Bipartisan Team

Our bipartisan team of senior lobbyists is recognized as one of the most effective in Washington, D.C. We help clients develop winning strategies and then educate and build relationships with key policymakers in Congress, the White House, government agencies and regulatory bodies.

We are truly bipartisan and have been since we were founded a decade ago. We serve clients only with senior professionals who have served in top positions in Congress, the White House and on presidential campaigns. We’re highly respected for our policy expertise on virtually every major national issue, as well as our political savvy which adds an essential level of understanding to how government works.

Bruce P. Mehlman

Founder

Recognized as one of the city’s “top lobbyists” by Washingtonian Magazine, Bruce Mehlman
has been a leader in our nation’s capital for nearly two decades, helping Fortune 500
companies and innovative start-ups understand, anticipate and navigate the public policy
environment and trends likely to impact the global marketplace.

A founding partner of his bipartisan firm, Mehlman is widely regarded as an expert in running
issue campaigns, managing C-suite associations and developing strategies that achieve
impactful policy outcomes. He concurrently serves as Executive Director of the Technology CEO
Council and Co-Chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance.

Mehlman previously held the post of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy,
having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed to the office by the United
States Senate in 2001.

Before Commerce, Mehlman worked as the lead Republican lobbyist for high tech heavyweight
Cisco Systems, representing the Silicon Valley company before Congressional committees,
federal agencies and the executive branch.

Mehlman held the position of policy director and general counsel to the House Republican
Conference under Representative J.C. Watts (R-OK) and before that served as General Counsel
to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where he advised Republican
Members and their staffs on matters of election law, ethics and political broadcast regulations.
A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School, he lives with his
family in Bethesda, Maryland.

David Castagnetti

Co-Founder

David Castagnetti is a legislative and political strategist with a history of delivering for clients. A trusted Democratic advisor who understands how to talk to business, David has played a critical role in shaping some of the most significant policy issues of the past two decades.

Recognized as one of Washington’s top lobbyists by BusinessWeek, Washingtonian Magazine, The Hill and CQ, David’s policy expertise and political chops are well-known. His forte is translating complex policies into straightforward issues, then navigating the political, legislative, and regulatory challenges that dictate outcomes. Additionally, David’s working style is as well-known as his expertise. A strong believer in “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” client service, David has instilled that same approach as a co-founder of Mehlman Castagnetti, where every principal rolls up their sleeves to deliver for their clients. It is this combination of skill and working style that has made David a trusted advisor to Members of Congress, Fortune 100 CEOs, and executives across Washington’s business community.

David’s career has placed him at the highest levels of politics, business, and Congress. Prior to joining Mehlman Castagnetti, David was asked by Secretary of State John Kerry, then the Democratic nominee for President, to serve as the Presidential campaign’s top liaison to Congress. In that role, David earned plaudits from Members of the House and Senate for his briefings on campaign strategy and messaging, deft handling of political requests, and sensitive management of surrogates and speaking roles at the Democratic Convention.

David was also a partner at Bergner, Bockorny, Castagnetti & Hawkins, where he worked with technology leaders and innovative startups across Silicon Valley to develop and implement effective strategies to drive exports and maintain America’s lead in information technology. He also provided expert regulatory and political guidance during several mergers and acquisitions: Hewlett-Packard in its successful merger with Compaq, NewsCorp in its merger with DirecTV, and Traveler’s Insurance in its well-regarded partnership with St. Paul Insurance Company.

While on Capitol Hill, David earned a reputation for integrity and collaboration. As Chief of Staff to Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), he advised the Senator on trade, tax, transportation, technology, and matters related to the Finance and Environment and Public Works Committees. He also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA) when Mr. Mineta was Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. A decade later, David led the successful efforts to win confirmation for Mr. Mineta as Secretary of Commerce for President Clinton and as Secretary of Transportation for President George W. Bush. David is also one of the few people to have served in senior positions for Members on both the Senate Finance Committee and House Commerce Committee, as he began his career in the office of Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA).

A Massachusetts native, David is an ardent baseball fan and Red Sox enthusiast. He is a graduate of Lake Forest College and has a Master’s in Public Affairs from the John McCormack Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Lake Forest College and is a member of the Medford High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Ann, and their two sons.

Dean A. Rosen

Partner

A partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Dean is one of Washington’s foremost experts on America’s complex health care system – and a master of both the politics and policies that shape it. Dean has more than two decades of experience developing and advancing health policy initiatives on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. At Mehlman Castagnetti, he advises a wide range of clients, from leading businesses and trade associations to universities and not-for-profit organizations. He has represented hospitals and health systems, physician specialty organizations, private health plans, clinical laboratories, biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as national employers. He guides each as they seek to impact national health policy and navigate the transformational health system changes taking place in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to joining Mehlman Castagnetti, Dean held a series of high-level positions in both the private sector and government, including on key committees in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. As the chief health care advisor to then- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN), a leading voice on national medical and health issues, Dean helped draft and navigate to final passage landmark legislation creating a Medicare prescription drug benefit, patient safety legislation, and laws in the wake of the September 11th and bioterrorism attacks in 2001 to ensure that local, state and national public health systems had new authorities and additional resources to respond to future threats. Before working for the Senate Majority Leader, Dean served as staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Public Health, majority counsel for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and health policy coordinator for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (now the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee). At Ways and Means, he played a leading role in crafting the Medicare provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. At Labor, he was the lead Senate staffer in drafting the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Dean’s policy, legal and management experience also ranges beyond Capitol Hill. He served as senior vice president of policy and general counsel for the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), and practiced law at Dow, Lohnes and Albertson in Washington, D.C.

Dean holds a J.D. from Syracuse University Law School, a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and a B.S. from Boston University. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, and an Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health.

David Thomas

Partner

David Thomas is a top Democratic strategist with two decades of experience in Washington’s public
policy arena. He has deep understanding of the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal
government. During his tenure in government, David served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs
for Vice President Al Gore; the top lobbyist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); and most
recently Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).

As the creator of an advisory group of young inside-the-beltway professionals called the Majority
Under 40, David has built close ties to rising stars in the House Democratic caucus.
David served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Lofgren who represents San Jose and Silicon
Valley. He developed and oversaw all legislative, political and communications initiatives for
Congresswoman Lofgren. He frequently met and strategized with constituents in the high tech
community on a variety of issues including cybersecurity, tax and trade policy, intellectual property
and innovation.

During his tenure with Congresswoman Lofgren, she was elected chair of the California
Democratic Congressional Delegation, which consists of 37 Democratic Members of the House of
Representatives from California.

Prior to working for Congresswoman Lofgren, David was the Director of Congressional
Relations at the Federal Trade Commission. There he advised the FTC Chairman
and Commissioners on legislative strategy and promoted all FTC policy initiatives
on Capitol Hill. Among them: online privacy issues, the principles of corporate merger
reviews, Hart-Scott-Rodino reform, consumer protection and gasoline pricing
investigations. He also proved his mettle by shepherding the FTC’s budget request
through the appropriations process.

During the Clinton Administration, David served as a senior liaison between Vice
President Gore and the U.S. Congress. Working from the Vice President’s office
of Legislative Affairs, David advanced White House policy proposals on Capitol Hill. He
helped create a long-term strategy for the Vice President’s interactions with Members
of the Senate and the House of Representatives. David’s management skills were tried and proven
true as he traveled with Vice President Gore throughout the United States and organized the
involvement of Members of Congress on all domestic trips.

David resides with his wife Brooke and their three children in Chevy Chase, Md.

Elise Pickering

Senior Principal

Bringing 16 years of in-the-trenches work experience with senior leaders in Congress, industry and
political campaigns, Elise Finley Pickering is widely recognized as one of the most effective Republican
strategists and well-respected policy advocates in Washington.

Elise is a multi-tasker. She served as Executive Director for the House Republican
Policy Committee (the 5th ranking entity in House Leadership) while also tackling
the high-performance duties of Chief of Staff to Arizona Rep. John Shadegg. Elise
oversaw a staff of 22, helping run Congressman Shadegg’s office and staffing
his work on the Energy & Commerce Committee. Earlier responsibilities included
supervising his staff on the Select Committee on Homeland Security and the
Financial Services Committee.

In 2004 Elise took a “time-out” from the Hill, serving as the Congressional
Liaison and Legislative Director for the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign.
At the campaign she was the lead interface with Republican Members of the
House and Senate and their staffs, working closely with the Members on
politics and policy.

Elise began her Hill career in 1990. During the Democratically controlled Congress
she worked as Legislative Assistant for then-Representative William E. Dannemeyer
(R-CA), and as the Legislative Director for Representative Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-MD).
A fast learner, hard worker and notable achiever, Elise soon rose to Chief of Staff for
Representative John B. Shadegg (R-AZ).

Even in her previous two-year stint in the private sector, Elise held a government-centric job. She
worked as Manager of Federal Affairs for the Southern Company, a Fortune 100 energy company
based in Atlanta, Georgia.

A California native, Elise currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband,
Air Force Colonel Trent Pickering.

CR Wooters

Principal

A senior strategist with 15 years of political, government and business experience, CR advises Mehlman Castagnetti’s clients on a wide variety of corporations and trade associations on the policy and politics of the federal government. A campaign veteran at heart, he approaches his clients’ issues with the same singular focus and drive of a campaign manager. From mergers and acquisitions to tax, trade, health care, and the Federal budget, CR has a strong grasp of a broad set of issues, making him a tremendous resource for clients. Whether his client is a small company hoping to build a presence in Washington or one of the biggest trade associations in the country, CR uses his unique perspective and deep experience to tackle every challenge head-on.

CR also serves as the Deputy Director of The Technology CEO Council (TCC), the information technology industry’s leading advocacy organization comprised exclusively of CEOs from America’s top information technology companies. He advises these CEOs on topical issues such as immigration and trade, but also helps them to envision the future of innovation in a constantly evolving public policy landscape.

CR came to Mehlman Castagnetti in 2013 from the strategic communications firm Purple Strategies, where he provided counsel to a variety of clients, including a leading global energy company, major financial institutions, and a motor sports association. For much of his time at Purple, he lived and worked in London advising a major corporation doing business in the United States and around the world.

CR has a long history with the Democratic Party and Congressional leadership, and is intimately familiar with the inner workings of Washington. He has served as Chief of Staff for two Members of Congress and directed a House Leadership office. Most recently, he was Chief of Staff to Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen. Prior to that, he worked with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Van Hollen to set up and direct the Member Services operation for the Democratic majority in the House. In this role, he served as a strategic advisor to more than 60 new and vulnerable Members of Congress, helping them understand the policy and navigate the politics of landmark legislation, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010. CR also served as Chief of Staff to New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter when she served as Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee.

In addition to his government service, CR has worked on political campaigns in dozens of states and districts across the country. In 2008, he ran the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s successful “Frontline Program,” serving as the Committee’s Director of Incumbent Retention. During this time, he led a team that ushered more than 95 percent of incumbent House Members to successful re-election, enabling Democrats to add over 20 seats to their majority in what was expected to be a difficult cycle for the party. In 2004, he worked for the Democratic National Committee and managed political operations in seven states for John Kerry’s Presidential bid. Prior to that, he worked in four states for then-Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 Presidential campaign, starting with the New Hampshire primary and ending in the pivotal state of Florida for the general election and the historic recount.

CR is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. He is a native Washingtonian and lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and 3 young children.

Sohini Gupta

Principal

Sohini Gupta has over 15 years of experience in policymaking, having served Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) as his Health and Social Policy Counsel and as a lobbyist and strategist for payors, providers, PhRMA, Biotech, and health, technology and financial services companies. She has worked on legislation including the Affordable Care Act, the creation of the Medicare Part D drug benefit, expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and post September 11th initiatives such as the creation of federal anti-bioterrorism policies and practices. She transitioned into the private sector in 2004 when she joined the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the Senior Associate Directors for Government Affairs. At AHA, Gupta spearheaded payment and regulatory advancements for hospitals and tackled complex legal issues such as physician self-referral.

Her corporate experience includes serving as the Director of Government Affairs for Baxter International, where she was the lead strategist for the Bioscience business, and as a Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group (UHG). While at UHG, Gupta led health care reform efforts on behalf of the Medicare business and Optum, the health services section of UHG that includes a bank, pharmacy benefit manager, behavioral health company, clinical solutions company, and health information technology company. During her career, she was able to secure demonstration grants, coverage decisions and expansions, close existing loopholes, and enhance revenues and minimize cuts on behalf of the companies she represented.

Sage Eastman

Principal

Sage Eastman is a senior Republican strategist with two decades of policy, political and government experience. While as steeped in political campaigns as he is in congressional policy debates, Eastman is most known for his close relationships and being widely respected on both sides of the aisle and both sides of Capitol Hill.

Having spent six years as a senior counselor to the Ways and Means Committee and its Members – serving variously as Senior Advisor, Deputy Staff Director and Director of Strategy – there isn’t a tax, health or trade battle that Eastman hasn’t worked. During his tenure on the Hill, Eastman was as likely to be found huddled on the House floor with senior House Republican leadership staff as he was working to bring about an unprecedented era of cooperation between the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees.

Eastman was a key driver behind the Ways and Means Committee’s extensive work to craft the most comprehensive re-write of the tax code since 1986, quarterbacking the effort to solicit and incorporate input from stakeholders and thought leaders.

With repeat appearances on Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50” list, Eastman was also in constant contact with leadership of the Senate Finance Committee and helped bring about bi-partisan, bi-cameral successes such as three long-stalled trade agreements, the tri-committee rewrite of the Sustainable Growth Rate (the so-called doc fix), and the payroll conference report.

Prior to serving on the Ways & Means Committee, Eastman was Congressman Dave Camp’s (R-MI) communications director and senior strategist. Eastman joined Camp’s staff after nearly a decade in Michigan politics where he first worked for then-Governor John Engler; spearheaded the state GOP’s communications and research efforts; and served in the Executive Office of the Michigan Attorney General.

Sage lives with his wife and three children in Alexandria, Virginia, but they all prefer to be up on his centennial family farm in Vermont.

Lauren Aronson

Principal

Lauren Aronson is a health policy expert with an insider’s understanding of how to navigate the political landscape in order to get things done in Washington. She joined Mehlman Castagnetti in May 2015 after serving in senior positions in both the Executive Branch and the United States Congress. Lauren’s expertise in the intricacies of health policy, combined with her many years in the trenches of policy-making on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, enables her to provide clients with a broad perspective. She is uniquely equipped to help clients read the political landscape and achieve policy and political objectives.

From 2012 until 2015, Lauren directed the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she led the agency’s interactions with Capitol Hill. In this role, Lauren developed and executed legislative strategy for conveying CMS policy positions to Congress. As a senior political appointee, Lauren advised the CMS Administrator of political and policy issues before Congress. In addition, she worked with senior officials within CMS, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House on a wide range of health policy issues impacting the Medicare and Medicaid programs and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Before joining CMS, Lauren served as a Professional Staff Member for the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives. In that capacity, she was the lead staff person on Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D payment policies and various ACA implementation issues.

Lauren served in the White House from 2009 to 2010 as the Policy Director in the Office of Health Reform. She was a key member of the Administration’s team working to enact the landmark ACA, President Obama’s signature health care law. Lauren worked with Congressional staff on the President’s health policy priorities, briefed senior Administration officials and represented the White House at meetings with key stakeholders. Additionally, she provided policy recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget during the review process of pending regulations on Medicare, Medicaid and public health matters. Lauren was also on the Obama-Biden Transition Team, as a member of the Health Policy Working Group.

Earlier in her career, Lauren was Health Policy Advisor to then-Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), a member of the House Democratic Leadership and Committee on Ways and Means. She also worked as a Policy Analyst with Christopher Jennings at Jennings Policy Strategies.

Lauren received a B.A. in political science from George Washington University. A native of Queens, NY, Lauren currently lives with her husband and two children in Washington, DC.

Mike Robinson

Principal

Mike Robinson is a seasoned legislative strategist with deep knowledge of both politics and process, sharpened over a 20-year career in Washington. Mike earned his stripes on Capitol Hill, where he is well-known with Members of Congress on both sides of aisle for his ability to build bridges, navigate choppy political waters, and get the job done.

As a principal at Mehlman Castagnetti, Mike provides strategic counsel to clients on a broad range of legislative issues. With a deep bench of relationships both on and off Capitol Hill, Mike has the toolbox and know-how to get results for Mehlman Castagnetti clients.

Most recently, Mike served as the first-ever Director of Coalitions and Member Services for the House Appropriations Committee, where he spearheaded outreach to Members of Congress and third-party groups. Working side-by-side with House Leadership, Committee members, and rank-and-file members, he played an integral role in negotiating and shepherding must-pass funding bills through the legislative process.

Over his career, he has also developed close relationships with various industry and association groups, often serving as an expert speaker on congressional outlook, appropriations, and legislative affairs.

Mike honed his skills in several senior positions with the U.S. House of Representatives, including serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor for the Office of the Majority leader from 2005 to 2006, Legislative Director to now-Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky from 2002-2005, and as a senior legislative aide to members of the Appropriations Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He began his tenure on Capitol Hill serving on the staff of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. His legislative portfolio includes appropriations, transportation, labor, energy, defense, and homeland security issues.

Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee, was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the American Trucking Associations, the nation’s largest trucking association. Keyed into the economic environment and political landscape, Mike directed successful strategies – including grassroots and coalition development – that secured legislative wins for the association.

A native of Corning, NY, Mike is a graduate of Cornell University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Kristy.

Mike Collins

Principal

Michael Collins is a savvy policy and political strategist with 15 years of Capitol Hill experience and multiple campaigns under his belt. Over the years, he has racked up legislative and electoral victories by demonstrating shrewd political instincts and an ability to work with people in both parties, on both sides of the Capitol, and on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Collins brings that knowledge and experience to bear while advocating on behalf of Mehlman Castagnetti’s clients on a broad array of issues, including energy, the environment, health care, telecommunications and technology.

During his time on Capitol Hill, Collins held multiple positions working for U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico. He was responsible for managing a senate staff of 45 people and implementing Udall’s vision and agenda for New Mexico and the country. As Udall’s chief of staff and top political advisor, Collins helped the senator navigate a difficult reelection campaign in a cycle that saw five incumbent Senate Democrats lose.

As Udall’s legislative director in both the House and Senate, Collins honed his policy and legislative skills while working to pass several of Udall’s signature achievements: a Renewable Electricity Standard, the Valle Vidal Protection Act, and tax credits for businesses hiring post-9/11 veterans.

In the House, Collins worked extensively on energy, health care, defense and military, appropriations and tax and budget issues. He continued work in these areas in the Senate, while expanding the breadth and depth of his policy expertise to issues before the Senate Committees on Appropriations and Commerce.

During Udall’s 2008 Senate campaign, Collins served in a senior advisory role. Initially expected to be one of the most closely contested Senate races of that cycle, Udall was elected to the Senate by a 21-point margin.

Collins is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Taos. He graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, with a B.A. in Political Studies.

Solveig Monson

Chief Administrative Officer

As the Chief Administrative Officer at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Solveig Monson manages the firm’s daily operations and other long-range activities that support the firm’s staff and clients. Solveig is responsible for oversight, direction and planning of all office services, administrative staffing, technology and communication services, building facilities and leasing matters, financial and contract services, purchasing and procurement, and regulatory compliance matters related to the lobbying and political activity on behalf of the firm.

Solveig has many years of experience in managing operational systems and procedures for private sector, public sector, and nonprofit organizations. Her organizational and management leadership provide a strong infrastructure and support network for the entire firm.

Solveig has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Luther College and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from The American University. She has one son who is in college in California, and she lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their old dog.

Leah Hirsch

Legislative Assistant

Leah Hirsch is a Legislative Assistant at Mehlman Castagnetti, supporting the firm’s Democratic team and working with clients to execute their strategic long and short term goals in Washington. Leah handles daily scheduling operations, preparing background materials on legislative priorities, coalition management, organizing panels, travel and fly-ins. She also handles Democratic fundraising and special events, as well as planning related to the Democratic National Convention.

Leah first developed a passion for policy and politics after serving as a high school Page in the U.S. Senate for Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR). After college, Leah returned to DC to work for Senator Lincoln conducting constituent outreach and providing support for the Senator’s scheduling and office, during which time she gained valuable experience on Senate floor procedure and in congressional office operations. She also worked as Field Organizer for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign of Louisiana during the 2008 Presidential Campaign and has been an active volunteer in multiple Senate races.

Leah graduated from Rhodes College, where she was captain of the Varsity Dive Team and a student member of Board of Trustees. While attending Rhodes she worked with many advocacy groups, including grassroots support for the Refugee Empowerment program in Memphis, TN. She is currently a member of the Women’s Congressional Golf Association, enjoys playing tennis, and traveling.

Christina Radio

Policy Analyst

Christina Radio is a policy analyst at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. In this role, she monitors Congressional activity, conducts research, and analyzes legislation and proposed regulations.

A veteran member of the firm, Christina served from 2011 to 2015 as a legislative assistant at Mehlman Castagnetti, during which time she provided daily administrative support to multiple staff members. In this role, she was also the lead coordinator for one of the firm’s clients’ annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Prior to her time at Mehlman Castagnetti, Christina was selected to provide on-site contract support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Exercise Division (NED). During this time, her primary responsibilities included content development and management of logistics for monthly NED-sponsored exercise planning meetings involving senior leadership members from FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and the interagency.

Christina graduated magna cum laude from Radford University. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband.

Lyndsay Hollerbach

Legislative Assistant

Lyndsay Hollerbach is a Legislative Assistant at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas and has been with the firm since 2012. She provides support on the majority of the firm’s client engagements on the Republican side and across four different Partners’ and Principals’ portfolios. She plans, coordinates, and schedules all professional appointments for her clients, spearheads logistics for major fly-ins, and tracks legislative activity in order to ensure that her clients’ engagements are executed effectively.

Lyndsay brings to her work a lifetime of military and detail-oriented background from a family immersed in service. Her keen attention to detail, combined with an academic background in hospitality, helps Lyndsay handle Congressional engagements for a diverse client and partner base.

Prior to Mehlman Castagnetti, Lyndsay began her career working for Alion Corporation, working in direct support of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. In this role, she was the conference coordinator and planner for many Air Force Acquisition leaders, a job that required acute organizational skills and a unique ability to multitask. She became known for her proactive style and her ability to work with flexibility and accuracy.

A graduate of Auburn University, Lyndsay self identifies as a military-brat from a family of grandfathers, uncles, a father and brother who have all served (and still serve) extensively, and takes pride in her service at Auburn as the Silver Wings Vice President in support of the Auburn ROTC detachment. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.

DEAN HINGSON

Principal

Dean Hingson is an attorney and Capitol Hill veteran with nearly a decade of experience serving high profile Republican Senators. In his time on Capitol Hill, he has notched policy and political wins by working with colleagues in both the House and Senate and across the political aisle.

As Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), Dean served as the Senator’s lead legislative and political advisor. He built a D.C. and state operation from scratch, managing 50 Senate staff across five offices. In addition, he led a weekly meeting convening the Senate Republican Chiefs and Staff Directors. Dean also served as the head of Senator Coats’ campaign and leadership PAC operations.

Dean also previously served as General Counsel to Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) and Legislative Director to Senator Judd Gregg.

For Mehlman Castagnetti’s clients, Dean continues to advocate on a wide range of issues, including anti-trust, telecommunications, defense, appropriations, health, and technology. Using his background and previous experience, Dean brings significant insight and firepower to efforts on behalf of clients.

Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Dean was a private practice litigator in Wilmington, North Carolina. Dean grew up in Smithfield, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Economics (Go Heels!) and holds a J.D. from the Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kristin Flukey

Legislative Assistant

In her role as Legislative Assistant at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Kristin Flukey supports the firm’s lobbyists and partners by coordinating client meetings and providing logistical support for travel and fly-ins.

Kristin moved to Washington from Cape May County, New Jersey in August of 2012 to attend The Catholic University of America. During that time, she held a variety of internships. First, as a Legislative intern to Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, and later, with the American Dental Association’s PAC team and at Advanced Network Strategies, a boutique fundraising firm on Capitol Hill.

Kristin graduated from The Catholic University of America in May of 2016 with a B.A. in political science. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Diana Naylor

Legislative Assistant

Diana Naylor is a Legislative Assistant at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. In this position, Diana provides a wide range of support to the firm’s lobbyists. She assists with scheduling, arranges client meetings with Members of Congress and staff, conducts research projects, monitors Congressional committee hearings, and tracks legislation on behalf of the firm’s clients.

Diana’s passion for policy stemmed from growing up in Annapolis, Maryland where she was immersed in the fast-paced D.C culture at a young age. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. During her time at ASU, Diana worked with military veterans as a volunteer in the Mental Health Department of the local VA. Her commitment to improving the well-being of active military and veterans eventually led her back to Washington, D.C.

Before joining Mehlman Castagnetti, Diana had returned to the east coast after graduation to work as a Legislative intern on Capitol Hill with California Congressman, Scott Peters.