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.
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.
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.
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.
Katrina Velasquez, Esq., M.A.
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.
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.
Streatfeild J, Hickson J, Austin SB, Hutcheson R, Kandel JS, Lampert JG, Myers EM, Richmond TK, Samnaliev M, Velasquez K, Weissman RS, Pezzullo L. Social and economic cost of eating disorders in the United States: Evidence to inform policy action. International Journal of Eating Disorders (In press).
Allison Ivie, M.P.P./M.A.
Allison serves as the Vice President 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. She serves on the Women’s Congressional Staff Foundation Board of Directors.
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
Director of Government Relations
Maddie serves as the Director of Government Relations at Center Road Solutions. With years of experience in organizing, issue advocacy, and direct lobbying, Maddie has a strong track record of passing bipartisan legislation that uplifts vulnerable individuals and communities. Previously, they built from scratch a social justice legislative portfolio for the League of Women Voters of the United States and worked as policy lead on immigration and hate crimes at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates. Before that, they lobbied for youth appropriations in the Minnesota State Legislature and worked in the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health on healthcare access campaigns.
Bachelor of Arts in American Ethnic Studies, Macalester College
Shanna Mason, J.D.
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.
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
Jacqueline Dolata, MBA
Federal Grants Specialist
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.
Masters in Business Administration in Health Care, Baldwin Wallace University
Bachelors in Biology, Mercyhurst University
Emily is an intern with Center Road Solutions. She is currently a senior at George Washington University, where she majors in Political Science and minors in Law & Society. She has previously interned at organizations such as Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey, EMILY’s List, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Giffords. Emily is particularly interested in health care, with a focus on women’s and mental health, and is excited to support policy solutions that increase equitable access to health care services across the US.
Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, George Washington University
Government Relations & Public Affairs Associate
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.
Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Stacey Friedman is a Policy Fellow with Center Road Solutions. Stacey graduated from American University in May with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. During her time at American University, Stacey interned for a variety of organizations including Sean Casten’s (IL-06) 2018 campaign for the House of Representatives and the Office of Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Stacey plans to work in health care policy, developing pragmatic programs and policies to ensure affordable, equitable, and accessible health care for all people.
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government, American University
Marisa Pettit is an Executive Assistant with Center Road Solutions. Marisa remotely supports the team by leveraging her extensive background in management, education, and administration.
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education, Southeastern Louisiana University
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Southeastern Louisiana University
“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.”
Passing Historic Eating Disorders Legislation
>> This achievement represented the first time in history that Congress passed eating disorder specific legislation.
The Eating Disorders Coalition worked with Katrina Velasquez in early 2015 with the objective of advancing eating disorders specific legislation to help early identify eating disorders and increase access to treatment.
Center Road Solutions drafted the Anna Westin Act of 2016 (H.R. 2515/S. 1865), secured bipartisan bill sponsorship, led grassroots activism and partnership development, and navigated the legislation from introduction to passage, being signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016 with the 21st Century Cures Act.
Passage of the STOP School Violence Act
> Passed the STOP School Violence Act within the FY 2018 Omnibus, which provides $1.075 billion in new Department of Justice school violence prevention grants.
Working with Sandy Hook Promise, we drafted, lobbied, and drove the passage of the bipartisan STOP School Violence Act through the 2018 Omnibus. The 2018 Omnibus appropriated $75 million in school violence prevention grants for FY 2018, and is currently authorized at $100 million in grants for each of the fiscal years 2019-2028.
Department of Defense’s Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program
>> >>Eating disorders becomes new topic area for research funding to help our military members and their families, expected $5 million in funding.
For Fiscal Year 2017 and 2018, we led the charge for eating disorders to be eligible for research funding through the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program’s (CDMRP) Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). Under the PRMRP funding stream, $5.4 million in FY 2017 and $5 million in FY 2018 will become available for eating disorders research specifically designed to help military members and their families affected by the illness.
Capitol Hill Days for Advocates and Executives
>> >>>>We organized numerous Capitol Hill Days for advocates and executives, resulting in over 60 bipartisan Congressional and Senate legislative co-sponsors per event
– Craft concise and calculated advocacy message
– Train Advocates and Executives on messaging and meeting strategy
– Schedule meetings with advocates/executives’ Congressional Staff/Members
– Secure no-to-low cost venues on Capitol Hill for Message Training
– Develop agendas and meeting-specific talking points
– Manage day-of logistics management, registration, and troubleshooting
– Follow-up with all offices after Hill Day