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QGA has a bipartisan team of roughly 20 seasoned government relations and public relations specialists. Our team represents decades of experience in the legislative, political and communication arenas. With a roster that includes former senior White House and congressional staff, attorneys, journalists, TV producers and public relations executives, we are uniquely qualified to help clients navigate the intricacies of the legislative process, craft compelling narratives and deliver full-scale public affairs campaigns for the Washington, D.C., market and beyond.

In addition to the rich experiences in policy and the private sector, our experts have a long track record of political engagement. Firm members take a continued, active role in government and political campaigns – from serving as members of steering committees, volunteers, advisors and strategists. This diversity of experience provides our team with a wider range of contacts and our clients a 360-degree view of policy issues.

 

Jack Quinn's career highlights include public service as Counsel to the President of the United States and other positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of Government; twenty years at Arnold & Porter, a leading law firm in the nation's capital; and the Chairmanship of a major public affairs firm that he has led for more than a dozen years.

Mr. Quinn co-founded Quinn Gillespie & Associates, LLC (d/b/a QGA Public Affairs) with Ed Gillespie in 2000. The bi-partisan public affairs firm specializes in providing government relations and strategic communications services to a wide range of clients, including prominent companies in the fields of high technology, energy, financial services and insurance, telecommunications, health care and other areas.

Before co-founding Quinn Gillespie & Associates, Mr. Quinn was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he practiced for twenty years. Mr. Quinn was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught a seminar in constitutional law for three years before entering government service in 1993.

Mr. Quinn served as Counsel to the Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition after the 1992 election. His first position in the Clinton-Gore Administration was serving as the Vice President's Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff from January to June 1993. He then became Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Vice President in July 1993. In November 1995, Mr. Quinn was appointed Counsel to the President of the United States.

As White House Counsel, Mr. Quinn was the principal advisor to the President and senior White House officials on all legal aspects of policy and legislation before them. He also advised the President and Executive Branch officials on executive appointments and judicial nominations, issues of executive privilege and the powers of the presidency in general, litigation involving the President in his official capacity, financial disclosure requirements, conflicts of interest, separation the President's official and political activities, application of the War Powers Act and other requirements that may apply to the use of force or intelligence-gathering activities, as well as other issues of legal significance to the conduct of the presidency.

Mr. Quinn is a 1971 graduate of the Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences and is a 1975 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. While in college and law school, Mr. Quinn served on the staffs of the United States Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs (1969–73), the Democratic National Committee (1973) and Senator Floyd Haskell (D-CO, 1974–75). In 1975–76, at the age of 26, Mr. Quinn served as Campaign Director of the (Mo) Udall for President campaign.

Mr. Quinn has served on a number of boards, including Fannie Mae (1997–2000) as a presidential appointee; the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (1997-1999) at the recommendation of the then-Chairman of the SEC; RepEquity (2012); the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial (1998-2005); and the Center City Consortium (2006-2010). He currently serves on the boards of Alternative Packaging Solutions (APS), and Academi, a private security and training enterprise that was purchased in 2010 from owners previously operating the company as Blackwater Worldwide.  Mr. Quinn is one of two independent directors on Academi’s board who oversee the company’s governance and compliance activities and policies.

 

John Feehery is currently the President of Quinn Gillespie Communications and a Director of QGA Government Affairs. Before joining QGA, Feehery was President of the Feehery Group, a strategic advocacy firm dedicated to helping clients achieve their legislative and communications objectives in Washington D.C., and the chief blogger for The Feehery Theory (www.thefeeherytheory.com). He is a frequent commentator on the political landscape, widely quoted around the country and often seen on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel. He is also a regular contributor to CNN.com, POLITICO and to The Hill's "Pundits Blog."

Feehery has worked for almost two decades in a variety of influential positions, as both a staffer for three prominent members of the United States House of Representatives Republican leadership and a communications strategist in the private sector. Most recently, Feehery served as Executive Vice President for Global Government Relations and Global Public Relations for the Motion Picture Association of America.

Feehery managed the communications operation for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. Feehery was the longest-serving top spokesman to a Speaker of the House in the history of the House of Representatives. Feehery came directly to the Speaker's office after a stint as a government relations advocate for Barbour, Griffith and Rogers. He also served concurrently as Vice President for Communications for Policy Impact Communications. Before that, Feehery served from 1995 until 1998 as the Communications Director for Majority Whip Tom DeLay. Before becoming DeLay's communications director, he served as the Whip office's Chief Floor Assistant, during the historically notable "Contract with America." Feehery started his career as a speechwriter to former U.S. House Republican Leader Bob Michel (R-IL).

 

John Easton joined QGA Public Affairs as Vice President in 2014.  Easton is a veteran legislative, media and political strategist, having spent his career leading congressional offices and political campaigns.

From 2011 to 2014, John served as chief of staff to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), leading the development and execution of the senator’s legislative agenda and communications efforts.  He also served as the senator’s principal political advisor.

Easton also was the campaign manager of Sen. Gordon Smith’s successful 2002 re-election, which was hailed as “the best campaign of 2002” on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

From 2003 to 2008, Easton served as chief of staff to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), where he oversaw the senator’s agenda on the Finance, Energy and Natural Resources and Commerce Committees.  In 2009, Easton joined Van Heuvelen Strategies, a consulting firm that specializes in legislative advocacy and public affairs.  There, he managed client advocacy efforts on health care, energy and tax issues.

During the 2000 election cycle, Easton served as regional political director for the American Medical Association, helping to manage its political action committee as well as oversee independent expenditure campaigns.  Easton also was communications director for the successful congressional campaign of Rep. Greg Ganske (R-Iowa), who defeated a 36-year incumbent congressman in 1994.  He then managed media relations and communications strategy in Rep. Ganske’s congressional office.

 

Sue is one of QGA's senior communications strategists, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in public affairs and public relations to her work on behalf of QGA clients. She is an expert at crisis and issues management and specializes in corporate strategy and development of broad-based public education programs. She also has significant experience working on energy, environmental, healthcare, high-tech and biotech issues.

During the course of her career, Sue has been involved in issues as varied as crisis management surrounding the introduction of new reformulated gasolines; public education on electricity deregulation; communications for major corporate mergers and proxy campaigns; and issues management around new product introductions.

Prior to joining QGA in 2001, Sue was a Managing Director and member of the public affairs leadership team at Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations agency. There she worked on numerous energy, chemical and transportation issues and clients. She began her career in Washington as a writer for the Chemical Specialties Manufacturers Association. Sue graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in journalism.

 

Kevin provides a unique combination of technical, committee and leadership qualifications to QGA clients. An expert in Senate procedure, Kevin has worked with Senators on both sides of the aisle to forge strategies and find compromises that have resulted in passing legislation.

Kevin served 23 years on Capitol Hill, where he held a number of important positions in the United States Senate and brings a wealth of substantive policy, Congressional procedure and strategic expertise to the firm. He most recently served as Chief Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and helped manage policy matters for the Leader within the jurisdiction of the Senate Commerce, Banking, HELP, Judiciary, Finance and Government Affairs Committees, as well as conducting outreach efforts to the business community.

Kevin also served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for Senator Ernest F. Hollings during his tenure as both Chairman and Ranking Minority Member from 1999 – 2004. In his early Hill career, Kevin served as Assistant Floor Parliamentarian from 1987 until 1999 under both Republican and Democratic Leaders in the United States Senate and began his career in Congress as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Adam Benjamin, Jr. (D-IN) a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee.

Kevin earned a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Indiana University and a J.D. from DePaul College of law in Chicago. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia.

 

Mike is a Director and part of the leadership team at QGA Public Affairs. During his time at QGA, Mike has counseled clients across an array of industries in legislative and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience navigating the complexities of financial services, including mortgage finance and housing issues. In addition, he has worked with clients on a variety of tax issues as well as regulatory matters at the FTC.

Prior to joining QGA in 2002, Mike served as Chief of Staff and Chief Federal Lobbyist for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), an organization of the nation's leading resort development companies including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and Disney. In addition to overseeing a staff of 30, he created a new political action committee that has grown into one of the nation's largest PACs. He also directed the Association's lobbying and grassroots efforts.

Before that Mike served as a Senior Legislative Director at the National Association of Realtors for ten years, specializing in legislative tax strategy. Mike began his career in the nation's capital with former U.S. Senator John Durkin (D-NH) from 1977 to 1980. During his tenure in the Senate, he served as a legislative assistant responsible for small business, tax and energy issues.

 

As head of QGA's healthcare practice, Bonnie Hogue Duffy tackles complex political and policy challenges facing today's Congress and Administration. Bonnie brings extensive experience in the healthcare sector. She has arranged discussions on health care reform between Fortune 500 CEOs and key members of Congress, served as a strategic advisor to an insurance client testifying at an Oversight & Investigations hearing, and counseled a large benefits consulting firm about the impact of health reform on large employers.

Bonnie joined QGA after having served as Director of Federal Policy at the Alzheimer's Association. In this position, Bonnie developed and implemented the Association's policy positions on federal issues. This included working with various agencies at HHS, including CMS, NIH, FDA and CDC. Bonnie also represented the Association to the broader patient organization community and to organizations representing older Americans.

Bonnie also brings ten years of experience working in the United States Senate, where she served as a professional staff member on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, working for Chairman Senator David Pryor (D-AR) on Medicare and health care reform. In addition, Bonnie worked as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and as Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, under the leadership of Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). Bonnie earned her B.A. from Tulane University and a M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University.

 

Jim most recently served as the senior communications advisor and spokesman for the Senate Majority Leader, where he spent six years at the nexus of communications, politics and policy for every issue facing the Senate. As a strategist, he worked with the White House and leadership in the House of Representatives to set the Democratic tone for legislative initiatives. As the Leader's top spokesman, he dealt extensively with the national and regional media on a daily basis to advance the Democratic agenda. He is a regarded as a top Democratic strategist in Washington and continues to serve as a trusted resource for many of the nation's leading reporters.

With a keen understanding of the dynamics on Capitol Hill, Jim has helped QGA clients translate corporate and communications strategies into a message that resonates with Congressional offices and the national media. He has years of experience building the broad and diverse coalitions necessary to enact significant legislation, and brings that expertise to QGA.

Before he was tapped to join Reid's leadership office, Jim spent nearly 12 years as press secretary for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions. In that role, he worked on communications and press strategies for legislation, including minimum wage and pension reform, reauthorizations of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and No Child Left Behind. Prior to that, Jim worked in the press office of then Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-ME).

 

Adam joined QGA as a Director in the Communications practice in 2011. Adam, who previously held the position of Vice President for Communications at R&R Partners, served as a commissioned officer in the George W. Bush administration. In 2007, President Bush appointed Adam to be Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications for Production. Adam developed and implemented messaging and visual communications strategies that advanced the President's policies and objectives. Issues included energy, defense, economic growth, health care, trade, homeland security, environment, and national volunteerism. During his tenure, he also managed production of all presidential addresses, events, TV interviews, press conferences and summits.

Adam has extensive television and digital communications experience, having run the Washington bureau of ABC's "Good Morning America," and serving as the Senior Producer for ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Adam was also previously a producer at the McLaughlin Group and Tribune Broadcasting.

As a part of his portfolio at QGA, Adam serves as media consultant to the International Monetary Fund. Adam is also a contributor to Sirius XM Satellite radio's POTUS Channel and is Host of the weekly show "Polioptics."

 

Chris is a Director at QGA Public Affairs in the communications practice. He is in charge of digital media and works with global brands, associations, non-profits and news organizations in developing digital advocacy and public affairs campaigns.

A startup veteran and award-winning producer, Chris is also a former co-chair for new media and professional development at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Prior to joining QGA in 2010, he held the position of Managing Editor for New Media at the Fox television show America's Most Wanted, where he built the #1 website in primetime television. Chris began his career at KRON-TV in San Francisco.

 

Drew is a Director in the government relations practice at QGA Public Affairs. As a seasoned DC veteran with over 10 years of experience, Drew brings a unique skill set to the firm and a strong network of bipartisan and bicameral relationships. He has keen knowledge of Inside-the-Beltway politics and is responsible for managing numerous complex issues for the firm's transportation, commerce, trade, and telecommunications clients. Drew joined QGA in 2009 after five years at a DC-based public affairs firm where he led and assisted client teams ranging from Fortune 50 corporations, national trade associations, and not-for-profit entities.

In addition to his lobbying work, Drew has been an active fundraiser and campaign operative – managing campaign offices in Florida, Wisconsin, and Colorado.  At the 2004 GOP Convention in New York City, Drew participated in the Floor Whip and Communications team where he worked with the various delegations ensuring convention parliamentary procedure was carried out. Drew began his political career in the office of then Majority Whip, Senator Don Nickles (R-OK) and participating in the Senate Floor Page program.

A native of Washington, DC, Drew attended Landon School in Bethesda and is a graduate of Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) with a B.A. in Political Science.

 

Lauren Pulte is a Communications Associate with QGA Public Affairs, where she works on digital and social media strategies. Lauren comes to QGA with extensive media experience, most recently working as Video Manager and Producer for POLITICO.

While at POLITICO, Lauren spearheaded the development of POLITICO LIVE television; producing live weekly broadcasts, special events coverage and in-depth video series. Lauren was part of the POLITICO team that won the 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for the production of live, cross-platform television broadcasts during the 2011-2012 election cycle.

Prior to her stint at POLITICO, Lauren was a producer for C-SPAN's morning public affairs program "The Washington Journal." As an undergrad, Lauren held internships at various TV and radio affiliates, Voice of America in Washington, DC, and covered the 2008 election for MTVU. She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism.

 

Michael is a Director at QGA Public Affairs and acts as the firm's In-House Counsel. He brings extensive legislative and regulatory experience to QGA, having most recently served as a law clerk for the House Committee on Ways and Means. He also spent nearly four years working as a research associate for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, where he performed legal, financial, and tax policy research, including preparation of congressional testimony on Dodd-Frank Act implementation.

In 2008, Michael served as a law clerk in the White House Counsel's Office during the Bush Administration. He previously worked for two years as a research assistant to U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Gail Heriot. Additionally, Michael was a legislative intern in the office of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and for the congressional team at CBS News.

Michael received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and his law degree from the University of San Diego, where he served as Senior Executive Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. He also earned an LL.M. in Taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Symposium Editor of The Tax Lawyer, a joint publication of Georgetown University and the American Bar Association. He is the co-author of an article entitled "Introducing VAT into a Federal System: Three Case Studies," which was recently published in Corporate Taxation. Michael is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.

 

Kate is an Associate at QGA Public Affairs, where she brings highly developed writing and research skills to the government relations team. She conducts ongoing policy research and coordinates coverage of the activities on the Hill with our team of staff assistants and interns. Kate performs substantive analysis on many issues before Congress, including cybersecurity, healthcare, finance and housing. She also maintains the firm's cybersecurity listserv, updating clients on developments in that policy sphere.

Prior to joining QGA in 2011, Kate served as the General Manager at a prominent law firm in Washington, D.C. She first experienced congressional politics while interning on Capitol Hill during college for Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC).

Kate is a graduate of Appalachian State University with an M.A. in Political Science, and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a B.A. in Political Science and English.

 

Caroline is a Staff Assistant at QGA Public Affairs. She assists in tracking issues, congressional hearings, and media pertinent for clients. She originally joined QGA in the fall of 2012 as an intern.

She studied abroad at the University of Oxford, where she focused on political theory. Before college, she interned on a USAID project in Egypt. She's a DC native who supports all the teams, especially the Redskins and Nationals. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia.

 

Lynn Faught is Executive Assistant to Jack Quinn, Chairman of QGA Public Affairs. A native Washingtonian, Lynn received her B.A. in history of art from Skidmore College, and spent 16 years as an editor at various consumer and trade magazines in New York City.