Abbey Fortney

Abbey specializes in all aspects of talent — recruiting, onboarding, staffing, employee development, talent management and more. Before Avoq, Abbey spent most of her career in the creative, public relations and advertising space, recruiting for agencies such as Weber Shandwick, APCO Worldwide, Saatchi Wellness, VML&YR and a brief stint at Droga5. Her main focus has

Marykate Guilfoyle

Marykate specializes in public affairs and media relations, with a proven track record of strategic communication and stakeholder engagement. She has worked to shape public perception and drive impactful outcomes for projects focused on public safety, infrastructure, finance and the environment. Prior to Avoq, Marykate served as the assistant deputy county executive for communications and

Megan Cryan

Megan Cryan

Megan is an experienced public affairs professional specializing in all aspects of strategic communications, including stakeholder identification and engagement, message development and campaign strategy and management. Megan works at the intersection of business, government, and politics, engaging with clients across the country to successfully navigate complex geopolitical landscapes through strategic, data-driven public affairs campaigns. In

Stacey Alexander

Stacey Alexander

Stacey provides clients with a unique blend of public policy, public affairs and campaign experience. Stacey’s approach to solving complex problems is to turn conventional wisdom on its side in search of innovative solutions. She works with corporate and trade association clients to forge longstanding relationships and build federal advocacy efforts that yield bipartisan results.

Steve Elmendorf

Steve Elmedorf

Steve is widely recognized as one of Washington, D.C.,’s preeminent political and legislative strategists. With a career on Capitol Hill and in politics spanning more than 30 years, Steve’s tenure in Washington has been grounded in daily interaction with the White House, administration officials, senators, members of Congress, and leading interest groups on the front

Sandra Alcala

Sandra Alcala

Sandra is a skilled lobbyist on Avoq’s government relations team. Most recently she served as the chief of staff for Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas). She brings a unique scientific perspective to her work, having a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. Sandra has nearly 20 years of experience both as a senior congressional

Cedric Grant

Cedric Grant

Cedric specializes in House Democratic Leadership outreach as well as the Congressional Black Caucus. He develops and executes strategic policy advocacy across a range of areas for corporate and nonprofit clients, including healthcare, financial services, appropriations, tech and sports & entertainment. Additionally, Cedric cultivates third-party validators to support corporate policy that drives growth strategies and

Rebecca Shaw

Rebecca Shaw

Rebecca’s experience advising Republican members of Congress across the political spectrum has honed her expertise in member decision-making and communications as well as her passion for achieving stakeholder goals. Her legislative work — on issues ranging from financial services to agriculture to education and workforce development — contributes to Avoq’s ability to deliver versatile integrated

Barry Lasala

Barry Lasala

Barry has decades of experience in politics, lobbying and integrated advocacy. His work is focused across a range of issues, with particular emphasis on the technology and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining Avoq in 2009, Barry served as director of federal government affairs at Microsoft Corporation. In that capacity, he managed the company’s strategic, legislative