Strategies, a digital marketing firm. Courtney’s experience in political and grassroots organizing gives her an addition skillset that often assists in meeting client’s advocacy and issue campaign goals. As a Tennessee native, she got her start in the office of Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01). 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.
Melanie joins Monument after serving for more than three years in U.S. Senator Jeff Flake’s Washington D.C. office, where she served as a Legislative Assistant focused primarily on regulatory reform. Prior to her experience in the Senate, she provided valuable policy and communications support to Arizona’s business community while working at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Melanie also previously worked on messaging and outreach for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s political affairs team during the height of a midterm election. A proud native of Arizona, Melanie is a graduate of Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.
Bella joins Monument after working at Global Fund for Children as their administrative associate. Prior to Global Fund for Children Bella interned on Capitol Hill as well as the United Nations Foundation. She grew up in Seattle but left the West Coast for American University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations.
Kevin joins 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.