Connected Players.
Strategic Approach.
Real Results.

About Venn Strategies

Connected Players.
Strategic Approach.
Real Results.

About Venn Strategies

Connected Players.
Strategic Approach.
Real Results.

About Venn Strategies

Welcome to
Venn Strategies

Venn Strategies is a nationally recognized, full-service government relations and public affairs firm. Our track record of success is a function of our broad array of working relationships, our strategic expertise and our impeccable reputation across the policy and political spectrum.

Named as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine, Venn offers its clients a wide range of deliverables focused on advocacy, issue management, coalition management and strategic advisory services. Specializing in critical infrastructure, health, oversight, and tax and financial services to name a few, our firm strikes a critical balance, providing the depth and breadth of a major political powerhouse, combined with the personal attention and engagement that only a principal-driven boutique can offer.

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Our reach now crosses the Atlantic with UK’s Luther Pendragon.

With operations in London and Brussels, our partnership with Luther helps our clients all across Western Europe

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As top political strategists, policy analysts, and communications experts, our principals and staff—comprised of former top aides of the White House, Congress, State Houses, renowned advocacy groups, and Fortune 500 corporations—are respected and recognized as leaders in our fields. Led by one of 2022’s Most Influential People in Policy, per the Washingtonian, Stephanie Silverman and Venn’s expertise gives us the ability to offer our clients a clear window into the workings of Washington, as well as the proper tools to effectively navigate this critical environment and define a path to victory.

Our Practice Areas

At Venn, we constantly endeavor to expand our advocacy and never limit our scope of work. Most of our current client work, however, can be categorized in to four main practice areas – Health, Tax & Financial Services, Critical Infrastructure and Oversight & Investigations. Each requiring their own unique insights and specific approaches, our specialties cover impactful fields and complex issue areas.

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Each component of our country’s health care system presents remarkable opportunities to improve and extend human health. Venn Strategies seeks to navigate the dynamic political and regulatory climate to maximize these opportunities on behalf of our clients, no matter how challenging.

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Tax & Financial Services

In an ever-changing political landscape, the Tax and Financial Services Group at Venn Strategies, chaired by Venn principal Melissa Francis, offers clients comprehensive government affairs services to better navigate this environment.

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Critical Infrastructure

Venn Strategies' Critical Infrastructure practice works hand-in-hand with clients to engage key stakeholders and government officials to advance policies, regulations, programs and funding that support the development of efficient, cost-effective, secure and sustainable technologies and infrastructures.

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Oversight & Investigations

The Oversight team, chaired by Venn executive vice president Emilia DiSanto, specializes in providing strategic advice and counsel on Congressional and Executive Branch oversight and investigations that pose significant, reputational risk to individuals and organizations.

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Our Team

Venn Strategies is made up of a bipartisan team of experienced, insightful and passionate professionals. Our team incorporates strategic minds from government and industry, each bringing diverse and creative perspectives to our clients’ goals.

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Stephanie E. Silverman

Chief Executive Officer

Erik Olson

Principal and Chief Operating Officer

Melissa Francis

Principal and Tax & Financial Services Group Chair

Elizabeth Lee

Principal and Health Care Group Chair

Noelle Montaño


Emilia DiSanto

Executive Vice President

Christopher Fox

Senior Vice President

Matt Pearce

Senior Vice President

Michael Spira

Senior Vice President

Ben Steinberg

Executive Vice President and Critical Infrastructure Group Co-Chair

Kevin Dowling

Senior Vice President

Kelly Ferguson

Vice President

Tyler Roberts

Vice President

Matt Scott

Vice President

Michelle Seger

Vice President

Elise Tollefson

Vice President

Shanta Whitaker

Senior Vice President

Skylar Borchardt

Assistant Vice President

Diandra Brennan

Assistant Vice President

Doug MacGillivray

Vice President

Claire Onyechi

Vice President

Basil Kondos

Director of Finance

Renee Carter-White

Senior Manager of Operations

Jakara Eason

Assistant Vice President

Niaz Siasi

Senior Programs Manager

Bridget Anshus

Senior Associate

Emma Bishop

Assistant Vice President

Peter Fawley

Senior Associate

Kelsey Johnson

Senior Associate

Olivia Neistat

Senior Associate

Kelsey Stapp

Senior Associate

Buck Tharrington

Senior Associate

Ruth Richards

Executive Assistant

Kate Generelli


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19 October 2022

DOE awards $2.8B to boost EV mineral production

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced $2.8 billion in grant awards to support domestic electric vehicle battery production and a new initiative to secure a “reliable and sustainable supply” of EV minerals.

“Together, these actions will improve America’s energy independence, strengthen national security, support good-paying jobs across battery supply chains, and lower costs for working families,” according to a fact sheet on the program.

Grants for battery production: DOE announced that $2.8 billion in grant funding from the infrastructure law has been awarded to 20 manufacturing and processing companies, leveraging more than $9 billion including private sector investments to boost domestic production of EV batteries. The money is intended to help develop enough battery-grade lithium to supply about 2 million EVs a year, plus enough battery-grade graphite for 1.2 million EVs and enough battery-grade nickel for 400,000 EVs a year, according to the administration.

The funding will also support the installation of the first large-scale, commercial lithium electrolyte salt production facility and the first lithium iron phosphate cathode facility in the United States.

“What this is is the start of a battery supply chain industry,” said Ben Steinberg, executive vice president of lobbying firm Venn Strategies, six of whose clients won awards as part of Wednesday’s announcement. He said automakers and large cell makers had already committed to developing electric cars, but “what we don’t have here is the supply chain, the chemical processing, the mining, the recycling.”

The grants represent about half of a $6 billion pot of money in the infrastructure law for battery material manufacturing and recycling.

The American Battery Material Initiative: The Biden administration also launched a “whole-of-government effort to secure a reliable and sustainable supply of the critical minerals that power everything from electric vehicles to homes to defense systems.” The initiative will be led by a White House steering committee and coordinated by DOE with support from the Department of the Interior.

Wednesday’s announcement builds on a February 2021 executive order that launched a supply chain review that recommended a “mineral-by-mineral approach” to expanding sustainable domestic production and working with allies to diversify international supply chains.

Context: Three recently enacted pieces of legislation — the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS & Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act — will invest more than $135 billion combined in electric vehicle capacity, including mineral sourcing and processing and battery manufacturing.

According to the White House, these actions have already resulted in “a domestic battery manufacturing boom, with companies announcing over $100 billion in EVs, battery and EV charging investments right here in the United States.”

The Biden administration also invoked the Defense Production Act to secure U.S. production of lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite and manganese for EV production.

Biden has set a goal for electric vehicles to make up half of all new vehicles sold in the United States by 2030.

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