Government Relations & Public Affairs
Policy success takes more than passion; it requires
dedicated planning and meticulous execution. At MAC, we collaborate with our clients to tailor strategies that uniquely fit their organizational goals, combining social media and grassroots outreach with direct contact with decision makers.
At MAC, we specialize in direct and constant interaction with influence makers because we believe the best relationships are built in person. It's hard to see eye-to-eye if you never meet face-to-face, so we are constantly in front of decision makers in DC.
Whether your group consists of 15 executives or 1,500 activists, MAC can help with every aspect of your DC fly-in. From speakers to scheduling meetings to activist training, when your membership is on Capitol Hill, MAC has your back.
Even the most-independent organization will sometimes find itself with common allies in a policy fight. MAC has helped build strong coalitions on healthcare, trade, transportation and taxes, and can help your organization coordinate efforts with likeminded groups on common issues.
With finite political resources, the best-run Political Action Committees are efficient and effective. MAC can help put together a plan and strategy to help your organization get the biggest bang for its political buck.
In this age of heightened partisanship and shrinking attention spans, the use of social and digital media platforms are more critical than ever. From whiteboard animations to social media campaigns to influence videos, MAC will help craft the precise message for your exact audience.
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Founder & Principal
After 20 years embedded in politics, media and policy, Frank created McCarthy Advanced Consulting to provide his clients with the very best government affairs services possible. He has earned many plaudits in his career, including being named to the Hill's list of the Top Lobbyists of 2019.
Often referred to as one of the hardest working people on Capitol Hill, Frank also believes in working smarter. By blending digital techniques with old fashioned shoe leather, MAC can provide face-to-face interaction with lawmakers on the Hill while providing the tools to activate winning grassroots campaigns.
Prior to MAC, Frank spent five years at the helm of a boutique lobbying firm where he often helped his Union clients fight above their weight class.
A seasoned congressional staffer who has served two House Transportation Committee Chairmen, Frank has also spent time as a sports journalist in New York and an in-house lobbyist for an AFL-CIO-affiliated union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). He and his wife Richette live in Alexandria, VA with their three kids.
Director of Administration
The newest MAC Team Member, Lara provides vital administrative support to MAC's clients, from budgeting to administration to scheduling. Lara possesses a tireless work ethic to go along with her fervent passion for politics and policy.
After nearly 8 years in the fashion industry, Lara shifted her career to policy and advocacy in our nation's capital in 2019. As Director of Operations for a small government affairs firm, Lara provided administrative support to dozens of high-profile clients, including several Fortune 500 companies. Lara joined MAC in June of 2019.
Lara's career started in 2012 providing business and marketing analysis for Louis Vitton in Manhattan. She then moved on to become a Wholesale Merchandiser for the Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, in New York City. Lara has also worked in management roles at Tiffany & Company and Carlisle Etcetera.
A graduate of LIM College in New York City with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Fashion Merchandising, Lara resides in Bethesda, Maryland.
Director of Research
Marianne joined Team MAC in 2018 bringing extensive experience in state and federal policy. Most recently, Marianne served as Policy Director for the Lung Cancer Alliance where she worked with other like-minded organizations to educate Congress and advance lung cancer initiatives.
Marianne served as a Legislative Director for two Members of Congress, Scott Perry and Todd Platts, where she developed and implemented the Members’ legislative agendas and staffed the Members’ priority committee assignments.
Through her work at international public affairs firm GolinHarris, Marianne lobbied on behalf of many businesses, associations, advocacy organizations and universities to implement their public policy priorities. Her work there included helping clients such as Safe Kids Worldwide’s Home Safety Council, First Candle (formerly SIDS Alliance), American Legacy Foundation and Olympus Health, educating Congress and relevant federal agencies on infant and child safety issues.
Marianne graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in political science and was an office holder in the WVU national capital alumni chapter for many years. She began her career in the Pennsylvania capital of Harrisburg before moving to Capitol Hill. Marianne currently resides in Summerville, South Carolina, where she resides with her husband and two children.
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"...a genuine family atmosphere where clients are made to feel like part of the team."
“Committed, accessible, unrelenting, and sincere are attributes that best describe MAC. I can attest that no one on Capitol Hill works harder, cares more and produces more results than Frank McCarthy and his team at MAC. Moreover, it is a genuine family atmosphere where clients are made to feel part of the team. A devoted staff and an exceptionally talented lobbying team make MAC the absolute best choice for representation in Washington, DC.”
Chairman, Government Affairs Committee