Driving Social Change through Federal Advocacy

Built on integrity, bipartisanship, and results, Center Road Solutions is a woman-owned, boutique public policy firm committed to working across the aisle to develop, drive, and achieve lasting change for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses.

Policy Development

Working with clients to identify their pressing problems, we develop feasible and actionable policy solutions that can drive social impact and engage both Republicans and Democrats.

Advocacy

We directly advocate with Congressional and Regulatory Affairs on a bipartisan basis. Our model differs from traditional partisan government affairs firms in that we also work with client advocates and employees to amplify your issues while engaging your base.

Legislative Drafting

Traditional government affairs firms often do not draft legislation in-house, adding months to the process. We are led by licensed attorneys who work with you every step of the way and ensure policy objectives are met with sound legislative text to expedite introduction.

Public Affairs

We provide public affairs services to help nonprofits and schools pass legislation and receive federal grant funding. These services include: Federal Grant Writing and Consulting, Partnership Development, Capitol Hill Advocacy Days, Congressional Briefings, Media Engagement (traditional and social), and Grassroots Mobilization.

About

About Us

Center Road Solutions is a national government relations and public affairs firm committed to making connections, developing solutions, and leading bipartisan social change throughout the world.

We are founded on the underlying foundation of working together to achieve results regardless of political party. Fixing a broken system begins with those who advocate with our leaders.We have dedicated our practice to ethically working across the aisle to develop moderate solutions that resonate from Capitol Hill to Main Street.

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Our Team

We believe in a diverse range of bipartisan personnel to bring creative skills, thoughts and ideas to the table.

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Katrina Velasquez, Esq., M.A.

Managing Principal

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Katrina is the Founder and Managing Principal of Center Road Solutions. A nationally and internationally recognized advocate and attorney, she specializes in turning partisan social issues into noncontroversial, bipartisan issues, and driving them across the finish line. Katrina offers over a decade of experience in federal advocacy, grants, and law to guide clients through the federal process, including work with the U.S. Department of Justice, Health & Human Services Administration, Homeland Security, as well as political campaigns, law firms, and nonprofits such as Baker & McKenzie, LLP and International Organization for Migration.

Katrina’s legislative achievements include passing the first-ever eating disorders legislation entitled the Anna Westin Act of 2015 within 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-225), securing $5 million within the FY 2017 and 2018 Appropriations Act in new research funding to help military members and their families, and expanding access to $50 million within the FY 2018 Appropriations Act for schools across the nation to research and pilot school threat assessment within federal grants.

Education:
Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Masters of Arts in International Politics from American University
Dual Bachelors of Arts in Law & Society and Public Relations, Purdue University.

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Allison Ivie, M.P.P./M.A.

Vice President

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Allison is the Senior Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Center Road Solutions. With multiple years of experience working with innovative pharmaceutical and medical device companies, Allison has fostered strategic partnerships and legislative action to raise disease awareness and the need for novel drug therapies, devices and diagnostics. Allison’s career began in Washington, D.C. as a Women’s Congressional Policy Institute Fellow in Representative Mike Thompson’s office (D-CA). During her tenure in the Congressman’s office she drafted and introduced the bipartisan Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (H.R. 5380) and negotiated harsher penalties for illegal marijuana cultivation on federal lands that were adopted by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Education:
Masters in Public Policy and Masters of Arts in Women and Gender Studies, Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Dual Bachelors of Arts in General English and Multicultural Gender Studies, California State University, Chico

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Shanna Mason, J.D.

Legal Clerk

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Shanna Mason is the Legal Clerk at Center Road Solutions. Shanna is a recent law school graduate with experience in labor and employment law and federal regulatory law. Her past experience includes serving as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Joseph F. Leeson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, law clerkship at Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C., a Clerk Intern at Bedford Municipal Court, and interning with Center Road Solutions. Shanna also holds extensive legal research and persuasive communication experience through her roles as the Production Editor for the Journal of Law and Technology and a finalist in the Nell Hennessy Moot Court Competition.

Education:
Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Dual Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Economics, The Pennsylvania State University

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Jacqueline Dolata, MBA

Federal Grants Specialist

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Jacqueline Dolata serves as the Federal Grants Specialist aiding nonprofits and schools in identifying, writing, securing, and managing federal grants. She has spent the majority of her 14 year career writing grants to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) focused on community based approaches to addressing health disparities. As manager of the Case Western Reserve University Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Jacqueline has helped secure millions of dollars in federal funding to support efforts that engage and empower local nonprofits to tackle issues around social determinants of health. She specializes in turning the complex grantmaking process into actionable steps by developing online toolkits, professional networks, and other resources to assist both academicians and community nonprofits to have a better understanding of available funding opportunities, the grant writing process, and the value of strong community-academic partnerships. Jacqueline also directs a pilot funding and mentoring program for early stage researchers that awards small grants to those interested in building capacity for larger community based research funding.

Education
Masters in Business Administration in Health Care, Baldwin Wallace University
Bachelors in Biology, Mercyhurst University

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Elizabeth Peters

Graduate Intern

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Elizabeth Peters is a Graduate Intern at Center Road Solutions and is currently finishing her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University. Her past experience includes Public Health and Communications Consulting for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and was also a Project Assistant for a Washington, D.C. based law firm.

Education:
Master of Public Health, George Washington University (Est. 2020)
Bachelor of Arts in Government and Psychology, Georgetown University

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Luke Kopetsky

Government Relations & Public Affairs Associate

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Luke is the Government Relations and Public Affairs Associate at Center Road Solutions. Luke began his career with the North Dakota coordinated campaign and the Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Senate re-election campaign in North Dakota for the 2018 midterm elections, where he worked as a field organizer recruiting and training campaign volunteers. Afterwards, he returned to his hometown of Washington D.C. and served in the government relations and public affairs arenas as a Fellow with Monument Advocacy, where he worked on issues in the clean transportation and technology spaces, and then as Public Affairs Coordinator with CTIA – The Wireless Association.

Education:
Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

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Rebecca Helfrich

Undergraduate Intern

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Rebecca Helfrich is the Undergraduate Intern at Center Road Solutions. She is a junior at American University studying political science with a general policy concentration and a minor in communications. Previously, she has interned with Pennsylvania State House Representative Lori A. Mizgorski, which provided Rebecca with early exposure to the importance of bipartisan partnerships in policy.

Education:
Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, American University (In Progress)

“Center Road Solutions is more than a consulting firm. They are an exceptional partner that brings passion and dedication to every project and every client. They have helped our organization expand our relationships on both sides of the aisle and pass life-saving legislation including the STOP School Violence Act. We are so grateful to have them on our team and recommend them highly to advocates across fields.”

— Sandy Hook Promise

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Our Clients

Our mission-oriented clients work to move the dial in a positive direction for society.

 

Issues: Center for Disease Control National Surveillance System

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Issues: Department of Justice School Violence Prevention

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Issues: HHS Workforce Training, DOL Health Insurance, Department of Defense Military Health

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Issue: HHS Disease Prevention, Department of Defense Military Health Research, Resolution for Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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Issues: Maternal Mental Health Care

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Issue: HHS and DOL Health Insurance, TRICARE issues

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Issues: Maternal Mental Health Care

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Case Studies

Center Road Solutions achieves bipartisan results for its clients. See here for some examples of our achievements:

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