Chartwell brings a highly-experienced team of strategists from an array of disciplines to achieve our clients’ objectives.
Matthew Epperly is a leading public affairs counselor who advises corporate and government leaders on strategic communications, international affairs, and political risk management. He has managed public affairs and marketing campaigns in over 30 markets around the world.
Throughout his career, Matt has worked at the intersection of business, public policy, and communications, as a consultant and entrepreneur. He serves as Senior Advisor to a New York-based private equity firm. Matt is a veteran of Democratic political campaigns at the presidential, mayoral, and congressional levels. Earlier in his career, he worked as an advisor to the Speaker of the New York City Council and was a founding member of a strategic consultancy and a real estate investment company.
Matt graduated cum laude from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received his MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Oswaldo J. Palomo specializes in devising and executing advocacy strategies for clients in a bipartisan manner before the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal government. Ozzie serves on several finance committees at both the federal and state level and as an adviser to numerous Congressional steering committees. Most recently, Ozzie was a Northeast Finance Co-Chair for a 2016 presidential campaign.
Ozzie works with large institutions, small businesses, start-ups, and publicly traded companies in the defense, education, environmental, and financial services sectors offering guidance on legislative and regulatory affairs. He has also worked closely with several non-profit clients by providing counsel on how federal policies may impact their respective missions.
Ozzie earned his BA from James Madison University with a major in Political Science and Modern Foreign Language, and a minor in History.
David is widely viewed as one of Washington's leading public affairs counselors, advising CEOs and world leaders. He is recognized as a leading Republican fundraiser, having participated in numerous congressional, gubernatorial and presidential finance committees over the last two decades, including most recently serving as Trump Victory Finance Chair, Washington, DC. He has been named by Politico as a "Power Player" and The Hill as a "Top Lobbyist." David frequently appears in national print and on cable media sharing his views on the state of politics from a Republican perspective.
David previously managed the Washington, DC office of a leading national public affairs firm and worked for a global public relations firm. Earlier in his career, David served as a Washington, DC correspondent for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and The Falmouth Enterprise. He began his career working in the Massachusetts Legislature and at the law firm of Todd & Weld, LLP.
David earned a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree in Journalism from Boston University. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.
Luke Ballman is a legislative and regulatory affairs strategist with nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of banking, domestic and international finance, and national security.
Prior to joining Chartwell Strategy Group, Luke served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Treasury under President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. During his time at Treasury, Luke worked closely with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to craft legislation and communicate the Administration’s position on critical domestic and international issues. During his time at Treasury, Luke worked on anti-money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, CFIUS, and sanctions-related issues.
Earlier in his career, Luke worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN) and Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ), members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee respectively, handling national security matters. Luke graduated from Gettysburg College.
Daniel Blumenthal is a leading expert in foreign, defense, and Asia policy. He provides companies full spectrum strategies and solutions to understand and shape the political and business environments in Washington and in key Asian capitals. He is the President and CEO of Pacific Solutions, a business consultancy, and a former Department of Defense official and commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
As a business advisor and consultant, he has helped defense and aerospace companies win business in Asia, investment firms understand geopolitical and economic trends in key Asian markets, and start-up companies secure business in the US federal government market.
Dan has published hundreds of articles on Asia and US foreign and trade policy, and regularly briefs senior multinational executives on geopolitical and economic trends in Asia. He has authored the book "An Awkward Embrace: the US and China in the 21st Century." He appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, NPR, and other international media. Dan received a JD from Duke Law School, an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and his BA from Washington University. He studied Chinese at the Capitol Normal University in Beijing.
Brian Miller is a specialist in global affairs and technology, with 15 years of experience working closely with U.S. Senators, Congressmen, Ambassadors, corporations, startups, and nonprofit organizations to shape public policy.
Brian helps organizations navigate the opportunity and risk associated with government action, whether it is increasing favorable conditions to drive growth or addressing the political and social challenges associated with emerging technologies at home and abroad.
Brian spent six years on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, working closely with the CIA, NSA, DIA, and other intelligence agencies on complex problems and sophisticated solutions. He specialized in grand strategy, counterterrorism, cyber security, privacy, encryption, and data analytics, while leading the Committee's historic review of the Iranian nuclear negotiations and its annual review of more than $17 billion in defense intelligence programs.
During his time in the U.S. Senate, Brian was also the senior intelligence and national security advisor to Senator Dan Coats and national security advisor to Senator Judd Gregg, passing into law numerous provisions to open new markets in Asia, stabilize vital international alliances, and strengthen the cyber security of mobile devices.
Brian is a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations, and he splits his time between Washington and San Francisco. Brian received his BA from Hamilton College and his MSc in defense and strategic studies from Missouri State University.
Christopher A. Smith specializes in taking complex public policy issues and finding ways to communicate them in clear and simple terms to the public, the media, and policymakers. He has spent over a decade leading advising clients on financial services and markets, asset management, tax, trade, and business strategy for C suite executives from the Fortune 500, sovereigns, trade associations, and NGOs.
Chris brings the unique perspective of having participated in government policymaking at the highest levels in both the Executive and Legislative branches, as well as internationally. Chris was previously Chief of Staff to U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, and Counselor to the Treasury Secretary. He oversaw the Department's operations, and worked on major tax and entitlement reform legislation, financial markets policy, housing finance reform, terrorism finance, as well as international economic diplomacy efforts, which included Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Chris received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor of the Treasury Department.
Prior to Treasury, Chris served on Capitol Hill on the staff of the House Committee on Ways and Means, including as Chief of Staff for Chairman Bill Archer. He coordinated the day-to-day operations of the committee's professional staff in developing major tax reform legislation and in the areas of international trade, welfare reform, Social Security, and health care. He was a key participant in legislation implementing major trade agreements, including the Uruguay Round and North American Free Trade Agreements.
Chris received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from The George Washington University. He also received that program's Distinguished Alumni Award, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Chris received a BA degree in economics from Dickinson College.
Andrew Gabron provides high-impact digital and grassroots communications strategies to Fortune 500 corporations, new market entrants, trade associations, and nonprofits.
He has led the strategy and execution of public affairs campaigns ranging from brand and digital strategy to owned/earned social marketing; integrated with lobbying, public relations, grassroots, and grasstops strategies.
Andrew holds degrees from the University of London (M.A. Area Studies), and a B.A. from University of Colorado-Boulder. A Massachusetts native, he lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.
Alyse LaVoie is an Associate who works with the firm's public affairs and government relations clients.
Alyse brings experience in digital marketing, public affairs, and public relations. She previously worked as a community outreach manager for a fast-growing digital marketing firm. Earlier in her in career, Alyse interned at the Department of Commerce’s Office of Public Affairs and the Washington office of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Alyse holds a B.A. from American University in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government with a minor in Communications and resides in Washington, DC. She is a native of Swampscott, Massachusetts.
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