Marcus Sebastian Mason

Marcus Sebastian Mason is Senior Partner at The Madison Group (TMG). He is responsible for managing the firm’s transportation, energy, tax and homeland security portfolio

Marcus Sebastian Mason is Senior Partner at The Madison Group (TMG). He is responsible for managing the firm’s transportation, energy, tax and homeland security portfolio. In addition he focuses on crisis management, complex integrated campaigns and coalition building. Mason comes to the firm with more than fifteen years of political and policy experience.

Prior to joining TMG he served as Amtrak’s Senior Director of Government Affairs responsible for advancing the company’s strategic business initiatives in the House of Representatives, United States Senate and more than three dozen states.

Prior to his tenure at Amtrak, Marcus served as both Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for two California Members of Congress. During that time he initiated and had enacted a number of initiatives that impacted the 37th Congressional District and the State of California. Marcus won his first congressional campaign at age twenty-one before beginning his tenure as Capitol Hill’s youngest Chief of Staff. He is undefeated in congressional campaigns he has managed.

Marcus is a member of the board of directors of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and previously served on the CBCF’s Corporate Advisory Council (CAC). He is also on the board of directors Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (CBC-PAC) and was responsible for managing the PAC’s Independent Expenditure (IE) efforts for the 2010 election cycle. He is currently serving in his second term as President of the Board of Directors for the Washington Government Relations Group (WGRG).

Marcus is also a published author who writes spy thrillers under the pen name Sebastian Cheney. He is the father of a Howard University freshman, Taelor Chanel.

Danielle McBeth

Danielle McBeth is a partner with the government relations and public affairs firm Alcalde & Fay. She has a strong background in government affairs and media relations

Danielle McBeth, a Partner at Alcalde & Fay, has over a decade of government relations and public affairs experience on behalf of corporate, municipal and educational entities. After only a few years with Alcalde & Fay, Ms. McBeth became the youngest African-American woman appointed to partner in an established independent government affairs practice. She has substantial experience working with the Administration and Congress on behalf of the firm’s broad portfolio of clients.

Ms. McBeth has advocated on issues related to transportation, economic development, infrastructure, education, technology, and immigration. She has successfully led the lobbying efforts of coalitions and organizations before Congress to amend and promote broad national policies. Her achievements include securing Federal grants and legislative appropriations for educational institutions and local governments for water and wastewater infrastructure, roadways, law enforcement technology, and marine science research. Ms. McBeth has also been active in the firm’s grassroots communications and education campaigns.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McBeth served as press secretary for the Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability where she was responsible for coordinating media relations between campaign and media entities statewide. She also served as the information specialist for Florida State University’s Center for Professional Development, coordinating publicity and promotions at the state, national, and international levels. Ms. McBeth began her career working for several newspapers including the New York Times Regional Newspapers, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and the Tallahassee Democrat.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University. While continuing her career as a lobbyist, Ms. McBeth also obtained a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.

Ben Tesfazghi

Ben Tesfazghi is the Legislative Research Analyst for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), a trade association representing nearly 16,500 franchised new car and truck dealers in the United States.

Ben Tesfazghi is the Legislative Research Analyst for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), a trade association representing nearly 16,500 franchised new car and truck dealers in the United States.

In his role, he is responsible for tracking legislative initiatives related to vehicle affordability and safety, transportation and infrastructure, fuel economy, trade, and tax; working with Members of Congress and their staff to advance the association’s legislative priorities and providing political analysis and strategic advice that helps inform the association’s decision-making.

Prior to his role at NADA, Ben worked with the law firm Ballard Spahr as a Paralegal/Project Assistant, working on issues pertaining to Consumer Financial Services, and Data Privacy and Security. He has also held roles with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the House Committee on Homeland Security and American Express.

A native Washingtonian with Eritrean descent, Ben received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and in Homeland Security from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He likes to spend his time being actively involved in his community mentoring students in the DC-area and providing career insight to recent graduates.

Tiffani V. Williams

Tiffani V. Williams is a Senior Vice President and Public Policy Advisor with the Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson, and Of Counsel with Baker Donelson. 

Tiffani V. Williams is a Senior Vice President and Public Policy Advisor with the Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson, and Of Counsel with Baker Donelson. She concentrates her practice on public policy matters relating to the health care, biofuel, food, and agriculture sectors.

Ms. Williams has represented multinational organizations across various segments of these industries, to advance her clients’ business and public affairs priorities, specializing in government relations. She provides clients with a full range of services including, regulatory and policy analysis, advocacy, and thought leadership strategy.  As part of her advocacy, Ms. Williams interacts directly with Congress, the administration, and executive branch agencies.

Ms. Williams has authored and contributed to a number of publications on topics related to her practice.  In 2014, she was recognized as a Washington, DC Rising Star in the Super Lawyers Magazine.

A native of Washington, DC, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from American University, a Master of Public Health Degree from Yale University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

Ms. Williams enjoys watching movies, traveling to new destinations, and mentoring.

Rodney P. Emery

A government relations professional with over 17 years of experience, Mr. Emery has advised Members of Congress, a Cabinet Secretary, Agency Administrators

A government relations professional with over 17 years of experience, Mr. Emery has advised Members of Congress, a Cabinet Secretary, Agency Administrators, an Under Secretary for International Trade, and executives from Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Mercury as a Senior Vice President, Mr. Emery was a Partner at The Madison Group and served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV). Mr. Emery served in the Obama Administration as a presidential appointee at the United States Department of Commerce. As Director of Congressional Affairs for the International Trade Administration (ITA), Mr. Emery coordinated the bureau’s engagement with Congress on issues ranging from market access to anti-dumping cases. During his tenure, Mr. Emery was granted the opportunity to staff Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Under Secretary of International Trade Francisco Sanchez during their bilateral negotiations in Chile. Another highlight of his tenure at ITA required Mr. Emery to spearhead the agency’s successful efforts to secure appropriations in support of President Obama’s National Export Initiative.

Mr. Emery received a second appointment where he served as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States General Services Administration (GSA). As the lead legislative advisor for the GSA Administrator, Mr. Emery’s portfolio consisted of a variety of issues ranging from federal procurement, government-wide policy and federal real estate leasing. Mr. Emery managed the preparation process for over 30 hearings in support of the GSA Administrator, Deputy Administrator and commissioners testifying before Congress. While at GSA, Mr. Emery also successfully coordinated several legislative roll outs targeting Congress on issues ranging from the purchase of electric vehicles, electric waste and the agency’s transition to cloud computing.

Prior to accepting his presidential appointments, Mr. Emery served as the Vice President of Public Policy and Research for the Council on Foundations. Within this role Mr. Emery served as the lead policy advisor for the trade association representing the collective interests of the nation’s largest foundations before Congress. During his tenure, donor advised funds were successfully removed from the IRS’s Dirty Dozen List, the first ever Rural Philanthropy Conference was convened and the Congressional Philanthropy Caucus was established.

Before joining the Council on Foundations, Mr. Emery served as a consultant at two lobbying firms representing the interests of Fortune 500 companies and local municipalities. Each portfolio required engagement with the respective tax, banking and appropriation committees on Capitol Hill. On behalf of Abbott Laboratories, Mr. Emery coordinated an outreach initiative on Capitol Hill highlighting a national hypertension-screening program. On behalf of Waddell & Reed, Mr. Emery represented the mutual fund before the Senate Banking Committee regarding the Security Exchange Commission’s proposal on the independent chairman issue. With regard to appropriation projects, Mr. Emery successfully secured appropriations for the cities of Gardena, California (economic development) and Florence, South Carolina (water and sewer system).

A native of Los Angeles, California, Mr. Emery received his Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Isaac A. Fordjour

Issac A. Fordjour joined Tarplin, Downs, & Young, LLC in February 2007. He was most recently the Director of Federal and State Legislative Affairs for the National

Issac A. Fordjour joined Tarplin, Downs, & Young, LLC in February 2007. He was most recently the Director of Federal and State Legislative Affairs for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Prior to joining NMDP, Fordjour worked in the office of the Tennessee House Speaker Pro Tempore where he assisted the legislative effort to establish TennCare. Fordjour is also co-founder of Legacy PAC, a bipartisan political action committee focused on supporting emerging political leaders. He serves on advisory committees for numerous organizations including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the National Conference of Black Mayors, and the Democratic National Committee.

Karyne Jones

Karyne Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) and NCBA Housing Management and Development

Karyne Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) and NCBA Housing Management and Development Corporation. During its forty three year history, NCBA has been the only national organization devoted solely to providing effective leadership in making minority participation in aging services a national issue and priority.

Prior to becoming NCBA’s chief executive officer, Karyne was Executive Director of Federal Relations with SBC Telecommunications, Inc., (now ATT) based in Washington, D.C. where she lobbied members of Congress on telecommunications issues and policies. She also represented the company’s corporate political action committee with national political organizations.

Karyne’s previous Capitol Hill experience includes Legislative Aide to Congressman Andrew Young. During his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, she became his Public Affairs Officer and White House Liaison. A native of San Antonio, she returned to Texas and began her own political career and became active on numerous boards, commissions and civic projects involved in issues on education, civil rights, environmental and economic development.

Karyne served for eight years in the Texas Legislature representing District 120 in San Antonio. During her tenure, she served on the Appropriations, State-Federal Relations, Corrections and Urban Affairs committees. She also served as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and was a member of the Black and Mexican American Legislative Caucuses. Prior to her election to the Texas House of Representatives, she was elected twice to the school board of the East Central Independent School District.

Karyne is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Northern Illinois University with a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs. She earned a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She currently serves on the national Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging and Oasis Institute (lifelong learning programs), LeadingAGE DC and National Senior Corps Association Advisory Committee. Karyne was honored with a 2014 Washington Brava! Award by SmartCEO Magazine as a top Female CEO.

NCBA is one of the largest minority focused organizations in the country and is recognized as the national leader in senior housing, employment, health and advocacy on behalf of minority aged.

Yvonne A. McIntyre

Yvonne McIntyre is Vice President of Federal Legislative Affairs for Calpine Corporation. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing, managing

Yvonne McIntyre is Vice President of Federal Legislative Affairs for Calpine Corporation. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing, managing and implementing the federal legislative and regulatory strategies for the Company. She lobbies Members of Congress, the Administration, regulatory agencies, and their perspective staff on various issues, with a particular focus on energy and environmental issues. Ms. McIntyre has worked in the field of government relations for 15 years and in the power industry for 21 years. Prior to Calpine, Ms. McIntyre was the Director of Federal Affairs for Mirant Corporation for three years; she was a lobbyist for Kansas City Power and Light for two years and for Detroit Edison for four years. She has worked extensively on issues relating to national energy policy, Clean Air Act issues, and tax and other issues relating to renewable energy technologies.

Ms. McIntyre began her professional career with Detroit Edison in 1988 as an electrical engineer working in power plants and distribution systems service centers. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and a Master of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in International Business from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.

Ms. McIntyre is a member of various professional organizations and supports several social and community organizations as well. She serves as a co-chair of the Energy Special Interest Group of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment and is the Immediate Past President of the Washington Government Relations Group. She formerly served as the President and Vice President of the Shepherd Elementary School PTA, Vice President of the Takoma Children’s School Board of Directors and as an active member of the Board of Directors of Women in Government Relations.

Tiffany M. Moore

Tiffany M. Moore serves as Vice President of Congressional Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association). In this role, Moore leads CTA’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill on key tech issues including patent litigation reform, strategic immigration reform and trade.

Ms. Tiffany M. Moore currently serves as Senior Vice President of Political and Industry Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association. Promoted to the newly created position in April 2018, Tiffany’s expanded role includes overseeing CTA’s U.S. Jobs, and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. In addition, Tiffany leads the association’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on issues including communications and technology policy, patent litigation reform, strategic immigration reform and international trade, and overseeing CTA’s political action committee CTAPAC.

Tiffany joined CTA as Vice President of Government and Political Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association in December 2015.

Previously, Tiffany served as a government relations consultant to CTA as principal at Moore Consulting and strategic consultant with TwinLogic Strategies. In addition to CTA, Moore advised numerous corporate and association clients on how to influence technology and innovation policy before Congress and the Administration. Before launching Moore Consulting, Tiffany served as senior legislative advisor in the Legislative and Government Affairs Practice Group at Venable LLP.

In 2006, Tiffany was appointed Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) by Ambassador Rob Portman. In this role, Moore led domestic outreach efforts to American business, agriculture and consumer communities on the U.S. trade policy agenda and served as primary intermediary with governors, mayors and local elected officials on U.S. trade policy.

Prior to joining USTR, Tiffany served as director of government relations for Kellogg Company and led legislative policy efforts around a broad array of issues including trade, food security, safety, tax and advertising as director, government relations.

Tiffany began her legislative career working in a variety of roles in the office of U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), where she served as legislative director from 2000-2002.

In January 2018, Tiffany was named to the Board of Trustees of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation. Tiffany also serves on the Women’s Health Board of The GW Medical Faculty Associates dedicated to supporting the Mobile Mammography Program (Mammovan). In addition, Tiffany serves on the boards of the Faith and Politics Institute and the Washington Government Relations Group.

A proud native of Detroit, Michigan, Tiffany earned her M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and her B.A. from Western Michigan University.

Dontai L. Smalls

A native of South Carolina, Dontai Smalls joined the UPS Global Public Affairs function in the Washington, DC office in October 1999. He coordinates all international

A native of South Carolina, Dontai Smalls joined the UPS Global Public Affairs function in the Washington, DC office in October 1999. He coordinates all international issues on Capitol Hill for UPS, particularly global trade and customs modernization policy. He also coordinates UPS’ global aviation portfolio in DC. He is responsible in Washington for managing the relationships between UPS and Europe, including the embassies. Dontai also manages the relationship between UPS and the Congressional Study Groups, which provides substantive, issue-based opportunities for Members of Congress to engage with their counterparts abroad.

From 2005-2007, he served as counsel to UPS’s Air Group Legal Department in Louisville, KY. In that capacity, he focused on all brokerage/customs, flight operations, international operations and real estate/airport property issues relating to UPS Airlines, one of the largest airlines in world.

Prior to coming to UPS, Dontai completed various internships in Washington, including The White House, Department of Energy, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He is Chairman of the Board of Directors at the United Planning Organization, the City’s largest anti-poverty nonprofit organization and also serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, the Express Association of America (Vice President), the South Carolina Business Council in Washington, and the International Aviation Club (Treasurer).

Dontai received his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in political science from Howard University.

He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.