PRINCIPLE. PASSION. PURPOSE.

Fulcrum Public Affairs is a full-service government affairs firm specializing in federal relations, state and local advocacy, and stakeholder coalition building. We represent Fortune 100 companies, innovative start-ups, and mission-driven nonprofits. Fulcrum is 100% Black and Latinx-owned.

What We Do

We leverage our wide-ranging backgrounds to give clients reach in all spheres of influence, from Congress and the Administration to state/local leaders and stakeholder advocacy groups. Our diverse team devises creative strategies to give our clients a seat at the table as federal policy decisions are made and executed in the nation’s capital.

Federal Lobbying · Our years of experience in Congress and previous presidential administrations have uniquely positioned us to engage with today’s White House, executive cabinet agencies, and Congressional leadership, committees, and caucuses. From the Congressional Progressive Caucus to the pro-business New Democrat Coalition, we work across the political spectrum of those setting the agenda in Washington. Our trusted relationship with the House and Senate TriCaucus – the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) – enables our clients to develop and advance policy solutions that serve communities of color.

State Advocacy · By leveraging long-standing relationships with governors, mayors, other state and local elected officials, and their membership organizations, we enhance our advocacy efforts at the federal level.

Stakeholder Coalitions · We build coalitions with think tanks, civil rights and minority organizations, and center-left advocacy groups that are influential with the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats. Whether we are working with groups representing the business community or advocating on behalf of progressive causes, our team provides a platform for our clients to connect with groups that share a common goal. We help align the missions of these stakeholder organizations with our clients’ goals to create mutually-beneficial policy outcomes.

WHO WE ARE

We have decades of experience serving at the pinnacle of policy, politics and advocacy. Our strategists have held senior-level positions in Congress and presidential administrations. Our holistic view of the legislative and political processes allows us to effectively educate and advocate on behalf of our clients.

OSCAR RAMIREZ

Partner & Co-Founder

OSCAR RAMIREZ

Partner & Co-Founder

(202) 365-2971
oscar.ramirez@fulcrum-dc.com

Expertise
Financial Services, Labor, Tech

Government Background
U.S. Department of Labor, Obama Administration
Rep. Al Green (D-TX-09)
Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA-32)
Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA)

Oscar is a seasoned Democratic strategist with two decades of policy and political experience in senior roles on Capitol Hill, on national political campaigns, in the Obama Administration, and at other government relations firms. In the Obama Administration, Oscar served as a senior advisor to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. He spent seven years on Capitol Hill as chief of staff and legislative director for three members of Congress, including House Financial Services Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Al Green (D-TX). While on the Hill, he served as president of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association. He also worked on the presidential campaigns of John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 and served as a member of the Democratic National Committee and vice chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.

Oscar has been recognized as a “2020 Top Lobbyist” by the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics, one of DC’s “Top Lobbyists” by The Hill, one of Washington’s “most influential movers and shakers under 40″ by Washington Life Magazine, and as one of the top “40 Under 40 Latinos in American Politics” by The Huffington Post. He also sits on the Democratic National Committee’s National Finance Committee. Oscar received a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a JD/MA from George Washington University. He is the father of two very smart dogs, Dug and Lucy.

DANA THOMPSON

Partner & Co-Founder

DANA THOMPSON

Partner & Co-Founder

(202) 297-3688
dana.thompson@fulcrum-dc.com

Expertise
Appropriations, Banking, Defense, Education, Financial Services, Homeland Security, Judiciary, Natural Resources/Federal Lands, Transportation, Veterans Affairs

Government Background
Governor Martin O’Malley (MD)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-43)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)

Dana has nearly two decades of federal and state government, as well as federal and state government relations, experience. He has developed strong connections on Capitol Hill as well as in governors’ offices, state agencies, mayoral offices, and advocacy organizations on both sides of the aisle. On the Hill, Dana served as legislative director and chief counsel to Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). He also served as chief of staff to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). Dana was the first African-American to serve as director of a U.S. governor’s Washington, DC office. Under Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), Dana acted as the Governor’s key liaison to the National Governors Association and worked closely with the Maryland Congressional delegation, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and National Capital Region leaders in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dana has been recognized as one of DC’s “Top Lobbyists” by The Hill for the last two years and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gonzaga College High School, and Yale University alumni associations and the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Advisory Board.

Dana received a BA from Yale University and a JD from Catholic University of America.

MADELAINE ASSI

Chief of Staff

MADELAINE ASSI

Chief of Staff

(904) 412-4930
madelaine.assi@fulcrum-dc.com

Madelaine joined Fulcrum after working at a well-known public relations and communications firm. There, she worked closely with foreign sovereign governments on their public diplomacy programming as well as enhancing their bilateral trade and security ties with the United States.

Madelaine also consulted on communications and government affairs strategies for biotech and logistical companies. She previously worked in the due diligence field evaluating risk associated with businesses based in the Middle East and Latin America.

Madelaine received a BA from University of South Florida and an MA from George Washington University.

SASHA BERNHARD

Vice President

SASHA BERNHARD

Vice President

(425) 419-8150
sasha.bernhard@fulcrum-dc.com

Expertise
Education, Infrastructure, Technology/Telecommunications, Transportation

Government Background
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01)
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Sasha joined Fulcrum in January 2021 from the office of Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), where she served as senior policy advisor handling a variety of technology, infrastructure, transportation, labor, and judiciary issues. Sasha was one of the lead House staffers on privacy issues, drafting the Congresswoman’s privacy bill that was endorsed by the New Democrat Coalition. Rep. DelBene is the incoming chair of the New Democrat Coalition and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

Sasha previously worked for Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA). Prior to coming to Congress, she worked in the tech sector at various startups and at Amazon’s headquarters on the Amazon Business team.

Sasha graduated with a BA from the University of Washington and an MLS from Catholic University of America.

MARGARET FRANKLIN

Vice President

MARGARET FRANKLIN

Vice President

(901) 270-3497
margaret.franklin@fulcrum-dc.com

Expertise
Financial services, Housing, Judiciary (Civil Liberties and Voting Rights), Transportation

Government Background
Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL-05)
Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC-12)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand​ ​(D-NY)

Margaret comes to Fulcrum after having worked for Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL), an active member of the Financial Services Committee and New Democrat Coalition, where she served as his legislative director. She previously worked for Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), who chairs the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and also sits on the Financial Services Committee, as well as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

While on the Hill, Margaret served as President of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus. She is on the planning committee for African American Women on the Hill and serves on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in Virginia.

Margaret received a BA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MPA from Howard University.

ANDREA MARES

Vice President

ANDREA MARES

Vice President

(505) 379-2600
andrea.mares@fulcrum-dc.com

Expertise
Health, Housing, Indian Health Services, Veterans’ Affairs

Government Background
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Andrea Mares joined Fulcrum after spending over eight years working on Capitol Hill for Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), where she worked on several issues, including healthcare, housing, veterans’ affairs, and Indian Health Services. Senator Heinrich chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and is the vice chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. During her time with Senator Heinrich, Andrea helped advance the Cadillac Tax legislation and worked closely on issues surrounding rural health. Growing up in and working for New Mexico, Andrea has gained a unique understanding of the issues that large rural states face.

SARAH MONTEITH

Vice President

SARAH MONTEITH

Vice President

(425) 923-4899
sarah.monteith@fulcrum-dc.com

Expertise
Appropriations, Education, Labor, Judiciary

Government Background
Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Sarah joined Fulcrum from the office of Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), where she served as a legislative assistant handling a variety of education, appropriations, workforce, infrastructure, immigration, and judiciary issues. Sarah was one of the lead House staffers advocating for the expansion of Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships in Computer Science and Information Technology expanding traditional workforce training into the 21st Century. Sarah also authored the Youth Workforce Readiness Act leading the way for an expansion of afterschool learning programs through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Reauthorization. Rep. Kilmer is the Chair Emeritus of the New Democrat Coalition and is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Sarah previously worked for Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA) managing his work on the House Education and Labor Committee, and for Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA). Senator Murray also chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee. Prior to coming to Congress, Sarah worked for Senator Murray’s District Office in Seattle, WA, and on various state and local campaigns in Washington State.

MIYA PATEL

Vice President

MIYA PATEL

Vice President

(904) 315-0716
miya.patel@fulcrum-dc.com

Expertise
Antitrust, Banking, Immigration, Judiciary, Tech

Government Background
Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO-02)
Rep. John Delaney (D-MD)
House Financial Services Committee

Miya brings a unique blend of experience in government, in the private sector and as a public interest lawyer to Fulcrum. Miya joined Fulcrum having served as counsel to Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO), who holds leadership roles in the House Democrat Caucus as co-president of the freshman class and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Rep. Neguse also serves as vice chair of the Judiciary Committee Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee. Miya previously worked as counsel to Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) and as legal fellow in the House Financial Services Committee under Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

Prior to working in Congress, Miya worked as a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs and as an immigration lawyer.

Miya received a BA from Florida State University and a JD from University of Miami School of Law.

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