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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

For nearly 20 years, Kristi has tackled complex policy issues — as a Hill staffer, government relations professional and attorney. An experienced Democratic lobbyist with an 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-faceted 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 B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Georgetown and was an Associate in Kirkpatrick and Lockhart’s banking practice before going to the Hill.

Kristi Kennedy

Government Relations

Hastie excels at using data-driven digital strategy to transform global brands and reach the influential audiences that matter to them. She came to Subject Matter from a leading government relations firm, where she built and expanded the digital department, making it a powerhouse of advocacy in Washington and helping it earn its first award for digital strategy. She also helped spearhead the development of leading-edge social media products and services at one of the largest digital and marketing communications agencies in the world. Before joining the agency world, Hastie cut her teeth in management consulting, overseeing large-scale projects, including $50 million U.S. Department of Defense research programs.

Hastie Afkhami

Senior Vice President, Digital

Audrey Chang has more than two decades of experience in corporate communications, public affairs and issues management. She promotes client priorities through the full range of traditional and new media, and translates complex subject matter in consumer technology, life sciences and social policy, into stories that resonate and persuade. Audrey was most recently a Managing Director at The Harbour Group and previously worked at Burson-Marsteller and Ogilvy Public Relations. She has represented a variety of companies ranging from Fortune 10 companies to startups, as well as major industry associations, coalitions and nationally-known nonprofits. Additionally, she has managed a number of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, with an eye toward highlighting corporate leadership and driving community engagement, particularly in the greater DC area. Audrey has a M.A. from American University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where she serves on the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women.

Audrey Chang

Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications

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

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. He works with clients to develop effective content strategy matched by high-level execution. John specializes in crafting authentic stories — whether op-eds, blog posts or strategy documents — that inform and persuade. In his 20-year career at USA Today, he served as Page One Editor and Cover Story Editor, shaping the daily enterprise content across USA Today’s print and digital platforms. John also directed the Op-Ed Page for eight years while serving on the newspaper’s Editorial Board, thus helping to guide and inform wide-ranging discussions on the issues of the day.

John Siniff

Senior Vice President, Content

Joy leads Subject Matter's team of media specialists, overseeing the strategic development and tactical execution of media outreach initiatives. In more than 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

Vice President, Media

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

Vice President, Operations

As a Media Assistant, Natalie helps her team coordinate outreach efforts for both current and incoming clients, including targeted outreach to a number of broadcast and digital outlets nationwide. Before coming to Subject Matter, Natalie was the public relations and affairs intern for Curley Company, where she developed gap analyses and press releases for health care organizations in 35 states. She was also the communications intern for United States Senator, Robert P. Casey, Jr. in the fall of 2015. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College, with a minor in Government.

Natalie Adams

Media Assistant

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

Whitaker Askew joins Subject Matter with more than thirteen years experience in politics, lobbying and integrated advocacy. Askew brings to Subject Matter extensive relationships and a successful track record on a diversified range of issues in tax and financial services, commerce, labor, hospitality and travel. He works with clients to build consensus, craft multidimensional political strategies and execute integrated campaigns that matter. Most recently, Askew was vice president of government relations at the American Gaming Association. Prior to that, Askew served Speaker of the House John Boehner as executive director of The Freedom Project/Team Boehner, which played a critical role in the G.O.P.’s 2010 takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was PAC director of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America in 2005, following service in several capacities at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) during the 2004 election cycle.

Whitaker Askew

Government Relations

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

Katherine (Katie) Boehret is a communications expert and former Wall Street Journal columnist known for developing clear, mission-driven messaging and strategies. Most recently, as a Senior Director at Burson-Marsteller, she developed business strategies, events and executive media plans for clients such as Ford Motor Company’s Mobility team, Sony and the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to that, Katie spent 14 years working with renowned technology journalist Walt Mossberg and became a tech columnist at the Journal. She also played an integral role in the launch of and the D Conference. Katie went on to hold senior editorial roles at Recode and The Verge, where she wrote reviews, news stories and opinion columns on the state of technology in our culture.

Katherine Boehret

Senior Director, Content

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 also has broad experience in health care, having served as both Professional Staff on Medicare as well as Acting Chief for health care and entitlements, which include Medicare, Medicaid and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

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.

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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

An artist at heart, Rosemary Cornelius joins the Subject Matter team as a web and graphic designer working with some of our top clients including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Hospital Association and the Women’s Heart Alliance. She specializes in branding and web design, creating infographics and social media graphics. Rosemary previously interned at VOX Global and worked as a designer at Punch Digital Strategy building brands and implementing design across the company. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from Texas State University.

Rosemary Cornelius


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 strategic thinking with engaging graphics and copy. He has over 10 years of experience collaborating with organizations large and small, including the well-known brands Toyota, the National Geographic Museum, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the United States Census Bureau, the Smithsonian, and the U.S. Navy SEALs. His design portfolio encompasses exhibition design, advertising campaigns, website creation, and visual identities. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications Design from Syracuse University.

Patrick Everson

Associate Creative Director

As Senior Design Director, Kevin Fenton provides top-level design direction, generates conceptual ideas for campaign messaging, and streamlines and facilities the workflow of our Creative team. Prior to joining Team Subject Matter, Kevin operated as a freelance design director for a variety of clients, including Variety Magazine, American Express, Beats By Dre and Marriot Hotels. In that role, he both wrote and designed treatments for commercials, television and feature film pitches, and established art direction, brand design and identity systems based on marketing briefs and client feedback. Before that, he was design director and lead designer for The Partners Trust and The Hypothesis Group, respectively. Kevin holds a graduate degree in Graphic Design/Art Direction from Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kevin Fenton

Senior Design Director

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

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

Senior Media Specialist

As Chief of Staff at Subject Matter, Brittany combines her roles as a strategist, consultant and implementer to drive streamlined activities within the company based on the priorities set by Executive Leadership. She handles the day-to-day management of business operations and personnel that keep the company running at top speed. Prior to joining the Subject Matter team, Brittany worked for nine years in the health care industry. A Richmond native, she attended James Madison University and received a Bachelor of Science in health administration and a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Brittany Geiling

Chief of Staff

As Senior Experience Designer, Jonathan Guerzon leads user experience design and helps create amazing interactive experiences for our clients including Airlines for America and the Association of American Railroads. Before joining the Subject Matter team, he worked at AARP to further develop the design and user interface for their Member Benefits and Staying Sharp websites. Prior to that, he held a position in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group, helped redesign the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website, and helped win an 11-year contract to restructure and redesign Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from Towson University.

Jonathan Guerzon

Senior Experience Designer

As an avid reader and writer, Elizabeth loves storytelling. She's excited to put that passion to work for clients, drafting op-eds, blog posts and policy documents. Prior to joining Subject Matter, Elizabeth worked at the White House Writers Group, where she focused on third party outreach and coalition building. She was also a reporter for the Orange County Register and an editorial fellow at USA Today. Elizabeth has a B.A. in history from Bryn Mawr College and a master's degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications from Northwestern University.

Elizabeth Held

Senior Writer / Editor

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

Operations Manager & Project Specialist

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

As Senior Bookkeeper, Stanley Johnson manages operational expenses, including invoice submissions, check payments and the monitoring of company credit cards. He also assists in creating client invoices, audit requests, account analyses and deposits. Prior to joining the Subject Matter team, Stanley worked as a Senior Accountant at Global Impact, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the world’s most vulnerable people. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Howard University.

Stanley Johnson

Senior Bookkeeper

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

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

Senior Copywriter

As Media Specialist, Brendan coordinates, pitches and produces media tours for Subject Matter clients. Before arriving at Subject Matter, Brendan served as a public affairs intern with the public affairs and political consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker. While there, he was responsible for drafting press releases, pitching reporters, distributing daily news clips and working with senior level staff on government and private sector campaigns. Prior to that, Brendan interned on Capitol Hill with Congressman Don Beyer and Senator Mark Warner. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University.

Brendan Kiviat

Account Coordinator

As Of Counsel to Subject Matter’s Government Relations team, Ed Kutler brings with him over 30 years of deep policy expertise in financial services, tax, energy, technology and healthcare. As a leading government affairs strategist, he is well positioned to help Subject Matter clients with their public policy needs. Before joining the team, Ed ran The Kutler Group, a boutique government and public affairs firm that offers personalized services to all clientele. Prior to that, he worked for The Mercury Group and Clark and Weinstock following his years as Senior Advisor to Minority Whip and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Ed Kutler

Of Counsel

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

Sean works alongside the Creative and Content teams to provide a conceptual, social-first approach to content while ensuring our creative campaigns translate seamlessly into the ever-maturing social media landscape. Sean creates concise, compelling content for our clients’ digital paid advertising and organic campaigns. He also helps Subject Matter’s copywriters and art directors generate creative deliverables across a variety of platforms. Prior to joining Subject Matter, Sean worked at a boutique public relations firm in South Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies and Marketing from Florida State University.

Sean Matheson

Creative Social Strategist

Lifelong design enthusiast Erick Messer joins our Creative team as a junior designer. Before coming to Subject Matter, Erick served as a graphic design intern at idfive and a marketing assistant at James Madison University, where he designed marketing materials for the university’s recreation center. Erick holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with minors in Studio Art and Art History.

Erick Messer

Junior Designer

Kelly coordinates media outreach for Subject Matter clients including Marriot, Trust for America’s Health and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. She also conducts targeted, strategic outreach to broadcast outlets across the country. Before joining Subject Matter, Kelly interned in public affairs at FleishmanHillard, where she monitored legislative process and coverage and wrote client-facing analysis. She has also held communications internships at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Amnesty International and on a U.S. congressional campaign. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University.

Kelly Montgomery

Media Specialist

Formerly a communications coordinator at the NFL Players Association, Kaitlin Murphy joins the Subject Matter team as a Social Media Strategist executing digital and social media strategy development. Kaitlin regularly collaborates with teams across the agency to produce cohesive, comprehensive social strategy for clients, while generating and encouraging innovative ideas and solutions. In addition to her tenure at the NFL Players Association, Kaitlin brings with her prior experience as a campaign program manager for the Ronald McDonald House and a contributor for the Bleacher Report. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Furman University.

Kaitlin Murphy

Social Media Strategist

As a Junior Art Director, Bryant develops rich and graphically detailed visuals that tell both strategic and compelling stories for clients big and small. Prior to working at Subject Matter, Bryant oversaw print and digital layouts and developed digital marketing campaigns at Bussolati Associates. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Washington.

Bryant Prince

Junior Art Director

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

With her eye for beautiful and creative technological implementation, Deanna helps make our clients’ visions come to life. Before coming to Subject Matter, Deanna developed a CMS platform and websites for DealerOn, a web platform and digital marketing service for auto industry clients. She has also worked on various nonprofit projects, including a solar-oven engineering endeavor in Nicaragua. Deanna holds a Bachelor’s in Science and Technology Studies with a minor in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Deanna Steers

Web Developer

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, Churchill Downs and the American Gaming Association.

Shanti Stanton

Government Relations

As Controller at Subject Matter, Steve brings with him more than 10 years of accounting experience. A member of the Finance team, he helps streamline accounting functions for all clients and carries out several accounting processes, from creating customer invoices and reconciling accounts to ensuring that financial statements are produced on time and accurately. Prior to joining Subject Matter, Steve worked for National Media, a national recognized leader in media research, planning and placement for issue advocacy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from James Madison University and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Steve Syckes


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

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

Peter lends his design expertise to a wide range of client projects. He’s designed motion graphics and developed and managed brand assets for prestigious media brands including PBS News Hour, National Geographic, USA Today and Discovery Communications. Whether working on brand identity, advertising or illustration, he brings a strong sensibility for the visual side of brands. Peter has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Peter Verastegui

Visual Designer

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

As a member of the Creative Team, Greg concepts and writes integrated campaigns that help clients develop a voice and tone to best represent their brand and tell their story. Prior to coming to Subject Matter, Greg was a Copywriter for Huge Inc. and the voice of several award-winning campaigns for clients, including Audi, Pfizer, Google, Nike and Under Armour. Before that, he was a Brand Creative Copywriter at Capitol One creating original content for their Customer Management Team. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Longwood University.

Greg Wilson

Senior Copywriter

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