WHAT WE DO

The rules have changed in Washington. Moving the policy agenda requires shifting the narrative. S-3 Public Affairs takes an integrated approach – bringing together the best in government and public relations to develop and execute a comprehensive, winning strategy for our clients.

We have decades of Capitol Hill experience, navigating the most complicated policy, media, and political landscapes. Our firm brings years of accomplished leadership in Washington to every task. Our results drive the conversation to our clients’ goals.

At S-3 Public Affairs, we’re efficient, nimble, and work to win.

Capabilities

S-3 Public Affairs is a full service firm providing comprehensive solutions in government affairs and public relations to top tier clients whose priorities demand dynamic and innovative strategies.

S-3 Public Affairs’ expertise ranges widely, including our nation’s biggest industries and public policy arenas. Our deeply rooted experience and connections in public and media relations enables us to connect our clients with the leaders and audiences they need to reach to have their message heard.

At S-3 Public Affairs, we navigate even the most treacherous political waters, driving the message toward your solutions. Our attention to detail is meticulous, and our strategies are innovative. We relish a challenge and we live to win.

What makes S-3 Public Affairs different? We take an integrated approach to communications and policy strategy. We work together to develop the most compelling messages, shape the conversation with key influencers, and move the needle on Capitol Hill and in the administration.

At S-3 Public Affairs, our efficiency provides the highest caliber services without unnecessary overhead or bureaucracy. The entire team is committed to our clients and the result is a better value for better services. Let’s do this.

Our Focus

  • GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

  • STRATEGIC PUBLIC AFFAIRS

  • COALITION MANAGEMENT & ADVOCACY

  • DIGITAL CONTENT & STRATEGY

  • CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS

  • MESSAGE DEVELOPMENT

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MEET THE TEAM

When we work with you, we roll up our sleeves, immerse ourselves in the substance of your public policy priorities, and get to work. We operate a full service government relations and public affairs firm anchored by Hill veterans. Let’s meet the team…

ROB COLLINS

Rob Collins is a veteran strategist and partner at S-3 Public Affairs.  In the Spring of 2017, the Trump Administration asked Collins to ‘quarterback’ the successful bipartisan nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. In that role, Collins worked directly with West Wing senior staff, the Office of the Vice President, the White House Counsel, the Department of Justice, the White House Office of Legislative Policy, Legislative Affairs, the Inter-governmental Office, the White House Public Liaison Office, and the White House Communications Office. Additionally, Collins worked closely with Senate Leadership, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, the Senate Judiciary Committee, over 20 outside advocacy groups, and Judge Gorsuch’s team.

Prior to S-3, Collins was the Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), a $125 million, 80-person organization responsible for electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate. During his tenure at the NRSC he helped reelect 12 incumbents and elect 12 new Republicans. These pickups were a part of a historic 9-seat gain for the Republicans, the largest GOP-gain in over 35 years.

Before taking over at the NRSC, Collins was a partner at Purple Strategies, a bipartisan consulting firm. He also ran the American Action Network (AAN), which raised over $30 million for advocacy in 5 Senate races and 35 House districts that helped the Republicans retake the House of Representatives in 2010. While at AAN, he created the Hispanic Leadership Network co-chaired by Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.  Before starting the Network, Collins spent 7 years as Chief of Staff for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). Collins has been chosen by Roll Call Newspaper as a member of the ‘Fab 50 Staffers in DC’ 4-times, twice he has been selected to be on the ‘Power 100’ by Washingtonian Magazine and Recently Fortune Magazine cited him as the ‘Top Strategist’ for Republicans in 2016.

MIKE FERENCE

Mike Ference has spent more than a decade in government service working for senior Republicans in both the House and Senate. Most recently, he spent over six years working for the House Leadership as Director for Strategic Development and Senior Policy Advisor to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and former House Republican Whip, now Senator, Roy Blunt of Missouri.

During his time serving the House Republican Leadership, Ference led the policy efforts and national outreach operation to the energy, financial services, high-tech, business and academic communities. In addition, his responsibilities included managing committee activity, building coalitions and shepherding legislation related to banking, financial services, energy, environment, natural resources and telecommunications.

Before joining the House Whip Team in 2006, Mike served as a legislative staff member for Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma. Mike started his tenure on Capitol Hill as an aide for Congressman Christopher Smith of New Jersey.

In addition to Mike’s government service, he took a hiatus from Capitol Hill to return to Pennsylvania to successfully start a small energy company. As the owner and operator, Mike managed over 20 employees.

Raised in Pennsylvania, Mike is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University.

JOHN SCOFIELD

John Scofield has nearly twenty years of experience working for and with Congress at the highest levels. He spent almost a decade in senior positions with the House Appropriations Committee, coordinating political strategy and messaging for the Committee and Subcommittee leaderships. Prior to forming Shockey Scofield Solutions (S-3 Group), he was a Principal at the Podesta Group, managing a number of corporate and non-profit clients, working across multiple committees and issue areas, including national security, financial services, and energy and environmental policy.

More recently, he led campaigns aimed at using the annual budget process to combat onerous regulatory proposals in several different agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Scofield also has extensive experience in political communications. He served as a speechwriter for former Senator Mark Hatfield (R-OR) and as press secretary for Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ). Scofield also has deep campaign credentials, including managing Congressman LoBiondo’s re-election campaign in 1998 and volunteering in the campaigns of Senator John Thune (R-SD) and former Congressmen, Jim Walsh (R-NY) and Virgil Goode (R-VA). More recently, he worked on the successful campaign of Congressman Robert Hurt (R-VA).

AMOS SNEAD

Amos Snead is an innovator whose personable approach to communications is matched by his long list of accomplishments in the field. Amos is a founding Partner at S-3 Public Affairs, where he draws from in–depth experience working with leading print, television and online journalists to counsel clients on digital communications and media strategies.

Prior to founding S-3 Public Affairs, Amos was a Principal at a leading Washington, DC public affairs firm. He has counseled Fortune 500 companies in the technology, energy and healthcare industries, and served as the primary spokesman for a range of high-profile clients.

Amos got his start on Capitol Hill, first as a press aide for the House Energy and Commerce Committee under Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX), then as Communications Director for Congressman Louie Gohmert (R–TX), and later as spokesman for House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO).

Amos regularly appears as a contributor on Fox News. He is a co-founder of FamousDC.com, which Washingtonian Magazine named a “Can’t Miss Click” in 2009. National Journal named Amos to their “35 and Under Power Set” in 2012.

MARTIN DELGADO

After working for the Senate Interior and Environmental Appropriations Subcommittee, Martin Delgado moved to the House side, working predominantly for the House Appropriations Committee, including six years as Clerk and Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. During his two decades of government service, Delgado oversaw the $121 billion spending bill that encompasses the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and food and nutrition programs like WIC and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Additionally, Delgado sharpened his Agriculture skills while serving at the USDA’s Animal and Planet Health Inspection Service as Senior Budget Analyst.

Delgado also retains extensive knowledge of the defense domain, spending several years as the primary Republican staffer for the House Military Construction and Veteran Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.

ARJUN MODY

Prior to S-3, Arjun Mody served as Policy Director for the Senate Republican Policy Committee, a key part of the leadership team in the U.S. Senate. In this capacity, he directed the office and served as senior staff to the Chairman, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).

He recently served as Policy Director for Carly Fiorina’s campaign to the U.S. Senate in California. Prior to this, he served as Counsel and senior staff to U.S.  Senators Eliabeth Dole (R-NC) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX). Arjun also served as Assistant Director at ONE, an organization that fights extreme poverty in Africa founded by U2 lead singer Bono.

Arjun originally came to Washington, DC to serve in President George W. Bush’s Administration as Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs to the nation’s Drug Czar.

He received his B.A. from La Salle University, his J.D. from Arizona State University, and his LL.M. from American University.

KATE DICKENS

Kate Dickens joined S-3 after serving almost two decades working in senior positions for leading Republicans in both the House and Senate. Most recently as chief of staff to former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Kate oversaw the Senator’s political, policy, and communications operations and helped lead bipartisan negotiations that led to legislative victories on trade, healthcare, and national security. Immediately prior to joining S-3, Kate volunteered for the presidential transition operation for the 2017 Inauguration.

Kate’s congressional experience also includes serving as legislative director to then-Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE), a foreign and domestic policy aide to then-Rep. Connie Morella (R-MD), and almost a decade of experience building bipartisan coalitions as the executive director of the House Republicans’ Tuesday Group caucus.

NOELLE CLEMENTE

Prior to joining S-3 Public Affairs as vice president, Noelle Clemente served as press secretary of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. At the committee, she led communications strategy for the Medicare payment reform signed into law in 2015 as well as the 21st Century Cures Act, which was enacted with overwhelming bipartisan support. Additionally, she handled media for the implementation of the 2010 health care law and the resulting investigation of HealthCare.gov.

Noelle also served as press secretary to now Health and Human Services Secretary, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA). In addition to her Capitol Hill experience, Noelle served as the primary spokesman for the American Action Forum. In this capacity, she worked closely with AAF President and former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, assisting with his earned and digital strategy.

Noelle graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a degree in Journalism.

TODD WOOTEN

Todd Wooten has served on three Senate Committees for four different Senators. Prior to joining S-3, he served as Senior Counsel for Energy and Tax on the Senate Finance Committee and coordinated the Committee’s outreach to businesses and organizations. Todd brings additional Senate experience from his time at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and as the Legislative Director for Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Todd was also the Director of Southeast Climate Resource Center at Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. In that capacity, Todd worked to bring Duke’s resources to policymakers throughout the region with a specific focus on local governments. Before his time at Duke, Todd served as senior director for governmental issues at Van Ness Feldman, an energy policy law firm based in Washington, D.C., and prior to that, as legislative counsel to Senator Blanche Lincoln.

STEPHANIE GENCO

Stephanie Genco has spent the last decade on Capitol Hill, working in Congressional campaigns, communications, and House Republican leadership. Before joining S-3, she served as the Deputy Policy Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of House Republicans where she specialized in tracking legislative policy impacting Republican incumbents, challengers, as well as targets. She served as the primary policy point of contact for House candidates, providing interview and debate prep, in-depth policy briefings, and rapid-response talking points.

Genco previously worked for Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) as his Communications Director, advising on messaging strategy and crisis communications during the marquee events of the 112th and 113th Congress, including fiscal cliff negotiations, the government shutdown, and debt limit. She previously served as Communications Director for then-freshman Congressman Diane Black (R-TN). During the historic 2010 election cycle, Genco worked on the NRCC Independent Expenditure as the lead researcher on 21 House races across the country.

Previous positions on Capitol Hill include Press Secretary and Communications Liaison for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Press Secretary for the House Committee on Homeland Security.

ALYSON CHWATEK

Alyson Chwatek assists the S-3 Public Affairs team in developing and implementing public affairs strategy. In her role, Alyson is responsible for monitoring various policy issues and creating creative materials and summaries for clients.

Prior to joining S-3, Alyson spent nearly three years at a bipartisan political organization in Washington, D.C. where she worked on both the finance and development teams. Additionally, she spent almost two years simultaneously working directly with the Founder & CEO as a personal, and as-needed, executive assistant. She also held an internship with leading national investment firm, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., where she worked closely with the firm’s Managing Partners and assisted with client servicing and with a number of strategic marketing campaigns. Her introduction to politics came the year before moving to D.C., when she served as a legislative intern and campaign hand for her hometown State Senator in New Jersey.

Alyson received her B.A. in Economics from The George Washington University.

LISA KRAMER

Since joining S-3 Group in early 2015, Lisa Kramer has maintained senior oversight of the firm’s operations and client scheduling, ranging from daily deliverables to major projects. Lisa brings years of management experience to S-3 Public Affairs, having previously served at the National Republican Senatorial Committee as Executive Assistant to then-Executive Director, S-3’s Rob Collins. At the NRSC, Lisa’s position kept her in close communication with Senators, candidates, and major donors, for whom she managed scheduling and events planning. Before the NRSC, Lisa worked at Purple Strategies, where she assisted Purple Advocacy, the organization’s government affairs team. Lisa is a native of Alexandria, VA, and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

SHAWN PASTERNAK

Shawn Pasternak joined S-3 after having worked at the Republican opposition research firm America Rising during the previous two election cycles: first as an analyst in its media-monitoring “war room” during the 2014 midterms and then as a member of its presidential research team during the 2016 election. Prior to joining America Rising in July 2014, Shawn was a researcher at The Georgetown Group.

Shawn graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Communication and a Master’s degree in Political Management.

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