Senior Advisor for Business Development
Senior Advisor for Business Development
Andre’ is an APMP-certified and Shipley-trained business development consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the Federal, state and local government, international and political arenas. His comprehensive cross-functional team leadership skills include project management, training, coaching, and strategic communications have helped to capture billions of dollars in contract awards.
Andre's federal acquisition and contracting experience allows him to assess clients’ requirements to quickly develop customized strategic solutions. Andre is a resourceful business and proposal developer with a measurable record of aggressively identifying opportunities and providing agile methods and strategies to capture complex bids.
Andre's public service includes political appointments including the Small Business, Defense Acquisition Office and the International Armaments Cooperation Office for the Secretary of Defense and the Economic and International Trade Office for the U.S Department of Commerce. He has also worked for and consulted with Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups.
Andre graduated from Temple University with honors in Political Science/Economics specializing in International Political Economy. He's also completed advanced studies in International Commerce and Policy, Public Sector Financial Management, and Statecraft and National Security Affairs.
Andre has served as an executive board member and Treasurer of Ignitus Worldwide, an international nonprofit that promotes youth-led civic engagement. Andre currently resides in Montgomery County, MD.
Laura Castillo is a bilingual communicator and entrepreneur with over 14 years of government, political strategy, public relations and business development experience on the local, national and international level, particularly in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She also specializes in event planning and advising political events and campaigns in the U.S. and around the world.
Laura has been a longtime public servant. Her experience includes serving as an appointee at the White House for President Obama, the U.S. Department of Defense at the Pentagon and Afghanistan, where she focused on business development operations for the country of Afghanistan, and as a Communications Director for a member of U.S. Congress.
In addition, Laura has held several other senior level public affairs positions where her work has been focused on Hispanic and minority communities, such as at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where she served as the National Deputy Press Secretary and Director of Hispanic Media, and two Presidential campaigns.
Laura holds an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy with an emphasis in Trade Policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in Economics and minor in Political Science from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She also received academic certifications in European Union Policy at Maastricht University in Brussels, Belgium and Spanish Language Studies at Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Steven A. Cisneros
Senior Advisor in Government Affairs and Business Development
Steven A. Cisneros has an extensive background in government affairs and business development.
He has served as the private sector coordinator for the White House Conference on Small Business, as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’ the Communication Liaison and Special Projects Coordinator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and as a Special Assistant in the Office of Congressional Affairs and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Steve served as Executive Director for the Governor of Kansas and as Director of Community Outreach for Broward County, where he was the chief advocate and federal legislative consultant for transportation and infrastructure clients, securing federal funding for medical and educational clients.
Steve has successfully represented public and private sector clients for more than 17 years as a legislative consultant in a wide variety of industries, including colleges and universities, transportation entities, corporations, local governments, and nonprofits.
Cisneros founded Hudbella Government Affairs in 2011 and formed a strategic partnership with Peter Damon Group in 2017.
Roosevelt Daniels, III (Trey)
Roosevelt Daniels, III is a passionate and skillful political strategist, and organizer. Daniels has worked in several political capacities: Deputy Political Director Hillary For America (TX), National Surrogate Outreach Director Sylvester Turner for Mayor (Houston, TX) District Director for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Government Affairs Director for the City of Jackson, MS. Daniels also has experience developing communications strategies for both sides of the aisle.
Daniels has also served as one of the State Political Directors for Obama for America and was later appointed to be the 2012 Obama for America State Director for Mississippi.
Daniels’ understanding of politics and grassroots organizing has led him to be consistently be successful for the City of Jackson where he was able to procure millions of dollars for infrastructure projects, crime prevention programs.
One of Daniels's greatest accomplishments was the launching of “Cutting for Confidence.” Cutting for Confidence is a community service project where he partnered with corporations to provide haircuts for young men. Daniels aspires to uplift the less fortunate of society by providing access to opportunities.
Roosevelt is a graduate of Hampton University where he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.
Harold J. Gist
For more than 30 years, Harold Gist has developed and implemented successful campaigns at the national, state, and local levels, including presidential, gubernatorial, congressional, legislative, mayoral, and ballot initiatives.
He has served as Senior Advisor to the DNC Chairman, White House Liaison, Director of African American Outreach Strategies, Political Division and Community Services Division. He has been charged with coordinating national African American outreach strategies with the various divisions of the DNC, as well as ensuring African Americans were represented in all aspects of Party activities internally and across the country.
Harold Gist has enjoyed an extensive, political campaign career experience. Some of his stints include serving as Strategic Advisor to Halter for Lt. Governor Campaign ‘06; Deputy Campaign Manager for Clinton/Gore ’92 Presidential Campaign; Associate Deputy Campaign Manager for Clinton/Gore ’96; Arkansas Field Director for the Dukakis/Bentsen ’88 Campaign for President; and as Arkansas Field Director with Al Gore for President ‘88 campaign. In the late 1980’s he co-founded a group of highly skilled individuals fondly referred to as the “Buffalo Soldiers” that were instrumental in successful campaigns for Houston Mayor Lee Brown, Jackson (MS) Mayor Harvey Johnson, Philadelphia Mayor John Street, Virginia Governor Mark Warner, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), former President Bill Clinton, and several other candidates.
Harold served as a senior advisor with Hillary Clinton for President ’08, Obama for America ‘08 (OFA) campaign; general consultant and/or campaign manager for Mayor, Council Chairman (citywide), and Ward Councilmember(s) in Washington, DC; adviser to Hillary for America and Democratic National Committee; assisted with developing, coordinating and executing NAACP’s “Journey for Justice” 1000+ miles national march; general consultant/campaign manager in Jackson, MS; general consultant/senior adviser to mayoral candidates in Washington, DC; coordinated petition gathering in several Washington, DC races and in the state of Virginia; floor manager, Democratic National Convention 2016.
Senior Partner for Strategic Partnerships
Stephen Groves has strong background on Capitol Hill working most recently in the U.S. Senate as a Senior Advisor for U.S. Senator Doug Jones (AL) as a Senior Aide to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Max S. Baucus. Mr. Groves also served as a Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado where he handled a portfolio of foreign affairs and national security.
Mr. Groves has extensive experience in political campaigns, as he served as National Advance for Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential Campaign; the 2012 presidential campaign for President Barack Obama and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch for Congress in South Carolina's First Congressional District.
Mr. Groves served in the United States Navy and was stationed in San Diego, CA. While serving in the US Navy, Mr. Groves traveled to over 20 countries while being deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Mr. Groves received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of San Diego.
Senior Advisor for Business Strategy
Terri Hollingsworth is a 30-year professional in government relations, business and economic development.
Hollingsworth has served in leadership roles that have spanned local, state and federal agencies. She is currently on leave from PDG, while serving as the first black female Pulaski County Circuit/County Clerk in Arkansas.
She has also served as Regional Director of Economic Development for Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO) South Region; the Chief Administrative Officer for Delta Regional Authority,
Hollingsworth earned a B.A. in City Planning from Howard University and an Executive MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. (The First Class for UALR). Hollingsworth is a 25-year member of the Little Rock Chapter of The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated and the mother of 14-year-old Joshua Davis.
Senior Advisor for Event Management
Durwin Lairy is known for his outstanding leadership skills and his ability to provide practical and strategic management and guidance to planning teams for internal and external events, conferences, and other business functions.
Durwin started his professional career as a legislative aide to U.S. Congressman Marion Berry. Since then, he has planned and executed several events for many high-level political principals including, but not limited to, President Obama, First Lady Obama, President Clinton, and Secretary Clinton, along with many other dignitaries.
Mr. Lairy also worked for the Department of Energy with the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity to create and secure strategic partnerships and plan and execute operational support for events and various stakeholder engagement programs.
Durwin’s hobbies include traveling and being an active member of his community in Washington, D.C.
Managing Director - Political and Public Affairs
Kevin Harris most recently served as Executive Director and Senior Adviser to the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus where he provided political, policy and communications counsel to 55 members of Congress.
Harris has spent over a decade as a political strategist advising more than 45 campaigns for federal, state and local office, including holding senior positions on the past three presidential campaigns. He has advised two big city mayors, members of Congress, states attorneys, attorney generals, state legislators, judges, governors, cabinet officials and the First Lady during the Obama Administration.
Harris received his B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from Howard University and an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University.
*Kevin Harris is currently on a leave of absence.
Senior Advisor for Business Development
Brian has consistently demonstrated an ability to create solutions to multi-layered issues. His work has included performing in-depth analysis on energy technologies as well as implementing statutory and policy review to provide guidance on different courses of action.
Brian has also co-authored several publications on leadership aimed at educating and promoting advocacy within the Executive Branch of the federal government. He has also worked in the financial services industry as an analyst at UBS Paine Webber; an advisor at United Central Bank; and also, has prior work experience in the hospitality industry.
Brian has comprehensive experience working in the Asian American communities of Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, California and Dallas, Texas and is fluent in Korean and English.
Brian received his law degree from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. He is licensed to practice law in The District of Columbia.
Senior Advisor for Public Affairs and Strategic Partnerships
Hyun is an experienced executive with demonstrated accomplishment in government relations, strategic planning and international business management.
Previously, Hyun worked as a Government Relations Consultant where she was responsible for providing new business development, project management, policy analysis, client communications and building coalitions. She successfully identified more than 50 potential international business opportunities by conducting a business model analysis of global disaster management system.
Hyun has extensive experience working in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. As the Civic Engagement and Outreach Director at the Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area, she spearheads the organization's outreach program and developed a multi-action and diversity agendas that included civic engagement, grassroots organizing and public education.
Hyun has been a visiting scholar at George Mason University and an adjunct professor at I-Global University and Columbia College. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and a Master's in Government from the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Science. She earned her Bachelor's in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Lee is fluent in Korean and English.
Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships
Kimberlin has nearly 20 years of experience in Public Affairs and Logistics Planning.
She has served as a Deputy Press Secretary in the White House; Deputy Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee; Director of the Democratic News Service (DNS) at the Democratic Convention in Boston; Director of Hall Operations and Hall Management for 2012 Democratic National Convention. with Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign she served as National Advance Lead, Deputy Director of Delegate Operations at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and as Trip Director for the Honorable Anne Holton, wife of Vice Presidential Nominee Senator Tim Kaine.
As a Protocol Lead at the US State Department, Kimberlin coordinated the logistics of heads of states and spouses, heads of government and other high ranking foreign dignitaries invited by the President, Vice President and Secretary of State to the United States. In this capacity, she also advanced, planned and executed official functions hosted by the Chief of protocol for Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions.
Shenika serves as the Executive Assistant and oversees all aspects of office management and administrative tasks.
Prior to joining PDG, Shenika held positions in the retail industry. She has extensive experience in the field of retail buying; analyzing sales; managing inventory and merchandise; and developing contingencies and promotional plans for brand awareness.
Shenika holds a college degree in Fashion and Retail Design and as well as a degree in Aesthetic Treatments.
Bob J. Nash
Senior Advisor for Business Development
Bob J. Nash has more than 40 years of public service ranging from his work as a senior aide in economic development and finance; Undersecretary for Rural and Community Development at the US Department of Agriculture; Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House; Vice Chairman of Shorebank Corporation and as Vice President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
Bob works closely with corporate, nonprofit and political clients.
During his service, as Under Secretary of Rural & Community Development at USDA, Bob managed 12,000 employees and the USDA’s $8-billion-dollar housing, electric, telephone, business, and public facility loan and grant programs and While at ShoreBank Corporation in Chicago, IL he chaired and led three of the corporation’s non-profit affiliates in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland who were involved in housing and small business lending.
Bob holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and a Masters in Urban Studies.
Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships
Jackie Nedell is a former television journalist with extensive national experience in public relations, media training, media strategy and public affairs. Her clients have included corporations, non-profits, and federal agencies.
Ms. Nedell's media training specialty is television and radio interviews, presentations, press conferences and live, satellite studio appearances.
Jackie has held senior positions in media and healthcare at two national public relations firms, Powell Tate and Porter Novelli. At Porter Novelli, she was the lead for the National Cancer Institute's "5 to 9" a day Campaign, aimed at African-American men and women.
Ms. Nedell also served in the Administration of President William Jefferson Clinton as Communications Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Jackie's television news career includes anchoring and reporting in local and national newsrooms. She started her broadcast career at WTOP-AM in Washington, D.C. as a managing editor.
Her pro bono work includes teaching media classes for veterans and their caregivers through the Dog Tag, INC and doing national interviews for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. Jackie is a cancer survivor.
Dedra Owens is President and Founder of DOT Communications. With over 20 years of public relations and media relations experience. Ms. Owens has established a solid network with local and national media. Her reputation for producing highly effective campaigns within African American and urban markets has made her a sought after advisor.
Ms. Owens began her Public Relations career with Golin/Harris Communications, one of the nation’s leading public relations firms. Ms. Owens also worked for UniWorld Group, Inc., the nation’s longest-standing full-service multicultural agency, In this capacity she developed and managed national media sponsors; created national media buys with a focus on creating impactful added value for clients.
Ms. Owens founded DOT COMMUNICATIONS, providing comprehensive public relations and events management services. DOT Communications' client list represents numerous industries and includes Fortune 500 corporations, Government Agencies to private foundations. In addition, DOT’s clients cover some of the largest and most historic African American owned businesses and organizations in the United States.
Ms. Owens is a graduate of Howard University and a resident of Washington, DC. She previously served as President of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Black Public Relations Society.
38 years of experience with the Federal Government and is highly skilled in: oversight and management, strategic planning, outreach to underserved/underrepresented groups, capacity building, staff development, and technical assistance with small and limited resource organizations, financing of multi-million dollar loan-making and loan servicing to businesses.
Mrs. Parker served as the Departmental liaison to broad and diverse groups nationwide, which include: Presidential cabinet members and appointees, members of Congress, non-profit organizations, federal, state, and local government officials and agencies, industry leadership, philanthropist, etc.
Carolyn has worked as the Director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach at the US Department of Agriculture; Assistant Deputy Administrator Business Programs for the USDA Rural Business Service at the U S Department of Agriculture.
Wilbur T. Peer
Wilbur T. Peer has over 30 years of business, community and economic development experience as well as government relations with members of Congress, governors and state legislators.
He has served in a senior position at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC as the Acting Administrator for Rural Business Cooperative Service and Acting Administrator for Rural Business where he managed nearly 200 employees with a $2.1 billion Financial Program Budget and a $34 million Administrative Budget.
He has headed numerous community and economic development organizations, including the Delta Improvement Corporation in Marianna, AR.
Darwin E. Perkins
Mr. Perkins has been involved in healthcare management, business development and general business consulting for over 25 years working with Hospitals, Health Plans, IPAs, PHOs, Large Medical Groups, Physician Practices, FQHCs, Community Mental Health & Addiction Centers, MSOs, etc.
He serves as Chief Executive Officer of Perkins Holdings LLC and Chief Strategy Officer - Boa Vida Healthcare, LLC and is a Senior Consultant for MgO Systems, Ltd.
Some of his Former roles include work as Executive Project Consultant and Director of Business Development for The Methodist Hospitals, Inc.; Executive Vice President of Business Development & Principal for The Center For Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine LLC; Chief Operating Officer for Affiliated Physicians Group, L.L.C.; Vice President of Business Development and Managed Care at Roseland Community Hospital; Director of Network Development for Aveta Health Illinois, Inc. (Medicare Advantage Health Plan); Executive Director for North American Medical Management (IPA/PHO Management Firm) ;
Mr. Perkins received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters in Human Services Administration from Spertus College in Chicago, Illinois. He’s taken doctoral courses toward a degree in Business Administration at Northcentral University. Additionally, Mr. Perkins has held a Pharmaceutical Technician License and Series 7 & Series 63 Broker Licenses administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Brandon Peters is an Associate with PDG where he assists with administrative activity and work on client projects.
Brandon has held intern positions at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Chief of Protocol; on Capitol Hill with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee; and with the business consulting firm Gray Global Advisors. Brandon also has experience performing advance work in the 2016 Hillary For America Presidential campaign.
Brandon is a student at Marymount University working towards his bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Antjuan Orlando Seawright
Senior Advisor for Public and Government Affairs
Antjuan Seawright is a veteran of grassroots, marketing and strategic efforts for political, corporate clients at the national state and local levels. Antjuan also currently manages sports marketing for numerous athletes in the NFL.
He is a weekly political analyst for several national and local media outlets and is very active in the community. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation, Sistercare, the Midlands Community Development Corporation and is a co-founder of the Talented Tenth Columbia. He recently received the Congressman Jim Clyburn and Congressman John Spratt Public Service Award.
Seawright has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing, and Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is also a graduate of the Riley Institute at Furman University and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute for Political Education and Leadership Training in Washington, DC.
Senior Advisor for Health Policy
Rhonda Lampkin, a Mississippi native, brings a wealth of healthcare experience to PDG.
Her professional and academic experience includes an Extension Service Fellowship with the United States Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C.
Rhonda has served as the Government Relations Director for Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, for over a decade. As director, she manages the advocacy agenda and strategic policy direction for the organization. These strategies include: developing, promoting, and advancing a legislative agenda on tobacco control policy, obesity prevention policy, and successful positioning against emerging issues impacting the health and wellness of Mississippians.
Lampkin assisted with efforts to establish the Health and Wellness Division of The Partnership to focus on Mississippi’s tragic childhood obesity epidemic. In a short period of time, she managed to build bipartisan support for policies to tackle and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.
Lampkin completed her undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, Minor in Marketing. She is also a graduate of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, with a Masters of Liberal Art Degree.
Richard Sullivan brings 30 years of a unique combination of policy, legislative and political experience to representation of the nation’s leading corporations and National Associations before Federal and State governmental entities.
Sullivan has served in various leadership roles in the Democratic Party and with his broad background in both public policy and electoral politics. He has had tremendous success in representing corporate and business interests. Sullivan has successfully led federal and state legislative initiatives on technology, financial services, healthcare and energy related issues.
Sullivan’s past employment positions include counsel to the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as national finance director for the Democratic National Committee; President Clinton’s re-election campaign and as national fundraising director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
Sullivan has served at the highest level of volunteer leadership positions in the Democratic Party, including the national Treasurer and Finance Chairman for the Democratic Governors Association (DGA); Finance Chairman for the DSCC; Finance Chair of the DSCC’s 2000 National Convention and Finance Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
On the Presidential level, Sullivan served as a senior advisor to the Al Gore for President campaign; as Finance chairman of the 2004 Gephardt for President campaign and on the Finance leadership of the Kerry-Edwards campaign; National Co-Finance Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton for President campaign; National Co-Finance Chair of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2008. Sullivan is the only known Democratic activist to lead national record breaking fundraising efforts at all four major Democratic Party Committees (DNC, DSCC, DCCC and DGA).
Sullivan is a founding partner with State Federal Strategies.
He received a B.A. with honors from the University of South Carolina in government affairs and economics and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Shashrina is an experienced leader in congressional and state government affairs; and has extensive marketing expertise in appropriations, defense, energy, healthcare, homeland security, intelligence and transportation. Shashrina focuses on relationship management, creative strategic counsel and policy development.
Shashrina served on the senior policy and legislative staff of Congressman Louis Stokes of Ohio; Congresswoman Carrie Meek of Florida and Congresswoman. She also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Sheila Jackson Lee and most recently served as the Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Terri Sewell of Alabama. In each of these positions she was required to strategically develop and implement complex legislative agendas, while cultivating key relationships with congressional staff and pertinent stakeholders.
Shashrina has served as the Federal Liaison for former Missouri Governor Bob Holden and currently serves as Vice President at TCI, a leading provider of information technology solutions and service.
She holds a BA degree from Wright State University (Ohio) and an MBA from Trinity University (Washington, DC).
Senior Advisor for Digital Marketing
Denise Terry is an entrepreneur with years of experience in web development, digital marketing, advertising, and sales. Denise understands the very essence of business development and strategic business promotion.
Denise has worked with a national real estate firm as Brand Creator for new hotels; produced digital ads for The Steve Harvey Morning Show; Digital Director for Dr. Timothy Quinn. where she oversees Dr. Quinn online platforms, produces digital ads and commercials, designs and develops his website and the illustrator for his book “Dr. Quinn Blueprint”.
Denise has worked in the political arena as the creative content director for numerous local and state campaigns including Mike Espy for US Senate, Walter Zinn for Congress, Michael Ted Evans for Congress and other local campaigns.
Denise serves on the advisory committee for The American Cancer Society, Mississippi Burn Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi.
Mr. Webb, is a 25 year veteran of the political and diplomatic environment of the Nation's Capital. His experience includes serving as a member of the personal staff of a United States Senator and a Presidential Appointee as a Special Assistant to two Cabinet Members. As the strategic advisor to the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Chairman, he specialized in relationship building with Local and State Elected Officials, Grassroots and Rural Outreach as well as Fundraising.
Mr. Webb's international expertise begins at the American University's Center for the Documentation and Study of the European Community where he specialized in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries, and continued as a consultant with The Coca-Cola Company, Office of International Diplomatic and Governmental Affairs in Washington, DC
Mr. Webb's also has extensive experience in the profession of events production and management, as well as logistical planning. Mr. Webb worked as a stage manager and lighting technician on numerous theatrical, concert, and film production. Staffed and managed members of the Diplomatic Corp, Members of the Senate and Congress and well as Cabinet Members, Corporate Executive and prominent names Artist and TV and Film Actors.
Mr. Webb was also the events organizer for the late Pamela Harriman's political action committee. That included the build-out of a site for a on the ' Willow Oaks " Estate of the late Pamela Harriman.
Ervin is a graduate of Howard University.