Michael Esposito
President

Michael Esposito founded Federal Advocates, Inc. in 2006 and has grown it into one of Washington, D.C.’s most premier bipartisan government relations firms. As Founder and President of Federal Advocates, Inc., he oversees the Firm’s government affairs staff, which operates out of offices in both Washington, D.C. and California. Full Bio

Nick Tobenkin
Vice President

Nick Tobenkin joins Federal Advocates as an experienced politico and trusted advisor, with a reputation for getting the job done. Originally from Los Angeles, with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. Full Bio

Tomi Diane Riley
VICE PRESIDENT
Tomi Riley serves as Vice President of Federal Advocates and leads the Firm’s West Coast office. A native of California, she brings to the firm more than 20 years of government and community relations experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining the firm, Tomi held a number of senior positions including Director, Bay Area Government Relations for the California Alliance for Jobs... Full Bio
D. Michael Stroud, Jr., Esq
Senior Director of Government Affairs

Michael Stroud currently serves as the Senior Director of Government Affairs. Prior to joining the Firm, Michael served as the Congressional Relations Officer for the U.S. International Trade Commission, and before coming to the Commission, Michael was the Director for Intergovernmental Relations for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), which is a water and wastewater utility operating in Maryland. Full Bio

Ben Odendahl
Senior Director of Government Affairs

Ben is the Legislative Counsel for the firm covering tax & gaming, environmental, and federal procurement issues for clients. Prior to joining Federal Advocates in 2017, Odendahl was a legislative assistant on the State Government Affairs team for Charter Communications. Full Bio

Jim Kiley
Senior Director

Jim Kiley currently serves as the Senior Director of Government Affairs. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Jim served as the Director of Federal Affairs and Global Public Policy at General Motors. Jim’s issue portfolio consisted of intellectual property, safety as well as energy and environmental policy. Full Bio

John Lopez
Senior Director

John Lopez is the Senior Director of Government Relations for Federal Advocates Inc., covering a diverse portfolio of issues for its valued clients. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, John led government and regulatory affairs for Cox Communications Las Vegas, a highly profitable division of the nation’s largest privately-held telecommunications company. Full Bio

Alexander Savostianov
DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Alexander Savostianov is a career diplomat with over 10 years of international experience and strong subject expertise in bilateral diplomacy, political analysis, international trade and investment, strategic communications and diplomatic protocol. Full Bio

David Gellman
Legislative Assistant

David Gellman is an experienced congressional affairs professional based out of Federal Advocates’ K Street office. Prior to his move to the government relations sector, David served on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida, where he handled a diverse portfolio of issues and responsibilities. Full Bio

Victoria Honard
Legislative Assistant

Victoria Honard is an experienced policy analyst and congressional affairs professional based out of Federal Advocates’ K Street office. Prior to joining Federal Advocates Inc., Victoria worked as a Program and Policy Evaluation Analyst at ICF where she focused on evaluating federal substance abuse prevention programs specifically related to heroin and opioid prevention. Full Bio

Michael Grimes
LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT

Michael Grimes joined Federal Advocates in 2017 as a Legislative Assistant. In this role, he advises, monitors, and develops key legislation for the firm. A veteran of Washington, DC’s public and private sectors, Michael most recently worked at the American Council of Engineering Companies, where he was responsible for managing policy and political issues for engineers, architects, and other specialty stakeholders. Full Bio

Kenneth Sandoval
Office Manager

Kenneth Sandoval serves as Office Manager for our K street office. Prior to joining Federal Advocates, he served in the Obama White House, within the Office of the White House Counsel, where he managed daily operations and supported members of President Obama’s Senior Advisors. Full Bio

James Jakel
Public Affairs

James Jakel comes to Federal Advocates as an Advisor for Client Services and support in California. Jakel had a distinguished career as a City Manager and Economic Development professional. Full Bio

Hon. Christopher D. Coursen
Legal Counsel

The Honorable Christopher D. Coursen serves as the Senior Counsel for Federal Advocates. Mr. Coursen has held senior positions in the public and private sectors, serving as a presidential appointee; Majority Counsel for the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; partner in government relations firms; Full Bio

J.J. Keever
Of Counsel

Keever is a versatile maritime industry business leader and executive with more than 25 years of progressively increasing experience, including comprehensive, broad based knowledge of strategic planning; positioning; policy development; liaison to State, local and federal governments; pricing; capital expansions and evaluation. Full Bio