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 directly connected to passing legislation. These services include: 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.

Senior Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs

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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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Mark O'Neil, Esq.

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs

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Mark is the Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Center Road Solutions. Prior to his work with Center Road Solutions, Mark served as a Legislative Assistant in the office of Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). During his time in the Congressman’s office, he worked on numerous legislative initiatives related to foreign affairs, defense, trade, and natural resource policy. In this role, he supported the Congressman’s work as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Prior to his work in the Congressman’s office, Mark held positions with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the office of Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI).

Education:
Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School
Dual Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Communication, Villanova University

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Quinn Cummings

Public Policy Intern

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Quinn Cummings is an intern at Center Road Solutions. She will be entering her senior year at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as a Political Economy and Women and Gender Studies Double Major. Her interests include legal and economic research, public policy, and civil rights law. Following her undergraduate career, Quinn plans to continue as a Georgetown Hoya by pursuing her J.D degree at the Georgetown University Law Center. Outside of school Quinn is a member of the varsity rowing team and Delta Phi Epsilon, a professional foreign service sorority, on campus.

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Tim Spotts, J.D.

Research Consultant

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Tim Spotts provides policy, legal, and legislative research consulting for Center Road Solutions clients. Tim is the founder of TSConsulting located in Buffalo, NY, specializing in legal, policy and reference research. Tim has over 20 years’ experience in policy and legislative research. He served as Chief Counsel to the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee and as Chief Counsel to the Ranking Minority Member of the New York State Senate Health Committee. During his tenure in the New York State Senate, he successfully passed over sixty pieces of legislation into law. Some highlights include: passing legislation that secured over $250 million in federal funds for New York State; allowed over 5,000 public housing units to remain in the Mitchell Lama Rent Stabilization Program for the next 30 years and worked with parent groups and government entities to revise and modernize the New York City Mayoral Control legislation.

Education:
J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law with a concentration in governmental law
B.S. in Political Science from SUNY Buffalo

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MaryClare O'Meara

Public Affairs Intern

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Maryclare O’Meara is an intern at Center Road Solutions. She was raised in White Plains, NY and attended White Plains High School. She will be entering her senior year as a Marketing Major and Economics Minor at Providence College in the fall. At Providence, Maryclare is on the Dean’s List, Vice President of the volunteer organization Friar Food Rescue, and a member of the American Marketing Association and club tennis team. Maryclare is an outgoing, ambitious team-player who works hard to meet her goals.

“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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Issue: Formation of a key opinion leader roundtable to discuss barriers related to patient-provider interaction regarding women’s sexual health and devising solutions for better health outcomes.

 

 

Issue: HHS and DOL Health Insurance, TRICARE issues

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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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