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Ian Manzano Joins ADS Ventures’ Federal Government Relations Team

Manzano Joins Boston-based Government Relations Firm Following Seven Years on Capitol Hill

September 26, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Boston-based government relations firm ADS Ventures today announced Capitol Hill veteran Ian Manzano has joined its federal government relations team.

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.

“We’re thrilled to have Ian join the ADS Ventures team,” said ADS Ventures CEO Chet Atkins. “Unlike many government relations firms, the ADS team does not simply rely on contacts or a single-issue focus to develop strategies for our clients. We work to separate ourselves as experts in the process and practices of the government. Ian brings a wealth of experience in the field that will help our team develop and execute these strategies in a strong, bi-partisan manner.”

Ian joins a growing federal affairs team at ADS Ventures managed by Liesl Grebenstein. Liesl came to ADS following several years in Washington, DC, where she worked on Capitol Hill and in the government and public affairs arena. She now serves as the firm’s Vice President, Federal Relations, splitting her time between the Boston, MA and Washington, DC offices, and various state capitols in which the firm conducts multi-state work to support its clients. The federal affairs team is supported by George Gomes, ADS Ventures’ Associate Vice President, Research & Policy. A skilled researcher, George works to identify new opportunities for clients, provide public policy analysis, and assist with drafting legislation and regulatory comments.

Also part of ADS Ventures’ federal affairs teams are senior advisors General David McKiernan (USA-RET), who provides strategic counsel to clients on matters related to defense and homeland security policy, Dan Pellegrom, who brings 30 years of global health policy to the team, and Jim Segel, who most recently served as Special Counsel to former-Congressman Barney Frank, D-MA 4, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007-2011.

ADS Ventures also maintains a growing Massachusetts practice, managed by Emily Kowtoniuk and supported by Savannah Kelleher. Prior to joining the ADS team, Emily served as a Chief of Staff in the Massachusetts State Senate, with extensive experience on the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets. Savannah came to ADS from the government affairs team at DISH Network, where she was responsible for educating Members of Congress, State Legislators, and their respective staff, on issues relevant to the company and the Pay-TV industry.

More About ADS Ventures
ADS Ventures is a full service, bi-partisan public policy and government relations firm. The firm’s mission is to help organizations successfully navigate complex legislative, political, and regulatory environments at the state and federal levels. Former US Congressman Chet Atkins, D-MA 5, founded ADS in 1993 after a 20-plus year career in the Massachusetts State Legislature and the US Congress. Since then, ADS has grown to become one of the premier government relations firms in New England, and has established a long track record of success on behalf of its broad base of clients. With offices in Boston, MA, and Washington, DC, ADS constitutes a group of government relations professionals who possess a range of experience in the the US Congress, state capitals throughout the nation, and state and federal agencies.

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