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Capitol Partners, Inc. is a Washington, D.C.-based government relations and public policy consulting firm that provides counsel and strategic guidance to clients looking to interface with the federal government. We are here to help you navigate the morass that is the capital’s interest representation landscape. Since our firm’s incorporation in 1999, we have been assisting clients in every area of the economy tackle sectoral challenges in Washington, DC. We will put our expertise to the task of getting you the best representation there is, and we’ll work with you to formulate a plan for efficiently achieving your government relations and public affairs goals.

Jonathan M. Orloff, President

Jonathan M. Orloff is the founder and president of Capitol Partners, Inc. Mr. Orloff began his career on Capitol Hill, serving first as professional staff to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopolies and later to the full Senate Judiciary Committee. He also worked as legislative assistant and senior staffer to the late Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, where he was primarily responsible for appropriations legislation. Mr. Orloff served in Sen. Kennedy’s 1980 White House bid as coordinator for New England issues and as statewide campaign manager for North Carolina. In 1986, Mr. Orloff joined Cassidy and Associates as its fourth principal. He was critical in the firm’s expansion and development for the next ten years. He founded Capitol Partners, Inc. in 1999. 

Mr. Orloff is also the founder of the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA), a domestic industry lobby which works with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, and Congress itself to fulfill the federal government’s naval supply needs. 

Throughout his career in public affairs, Mr. Orloff has been active in national Democratic politics. He served on the National Finance Council of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and on the board of the Fund for a Democratic Majority. Mr. Orloff received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1977 and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1983. He lives in Washington, D.C. 

Advisory Board

The following individuals are long time associates who have agreed to advise Capitol Partners, Inc. on matters in the following areas: Defense, Transportation, Education, Communications, State and Local Government, and the Sharing Economy. They are not officers of Capitol Partners, Inc., and as such are not in any way liable for the actions of the firm. 

Gerry Cassidy

Gerry Cassidy is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Cassidy & Associates, one of Washington’s top integrated government relations and public affairs firms. Cassidy & Associates maintains its integrated global public affairs philosophy with its premier sister companies, Powell Tate and Rhoads. Mr. Cassidy has been a featured speaker on legislative issues, government and politics at numerous governmental university, industry, and trade association conferences. Prior to the establishment of Cassidy & Associates in 1975, Mr. Cassidy served as a Trial Attorney in the South Florida Migrant Legal Services Program, as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Democratic National Committee’s Party Reform Commission, and as General Counsel of the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs. Mr. Cassidy has also previously served on the Board of Directors, Seragen Inc. (1987-1998);  Board of Overseers, School of Nutrition at Tufts University (1990-2000);  Steering Committee of the Capital Campaign for Villanova University (1993-1997); Board of Trustees, Villanova University (1997-2007); National Board of The American Ireland Fund, (1998-2008) and as part of the  U.S. Military Cancer Institute (2002-2006).

Peter Conner

Peter Conner is a Principal at The SPECTRUM Group, a premier government consulting and congressional relations firm with longstanding relationships with the Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and the Defense Industry. Mr. Conner provides valuable strategic advice to companies and trade communities in their efforts to achieve their business and financial goals. Mr. Conner is highly regarded for his innovative analysis, his strategy development, and his management expertise in defense and security matters. Mr. Conner is a Senior Advisor to the Center for Terrorism Law at Saint Mary’s University. He is also Program Manager for the Texas Bio and Agro Defense Consortium and Subject Matter Expert on Cyber, CBRNE, and Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards.

Matt Curtis

Matt Curtis is the Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at HomeAway, the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace and a subsidiary of Expedia, Inc. As Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Mr. Curtis  has leadership responsibilities in dealing with federal, state, and local governments in guiding them to adopt best practices regarding short term rentals. Mr. Curtis sits on the Board of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association where he serves as Chair of their Government Affairs Committee. Mr. Curtis plays an active role on the Boards of the Travel Technology Association, the European Holiday Homemakers Association, and the Holiday Rental Industry Association of Australia. Mr. Curtis has considerable local governmental experience from serving as a deputy to two mayors and one council member from Austin, Texas.

Joseph Eyer

Joseph Eyer joined the AT&T Federal Public Affairs team in May 2014. Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Eyer served as the co-leader of H+K Strategies global affairs practice. Before joining H+K Strategies, Mr. Eyer led the grassroots practice at the Dewey Square Group – Washington’s premier public affairs advocacy firm. Mr. Eyer has managed dozens of national advocacy campaigns for corporations and non-profit organization. He has designed and executed high profile national advocacy campaigns for clients from nearly every sector including telecommunications, technology, financial services, healthcare, energy, education, retirement security, and public interest. A veteran of four presidential campaigns, Mr. Eyer was an integral part of Al Gore’s political operation, first in the White House and then on his campaign.

James Rowan, Jr.

James Rowan, Jr. is a Managing Director, Senior Advisor, and Education Head of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, a premier wealth managements and investment banking firm founded in 1890. Mr. Rowan joined Legg Mason Capital Markets, which was subsequently acquired by Stifel Nicolaus, and helped develop the firm’s significant investment banking role in the proprietary education and training industries. Mr. Rowan was a venture capitalist for six years and prior to that was a Senior Financial Executive at ITT Corporation and City Investing Company, based in New York and London. Mr. Rowan has been an Independent Director of National American University Holdings, Inc., since November 2014. He is a Trustee of Waynesburg University, and is on the Financial Advisory Council of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

Chris Henick 

Chris Henick is the Founder and Co-Chairman of Blueprint Advisors LLC, a Washington, DC-based business advisory and message strategy firm that employs a coherent approach to both corporate and political arenas. Prior to founding Blueprint Advisors LLC, Mr. Henick was the Senior Advisor to the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Henick was an independent business consultant and advisor to Giuliani Partners LLC.

During the 2006 election cycle, Mr. Henick developed innovative protection strategies and directed independent expenditures for the Republican Governors Association. Mr. Henick also served President George W. Bush in the White House from 2001 to 2002 as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy to the Senior Advisor. While serving for President George W. Bush, he reported directly to the President’s Senior Advisor in overseeing the strategic planning, political affairs, intergovernmental and public liaison efforts of the White House. During the 2000 presidential election, Mr. Henick was Deputy Director of Strategy for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. From 1991-1995, Mr. Henick was the Executive Director of the Republican Governors Association. As Executive Director, he developed strategic approaches to 53 gubernatorial campaigns across the country. Due to this achievement, he was named a Fellow to the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government during the spring 1995 term.

James P. Smith 

James P. Smith is the President of Smith Dawson & Andrews and serves as the firm’s chief strategist. Mr. Smith oversees a diverse range of clients, with particular emphasis on business development, healthcare, technology, trade, and transportation. Before co-founding Smith Dawson & Andrews in 1981, Mr. Smith served in government and public affairs positions at the White House and in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Commerce and with the State of Illinois. Involved in many key legislative battles on Capitol Hill, he has been active in every major transportation debate in Congress over the last 35 years. Mr. Smith is a Director and Officer of HomeStar Financial Group and Home Star Bank and a partner in Smith Development Corporation, developer of Illinois Diversatech Campus. Mr. Smith has held a number of positions in various civic, religious and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area including Member of the Board of Trustees of Gonzaga College High School; President of the Board of Directors of the Barker Foundation, a non-profit adoption agency, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the De Sales School of Theology.

Neil Bush

Neil Bush is the fourth son of George H. Bush and a prominent international investor and businessman. After graduating from Tulane University with a degree in economics, Mr. Bush worked in the financial industry for several years. In 1999, he founded Ignite! Learning, a company that produced education software adaptable to multiple learning styles. He is currently a director of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M He founded LehmanBush as an accounting firm in 2011, and currently serves as a co-chair to Crest Investment. A prominent actor in US-Asian business relations, he is chair of the Bush China US Relations Conference and director of Hong Kong’s Hoifu Energy. Prolifically philanthropic, Mr. Bush also is a chairman for Points of Light, an organization that promotes volunteerism, expanding upon a vision first outlined by his father. In Houston, her serves on the board of the Salvation Army. In the 2016 election, he  served as part of the financial team of Ted Cruz


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