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Julie Eddy Rokala, chief of staff to Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6), joins Cassidy & Associates today as Senior Vice President. Julie has led Congresswoman Matsui’s office in Washington and district office in Sacramento, CA since 2007 and has more than 20 years of experience in government, politics and the private sector. “Julie is one of… Read more »


We’re excited to be out in Seattle in two weeks for the largest #Arctic policy event in the U.S. – our fourth year as a proud sponsor of the The Arctic Encounter Symposium (AES) #AES2018.


Cassidy Chairman Barry Rhoads recently moderated a discussion featuring U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias at the International Homeland Defense & Security Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi. Protection of America’s maritime borders was the topic and included both the challenges and available solutions to current and emerging threats. The… Read more »


Cassidy Senior Vice President Nicole Di Resta recently participated in the annual meeting and partnership conference of the Hawaii Military Affairs Council (MAC) at the Hawaii State Capitol. Nicole joined Lt. Gen Dan “Fig” Leaf (Ret.) and ADM Tom Fargo (Ret.) as a featured panelist for the breakout session, Gardenside Chat – A View from… Read more »


Who are Washington’s best lobbyists? The Hill newspaper has the answer this morning as its reporters have compiled the paper’s annual list of the top advocates. At the top of the lineup… Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson, Chairman Barry Rhoads and COO Jordan Bernstein who the paper says are the among the best in the business… Read more »


Cassidy Senior Vice President Nicole DiResta was a featured panelist at the second annual Government Empowered conference in Washington. Nicole joined other policy and industry experts to discuss cyber defense and resiliency.


How does a Stanford graduate with a PhD in geology in hand wind up becoming the CEO of one of Washington’s most notable lobbying firms? Stanford Earth Magazine has the answer as it profiles alumnus Kai Anderson. Kai told the magazine, “I’m still an educator, I’m still a translator, just around different kinds of issues… Read more »


Secretary of Defense James Mattis is making what could be the Trump Administration’s first move towards authorization of a 2021 BRAC round with the delivery of an updated Department of Defense Infrastructure Capacity Report. The report, requested in the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, highlights an overall excess capacity of 19% within the Department… Read more »


Congratulations are in order for Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Charles Brittingham as he was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Waterways Conference. The National Waterways Conference, established in 1960, is the leading national organization to advocate for funding and common sense policies and laws that recognize the widespread public… Read more »


Cassidy & Associates CEO Kai Anderson sat down with The Hill newspaper Editor in Chief Bob Cusack at the 2017 AGORA Advocacy Marketplace in Washington to discuss the elements of successful lobbying.


Cassidy Vice President Jesse Barba is today’s featured profile of the daily digital newsletter of TheBridge. TheBridge is a network of tech & political professionals connecting the Bay Area & DC and shaping the future course for how politics and tech collaborate. Jesse shared his secret to a successful advocacy strategy… “The importance of coalition building… Read more »


The Hill newspaper today features Cassidy’s newest vice president Chad Sydnor in its Tuesday Profile series that spotlights some of Washington’s top influencers. Here’s an excerpt… Sydnor this month was hired as a vice president at Cassidy & Associates, one of the most succesful lobbying firms in the city and a decidedly D.C. establishment. The… Read more »


Cassidy & Associates is returning to its entrepreneurial roots and focus on client service as it announces a management buyout from The Interpublic Group (IPG) today. “We are excited to make this strategic investment in our team and our future success. There is purpose in ownership and this investment positions us to deliver even stronger… Read more »


  Chad Sydnor, a senior defense policy aide to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), joins Cassidy & Associates today as a Vice President. Chad has served as Sen. Burr’s military legislative assistant and counsel since 2015. “Chad is a first-rate addition to our team who strengthens our defense and infrastructure capabilities,” said Cassidy CEO Kai… Read more »


CQ/Roll Call recently surveyed some of the best in government relations, nonprofit, advocacy, public policy about their best advocacy planning, strategy, skills and training tips. Cassidy Vice President Jesse Barba was among those surveyed and shared his tip on what makes a winning strategy… “Constant follow-up and maintained touch points. Congressional staffers typically have five-to-six… Read more »


The Pew Charitable Trusts recently hosted mayors and federal policy experts in Washington to discuss strategies to safeguard the nation’s roads, bridges, buildings, and facilities from the impacts of flooding. Cassidy’s Senior Vice President Charles Brittingham was a featured panelist at the event and spoke about how states and municipalities must work across sectors and… Read more »


As Washington looks to shore up our nation’s outdated infrastructure, there’s one challenge taking priority… severe weather. Modernizing infrastructure will be the topic this afternoon as Cassidy Senior Vice President Charles Brittingham will be a featured panelist at a Pew Trust event on investing in sustainable solutions. Despite the deep partisanship in Washington, last year Charles… Read more »


Policymakers, industry leaders, stakeholders, and leading experts from the science, technology, maritime, and energy sectors are gathering in Seattle this week for the Fourth Annual Arctic Encounter Symposium (AES) and Cassidy & Associates is proud to once again serve as a sponsor of the event. The AES is the largest annual Arctic policy event in… Read more »


It’s an intimidating term, but it could be the high-tech solution to reversing the worst effects of climate change. Geoengineering proposes to combat warming by reflecting a fraction of incoming sunlight back to space. It’s the topic today at The Forum on U.S. Solar Geoengineering Research, hosted by Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program and Cassidy… Read more »


Cassidy Senior Vice President Charles Brittingham is in Austin today giving the afternoon keynote address for the annual convention of the Texas Water Conservation Association. Change in Washington is the hot topic at this year’s event and Charles is sharing his insight on expectations for the water resources sector as well as the challenges and… Read more »


Cassidy’s Donna Jo Denison is on site today at the United States Department of Agriculture’s 93rd Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington. USDA’s outlook forum is attended by thousands of agricultural stakeholders—producers, policymakers, and agricultural officials—from around the world. The theme for this year’s forum is “A New Horizon: The Future of Agriculture.” The annual event is a… Read more »


From Greenwire… Vitter aide heads to K Street Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Charles Brittingham, once an aide to former Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), is going to K Street. Cassidy & Associates will bring on Brittingham as a senior vice president, according to an announcement from the firm. He will… Read more »


From Environment and Energy Daily… Reid aide heads to lobbying firm Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter Published: Monday, December 5, 2016 Ryan Mulvenon, a longtime aide to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, is joining Cassidy & Associates, a prominent lobbying firm. Mulvenon, who spent 11 years working for Reid, including as his environmental… Read more »


Bloomberg BNA talks to Cassidy Vice President Kaleb Froehlich as it takes an exclusive look at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and what’s ahead next year when a new Congress starts its work. The major energy bill currently in conference remains a priority on all sides to get to the president’s desk in the… Read more »


The Washington Post is taking note of Cassidy Senior Vice President Nicole DiResta as one of only a handful of “high-profile former Schumer aides-turned-lobbyists.” The paper reports “it is a good time to be a (Sen. Chuck) Schumer aide downtown, as companies and lobby firms are hungry for any insight into the senator’s thinking and… Read more »


Alcoa’s spinoff company Arconic debuts today and has signed on with Cassidy to direct its initial congressional outreach. Cassidy will also be leading Arconic’s lobbying efforts in industry relevant issues in defense, energy, manufacturing, trade and tax. The Washington Post reports this morning, “Arconic has tapped Russ Thomasson, former chief of staff to Senate Majority… Read more »


Who are the best lobbyists in DC? The Hill newspaper and its reporters have the answer this morning in the paper’s annual list of top advocates in Washington. At the top of the lineup for the third year in a row… Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson and Chairman Barry Rhoads who the paper says “have shown… Read more »


The Burlington County Times reports this afternoon that “New Jersey has rehired (Cassidy & Associates) to assist with efforts to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the state’s other military installations from cutbacks and closures, and to develop strategies to attract new missions.” Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, chair of the state’s Military Installation Growth and Development… Read more »


The Cassidy Defense Team released its annual summer policy report on issues affecting America’s defense communities today. The newsletter to clients explores issues and policies surrounding the future of our nation’s military installations and the communities that support them while summarizing information gathered at the recent Association of Defense Communities 2016 National Summit. Cassidy helped… Read more »


Cassidy Chairman Barry Rhoads helps kick off the Association of Defense Communities 2016 National Summit today in Washington with a discussion on how to effectively engage the Department of Defense.