Partner Casey Hernandez Joins Seven Letter’s Corporate Communications Practice

Seven Letter, an expertise-powered bipartisan strategic communications firm with offices in Washington & Boston, today announced the addition of Casey Hernandez as a Partner to its growing team of communicators.

An accomplished communications executive with two decades of corporate and political communications experience, Casey was most recently senior vice president for global corporate communications at Herbalife, a publicly traded nutrition and wellness company headquartered in Los Angeles, where she managed the company’s overall communications strategy, including CEO positioning and communications, media relations, internal communications, creative content development, ESG communications and social media engagement.

Also joining the firm are Anthony Nerantzis as a Director; Abbey Fitzpatrick, Georgia Shanker and Radeeyah Khan as Content Specialists; Annie Phifer as a Manager for Seven Letter Insight; and Hedi Haleem as Director of Administration.

Erik Smith, CEO of Seven Letter commented:

“We’re incredibly proud of the team we’ve built at Seven Letter, and it just keeps getting stronger. In their short time with us, Anthony, Abbey, Georgia, Radeeyah, Annie and Hedi have all already deployed their diverse perspectives to make insightful contributions to everything from crisis engagements to message research to office administration.”

Read the full press release from Seven Letter.

Dan Tate, Co-Founder of Forbes Tate Partners, to receive the 2024 Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award

Dan Tate, Co-Founder of Forbes Tate Partners, will receive the Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award, which is given annually to a leader in government advocacy in recognition of an exemplary career in the profession.  Prior to starting Forbes Tate Partners with Jeff Forbes, Dan spent twelve years in private practice in both large and boutique firms working with clients. He also served in the Clinton Administration for three years as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs – and was a key member of the White House team responsible for developing and implementing the Clinton Administration’s legislative agenda on trade, energy, environment, telecommunications, transportation, and financial services issues.

Read more about Dan Tate and the 2024 Awards celebration on the Bryce Harlow Foundation website.

Forbes Tate Partners Cements Leadership at the Intersection of Financial Services Policy and Issue Advocacy with Addition of Ed Hill

WASHINGTON – Today, Bloomberg top performing lobbying firm Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) revealed that it is entering the next phase of its financial services policy advocacy with the addition of Ed Hill as a partner in its government relations practice. Hill’s decades of corporate and association experience will elevate the firm’s growing financial services practice and provide FTP clients with a unique ability to evaluate their needs through a financial policy lens and pursue winning issue campaign solutions.

Ed Hill is a respected and influential national authority on financial services issues. Prior to joining FTP, Hill served as Senior Vice President and Head of Government Affairs for the Bank Policy Institute (BPI) leading federal advocacy efforts on the priorities of member companies, including those across capital and liquidity, consumer banking, technology, and national security. With the full array of FTP’s campaign capabilities – including media relations, digital communications, state advocacy, and data-driven insights – at his disposal, he and FTP will be able to offer clients a variety of tailored, multi-faceted ways to shape policy outcomes and navigate the political, regulatory, legislative, and reputational landscape.

Read the full press release from Forbes Tate Partners.

AI Impact on Society – Research from Seven Letter

This week, Seven Letter published new public polling data revealing Americans’ attitudes towards artificial intelligence.

Some key takeaways from the responses include:

  • AI is good for businesses, younger Americans and respondents personally
  • AI is bad for the middle and working classes, older Americans and society in general
  • Largest drivers of concern are related to information security, potential job loss and possible discrimination from AI models
  • Strong bipartisan appetite for government regulation of AI

Read the full article and presentation on Seven Letter’s blog.

PPHC Hosts Breakfast Celebrating Black History Month

WASHINGTON – Last Thursday, Public Policy Holding Company hosted a Black History Month breakfast reception at the Hart Senate Office Building. The reception featured Senators Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) who spoke to the crowd of nearly 200 about the importance of elevating black voices in Congress. Alpine Group Principal and PPHC Board Member, Keenan Austin-Reed (pictured above with the three guests of honor) kicked off the morning’s events.

Other notable attendees included Maya Wiley (President & CEO at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights), Dr. Kimberly McClain (Assistant Secretary for Congressional & Intergovernmental Relations, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development), and Shaniqua McClendon (Vice President of Political Strategy, Crooked Media).

Check out Playbook PM’s recap of the event here.


Alpine Group adds legislative and policy veteran Shayne Woods as Vice President

WASHINGTON- Alpine Group announces Shayne Woods as the newest addition to their team, joining the premier lobbying firm as vice president. Woods’ most recent role was as senior legislative advisor to Senator Tim Scott, focusing on issue areas including healthcare, budget, and commerce/science/transportation.

Before joining Senator Scott’s team in 2021, Woods spent six years working in the US House of Representatives. Prior to his work in both the House and Senate, Woods founded two healthcare startups: FwdHealth, Inc. and Scipio Strategies. Woods brings his background in tech and healthcare to the table at a time when innovators of emerging technologies like AI and gene therapies face a challenging regulatory landscape.

Les Spivey, CEO and Managing Principal of Alpine Group commented:

“We are excited to welcome Shayne, whose deep understanding of legislative processes, particularly in health care and tech, will be invaluable in our work.”

Read the full press release from Alpine Group.

2023 LDA Rankings Show PPHC in Top Spot Once Again

WASHINGTON- Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) revenue rankings for 2023 have been released. PPHC’s three federal lobbying firms were all individually ranked in the top 20 with PPHC’s total disclosed revenue overtaking the top spot for another year in a row. LDA revenues from Forbes Tate Partners, Crossroads Strategies, and Alpine Group reached a combined total of $68.3 million, showing PPHC growth with a 3.6% increase in disclosed federal lobbying revenue compared to 2022’s rankings.

Stewart Hall, CEO of PPHC, commented:

“Last year was not straightforward in terms of the provision of lobbying services, so to have maintained the top spot in the whole year while each of our three contributing agencies delivered solid federal lobbying growth is no mean feat. It is a testament to the quality of our operating agencies and their excellent people.”

Visit POLITICO for more details on 2023 LDA revenue rankings.

Crossroads Strategies adds Lucy Panza as Executive Vice President

WASHINGTON- Crossroads Strategies adds Lucy Panza to their dynamic, bipartisan team as executive vice president. Panza joins Crossroads after three years at Amazon where her most recent role was senior manager of public policy. Before her work in the private sector, Panza spent over eight years working in the Senate, starting as a legislative assistant for Senator Barbara Boxer before serving as counsel in current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s leadership office and on the Judiciary Committee. Panza brings to the Crossroads team expertise in a wide range of judiciary issues that include competition, tech and commerce.

In an interview with Politico Influence, Panza said “I’m thrilled to be combining my corporate experience with my government and Senate-specific experience to bring all of those skills to bear for our clients who are at Crossroads and to contribute to this fantastic team.”

Read Politico Influence’s coverage of the story here.