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At ADS Ventures, we plan and implement integrated advocacy strategies for our clients that ensure long-term success.
With decades of experience in the public and private sectors, we offer in-depth analysis on policy matters and legislative proposals before Congress and the Massachusetts State Legislature. Our team provides the expertise and entrepreneurial creativity needed to build successful comprehensive public affairs strategies.
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Chet Atkins founded ADS Ventures, Inc. in 1993 after a career in public service that spanned more than 20 years. In 1970, Chet became the youngest person ever elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Two years later, Chet won a seat in the Massachusetts State Senate where he served for more than 10 years. During his tenure in the Senate, Chet served as Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee where he led reforms to modernize the state’s budgeting process. Chet was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984 representing the 5th District of Massachusetts and served as Member of the House Appropriations, Foreign Affairs, Ethics and Budget Committees until his retirement from elective office in 1994.
Since leaving Congress, Chet has led a number of initiatives to utilize private capital to achieve public purposes and has organized successful public funding initiatives for organizations in the education, healthcare, high tech and real estate development industries. He also has served as an election observer and legislative trainer for newly elected governments in Cambodia, Yemen, Albania, Russia, Republic of Georgia and Peru.
A longtime director and chairman of the board of New England Health Enterprises, Chet recently worked with management to sell the company to Alliance HealthCare Services. Chet was a founding board member and chairman of the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) in San Francisco. CJA has led numerous initiatives to bring human rights abusers to justice. Chet has served on the boards of Amnesty International, Oxfam America, Emerson Hospital, Cambridge College, Plimoth Plantation, Refugees International, GrainPro, Inc., US Trust Company, and Walden Bank Corp.
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Liesl came to ADS Ventures following several years in Washington, D.C. where she worked on Capitol Hill and in the Government and Public Affairs arena. She now serves as the firm¹s Vice President for Federal Relations, splitting her time between the Boston, MA and Washington, DC offices.
In this role, Liesl manages federal affairs as well as Congressional and agency relationships for a range of clients in the international development, health care, and defense fields. She has extensive experience in policy strategy and is an expert in managing the operations and outreach programs of diverse industry coalitions. She also has significant experience serving as a liaison between her clients, Congressional offices, and the program officers responsible for implementing the initiatives on which she is working.
Prior to joining ADS Ventures, Liesl served as a Corporate Responsibility Specialist for Heineken USA, helping to advance corporate social responsibility initiatives and monitor state and federal legislation that might impact the Company. Before joining Heineken USA, Liesl worked for a Washington, DC communications and government relations firm, where she provided government affairs consulting for clients in fields that included financial services, energy, health care, and homeland security. She also worked for The Mellman Group, conducting public opinion research and polling for political campaigns and non-profits. She started her career in the district and Washington, D.C. offices of former Congressman Bill Delahunt (D-MA).
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George is Associate Vice President – Research and Policy at ADS Ventures. In this role, George supports ADS Ventures personnel in both State and Federal activities. A skilled researcher, George works to identify new opportunities for clients, provide public policy analysis and assist with drafting legislation and regulatory comments.
George began his tenure at ADS Ventures as a participant in the Northeastern University Cooperative Education Program. As part of the Cooperative Education Program, George also worked as a research analyst for renowned terrorism expert Dr. Jessica Stern.
George graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University.
Emily joins ADS Ventures with a strong background in law and public policy. Prior to joining the ADS team, Emily served as Chief of Staff in the Massachusetts State Senate and as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
While working in the Senate, she provided legal analysis and policy recommendations on a wide range of issue areas, including economic development, public finance, and government innovation. Emily also worked closely with the Executive Office for Administration and Finance and with the Office of the State Treasurer to craft a suite of bond bills, which contained key fiscal policy initiatives and authorized over $20 billion in new state capital investments in transportation, government infrastructure, and information technology.
Emily attended Tufts University, where she graduated with a degree in International Relations. She went on to study law at Boston College Law School, focused on criminology and state and local government law. Emily’s studies brought her to King’s College in London, where she spent a semester studying international comparative law and working as a legal intern for Justice, UK, a leading law reform and human rights organization. Emily is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.
Active in the community, Emily serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Emerge Massachusetts. In this capacity, she helps drive the organization’s efforts to recruit and train Democratic women to run for public office. She also serves on the Boards of Directors for the Commonwealth Children’s Center and the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA).
Savannah joins A.D.S. Ventures from Washington, DC where she gained valuable experience on Capitol Hill and in the public policy arena. In her current role, she manages advocacy strategies and federal legislation for a variety of clients in Boston and Washington, DC.
Prior to joining A.D.S. Ventures, Savannah worked on the State and Federal Government Affairs teams at DISH Network were she was responsible for educating Members of Congress, State Legislators and their staffs on issues relevant to the company and the Pay-TV industry. Before joining the Government Affairs team, Savannah served as a Paralegal on the Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Governance team at the DISH headquarters in Denver, CO.
Savannah earned her Bachelor’s degree with distinctive honors from Purdue University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Sociology.
For more than 30 years, Lee Foley has worked as one of Washington’s foremost counselors on policy and legislative advocacy. Foley advises clients and represents various interests before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch of the federal government in issue areas including elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, employment and training, employment security, community and economic development, asset building, job creation, community development finance, financial services, small business development, older Americans, rural and agricultural programs, disability and civil rights policy, and appropriate technology. In the award winning book “Coyote Warrior” investigative journalist and author Paul VanDevelder writes that Foley is “the best in the city”.
Foley also has extensive business experience in banking and financial services as a founder and member the boards of directors of financial institutions serving five major US metropolitan areas. Foley has also served for twelve years on a local K-12 school board and its executive committee.
Prior to his lobbying career, Foley served in a variety of positions in Washington including as a White House domestic policy advisor, chief of staff at a federal agency and as a staffer for two U.S. Senate committees. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Wisconsin, Lee and his wife Mindy reside in Washington, DC.
As Senior Advisor to ADS Ventures, General David McKiernan (USA-Ret.) provides strategic counsel to clients on matters related to defense policy, homeland security and crisis management.
General David McKiernan (Gen. McKiernan) was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1972 and recently completed 37 years of extraordinary service. Throughout Gen. McKiernan’s tenure as an Army officer, he completed assignments across the Continental US, Europe, Southwest and Central Asia, and Korea. Gen. McKiernan’s long and distinguished career was capped by his service as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Afghanistan. During his time as General Officer between 1996-2009, Gen. McKiernan also served in joint, interagency and international settings with interpersonal contacts at, among others, the Presidential, Congressional and foreign service chief levels.
Selected as a General Officer in 1995, Gen. McKiernan was subsequently assigned to a wide variety of senior command and staff positions. Gen. McKiernan was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996 where he served as the intelligence and operations officer in a multinational headquarters that encompassed 35 nations. During that period, Gen. McKiernan’s was responsible for leadership on both the tactical and senior diplomatic levels. Later, as the operations G3 for the US Army Europe, Gen. McKiernan’s responsibilities included planning and coordinating operations for 62,000 US soldiers, NATO missions and theater engagement across Western Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Gen. McKiernan was named Commander, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, in 1999. In that capacity, McKiernan led an 18,000 soldier division, oversaw a multi-million dollar budget and trained in both complex service and joint environments. Gen. McKiernan departed Fort Hood in 2001 when he was promoted to Lieutenant General and reported to the Pentagon as the G3 operations officer for the entire US Army. Gen. McKiernan coordinated service commitments worldwide and prioritized the requirements of a multi-billion dollar budget. In 2002, he assumed command of US 3rd Army and the Coalition Forces Land Component Command of 160,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines that attacked into Iraq and removed Saddam Hussein from power the following year.
After a brief period as the Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff for US Forces Command in Atlanta, GA , responsible for the training and readiness of all Army forces in the continental US, he was awarded his fourth star and selected as Commander US Army Europe. Gen. McKiernan served in this capacity from 2005-2008 as he led US Army training, readiness, engagement and operational activities in Europe, Russia and Africa. In 2008, Gen. McKiernan was selected by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to command the International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan.
General McKiernan commanded all US and ISAF personnel in Afghanistan from 2008-2009. In addition to overseeing combat operations, Gen. McKiernan interacted with Afghan leaders ranging from tribal elders to President Hamid Karzai and his government. In his capacity as Commander, ISAF, Gen. McKiernan led forces from 42 nations, supervised the growth of Afghan security forces, dealt routinely with Ambassadors, foreign heads of state and ministers and the Pakistani military.
Gen. McKiernan’s operational experience spanned from platoon to large joint and multinational formations, interagency and international political-military coordination, Members of Congress, senior Administration officials, foreign governments and dignitaries and the populations of many countries. His first and foremost responsibility and loyalty, however, has been and will remain with the American men and women in uniform.
Gen. McKiernan retired from active service in the US Army in August 2009. He holds a BA in History from the College of William and Mary, MA in Public Administration from Shippensburg University and an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from the College of William and Mary. He and his wife, Carmen, have three grown children and a grandchild. Michelle manages a Cartier store in Las Vegas; Michael serves as an Army MP Lieutenant and recently returned from Afghanistan; and Stephanie graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point, majoring in Middle Eastern/Central Asian area studies and will attend graduate school at St Andrews, Scotland, next year. The McKiernan’s reside in Marblehead, MA.
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Jamie Hoyte comes to ADS Ventures with a background as a policymaker, senior government official, and senior university administrator. Prior to joining ADS Ventures, Hoyte spent 16 years at Harvard University as Assistant to the President and Associate Vice President. He was also a Lecturer on Environmental Sciences and Public Policy at Harvard College, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government and a Faculty Associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
From 1983 through 1988, Hoyte served as Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs. In this role Hoyte was responsible for the planning and management of all environmental and natural resource conservation policies and programs for the Commonwealth. As Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Hoyte was also the founding Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. In this capacity Hoyte oversaw the agency during the planning and design of the Boston Harbor Clean-Up project as well as the initial planning for a program to augment the drinking water supply of Eastern Massachusetts. Hoyte also served as Secretary-Treasurer and Director of Administration and Finance for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) from 1976 to 1979.
Hoyte received his A.B. degree Cum Laude in Government from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School. He later completed The Program in Management Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Hoyte has published articles in the fields of environmental policy and management, and serves on the Board of Directors for numerous environmental and civic organizations including the Posse Foundation, the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, the Museum of African-American History, The Trustees of Reservations, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Boston Natural Areas Network, and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. With his extensive background in the governance of non-profit and institutions of higher education, Jamie has served on the boards of trustees of Wheaton College, Cambridge College and Bryant College.
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Dan Pellegrom is Senior Advisor for Global Health Policy at ADS Ventures. To this role, he brings almost forty years of experience leading three separate NGOs that provide family planning and reproductive health services, both domestically and abroad.
Most recently before joining ADS, Dan served as the President and CEO of Pathfinder International for 27 years. During his tenure at Pathfinder, Dan grew Pathfinder’s budget from $8 million to $100 million annually, and positioned Pathfinder as a leader in both service delivery and advocacy in global reproductive health. As recognition of these efforts. Pathfinder was the recipient of the United Nations Population Award in 1996. Dan retired from Pathfinder in 2012 as the longest-serving president of a global reproductive health organization in history. Before joining Pathfinder in 1985, Dan served as Executive Director of two US-based Planned Parenthood affiliates.
Dan has served or currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Guttmacher Institute, World Neighbors, Management Sciences for Health, the Brush Foundation, the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and Provide. Dan has also served as the Board Chair of Inter/Action, the largest coalition of US-based humanitarian organizations providing services overseas. He has been the recipient of the Union Medal, the highest award given by the Union Theological Ceremony, and the Julia Taft Leadership Award. He has written op-ed pieces for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Boston Globe.
Jessica Stern is a Fellow at the FXB Center for Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, an Advanced Academic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Terrorism at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a member of Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law. She is the author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror, selected by the Washington Post as a best book of the year; Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, selected by the New York Times as a notable book of the year; The Ultimate Terrorists; and numerous articles on terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She is a fellow of both MacDowell and Yaddo artists’ colonies. In 2009, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on trauma and terror, as well as an Erik Erikson Scholarship. Stern taught at Harvard University from 1999-2010. She served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994-95. Stern was selected by Time Magazine in 2001 as one of seven thinkers whose innovative ideas “will change the world.” Stern advises a number of government agencies on issues related to terrorism and has taught courses for government officials. Stern is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellow. Stern earlier worked as an analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has a bachelors degree from Barnard College in chemistry, a masters degree from MIT in technology policy, and a doctorate from Harvard University in public policy.
Henry Tepper has spent twenty five years as a conservation leader in both the United States and abroad. He has special expertise in land conservation, and has played a direct role in the protection of almost 1 million acres in the US and Latin America.
From 2013 to 2015, Henry served as the President of Mass Audubon in Lincoln, Massachusetts. At Mass Audubon, Henry directed one of the largest and most prominent conservation organizations in New England.
Prior to joining Mass Audubon, Henry served as Chief Conservation Officer and a Partner at Patagonia Sur, LLC, a company that invests in, protects, and enhances large tracts of ecologically significant properties in Chilean Patagonia. While at Patagonia Sur, Henry helped establish one of Chile’s first independent land trusts, the Tierra Austral Land Trust, on whose Board of Directors he currently serves.
Before working at Patagonia Sur, Henry served for two-and-a-half years as Vice President of State Programs for the National Audubon Society, where he coordinated nine state programs in the eastern United States as well as the organization’s Atlantic Flyway Conservation Initiative.
Prior to working at the National Audubon, Henry spent thirteen years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where he served first as the State Director in New Hampshire and then the State Director in New York State. During his time at TNC, Henry launched and successfully led a series of increasingly large, landscape-scale forest conservation projects that protected more than 350,000 acres in the northern forests of New York. He also provided technical assistance and fundraising support to a range of international programs, from China to Mexico to Brazil.
Throughout his career, Henry has worked to advance the professional capacities of non-profit land conservation organizations. He served as a member of the Land Trust Alliance’s National Leadership Council, and as a member of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Friends of Canadian Land Trusts.
Henry holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Admission to Doctoral Candidacy from Cornell University. He is married to Jane Henoch, a nurse practitioner, and they have two college-age children, Katherine and Miles.
Ian comes to ADS Ventures as Associate Vice President, Federal Affairs, after working in the U.S. House of Representatives for over seven years. During his time in the House, Ian served as Legislative Director for former Iowa Congressman Tom Latham, R-IA 3, who sat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Most recently, Ian worked for another House appropriator, Florida Congressman David Jolly, R-FL 13, as his Senior Policy Advisor, managing the Congressman’s appropriations portfolio. Ian has extensive experience in the federal legislative and regulatory processes, and has developed a broad and deep professional network from working with associations, businesses, congressional offices, and federal agencies while on Capitol Hill.
Ian’s issue portfolio has focused on appropriations, banking and financial services, healthcare, housing and community development, national security, tax and trade, and veterans affairs. He holds a degree in International Business from the George Washington University.
Lee is the Director of Operations at ADS Ventures. In this role, she manages all finance operations, human resources, and operational systems as well as contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies, and best practices.
Prior to joining ADS Ventures, Lee served as the administration manager at Assembla, Inc., a software development services company. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and has over 20 years’ experience in the administrative arena. She is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
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