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 and 2020.
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.
After a two-year hiatus, Erin Delaney rejoined MAC in January 2021, bringing along her strong bipartisan connections built over 20+ years of congressional and government relations experience, as well as her signature work ethic and attention to detail. Along with a comprehensive understanding of the legislative process, Erin’s wide-ranging expertise helps guide clients with their scheduling and administrative needs as well as Political Action Committee compliance and management.
Erin started her career on Capitol Hill in 1999 working at the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs under Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. During her time on the Hill, she worked for three different House Members: Todd Platts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey’s Frank LoBiondo, and Sam Graves of Missouri. She has substantial experience working for trade associations and multi-client government relations firms. Additionally, she has worked on several political campaigns on the congressional, senatorial and presidential levels.
Erin is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy Administration and Gerontology. Erin is a proud Army wife to her husband, John, who recently retired after nearly 35 years of active-duty service. They have one daughter, Katie.
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.
Brian Kerkhoven, a seasoned Capitol Hill veteran turned clean energy and labor advocate, has joined McCarthy Advanced Consulting (MAC) to provide energy, labor and infrastructure subject matter expertise. Brian joins MAC after seven years leading energy policy for North America’s Building Trades Unions. A relentless advocate for good-paying, unionized, American jobs in the energy sector, Brian has advised companies and trade groups of all sizes as they try to thread environmental and energy policy through the needle of project development and labor strategy.
Along with his notable experience working in organized labor, Brian’s knowledge of the cleantech space (renewables, carbon mitigation, nuclear, offshore wind, and energy infrastructure), along with the oil and gas industry, provides MAC clients with a unique perspective as our nation transitions from traditional forms of energy.
Known for his straight-shooting approach, Brian’s background includes nearly a decade of service on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director for Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a Ways & Means Committee member, and on the legislative staff for his hometown Congressman, Jim Walsh (R-NY), a former House Appropriations Cardinal.
Between his two stints on Capitol Hill, Brian spent time as a cleantech energy analyst for a Wall Street investment bank. While at R.W. Baird, he helped expanded the firm’s coverage into key energy sectors, including hydraulic fracturing, electric vehicles, and renewable fuels for clients and sell-side analysts, bankers and sales teams. Brian’s unique experiences allow him to effectively decipher a wide range of interests for MAC’s clients.
Outside of work, Brian can be found skiing, golfing, and tinkering around in his woodshop. He is a proud native Western New York who received his degree in Business Administration from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. Brian now resides in Olney, MD with his wife and young daughter.
Director of Finance
Richette McCarthy has served as the Director of Finance for MAC since joining the firm at its inception in 2017. Overseeing all financial aspects of the firm, including invoicing and payroll, Richette brings a level of reliability and professionalism that have become a hallmark of MAC's financial operations.
Before joining MAC, Richette spent more than a decade at Greener & Hook, a premier Washington-based strategic communications agency. Upon her arrival, she immediately put her organizational and management experience to use streamlining and improving the day-to-day office operations. As a result of her efforts, agency clients and strategic partners, including high-profile political and corporate clients, came to know her as a key member of the G&H team.
Richette came to the Washington, D.C. area in 2001 to work for Rothfuss Engineering Company in Jessup, MD. As the administrative assistant for the engineering firm, she was responsible for supporting the engineering consultants and clientele, as well as finalizing all company reports.
Prior to her move to the D.C. area, McCarthy managed the Stockyard Restaurant in her hometown of Hopewell Junction, N.Y. From 1994 until January 2001, she managed the company's finances and oversaw all of its employees.
Richette graduated from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. with a BS in Business and Marketing in 1999. She now resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband and three children.
1607 Strategies uses its proven experience and demonstrated ability to pass niche issues in a challenging political environment. The company represents top Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) and Paycheck Protection (PPP) financial firms and works with a broad range of companies on various issues. These include fintech, marketplace lending, crypto currency, payment systems, banking regulatory reform, issues and regulations affecting insurance companies, financial services, tax, and securities. 1607 Strategies also has experience with terrorism risk insurance, flood insurance, and corporate governance issues. Travis has advocated for tax policy changes and banking regulatory reform in Congress, including the implementation of regulatory actions.
The firm's principal and founder, Travis Johnson, started 1607 Strategies in 2019. As a native of Virginia and graduate of the College of William and Mary, he was drawn to early Virginia history and named the firm in honor of the Jamestown colony. After it was established in 1607, the colony endured a challenging environment that seemed insurmountable but survived as the first permanent English settlement in America.
Stone Management Consulting
Stone Management Consulting, LLC is led by B. Joshua Stone, a recognized and award winning corporate strategist and business development executive with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector.
SMC is committed to providing actionable, long term and tactical execution for corporations within the government, education and commercial markets.
Our diverse experience in the Government, Education, Security and Technology sectors provides a level of expertise, and practical hands-on experience that is essential for long term success.
With a consortium of advisors, subject matter experts and multi-disciplined operators, Stone Management supports clients, channel partners and strategic affiliations across multiple domains.
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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