Chartwell brings a highly-experienced team of strategists from an array of disciplines to achieve our clients’ objectives.
Matt Epperly is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Chartwell Strategy Group. He serves as a trusted advisor to corporate, non-profit, and government leaders on strategy, government relations, communications, international affairs, and political risk management. Matt is a leading Democratic strategist and fundraiser and a veteran of presidential, mayoral, and congressional campaigns.
Throughout his career, Matt has worked at the intersection of business and public policy as a consultant and entrepreneur.
As a consultant, Matt has advised high-profile corporate clients on a range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, board and leadership transitions, crisis management, rebranding, digital strategy, and social media. Matt has managed multi-faceted public affairs campaigns, primarily on behalf of the U.S. government, in over 30 countries around the world.
Earlier in his career, he worked in government and politics in New York City and was a founding member of a strategic consultancy and a real estate investment company specializing in transformative mixed-use and affordable housing development. He currently serves as a senior advisor to Broad Creek Capital helping to identify investment opportunities in real estate, small and mid-sized private companies, and start-ups.
Matt graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and received his MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Ozzie Palomo is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Chartwell Strategy Group. He 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 a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Chartwell Strategy Group, a Washington based government relations and strategic communications firm. He is a widely regarded Washington public affairs executive, advising CEOs, heads of trade associations and world leaders on legislative, political and reputational risk.
He has successfully worked on high profile domestic and global public policy issues over the past 20 years including energy, financial services, foreign investment, tax reform, telecommunications and trade. In addition, David works closely with global law firms advising clients on sensitive and sophisticated crisis communications matters.
David is a leading Republican fundraiser having served on numerous presidential, congressional and gubernatorial national finance committees over the past two decades, including the last four presidential campaign cycles. He has been featured in Politico as a "Power Player" and is annually listed by The Hill as a "Top Lobbyist." He frequently appears in international and U.S. print media providing political analysis on current affairs.
David previously managed the Washington, DC office of a national public affairs firm where he was responsible for all facets of the firm’s operations including business development, client service, and external affairs. Prior he worked at Ogilvy Public Relations providing strategic communications services to leading corporations. Tamasi began his career working in the Massachusetts Legislature and at the Boston law firm of Todd & Weld, LLP.
David has served on the Board of the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter and the Falmouth Academy Alumni Council. He earned a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree in Journalism from Boston University. David resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.
Alyse LaVoie works with the firm's corporate, government, and non-profit clients to develop and execute public affairs campaigns that integrate strategic communications, government relations, digital advertising, and grassroots advocacy.
With prior experience in digital marketing, public affairs, and public relations, Alyse previously worked as a community outreach manager for a digital marketing firm. Earlier in her 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.
Christopher Dorval has served at the highest levels of business and government. Appointed by President Clinton as a Vice President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, he worked to elevate the role exports play in our national economy and forged a strong public profile for the President’s economic team. Quickly moving to the White House, Dorval worked on the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Summit of the Americas, the first WTO in Singapore, and day-to-day trade and economic issues for the President and the National Economic Council.
In 2011, Dorval was asked to join the State Department as a senior advisor to the Secretary of State and represented the United States on global health and other diplomatic issues in Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Haiti, London and Oslo while managing Congressional relations on Capitol Hill. At State, Dorval also helped launch Saving Mothers, Giving Life a successful $200 million public-private partnership to decrease maternal and child mortality.
In the private sector, Dorval has represented some of the biggest names in the corporate world on a range of issues including mergers and acquisitions, board and leadership transition, corporate earnings and market positioning, crisis management, image overhaul, rebranding, social media and SEO strategies.
Before Congress and federal agencies he has worked on high-profile legislative issues such as immigration reform and trade expansion, and he has advised on sensitive telecommunication and energy licensing issues among other assignments.
Dorval is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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.
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.
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.
Megan Greeley is a Director at Chartwell Strategy Group, providing clients public affairs counsel including government affairs, grassroots, reputation management, and strategic communications. She possesses significant experience advocating for corporate interests before the federal government, leveraging her longstanding relationships with the New England congressional delegation, specifically in Massachusetts.
Megan recently served as a Manager at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce where she worked on behalf of the organization’s corporate members to advance their public policy agenda in Washington and Massachusetts. As part of her advocacy work for the Chamber, Megan had to quickly analyze legislation for potential impacts on the region’s competitiveness and Chamber members, synthesize input from key stakeholders, and develop legislative and public affairs strategies. She previously worked in the government affairs department at John Hancock, where she helped build and manage the company’s PAC.
Megan holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Irish Studies from Boston College. She is on the New Frontier Network Steering Committee of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, the Alumni Board of Directors at Thayer Academy, is active in the Ireland Funds of America as a Young Leader, and volunteers with the Rian Center in Boston to help recent immigrants prepare for the naturalization civics test.
Brandon Brown is a Senior Advisor to Chartwell Strategy Group. Brown is a widely regarded Democratic operative and veteran HBCU public affairs professional. Brown recently served as Director for Southern States on the Tim Ryan for President campaign. He also was South Carolina State Deputy Political Director on the Biden for President campaign in 2007-2008.
He was Associate Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at Jackson State University the fourth largest HBCU in the U.S., helping to increase the University’s endowment by adding more than $18 Million Dollars to the JSU Foundations. In addition, he was the Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Paine College, a nationally recognized HBCU.
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, he founded the HBCU Sports Classic to aid Upstate South Carolina students at post-secondary institutions. Brown graduated from Paine College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in History. He earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Brown holds a Certificate in Education Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He has also studied at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Keith Cocozza is a Senior Advisor to Chartwell Strategy Group. Cocozza is the founder of Inwood Consulting LLC, specializing in communications strategy, public relations, publicity and crisis communications. Based in the New York metropolitan area, Inwood Consulting offers advisory services for C-suite executives, marketing professionals, policy makers and community-based organizations.
Prior to launching Inwood Consulting, Cocozza was Executive Vice President for Corporate Marketing and Communications at WarnerMedia (formerly known as Time Warner). During his two decades at the company Cocozza developed and executed communications strategy, overseeing financial communications, media relations, employee communications and corporate social responsibility efforts across the company and its various business segments. He participated in and drove the communications undertakings of major structural and executive changes from the AOL-Time Warner days through the acquisition by AT&T to the rebranding and restructuring of the company into WarnerMedia.
Prior to joining Time Warner Inc., he was Director of Media Relations for Cablevision Systems Corporation. Before working in the media industry, Cocozza served in the New York City Mayor’s Office as a legislative affairs director. He began his professional career working for New York State Governor Mario Cuomo as a Director of Public Information. Cocozza lives in Connecticut with his wife and their two teenagers.