Jessie Merriman

Subject Matter | September 25, 2023

Jessie brings a wide range of research experience and a passion for public policy to the government relations team. In her role as a research associate, she performs various writing and research projects for a wide range of clients. Prior to joining the team, shemanaged multiple sustainability initiatives for a Hawaii-based restaurant group. She also[…]

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Matthew Causer

Subject Matter | September 1, 2023

Matt is passionate about politics and policy and has experience with it at every level of government. He’s proud to bring these skills to the government relations team as a research associate. Matt provides research on a variety of issues for clients and assists with writing and fundraising. Before joining the team, he was a[…]

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Caitlin Canter

Subject Matter | August 10, 2022

Caitlin joined Subject Matter in 2022 with more than 12 years of experience in politics and lobbying. Caitlin specializes in healthcare, with additional expertise in tax and trade practice areas regarding issues involving the Ways & Means Committee, House Republican leadership and the House Republican Conference. Most recently, she served as a principal for Capitol[…]

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Mia Villavicencio-Eschinger

Subject Matter | June 29, 2022

Mia’s passion and a wide range of policy and research experience make her a perfect fit as a research associate at Subject Matter. In her role, she supports the government relations team with research, writing and fundraising efforts for a variety of clients. Prior to Subject Matter, Mia interned in both houses of Congress, for[…]

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Claire Foran

Subject Matter | June 16, 2022

Claire supports the government relations team in research, writing and fundraising efforts for clients, putting her wide range of policy experience to use for our clients. Prior to Subject Matter, Claire worked at multiple Democratic research firms, where she conducted research for candidates in battleground Senate, House and governor’s races. Claire also interned for Sen.[…]

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Rebecca Shaw

Subject Matter | March 10, 2022

Rebecca spent more than a decade working in the House of Representatives, most recently serving as chief of staff to Rep. Trey Hollingsworth of Indiana, where she honed her expertise in member decision-making, communications, and her passion for achieving stakeholder goals. Previously, she served as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for former Rep.[…]

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Sandra Alcala

Subject Matter | February 7, 2022

Sandra is a skilled lobbyist on Subject Matter’s Government Relations team. Most recently she served as the chief of staff for Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas). She brings a unique scientific perspective to her work, having a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. Sandra has nearly 20 years of experience both as a senior[…]

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Keith Castaldo

Subject Matter | June 2, 2021

Keith brings more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill to the team at Subject Matter. He most recently worked as general counsel to Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, driving strategy, coalition building, business outreach and policy for her major legislative initiatives. Prior to his time in the Senate, he was a[…]

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Bryce Harlow

Subject Matter | July 20, 2020

Bryce brings two decades of experience in political and legislative affairs to the team at Subject Matter. He began his time on the Hill as a Senate page in the mid-90s. After college, he worked in the House Republican Cloakroom, and later served as a legislative aide for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Most recently, Bryce[…]

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Bill Ghent

Subject Matter | December 3, 2019

Bill has more than 25 years of media, legislative and political experience in Washington, D.C. For more than eight years, he covered news on the Hill, reporting on everything from energy and environmental policy to budget and tax issues. After learning the ins and outs of Congress, Bill entered politics as the communications director for[…]

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