Stateside is the leader in state and local government affairs.
Since 1988, the Stateside team has worked in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and in dozens of local governments on behalf of a wide range of corporations, trade associations, advocacy coalitions, federal government and non-profit clients.
We have long been regarded as the industry leader and an innovator in the delivery of State and Local Government Affairs services – both information and direct advocacy support.
Stateside helps its clients recognize more success from their programs by providing unmatched expertise as state and local issue managers, access to a wealth of relationships and experienced, professional bandwidth to our clients’ programs.
Our staff of nearly 50 includes 25 former state legislative staff members, 7 attorneys and 12 issue managers with well over 100 years of combined state and local government experience. From government affairs program design to execution, there are experienced Stateside professionals available to help. Whether the task is legislative or regulatory monitoring, retaining the right lobbyists, developing strategic plans, budgeting, public sector sales, working with Groups or integrating grasstops into your program, the experienced team at Stateside Associates can help you succeed.
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Mark D. Anderson, Esq.
Co-Chief Executive Officer & Principal
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 225
Mobile: (703) 622-5836
Mark D. Anderson is a Principal of Stateside and Co-Chief Executive Officer. Since joining the firm in 1993 Mark has counseled and supported a wide array of corporate, association and federal agency clients. With deep expertise in state regulatory issues and engagement strategies, he specializes in coordinating “grasstops” campaigns that organize state regulators and governors into coalitions so that they can contribute their input to federal rulemaking and legislation. His work also includes advising the U.S. Department of Defense on resolving environmental policy issues with state regulators, including facilitating work group meetings of state and federal stakeholders.
Mark is a member of the American Bar Association’s Publications Board, has served on the editorial board of the ABA’s Business Law Today, and oversaw the publication of an issue of that journal dedicated to state lobbying. He was the first chair of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association’s Government Affairs Practice Committee. He is a frequent contributor to environment and energy journals, a featured speaker at trade association meetings, an expert witness at state legislative hearings, and a member of the Democratic Governors Association Advisory Council.
Mark also worked in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and on the legislative staff of a Member of Congress. He also assembled one of the earliest voluntary environmental cleanup coalitions at a time when such programs were in their infancy.
Mark holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bar associations. He is a native of Berlin, New Hampshire, and enjoys international travel.
Michael J. Behm
Co-Chief Executive Officer & Principal
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 234
Mobile: (703) 629-2138
Michael J. Behm is a Principal of Stateside and Co-Chief Executive Officer. He has been advising Stateside’s private sector and federal agency clients about state and local issue management for almost 25 years. He directs Stateside’s advocacy efforts on environmental, financial services, technology, and other issues and hires and manages state and local lobbyists. His work has brought him to most of the state capitals around the country and has yielded an extensive network of legislative leaders and other public officials. Michael’s recent direct client work includes advising the U.S. Department of Defense on land-use conflict resolution and veteran transition strategies, and helping another client educate policymakers on the security and efficiency of electronic payments. Working on the ground with clients whenever possible, he helps them to develop productive relationships with policymakers and tell their story in a compelling way.
Michael began his public policy career in staff positions with the Ohio House of Representatives and the U.S. Congress. He also worked for the State Governmental Affairs Council (SGAC) before coming to Stateside.
Michael was recently invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Council and will begin his term in October 2015. He previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Foundation for State Legislatures’ for five one-year terms and as a Board member for 11 years. NCSL’s Foundation Board, which raises funds and provides leadership for NCSL initiatives, includes state legislative leaders and staff and senior corporate, association, and union executives.
Michael is a member of the Associates Advisory and Annual Meeting committees of the Council of State Governments. He received CSG Associate Partner in Excellence awards in 2004 and 2006. He frequently lectures on state elections, policy issues, and state and local trends.
Michael holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University, where he studied Political Science and Journalism. He is married, with three young sons, and enjoys gourmet cooking.
Robert A. Holden, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 257
Mobile: (571) 283-9747
Robert Holden specializes in health care and professional licensure regulatory issues and manages Stateside’s Health Care Issue practice. He monitors legislation and regulations and helps clients roll out new products and services that meet regulatory requirements. Robert also manages clients’ state and local advocacy campaigns with Groups that regulate healthcare and other areas. He has worked with members and stakeholders at the National Council of Insurance Legislators to develop benchmark legislation. Other Groups he works with on clients’ behalf include the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the National Council of Insurance Legislators, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
Robert works with clients and stakeholders to help them articulate their policy aspirations, communicate how they serve healthcare consumers, and explain how new or changed regulations may affect their operations and the public good. He is deeply committed to ensuring that healthcare and professional licensure regulations make sense and foster innovation as opposed to crystallizing existing practices.
Robert is a frequent speaker at corporate and association client meetings on health policy, state regulations and legislation, and the ways state and federal policies influence each other. He enjoys educating people, including Stateside colleagues, on the ins and outs of healthcare policy.
Before joining Stateside, Robert practiced law with Dilworth Paxson, where he gained his first experience helping clients navigate the regulatory maze as he represented them before property tax collectors.
Robert holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and a J.D. from George Mason University, and is a member of the Virginia bar. Robert is married and has three sons. In his free time, he is involved in Cub Scout leadership and outdoor activities.
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 287
Mobile: (703) 268-9381
With over 20 years of public and private sector policy experience, Steve Arthur directs Stateside’s retail industry practice and advises retailers on working with state government officials and trade associations. He also leads Stateside’s Attorneys General practice, helping clients build relationships with state Attorneys General, educate the AGs on their business, and navigate the lobbying process. Steve helps Stateside’s retail clients to connect with state officials, provide a clear picture of their operations, and minimize barriers to growth. When clients need to market to state agencies, he develops strategies for them. He spearheads coalitions to give clients a voice in shaping federal regulations and guides them in positioning their government relations programs internally to best support business units.
Early in his career, Steve worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, then held a series of appointed positions in California state government. He served as a research analyst in the Governor’s Office, as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, and as Chief Deputy Director for the Department of Conservation, which regulates the state’s mining, oil, and gas industries.
Steve’s private-sector work has included directing state government relations for an international manufacturer, a food industry trade association, and one of the world’s largest retailers. He has served on the boards of numerous state retail associations. He relies on his combination of public and private-sector experience to help clients understand the mindset of government officials and regulators.
Steve’s public service career could be said to have begun in college, when he worked as a police department aide and dispatcher, answering 911 calls and directing police officers to calls for service. One memorable assignment took him backstage at a Grateful Dead concert.
Steve holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently works from Colorado. He enjoys golf and has experienced zero-gravity flight.
James “Jake” Bookwalter
Vice President, Legislative Information Services
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 246
Mobile: (860) 614-8667
James “Jake” Bookwalter serves as vice president for Legislative Information Services at Stateside. Jake joined Stateside in 2011 as a legislative associate and served as a manager and senior manager before assuming his current role. As Vice President, Jake manages the overall legislative monitoring services provide to clients, manages each of the four (4) legislative teams and is responsible for the overall accuracy, quality and timeliness of the legislative monitoring and research. He is responsible for the training of the professionals monitoring and analyzing legislation and political trends in all 50 states and the territories. Jake also liaises with clients and frequently lectures about state issues.
Prior to joining Stateside, Mr. Bookwalter gained six years of legislative experience working as a legislative aide for the Connecticut General Assembly. During his time there, Jake was responsible for preparing testimonies, writing speeches, coordinating speaking engagements and informational forums, organizing outreach events, and working with municipalities and state agencies to address local concerns. Jake was recognized by the CT Horse Council (an equestrian group) for his advocacy work at the State Legislature. He also has political experience through state and national campaign work and served as the Chief Page for the Republican National Convention in 2008.
Mr. Bookwalter volunteers at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, serving as a member of the Young pARTners Circle. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
John Howell, Esq.
Vice President, Regulatory Services
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 241
John Howell manages Stateside’s Regulatory Services Division. The Division is comprised of regulatory attorneys and supports clients with research, ongoing monitoring, forecasting and compliance resources focused on state regulations. Deep with issue expertise and process knowledge, the Division is well-appreciated by clients for its ability to locate and convey critical information in a timely and precise manner. John also provides issue management services to Stateside clients, supporting strategic planning, advocacy and work with state and local officials Groups.
John has more than 15 years of regulatory affairs experience at Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures in telecommunications. His expertise includes telecommunications law, policy, regulatory compliance, interoperability, and public safety communications; cybersecurity; Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) matters; and Federal Advisory Committee Act issues. He is a frequent speaker on regulatory issues before state commissions and industry organizations.
John brings substantial experience with providing direct support to executive-level leadership on multiple complex public policy issues to his Stateside role. Before joining Stateside he served as Vice President and Counsel at the Pierson Group, LLC, where he provided leadership in deploying a national cybersecurity program, and as Director of External and Legal Affairs at Cyren Call Communications. At Cyren, he managed preparation of Congressional testimony and regulatory analysis related to wireless broadband interoperability for public safety communications, and managed grassroots advocacy before local, state, and federal regulators.
Previously, John served as Director of Industry Affairs and Senior Counsel at Sprint Nextel, where he oversaw regulatory compliance. He led the deployment of Enhanced 911, which enables public safety personnel to quickly locate cell phone callers who cannot provide their location. He also helped negotiate the nation’s first agreement between national cell phone carriers that allowed customers who switched to a new carrier to keep the same phone number. He won Sprint Nextel Operational Excellence Awards for this effort and for his work as steering committee chair of the FCC’s Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC). In that capacity he advised the FCC on emergency communications, homeland security best practices, and nationwide deployment of broadband services.
John’s early work experience includes practicing law as a trial attorney and managing large non-profit organizations. While in law school, he worked as Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s personal driver.
John holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond and a J.D. from Quinnipiac University. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Connecticut bar associations. He enjoys golf and baseball and is a native of Fairfield, CT.
Vice President, State and Local Issues
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 232
Mobile: (571) 262-1278
Stephanie Reich provides clients with advocacy consulting, strategic planning and State and Local Groups engagement support and manages Stateside’s Local Government Monitoring practice. With over 14 years of corporate government relations and public service experience Stephanie brings Stateside clients unique expertise and an extraordinary network. Throughout her professional career, she has focused on finding strategic ways to better the communities in which she lives and works.
Prior to joining Stateside she served in the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia as Chief Operating Officer/Chief of Staff at the Department of Employment Services and as the Deputy Chief of Staff at Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. In this and other agency management positions, she provided leadership on key management functions, including legislative affairs, intergovernmental relations, community outreach, public information, performance management, procurement, labor relations and human resources.
Stephanie’s wealth of knowledge regarding laws, regulations, budgetary considerations and constituent needs is also informed by her service as Chief of Staff to Linda W. Cropp, Chairwoman of the D.C. Council. As the Chairwoman’s executive liaison, Stephanie was noted for her keen ability to meticulously guide negotiations between the Executive Branch and D.C. Council regarding its annual budget.
Stephanie also worked as a Manager, State Government Relations for the Symantec Corporation. In this capacity, she led a team whose primary focus was to engage stakeholders and promote changes in public policy that supported corporate responsibility with local and state partners.
Stephanie holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the State University of New York at Albany. She also has a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Master of Public Policy from American University.
Timothy J. Riordan
Vice President, Client Services
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 254
Mobile: (571) 414-7681
Timothy J. Riordan works at Stateside as Vice President, Client Services. In this role, Mr. Riordan is responsible for collaborating with our team of Issue Managers, Senior Consultants and Partners to build and enhance our relationships with clients while ensuring they receive maximum benefit from Stateside’s numerous service offerings, experienced staff and comprehensive knowledge base. Additionally, he oversees the marketing and communications functions of the firm.
Prior to joining Stateside, Tim was Vice President at the DC Chamber of Commerce where he oversaw all member services and programs for the Chamber’s membership of more than 1,700 businesses and organizations. Additionally he served as the Chamber’s representative to the Government Contracting Work Group, which works to facilitate members doing business with State, Local and Federal government agencies. Prior to joining the DC Chamber, Tim spent several years in direct response marketing and fundraising.
Tim is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he captained the varsity lacrosse team and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in International Business, with a minor in German.
Manager, Issues and Information
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 271
Stephen Abresch is the Manager of Issues and Information. He gained legislative experience working for the Appropriations Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. He gained additional political experience working on an issue campaign to gain federal funding for state-level programs. Mr. Abresch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Salisbury University and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Social Policy from the George Washington University.
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 226
Tina Allen is the Controller at Stateside Associates and responsible for managing the accounting department, overseeing human resources, preparing and maintaining budgets, forecasting, analyzing for future income and expenditures and preparing financial statements.
Prior to joining Stateside, Ms. Allen was the CFO of a $2M printing company and the owner of Allen Accounting Services.
She and her husband are avid animal lovers and love taking their dogs on long walks. They are also both members of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International, a charitable, non-profit organization, that raises money through its membership and events for many important charities, inlcuding our wounded warriors.
Manager, Social Media Services
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 242
Nick Blazer is the Manager of Social Media Services. He gained experience teaching the principles of American Government to university students as a graduate teaching assistant and as a research assistant for the Department of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University. Before working at Stateside, Mr. Blazer worked for a United States Senator. Mr. Blazer is a graduate of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and engaged in graduate studies in Political Theory at Northern Illinois University.
Meghan S. Holihan
Manager, State Issues
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 280
Meghan Holihan began work at Stateside in 2013 as Coordinator, Projects and Editor, Groups Report. In addition to producing The Groups Report each month she supports the Issue Management team and clients with special research projects. She has had an active legislative and political career, including managing three Democratic primary campaigns for state and local elected officials in Northern Virginia. Ms. Holihan also served in the Virginia State Senate for two sessions in the Majority Leader’s Office.
Prior to joining Stateside, Ms. Holihan gained a wealth of knowledge in political fundraising, finance, communications, research and field, candidate and staff management. She managed races for the Virginia State Senate and Virginia House of Delegates. She also managed a campaign for the Alexandria, Virginia City Council.
Ms. Holihan spent time working for a local non-profit in Alexandria, assisting in managing an online community platform and its social media outreach and engagement. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Senior Manager, State Issues
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 266
Kelsey Lovell is the Manager of Issues and Information. She gained legislative experience working as a legislative aide in the Iowa House of Representatives. She also gained political experience working on local, state and national political campaigns. Ms. Lovell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Iowa.
Manager, State Issues
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 292
Johnathan Lozier serves as Manager, State Issues for Stateside. In addition to serving as an Issue Manager, he also works as a member of Stateside’s Groups Practice. He works with Stateside’s clients on a wide range of state government affairs issues including supporting client’s advocacy efforts, strategic planning and communicating their positions to appointed and elected officials.
Prior to joining Stateside, Mr. Lozier was most recently Manager, Legislator Outreach at Women in Government. In this role, he served as the direct lead between elected officials and the organization, overseeing all legislative communication, email campaigns, recruitment efforts and outreach materials. He additionally helped develop and lead multiple state policy initiatives.
Mr. Lozier has worked for several national and international non-profits, as part of their policy, communications, grassroots and development teams.
Becky Lukaesko, Esq.
Senior Regulatory Counsel and Ethics Officer
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 222
Becky Lukaesko, Esq., is a Senior Regulatory Counsel and Ethics Officer in the Regulatory Services Division. Prior to joining Stateside, Ms. Lukaesko gained experience in environmental law issues at the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic and at the Mineral Policy Center. Ms. Lukaesko also gained experience in employment and real property law issues at The Nature Conservancy. Ms. Lukaesko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Ms. Lukaesko is a member of the Maryland Bar.
Melissa P. Martin, J.D.
Senior Regulatory Counsel
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 237
Melissa P. Martin, J.D., is the Senior Regulatory Counsel in the Regulatory Services Division. Ms. Martin joined Stateside Associates in 2007 as a Regulatory Counsel and worked for five years in that role before being promoted to Senior Regulatory Counsel in 2012. As the Senior Counsel, Ms. Martin supervises the Regulatory Services Team and handles client regulatory concerns. Ms. Martin works directly with regulatory clients to ensure that the regulatory division provides the clients with timely and accurate updates on rule developments.
Prior to joining Stateside Associates, Ms. Martin worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of State Lands where she handled state sovereign submerged land leases for the Northeast District. In addition, she clerked for Shawn A. Arnold, Esq., a criminal and civil attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. While attending Florida Coastal School of Law, Ms. Martin was the President of the Environmental Law Community Action Team in which her duties included chairing the 2004 & 2005 Environmental Summits held at the school. She received her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in August 2006 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Washington College.
Ms. Martin has been married for over 8 years to her husband Jon. Together they live in Maryland with their two daughters, Eleni and Alexis and a house filled with dogs, cats and fish. In her spare time, Ms. Martin enjoys spending time with her family, reading and running.
Manager, State Issues
Phone: (703) 525-7466 ext. 238
Bob Maurice is a State Issues Manager. He works with clients on a wide range of state and local government affairs issues. Additionally, he assists Stateside clients with state and local lobbyist referrals. Bob began his career at Stateside as a Legislative Associate in the Legislative Information Services Division. As an Associate, he was responsible for monitoring energy, environment, water, climate change and chemical safety issues for a variety of clients.
Prior to joining Stateside, Bob gained political experience working as a Legislative Aide for a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and also assisted with many state and local campaigns. He was also an Emergency Medical Technician for several years. Bob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Westfield State College and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Suffolk University.
A native of Massachusetts, Bob now resides in Washington, D.C. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteer work, discovering a new favorite book, or training for his next half-marathon.
Manager, State Issues
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In college, Mr. Aukstuolis danced with Mrs. Annie Glenn at a campaign rally to the beats of Will.i.am’s deejayed music. Senator John Glenn, former astronaut, Marine and presidential candidate, was nearby but conceded the dance to his lovely wife and Mr. Aukstuolis.
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Senior Regulatory Associate
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Formally, Executive Assistant to a sports agent in downtown Washington, DC, TaJuana is a quite a sports fan, notably NBA and NFL. She enjoys music, entertainment and traveling.
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