Team Subject Matter

Steve is a Subject Matter founder and partner, and is widely recognized as one of D.C.'s preeminent political strategists. With a career on Capitol Hill and in politics spanning more than 30 years, Steve's tenure in Washington has been grounded in daily interaction with the White House, administration officials, senators, members of Congress and leading interest groups on the front lines of the economic, social, domestic, national security and foreign policy debates in the last decades. Steve rose to the highest level Democratic staffer in the House of Representatives as Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, and upon leaving the Hill served as a senior advisor to the Gephardt, Kerry and Clinton presidential campaigns. Since 2006, Steve has represented some of the nation's most important corporations, trade associations and organizations on critical legislative and regulatory issues, helping to drive their businesses, build their brands and expand their market shares. He has been a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and is consistently listed among the most influential leaders in Washington by Politico, The Hill, GQ and other national publications.

Steve Elmendorf

Partner & Co-Founder

Jimmy is a Subject Matter founder and partner with over 15 years of experience working in the government and federal affairs arena. His first exposure to Capitol Hill, while in law school, was on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and later with then Chairman Chuck Schumer’s House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice. Jimmy rose to the position of Chief Counsel and Floor Policy Director for U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Assistant Democratic Leader and Whip. Working for the Democratic Whip, Jimmy was responsible for developing and coordinating the Democrats day-to-day Senate floor operations; managing whip counts on key votes; and advising other Democratic Senators on Senate floor strategy and procedure. That experience proved invaluable at Citigroup, where he was a Senior Vice President and Co-Head for Federal Government Affairs. Jimmy continues to use his broad experience navigating complex legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of the nation’s leading businesses, and his deep expertise in developing meaningful public policy solutions is invaluable to our clients. Jimmy received a B.A. from Loyola College in Baltimore, and a J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Jimmy Ryan

Partner & Co-Founder

John Buckley is Chief Executive Officer of Subject Matter, having spent more than 30 years in Washington managing large teams and integrated communications programs within corporations, agencies, and political campaigns. His corporate experience includes ten years running communications and advertising at Fannie Mae (1991-2001), and five years as EVP of communications at AOL (2002-2007.)  His decade of agency experience most recently includes being managing director of The Harbour Group (2008-2016).  John has held senior positions in three presidential campaigns, including deputy press secretary to Reagan-Bush ’84, press secretary to Jack Kemp’s 1988 campaign, and communications director to Dole-Kemp ‘96.

John Buckley

Chief Executive Officer

Ben manages the account and finance activities for Subject Matter's diverse roster of clients. His experience includes time as Director of Finance and Administration for Commercial Carpets of America, Controller for GreenShape, LLC, and CFO/President/Owner of Capital Ventures, LLC. He has an M.S. in Accounting from Pace University and a B.S. in Business Administration from The American University.

Ben DeMeo

Chief Financial Officer

For nearly 20 years, Kristi has tackled complex policy issues – as a Hill staffer, government relations professional and attorney. An experienced Democratic lobbyist with extensive network on Capitol Hill, she represents corporations, trade associations, and interest groups on a wide array of legislative matters; with particular experience in the financial services, transportation and communications sectors. Kristi is skilled at managing multi-faced legislative campaigns and coordinating the diverse interests necessary to reach success, while integrating into large corporate organizations to craft strategic plans. Prior to joining Subject Matter Kristi served as Legislative Director and Counsel to Senator Paul S. Sarbanes – Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and architect of Sarbanes-Oxley, anti-money laundering, terrorism risk insurance and a host of other sweeping legislative initiatives. Kristi earned her BA from Emory University and a JD from Georgetown, and was an Associate in Kirkpatrick and Lockhart's banking practice before going to the Hill.

Kristi Kennedy

Government Relations

Debra leads the Subject Matter Public Affairs practice, which provides clients with a range of services including strategic communications planning, media relations and crisis communications. Debra has worked with clients around the world on everything from complex, high level litigations, to coalition building and launching new initiatives. She has successfully counseled several presidential appointees through the confirmation process and overseen the initial planning for their tenures in their new positions. Debra holds a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Debra DeShong

Executive Vice President and Managing Director

Carlos leads strategic initiatives for Subject Matter and its clients. He built the firm's first Digital Media Strategy unit and directed the Content and Media teams before moving into his current company-wide role. He is a frequent public speaker on the intersection of journalism, advertising and strategic communications. Previously, Carlos spearheaded the systematic development of niche-targeted online communities at USA Today. He is a recipient of the Teaching Excellence and Service Award for his curriculum development and instruction in Georgetown University's graduate journalism program. Carlos was recently appointed to the CDC's Editorial Board of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. He is fluent in Spanish.

Carlos Roig

Executive Vice President, Strategy

Eric analyzes and synthesizes data to inform client strategy, shape data-rich content and measure the impact of campaigns. Before joining Subject Matter, Eric spent more than 18 years as a statistician and researcher for the U.S. Census Bureau. In this role, he gained expert knowledge of data sets pertaining to income and earnings, educational attainment and computer and Internet usage, among other fields. Eric holds a Masters in Applied Economics and Econometric Methods from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Fisheries Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Eric Newburger

Chief Data Scientist

Kevin leads the total creative function of the agency. His job is to inspire cross-disciplinary ideas that are on-strategy and well crafted — everything from traditional advertising and design to guerilla tactics and digital experiences. His true talent lies in building campaigns on a simple and memorable idea. Kevin's work engages audiences, generating results for clients and hardware for the agency. Ask what he's proudest of and he'll answer, “working with great people.” Before joining Subject Matter, Kevin honed his creative chops and leadership style as an Associate Creative Director at SmithGifford.

Kevin Richards

Chief Creative Officer

John is a veteran journalist who brings a newsroom’s approach and perspective to Subject Matter’s diverse campaigns and content. In his 20-year career at USA Today he served as Senior Editor/Cover Story Editor, shaping the daily enterprise content across USA Today’s print and digital platforms. John also spent eight years as the Op-Ed Page Editor, helping to guide the tone and discussion on a wide range of topics of interest.

John Siniff

Senior Vice President, Content

Steve works to identify new strategies to develop and deliver content for our clients. Before joining the firm in 2014, he spent more than seven years as a top official at the U.S. Census Bureau, overseeing the two largest outreach and promotion campaigns ever undertaken by the federal government for the 2000 and 2010 Census. Jost's campaigns were recognized for groundbreaking market research to shape successful multicultural outreach efforts. His 2010 campaign alone earned more than 150 awards and honors from the advertising, public relations and media industries. He has twice received the Department of Commerce's highest recognition for distinguish public service, the Secretary's Gold Medal, as well as a Silver and a Bronze Medal. Steve leads the Federal Practice at Subject Matter.

Steve Jost

Senior Vice President, Content Strategy

Joy leads Subject Matter's team of media specialists, overseeing the strategic development and tactical execution of media outreach initiatives. In nearly a decade of work at the firm, she has built a deep understanding of what's required for successful media campaigns, from framing strategy to overseeing logistical details. Joy established Subject Matter's in-house broadcast production studio and has managed a range of productions. Joy holds a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs.

Joy Burks

VP, Media

Jannie brings innate curiosity and award-winning experience to our advertising department, where she leads the AAR account and helps oversee creative development for Nestle, A4A, US Soccer Foundation, ASHA, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Before joining Subject Matter, she worked on accounts ranging from Miller Brewing Company and Marriott Resorts to Unum and Fantastic Sams. Jannie served as an instructor and on the advisory board at The Creative Circus, one of the country's leading advertising portfolio schools. A graduate of Portfolio Center, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the University of Georgia.

Jannie Gerds

VP, Creative Director

Prior to joining Subject Matter, Will directed digital and traditional advocacy and communications projects for corporate, non-profit and trade association clients at Blue State Digital and Global Prairie Marketing. Previously, he held roles with Bayer CropScience LLP in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, directing the company’s political and government affairs outreach to American and European policymakers. He has established himself as a policy and communications expert on a variety of complex political issues, including international trade, agricultural biotechnology and health care. Will holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from American University and studied Business Administration at ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.

Will Hensley

VP, Strategy

Tim manages and schedules client projects across all departments to ensure their prompt and successful delivery. He handles the day-to-day management of company-wide systems and internal operations. Since joining the team, he has helped deliver solutions for the agency's largest clients, developing and guiding multi-channel campaigns for government agencies, private sector organizations, charities and nonprofits. Tim holds a B.A. in English from Shippensburg University.

Timothy Ziembicki

VP, Operations

Stacey provides clients with a unique blend of public policy, public affairs and campaign experience. Her approach to solving complex problems is to turn conventional wisdom on its side in search of innovative solutions. She works with corporate and trade association clients to forge longstanding relationships and to build federal advocacy efforts that yield bipartisan results. Stacey served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Matheson, where she worked with House Leadership and senior Committee staff on a variety of legislative and political issues including energy, health care, trade and tax issues. Prior to her service in the United States House of Representatives, Stacey directed public affairs campaigns as a Senior Associate at APCO Worldwide and has private sector experience that contributed to her perspective and approach on Capitol Hill. A longtime political advisor, Stacey served as Deputy Political Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Stacey Alexander

Government Relations

Kaela implements and executes broadcast and digital media strategies, conducting targeted outreach to television, radio and digital outlets across the country. She also books and produces media tours, manages clients, crafts media alerts and utilizes metrics to ensure the effectiveness of campaigns. Kaela holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Boston University.

Kaela Asharin

Media Specialist

Julian is an integral part of the Subject Matter video production team who has worked on projects for the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Association of American Railroads and the State Department. Before joining the firm, he was a film editor and producer for Manic Productions, specializing in commercials, music videos and website promotions. Julian has a B.A. in Film from the University of Central Florida, where he also helped start the alternative school newspaper

Julian Belyea

Video Editor

Pat served as the lead staffer on the Senate Finance Committee for energy, transportation and excise taxes under committee chairman Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). Most notably, he led the Committee's policy work in designing the energy tax portions of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010; the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; and the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. As a Finance Committee staff member for over a decade, he has broad experience in health care, having served as both Professional Staff on Medicare as well as Acting Chief for health care and entitlements.

Pat Bousliman

Government Relations

A skilled and experienced copywriter, Surin thrives collaborating with clients to conceptualize fully integrated, digital and print campaigns. Before joining Subject Matter, she was a Copywriter for Digitas Health in Philadelphia where she helped launch a new treatment for Shire Plc. Surin grew up in Germany and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 (Go Rams!), and has lived and worked in New York, D.C. and Philadelphia over the course of the last five years.

Surin Bridge


Lauren works closely with our web development team to create customized websites and digital tools. Before joining Subject Matter, Lauren was director of Interactive Strategies at Case Foundation, where she led technical strategy, data aggregation and visualization, and oversaw the redesign of the company and affiliate websites. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a Certificate in Web Development from Boston University.

Lauren Burton

Director of Interactive Technologies and Strategy

As a content strategist, Anna focuses on content and editorial engagement for the U.S. Census Bureau. Before joining Subject Matter, Anna was a bilingual reporter for the local Univision affiliate in Orlando, Florida. In her previous role she worked as a storyteller focusing on local news and community journalism. Anna earned a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Florida.

Anna Carabeo

Associate Content Strategist

As a Content Specialist, Neil assists the Federal Services team in managing long-term contracts with government entities. He works with clients to migrate content from multiple existing systems into new formats and technologies. Before joining Subject Matter, he helped establish the digital presence for organizations such as AdmitSee, Literacy for Life and the VA Department of Conservation. Neil holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from The College of William & Mary.

Neil Chhabra

Content Specialist, Federal Services

Jennie joins Subject Matter from her previous role in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where she most recently served as the communications director for Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.). In her role on the committee, Courts developed and implemented the media strategy and external messaging for Senator Carper's committee legislative priorities, including cybersecurity, immigration reform, effective and efficient government management, and postal reform. Prior to joining the committee, she was the press secretary for Senator Carper's personal office in Washington, D.C., which she first joined in 2009. Courts also served as the deputy press secretary for Virginia in President Barack Obama's successful presidential reelection campaign in 2012. Jennie grew up in Newark, Del. and graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a minor in Political Science.

Jennie Westbrook Courts

Senior Public Affairs Associate

As a former Subject Matter intern, Marley provided administrative and technical support to the video team during production and post-production of videos for clients. In her current role, Marley works with clients on final project delivery and video updates and is responsible for organizing video and photo assets for the department. Marley graduated from the University of North Carolina where she double majored in global studies and communication studies.

Marley Cowan

Production Coordinator

Peter produces video narratives, motion graphic content and multimedia presentations for organizations such as The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Association of American Railroads and the MacArthur Foundation. Before joining Subject Matter, he worked at The Discovery Channel’s The Koppel Group and ABC News Nightline. He has produced and reported on national, international, political, investigative and culture/feature stories.

Peter Demchuk

Senior Producer

Megan coordinates media outreach efforts for multiple clients, including conducting targeted outreach to broadcast and digital outlets across the country. Prior to joining Subject Matter, Megan worked as a digital marketing fellow for Oceana, an international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation in Washington, D.C. In this role, she cultivated relationships with prospective corporate partners, media agencies and advertisers, as well as conducted market research for audience development and competitor analysis to optimize overall marketing strategy. Megan studied strategic communication and advertising at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. She is also a contributing writer for several digital outlets, including Career Contessa and Elite Daily.

Megan Denneny

Media Specialist

Patrick conceives and creates striking visual content that combines engaging graphics and copy. Before joining Subject Matter, he was Senior Art Director at Equals Three Communications, where he led development of digital media and community outreach campaign to promote awareness and participation with the U.S. Navy SEALs among athletic minority youth in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions. His design experience stretches from exhibition design to website and visual identity. Patrick has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications Design from Syracuse University.

Patrick Everson

Associate Creative Director

Zakk works with a digital team to create solutions for commercial, non-profit and government clients. He brings his experience in front-end architecture, performance and code organization. Before coming to Subject Matter, Zakk worked as a senior interactive developer at nclud, a digital creative agency in Washington, D.C., where he translated complex design challenges into seamless interactive experiences. Zakk graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in international law.

Zakk Fleischmann

Full Stack Developer

Brian is responsible for operating our in-house studio, including cameras and lighting equipment for both live and taped studio productions. He also works closely with producers in the creation of various long- and short-form video packages. Before joining Subject Matter, he was a Production Assistant with the Frederick County (Maryland) Government Interagency Information Technologies. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University.

Brian Foreman

Studio Manager / Editor

Jason conceives, shoots, edits and produces videos, 3D animation and motion graphics for the firm's diverse clients. His work before joining Subject Matter included time on the road with the band U2, creating tour visuals for their 360 World Tour and co-editing their 2007 feature-length concert film, “U2 3D.” He's also created marketing videos for Apple in Cupertino. Before working with Apple and U2, Jason worked with director Mark Pellington, helping produce the film The Mothman Prophecies as well as producing and editing music videos for Kings of Leon, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews. Jason got his start working in the feature film creative department at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank after graduating from The University of Southern California.

Jason Free

Director of Creative Production

Francis provides design expertise for a diverse range of interactive client projects. Before joining Subject Matter, he was the Creative Editor at Momentimedia GmbH, a Germany-based agency, where he led the creation of compelling creative campaigns from the ground up for companies such as Siemens, Philips, Panasonic, Sennheiser and Hewlett Packard, and for institutions such as IFA Berlin and CeBIT.

Francis Gabay

Senior Interactive Designer

Virginia promotes and pitches Spanish-language news stories in media markets across the country. Before joining Subject Matter, she was a Hispanic Banking Program Manager for Capital One, where she managed the multicultural media and community relation strategies and branding for 144 branches. Virginia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Journalism from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Virginia Gamboa

Media Specialist

Brittany worked in health care for 9 years prior to joining the Subject Matter team. In her role at Subject Matter she collaborates with two of the founding partners to proactively plan each work week by providing information and deliverables to promote efficiency and productivity with a focus on moving projects forward. She attends meetings to keep a pulse on priority projects to ensure there are clear actions items and follow-ups. Brittany is a Richmond native who attended James Madison University receiving a BS in Health Administration and Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Brittany Geiling

Director of Executive Communication

Vaniah works closely with supervisors and managers to coordinate a myriad of schedules, maintain and grow client relationships, and ensure that a buzzing office operates without a hitch. Prior to joining the Subject Matter team, Vaniah was a dedicated administrator at ATCS, P.L.C. In this role, she served as liaison between the district office and headquarters, and was integrally involved in marketing, accounting, procurement, and solicitation research. Vaniah graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Religious Studies.

Vaniah Holtz

Office Manager

Julie develops websites and online tools as a member of our Digital Team. Before joining Subject Matter, Julie worked as a Front End developer at an interactive engineering company honing her skills. She also has years of experience in the political marketing and publishing world as an award winning graphic designer. Julie has a B.A. in Graphic Design from Salisbury University.

Julie Hudak

Senior Front End Developer

Tory works as a designer for the Subject Matter Creative department. She has worked previously at Hill Holliday in Manhattan and her expertise includes contributing to design, art direction and concepting. Tory received a BFA in Visual Communications at University of Delaware.

Tory Jason


Krysta is a political veteran who, prior to joining Subject Matter, served nearly 10 years in the office of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. As Director of Scheduling, Krysta was a member of the Senator's senior staff and assisted in day-to-day operations, decision making and strategic planning. Today, she provides critical policy and legislative research to Subject Matter clients, coordinates fundraising and client events, supports one of the firm's founding partners and interfaces with clients to ensure their questions are answered and needs are met, as well as client development. A University of Maryland alumni, Krysta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a concentration on Middle East studies.

Krysta Juris

Government Relations

Sarah is originally from Chicago and graduated from University of Wisconsin. Her experience includes freelance consulting at agencies including Energy BBDO and Edelman in Chicago and RP3 and Pappas/DMI in Washington DC. She’s worked on a huge variety of clients, from consumer packaged goods to large financial institutions. Sarah holds a Strategic Communications degree from Wisconsin’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and studied Copywriting at the Chicago Portfolio School.

Sarah Kennedy

Senior Copywriter

As a member of Subject Matter's government affairs team, Peter is responsible for managing client relations, researching legislative and regulatory policy issues, and organizing client events. Prior to joining Subject Matter, Peter interned at Catholic Charities Legal Network, a pro-bono law clinic in Washington, D.C. that provides legal services for low-income and homeless clients. In this role, Peter interviewed prospective clients, assisted the Executive Director with placement of cases and coordinated volunteer attorneys, among other assignments. Peter is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he graduated Cum Laude with degrees in English Literature and History and a minor in Theology.

Peter Kentz

Government Relations

Christina helps develop the user experience and create the look and feel of our websites and other interactive tools. Before joining Subject Matter, she was the Creative and Brand Identity Manager at Hilton Worldwide. She also lived in New York City and Boston, working at Ogilvy and Mather and Nitro Group, where she designed for a variety of consumer, B2B and financial clients.

Christina Kim

Senior Interactive Art Director

Joon was variously employed as a mechanic, a journalist and a cook before he found a calling that let him to do what he does best: tell stories. Before joining Subject Matter, Joon spent eight years copywriting for Mid-Atlantic creative agencies like Barber Martin in Richmond, VA and MGH in Baltimore, MD. His previous work has helped brands like HCA, Mayo Clinic, nTelos, Southern States and the SPCA create inspiring narratives they could truly call their own.

Joon Kim


Prior to joining Subject Matter, Barry served as Director of Federal Government Affairs at Microsoft Corporation. In that capacity he managed the company's strategic, legislative and political relationships with Senate Democrats. Before joining Microsoft, Barry served as Counsel to Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA). He advised Senator Kerry on his work before the Senate Small Business, Commerce and Finance Committees. Barry previously worked as an Associate at Dewey Ballantine LLP (now Dewey LeBeouf ) and served as a legislative and policy advocate with the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, working on behalf of 35 affiliated labor organizations in the transportation and building trades sectors. LaSala received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University and graduated cum laude from Frostburg State University.

Barry LaSala

Government Relations

Tom brings to Subject Matter two decades of experience in government and politics. Prior to serving as executive director of the DSCC during the 2016 election cycle, Lopach served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Jon Tester from 2010 to 2014. In 2009, he was senior vice president of congressional affairs for the Export-Import Bank of the United States. During the 2008 election cycle, under the leadership of Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, Lopach was the DSCC’s national finance director. Lopach worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy from 1999 to 2007, ending his tenure as national finance director for Kennedy’s 2006 re-election campaign and as executive director of Kennedy’s political action committee, the Committee for a Democratic Majority. Lopach started his career as a field representative for then Congressman Pat Williams in Helena, Montana, in 1996.

Tom Lopach

Government Relations

Neomah provides support to the accounting department; tracking project expenses and completing client and employee document requests. In addition she works as the main vendor liaison, reconciling company expenses and administering employee benefits. Before joining Subject Matter, Neomah earned a Business Administration degree and served as the Assistant Office Manager at the Brand Law Group.

Neomah Roberts

Accounts Receivable / HR Coordinator

Kimberly works closely with a range of clients including Marlo Thomas, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Buckle Up For Life - Toyota and Cincinnati Children's safety program, to develop and manage digital presences that speak directly and purposefully to their key audiences. Before joining Subject Matter, she was a Social Media Specialist for Vitamix and worked in Consumer Communications at The J.M. Smucker Company. Kimberly has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton and is working toward an MBA in Entrepreneurship at Baldwin-Wallace University.

Kimberly Rolfes

Digital Media Specialist

John is responsible for all IT assets, from computers to phone systems. He previously supported major government agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce. John served in the U.S. Navy and holds an associate’s degree from the Community College of Baltimore County.

John Simpson

IT Coordinator

Mu helps to streamline accounting functions and support accounting processes. Her responsibilities range from creating customer invoices and reconciling accounts to ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of financial statements. She has more than 10 years of experience in accounting and financial reporting and analysis. Prior to joining Subject Matter, Mu worked for a Big 4 public accounting firm and has previously held positions with an oil & gas firm in Bangkok, Thailand and a telecommunications company in Rockville, MD. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Chulalongkorn University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Muthita Songchitruksa

Assistant Controller

During nearly 8 years with former Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt, Shanti Stanton was his Floor Assistant, working directly with Members to create and implement the Democratic agenda in Congress and serving as Gephardt's liaison to the Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions. After that, Stanton served as the Director of Federal Government Relations for UST Public Affairs, Inc. and has been with Subject Matter since 2008 where she manages several clients, including MillerCoors, Delta Airlines, Churchill Downs and the American Gaming Association.

Shanti Stanton

Government Relations

Jeremy specializes in helping clients develop and manage digital presences. As a member of the content team, Jeremy helps clients reach their key audiences with the right messaging on the right platform, every time. Specializing in what he calls “huggable content,” Jeremy's extensive digital media and communications experience includes acting as the Life Time Athletic Fairfax's Social Media Manager, time in the education space and manager of health and fitness clients on a plethora of social media platforms. Jeremy's clients include the Association of American Railroads, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Emmy Nominated Documentary Cancer-The Emperor of All Maladies. Jeremy leads content development on Subject Matter's social media platforms and holds a double degree in history & political science from the University of Mary Washington. Jeremy is pursuing his MA of Strategic Communication at American University.

Jeremy S. Thompson

Digital Media Specialist

Acedro is skilled in a variety of design disciplines ranging from conceptual, branding, interactive and art direction. He has a talent for transforming great ideas into engaging creative that captures imaginations. His designs help to influence change in consumer behavior through ideas, creativity and the use of various media. He brings exceptional creative thought and craftsmanship; delivering projects from brief to consumer in partnership with clients, technologies and the rest of the Subject Matter team.

Acedro Todd

Design Director

Dennis works to create the look and feel and user experience of our diverse interactive projects. Before joining Subject Matter, he was a Sr. Designer at Beth Singer Design, where he worked on websites, mobile apps, print and large-format environmental projects. Dennis holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Robert Morris University.

Dennis Turbeville

Senior Interactive Art Director

Dan works on the conception and creation of 360-degree ad campaigns. Before joining Subject Matter, he spent three years as an Art Director at Fathom Communications in New York City. He focused on consumer advertising in print, digital, social and broadcast and branding for clients such as Optimum, Amaro Montenegro, YoCrunch, Propel and The Tony Awards. Dan holds a BFA from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.

Dan Tynan

Senior Art Director

Jamie is a Capitol Hill veteran steeped in tax and trade policy and experienced in crossing the aisle to achieve legislative results. Jamie’s career in Washington began in the office of Senator Kit Bond, where she drafted a bipartisan amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act that removed regulations in the base bill and protected investors providing needed capital to start-up companies. She subsequently joined the office of Senator Roy Blunt, current Vice Chairman of the Senate Majority Republican Conference. There, she advised Senator Blunt on domestic and international economic policy and worked closely on numerous pieces of legislation including the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), the Marketplace Fairness Act, swipe fee deregulation and the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Most recently, Jamie developed and executed strategies for global tax and trade policy at Honeywell International.

Jamie Wall

Government Relations

Jenn works closely with Subject Matter’s content team and clients to write, edit and distribute strategic editorial digital content. Before joining Subject Matter, Jenn was a Paralegal Specialist for the Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division devoted mainly to the Auto Parts Investigation. Jenn holds a B.A. in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University and is excited to add the art of storytelling to her daily work.

Jenn Walton

Writer / Editor

Paul helps conceive and develop creative for some of our largest clients, including Freight Rail Works and Toyota. Before joining Subject Matter, he was an Art Director at Havit Advertising and a Graphic Designer at SmithGifford. Paul holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University, having double majored in Graphic Design and English.

Paul Wind

Art Director

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