Tom Sheridan Tom Sheridan

President

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Once again named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper for 2016, Tom Sheridan is described as a “powerbroker for those without a voice.” A social worker by training and an advocate by trade, Tom brings a unique perspective to his work as one of Washington’s most senior political and public policy strategists. Tom is known on Capitol Hill and in the West Wing for using his deep understanding of the political process and decades-long relationships with senior Members of Congress and top Administration officials to help organizations achieve scalable, positive social change.
 
From designing and leading the country’s most well-known issue campaigns, including his work for Bono’s ONE Campaign to create PEPFAR and his more recent role as lead strategist in Save the Children’s effort to form a new 501(c)(4) political arm, Tom is a seasoned operative who brings a unique approach to advocacy. This senior level experience helping top-notch organizations achieve success makes Tom a highly sought-after political tactician for organizations determined to challenge the status quo and create meaningful change in our country and around the world.

In 1991, Tom founded The Sheridan Group where he and his team work to craft effective strategies for socially responsible public policy initiatives to “help the good do better.” Over the years, The Sheridan Group has become the go-to firm in the nation’s capital for grassroots advocacy, issue campaign management and coalition-building for non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurs and socially conscious corporations.

Tom was the lead political strategist for the America Forward campaign, a two-year bipartisan initiative to engage the 2008 Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates in adopting policy proposals to increase innovation, strategic investment and accountability in public problem solving. This work led to the eventual creation of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, which promotes engagement and collaboration between the business and social sectors to help solve community problems.

Tom began his career at the National Association of Social Workers and the Child Welfare League before joining the AIDS Action Council in the late 1980s, where he became the chief architect and strategist behind the enactment of the Ryan White CARE Act, landmark legislation for the HIV/AIDS community, as well as the lead lobbyist for the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Tom is a frequent speaker on how to use the levers of politics and policy to effect social change.

In addition to his work at TSG, Tom sits on the Board of the Children's Beach House in Lewes, DE, an organization dedicated to helping children with special needs. An animal lover, Tom can often be found with his dogs, Phina and Duffy, and his equine family member, Ryan.

Community Engagement

Tom is a founding Board Member of AIDSPAC and the Matthew 25 Project and has served on the Advisory Council for WAMU National Public Radio in Washington, DC. He has been a volunteer for and benefactor of numerous charities and is proud to have participated in seven AIDS Life Cycles, pedaling more than 3,000 miles.

Becky Shipp Becky Shipp

Vice President

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Becky brings more than 25 years of senior-level experience on Capitol Hill to her work as Vice President at The Sheridan Group. As one of the leaders of the client services team at TSG, Becky provides clients with expert advice for pursuing short and long-term policy objectives. A longtime GOP staffer on the Senate Finance Committee, Becky adds a unique and valuable perspective to the TSG team.

Prior to joining The Sheridan Group, Becky served as lead negotiator and policy advisor for the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee on health and human service issues under both Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) and Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT). In this role, Becky worked directly with Members of Congress, including House and Senate Committee Chairs and Leadership, as well as White House officials, on health and social impact financing and human services policies.  She also managed a series of diverse and bipartisan coalitions of health and human services stakeholders, including Committee and Leadership staff, think tanks, advocacy organizations, Administration officials and state groups to advance legislation and get that legislation enacted into law. 

Becky’s long history of bipartisan collaboration is integral to her role at TSG.  She has advanced major bipartisan/bicameral legislative initiatives, including: The Family Opportunity Act, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), The Social Impact Partnership Act, The Family First Prevention Services Act; the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA); Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and the landmark, Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.

In addition, Becky has an in-depth understanding of the Congressional Budget Process and has been a principal lead during multiple budget reconciliation exercises, including litigating numerous complex budget policies with the Senate Parliamentarian.  She has worked extensively with professionals at the Congressional Budget Office and OMB in developing, modeling and adjusting cost and revenue estimates relative to legislation.

As the Director of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth (2009 – 2012) Becky promoted an extensive strategy to advance child welfare financing reform, organizing a roundtable with foster care youth, researchers, advocates and government officials featured in a documentary on foster care entitled From Place to Place.

A seasoned public speaker, Becky has represented the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in public speeches and on his behalf participated on panels for associations, think tanks, interest groups and advocates. She has testified before the committee on the legislation and answered questions from the Members of the Senate Finance Committee.

As a thought leader, Becky has provided numerous background briefings and interviews on health care, social impact financing and welfare policies with academics, policy writers and think tanks and presented original analysis and political insights at academic and policy forums and conferences.  Her work as the lead staffer on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Initiative was featured in the book, Show Me the Evidence, by Ron Haskins.

Becky holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Boston University.  She is also a published poet who has taught literature and writing at the University of Iowa, Northeastern University and Boston College.  

Jonathan Stivers Jonathan Stivers

Vice President of International Affairs

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Jon Stivers brings to The Sheridan Group over two decades of high-level policy experience in the Executive and Legislative Branches specializing in foreign policy, international development, global health, appropriations, trade, export financing, democracy promotion, and human rights.
 
In 2014, Jon was nominated by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In this U.S. Senate-confirmed position he managed a budget of approximately $1.2 billion in foreign assistance and led a staff of approximately 1,200 development professionals in 32 countries in East Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia and Central Asia. He has testified before Congressional committees on almost two dozen occasions on topics such as the annual budget requests, health, and sustainable development.
 
During his time in the Obama Administration, Jon was a leader in promoting the democratic reform effort in Burma, developing the plan to support earthquake recovery and reconstruction in Nepal, creating an innovative counter human trafficking program in Southeast Asia, designing a strategic plan to support a new democratic opportunity in Sri Lanka, and helping to heal the wounds of the past in Vietnam and Laos through development initiatives. He also participated in high-level dialogues including the U.S.-India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue in New Delhi and the U.S.-China Development Cooperation Dialogue in Beijing.
 
In the U.S. Congress, Jon served as Senior Advisor to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. He played a leadership role on many ground-breaking legislative initiatives including the PEPFAR reauthorization bill and subsequent appropriations that doubled U.S. funding levels for global health in four years, securing emergency relief after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and passing the JADE Act that tightened sanctions on Burma’s military government. In addition, Jon was responsible for the operations of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee and served as a key point of contact on the House floor for Members of Congress and their staffs.
 
From 1999 to 2001, Jon served as Senior Legislative Assistant to the Ranking Member of the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee where he wrote and negotiated provisions in the annual appropriations bills. In particular, he played a leading role in passage of key floor amendments to increase funding for global AIDS and debt relief for poor countries. In addition, Jon worked in the Office of the Democratic Whip for both Pelosi and David Bonior (MI) where he gained valuable expertise in legislative strategy, whip counting, member relations, and parliamentary procedure.
 
Most recently in 2017, Jon was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission. The commission is tasked by the U.S. Congress to monitor and investigate the national security implications of the U.S.-China trade and economic relationship. Jon also serves on the International Board of Directors for The Bridge Fund, a small non-profit organization supporting cultural preservation and sustainable development programs in Tibet and western China.
 
Jon earned a Masters of International Policy and Practice from The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison College at Michigan State University in International Relations.
 
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jon currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters. 

Please follow Jon on Twitter at @jonstivers.

Harris Wofford Harris Wofford

Senior Advisor

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U.S. Senator Harris Wofford has served his country for more than sixty years, starting when he volunteered for the Army Air Corps in World War II and continuing through government and community service during the terms of ten Presidents.

In the 1950s, Harris was an advisor to Martin Luther King, served as counsel to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and later was an associate professor at Notre Dame Law School. When Senator John Kennedy ran for President, Harris joined the campaign as civil rights coordinator. Upon Kennedy’s election, Harris served as the President’s Special Assistant for Civil Rights (1961-62) and helped Sargent Shriver launch the Peace Corps. In late 1962, Harris became director of Ethiopia’s large Peace Corps program and served as Special Representative to Africa. On his return, he became the Peace Corps Associate Director.

In the late 1960s and through the 1970s, Harris moved into academia, serving as President of the State University of New York’s new College at Old Westbury, and then as President of Bryn Mawr College.

Returning to government in the 1980s, Harris served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry. In 1991, after the death of Republican Senator John Heinz, Governor Bob Casey appointed Harris to fill the Senate seat during the six months before a special election. Facing an uphill campaign against U.S. Attorney General (and former Pennsylvania governor) Dick Thornburgh, Harris carried the banner of affordable health care for all – a message that helped take him from more than 40 points behind in the polls to an upset victory of 10 points. Harris became the first Democratic Senator to be elected in Pennsylvania in 29 years and brought health care to the national agenda.

While in the United States Senate, Harris played a key role in the legislation establishing the Corporation for National Service, that included the new AmeriCorps, and, with Representative John Lewis, initiated and authored the act establishing Martin Luther King Day as a day of service – a day on, not a day off. After Congressman Rick Santorum defeated Harris in the Republican wave of 1994, Harris was appointed by President Clinton as the CEO of the Corporation for National Service. Under his tenure, AmeriCorps grew to over 50,000 members.

Community Engagement

In recent years, Wofford has been chair and then co-chair (with Alma Powell) of the America’s Promise Alliance for children and youth. He joined the campaign of Barack Obama as an official surrogate, speaking on his behalf in a number of states and introducing him for two major addresses – on race and on service. He advised Obama on the development of a comprehensive service and social innovation agenda, including the growth of AmeriCorps to 250,000 members that was authorized in the bi-partisan Edward M. Kennedy Act and enacted during President Obama’s first one hundred days.

Wofford has written numerous articles on national service, Gandhi, civil disobedience, civic engagement, education and politics, and four books including, Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties, 1980, and with his wife Clare, IndiaAfire, 1950.

Kevin Gluba Kevin Gluba

Senior Advisor

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Kevin brings to The Sheridan Group 14 years of public and private sector experience.  He has worked on public policy matters with Capitol Hill legislators, state and local governments, Presidential Administrations, think tanks, and industry trade associations.  

Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Innovation & Infrastructure (Aii).  Aii is a national, non-partisan, public policy think-tank based in Washington, DC, that advocates for innovative infrastructure policies and projects in the United States.  In this capacity, Kevin drove the public policy & government affairs strategy, partnership development and grew Aii’s footprint with the US Congress, professional industry associations and state and local governments.   Under Kevin’s leadership, Aii has released thoughtful policy papers on issues ranging from Smart Grid technology, infrastructure financing, autonomous vehicle regulations, as well as other transportation and energy infrastructure issues.  Kevin currently serves on Aii’s Board of Advisors.

From 2009 until 2014, Kevin served in the Administration of President Barack Obama, appointed as a Senior Advisor to the US Department of Commerce.  His expertise included intergovernmental affairs, advising on matters related to foreign direct investment into the United States, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program, and international trade promotion.  Through his role at Commerce’s International Trade Administration, he performed important government-to-government commercial diplomacy and advocacy to open up new trade opportunities for US companies around the globe.  He worked closely with groups such as the US Conference of Mayors and International Economic Development Council on best practices for local economic development strategies.  He also focused heavily on manufacturing issues facing the small and medium sized businesses during the Great Recession.  He advised companies on re-shoring strategies, and helped promote policies that supported STEM education and manufacturing apprenticeships to increase the manufacturing workforce.  He worked closely with the US Congress and other Commerce agencies (such as NIST and the USPTO) to update the 2004 “Made in America” manufacturing report.  Toward the end of his public service, he served as an Advisor to the SelectUSA program—a newly created Commerce Department agency, that took an “all of government approach” to help attract foreign direct investment into job creating projects in the United States during the Great Recession.  In this role, he worked closely with the Department of Treasury, Economic Development Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, White House National Economic Council, the Small Business Administration, as well as Capitol Hill legislators, US Governors and Mayors.    

In 2014, Kevin established Gluba & Associates, a DC-based government affairs consulting group.  There he advised companies on international trade matters, project finance groups on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program, global firms on US site-selection issues, public-private partnership development and a broad array of economic development issues.

Kevin also has over 10 years of political campaign experience on the local and national levels.  This has included campaign management of US congressional races, mayoral races, and the historic 2008 Obama for America Presidential campaign, where he served on the national campaign staff in 7 battleground states.   

He holds an MBA from St. Ambrose University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa.  A newlywed, Kevin and his wife Kat reside in Arlington, VA with their puppy, Bodhi.    

Amanda Fuchs Miller Amanda Fuchs Miller

Senior Affiliate Advisor

Amanda Fuchs Miller has extensive policy, advocacy, research and communications experience in Democratic politics and government - on the campaign trail, in the Obama and the Clinton Administrations and on Capitol Hill.

As President of Seventh Street Strategies LLC, Amanda has worked for non-profit organizations doing policy, advocacy, writing, research and communications work. From 2014-2016, she served as Vice President of Government Affairs at Teach for America. In 2010, she served as the Policy Director for Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in the United States Senate. In 2009, Amanda served as a political appointee at the Department of Justice - in the Office of Legal Policy coordinating vetting for judicial nominees, and then as Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, working on policy and intergovernmental affairs. Prior to that, she worked on the Obama-Biden Transition on the confirmation teams for the Attorney General and the Department of Justice’s sub-cabinet appointees. In 2004, Amanda served as the Director of Policy and Research for Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign. After graduating college, she spent seven years working as a researcher and policy staff person on Senate campaigns and at Democratic political organizations.

Amanda graduated with a joint degree from Northwestern University School of Law (J.D.) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (MPA). After graduating, she worked in the legislative affairs group of the Washington D.C. law firm Piper Rudnick and was the Investigative Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Minority Staff, working on judicial nominations. She served as the editor of the Institute of Politics’ Campaign for President: The Managers Look in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, and as the researcher for former Clinton speechwriter Michael Waldman’s book, My Fellow Americans. Amanda is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she teaches Legislation Law and Advocacy. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at American University, teaching political speechwriting, Law and the Political System, and Women, Politics and the Media, and as an Adjunct Professor at Boston University’s Washington Semester Program, teaching candidate and issue campaign courses. She has also served as a guest lecturer at West Point and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Amanda currently serves on the board of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA).   

Jim Stowers Jim Stowers

Senior Policy Associate

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Jim Stowers brings to The Sheridan Group over 20 years of professional government affairs experience.  Prior to joining TSG, Jim served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration.  In that role, Jim successfully worked to advance the priorities of the Commerce Department before Congress by promoting new federal investments in economic development initiatives, advocating to establish funding to enhance competitiveness in the U.S. manufacturing sector and expanding access for U.S. goods and services in foreign markets.  Key legislation enacted into law that Jim worked on during his tenure at the Commerce Department included the America Invents Act, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act and the annual Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations legislation which provides federal investments for key Commerce Department initiatives.     
 
Prior to his public service in the Obama Administration, Jim worked on behalf of his home state of Arkansas for 12 years in the office of U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, including seven years as legislative director.  Jim helped manage a wide range of public policy issues for Senator Lincoln, including economic development, appropriations, health care, tax, energy, agriculture, civil rights and foreign affairs. During his tenure in Senator Lincoln’s office, Jim worked to advance a number of legislative proposals including the Affordable Care Act, the 2008 Farm Bill, the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act which established new benchmark nutritional standards for school meal programs and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.

During his work in the U.S. Senate, Jim also helped manage the Senate New Democratic Coalition which Senator Lincoln co-founded with other likeminded Senate colleagues in 2000.  The Senate New Dems Coalition worked to bridge the partisan divide in Congress and promote pragmatic, reform-oriented policy proposals on important issues such as education reform and the federal budget.     
 
Jim’s background in both the executive and legislative branch adds valuable experience to the TSG team.  Jim understands the legislative, policy making and federal budgeting process at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue and has learned strategies to effectively engage decision makers throughout government during his two decades as a government relations professional in Washington, D.C.      

Jim earned his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

Jim has lived and worked in Washington, DC since 1996 where he resides with his husband and son.  

Matt Schlesinger Matt Schlesinger

Policy Associate

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At The Sheridan Group, Matt supports a diverse portfolio of clients with missions in the fields of education, international development and national service. As a Policy Associate, Matt plays an important role in developing and executing advocacy strategy plans, providing key insight into Congressional and Executive Branch actions. He drives year-round appropriations work, collaborates with clients to define and prioritize legislative goals, and regularly hosts clients for fly-ins and lobby days. He also helps manage TSG’s new business development activities.

Matt joined The Sheridan Group after four years as a practicing attorney, concentrating in the areas of municipal law, civil litigation and appellate practice.  In addition to representing clients in all stages of litigation, Matt regularly drafted legislation and counseled local governments and boards, non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education and individuals with respect to a wide range of issues. Matt’s passion for the issues and legal background and training allow him to master complex legislative priorities in order to provide his clients with a unique perspective of the policymaking process.

Matt received a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York, and a Bachelor of Arts from American University, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Education Studies.

Matt and his wife live in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC with their dogs, George, Jerry and Sonny.

Lindsay Gilchrist Lindsay Gilchrist

International Development Advisor

As The Sheridan Group’s International Development Advisor, Lindsay provides policy expertise and strategic leadership for clients including Save the Children Action Network, the ONE Campaign and Nuru International. Lindsay is also the founder of Gilchrist & Company, an advocacy, policy and communications firm that works with international non-profits, domestic organizations and political candidates.

In 2012, Lindsay worked for mothers2mothers (m2m), an international non-profit that prevents mother-to-child transmission of HIV. As the Senior Advocacy Officer, she led m2m’s efforts to improve knowledge about maternal and child health in Africa. Lindsay represented mothers2mothers with members of Congress, the Executive branch and other NGOs. She also organized advocacy events, including Congressional briefings and a press conference.

Prior to mothers2mothers, Lindsay worked for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. As a Professional Staff Member, she advised Subcommittee Chairman Donald Payne (D-NJ-10) on global health, security and humanitarian issues in Africa. In addition, she collaborated with the Foreign Affairs Committee staff on the successful passage of the Conflict Minerals Bill, which requires companies to disclose the sources of minerals used in their products. She also organized a Congressional hearing on the status of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and she served as the staff person on the Congressional Sudan Caucus.

Lindsay also worked as a Special Assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), providing recommendations for legislative and communications issues. While working for Senator Kennedy, she played a role in several critical pieces of legislation: the Iraqi Refugee Bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and healthcare reform.

Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of San Diego and a master’s in Public Policy from UCLA.

Lindsey Wagner-Oveson Lindsey Wagner-Oveson

Chief of Staff

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Lindsey Wagner-Oveson is the Chief of Staff at The Sheridan Group. In this role Lindsey oversees the firm operations and special projects and manages the schedule for the CEO. 

Before joining the firm, Lindsey was Director of Corporate Affairs at Cognosante where she managed strategic initiatives and external relations on behalf of the CEO.

Prior to her time at Cognosante, Lindsey was a political appointee in the Obama Administration, serving at both the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of the Interior. As a native South Dakotan, she spent several years working for former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former U.S. Senator Tim Johnson. During the course of her career, Lindsey has worked closely with Members of Congress, White House officials, and senior executives.  

Lindsey received her B.A. in Consumer Affairs from South Dakota State University. She is a previous board member of the South Dakota State Society Washington, DC chapter. Lindsey and her husband live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. 

Partners for Change:

ONE Campaign
Save the Children
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
ACTFL
Benetech
Voices
SSTI
Nuru International