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Our core staff is quite simply the best there is. Managing the day-to-day operations of our rapidly expanding practice takes the brightest talent available. We are proud to call them ours.
Senior Vice President
Brandon Farris’ policy career began with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. He handled Energy Policy for the committee, which included work on renewable fuels legislation and waste-to-energy projects. In early 2007, Mr. Farris moved to the National Governors’ Association as a legislative associate for the Natural Resources Committee, which develops policy and plans, implements lobbying activities, and serves as the principal liaison with Governors and policy makers in areas of water and air quality, energy, conservation and natural resources, and agriculture.
He served as the interim director of the Committee until he joined the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) as the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs. At MEA, he worked on EmPower Maryland, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and other strategic energy initiatives. Mr. Farris served as the senior lobbyist with Fabiani & Company, a government-affairs, international consulting firm. At Fabiani & Company, Mr. Farris focused on finding clients dollars in various sectors, including, defense, universities, energy and international business sectors. He successfully negotiated over $17 million in job creation incentives for an Italian turbine manufacturer to establish a presence in the U.S.
Mr. Farris received a BA in History from the Virginia Military Institute, an MA in Government from the Johns Hopkins University and his JD from the George Washington University School of Law. Brandon is licensed to practice law in Maryland and New York and also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
Vice President, Client Relations
Mike is an accomplished Southern California based business development executive and entrepreneur. Credits have included the launch of an executive search firm, and business development management roles with several international market research organizations specializing in consumer trends and the strategic intelligence used for brand positioning.
Spearheading new client development at Lobbyit.com, Mike’s clients include a variety of national associations, non-profit organizations, high growth businesses, institutions of higher education, and municipalities. In prior business development roles, Mike’s clients have come from every vertical market imaginable including CPG, pharmaceutical, healthcare, aerospace, food/hospitality, manufacturing machinery, and a variety of retail. He began his professional career as a site selection research planner for the Arizona Governor’s Office of Economic Planning & Development after earning his BS in Geography from Arizona State University.
Jason Ortega is a licensed attorney and MBA from Columbus, Ohio. Jason joined Lobbyit in the summer of 2015 as Manager of Legislative & Regulatory Analysis. Previously, Jason’s policy positions include a Fellowship with Monument Policy Group, a government relations firm in Washington, DC, as well as working as a senior aide for an at-large DC Council seat campaign.
At Lobbyit, Jason monitors a wide variety of legislative and regulatory activity relevant to our clients’ needs, conducting in-depth analysis on such issues, and preparing necessary written analyses. Jason also works closely with other Lobbyit personnel in incorporating such analyses into advocacy documents and strategy advice. With Jason’s mixed legal and business administration background, he is uniquely suited to assist clients in measuring the bottom-line impact of Hill action.
Mr. Ortega hails from Chattanooga, TN, earned his BS in Business from Southern Adventist University, and an MBA and JD from The Ohio State University’s Colleges of Business and Law, respectively. He is currently licensed to practice law in Ohio.
Luke Wallwork joined the Lobbyit team in the spring of 2015, having previously worked in the Maryland State Legislature, and acting as Campaign Manager for a County Executive candidate in Frederick, Maryland, where he worked closely with the successful campaign to elect Governor Larry Hogan.
After helping win Frederick County by 62% for Governor Hogan, Luke moved to Annapolis to advance the Governor’s legislative agenda. While in Annapolis, Luke worked with Delegate David E. Vogt III, managing all his legislative and regulatory work and oversaw the constituent correspondence.
After a successful stint in Annapolis, Luke began working at Lobbyit in April of 2015 as a policy analyst, working closely with Lobbyit’s Vice President of Congressional Relations. Recently promoted to Manager of Congressional Affairs, Luke works on a variety of issues including: education, childcare, transportation, manufacturing, criminal justice reform, and many others. Luke is from Charlotte, NC, and graduated from East Carolina University. Luke currently resides on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
LobbyIt.com is privileged to have a distinguished Board of Advisors consisting of some of the most well regarded leaders in their respective fields. Providing strategic input, direction on policy, and helping to manage our tremendous expansion, their expertise is vital to the successful operations of the firm.
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