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About Washington Council Ernst & Young (WCEY)
The Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP (WCEY) is an advisory services group that helps clients manage opportunities and risks associated with the legislative and regulatory process. Our practice areas include domestic and international taxation, health care, energy, employee benefits, financial services and other issues. Our professionals have held senior policy positions in the Executive branch, the Senate and the House of Representatives. They have served within the White House, the Treasury Department and IRS, the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Department of Health and Human Services.
WCEY’s service offerings include:
- Full service representation before the Congress and Executive branch
- Strategic legislative advice
- Legislative process, issue monitoring and reporting, and technical legislative analysis
- Coalition development and management
- Statutory and report language drafting
- Development of "position papers" and other background documents
- Drafting congressional testimony and regulatory comments
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Ray Beeman is co-leader of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he provides clients with strategic advice and representation on issues and developments involving tax and budget policy.
Prior to joining EY, Ray was Tax Counsel and Special Advisor for Tax Reform with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, where he helped guide the development of the Tax Reform Act of 2014, a comprehensive tax reform plan proposed by Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI). Ray also has served Congress as Legislation Counsel for the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), where he was involved in several tax legislative proposals that were passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, including the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.
Ray played a significant role at JCT in the ratification of income tax treaties by the US Senate and the development of tax policy reports to Congress relating to tax simplification and the investigation of the Enron Corporation. These reports included several tax legislative recommendations that later were enacted into law.
Ray began his Washington career with the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP, where he was a member of the Financial Services Industry practice group. Ray also teaches the taxation of debt instruments as an adjunct member of the faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Ray is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received a J.D. from the Pepperdine University School of Law, as well as an LL.M. in taxation from the Boston University School of Law. Ray is a member of the State Bar of California and the DC Bar.
Gary Gasper is co-leader of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He assists clients on a variety of matters before Congress, the White House, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. Gary provides services related to federal tax legislative and regulatory matters involving corporate taxation, financial products, tax-exempt entities, employee benefits, insurance taxation and other areas.
From 1989 to 1993, during Presidents George H.W. Bush and Clinton Administrations, Gary served as Senior Tax Advisor in the Office of Tax Policy at the Department of the Treasury and as Assistant to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner. Gary was selected by President George W. Bush to serve on the 2000 “Transition Team” for the Department of the Treasury.
He previously worked at a leading national law firm and served as an Attorney-Advisor to the Honorable Judge Perry Shields of the US Tax Court. Gary also served as Tax Advisor to the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform (Kemp Commission).
Gary received a B.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois, a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Illinois and in the District of Columbia. Gary is the former Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation's Government Relations and Formation of Tax Policy committees.
Nicholas Giordano is the Tax Policy Leader for Ernst & Young LLP. In that role Nick coordinates the various practices and resources involved in US tax policy work, including Washington Council Ernst & Young, the Quantitative Economics and Statistics group and the EY Center for Tax Policy. Nick also provides services related to tax and budget issues.
Prior to joining EY, Nick served as the Chief Tax Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance under Senator Moynihan (D-NY), where he advised the Committee and other members of the Senate on substantive tax policy issues, as well as budget and parliamentary issues. Prior to his position with the Finance Committee, Nick served as the National Director for Tax Legislative Services at Ernst & Young LLP. He has also served as Legislative Director and Tax Counsel for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where his responsibilities included coordination of all Senate floor items. Nick has served as the Chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Tax Legislation and Policy Committee and the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Formation of Tax Policy Committee.
Nick received a degree in accounting from Syracuse University, received a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Tara Bradshaw is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where she provides clients with legislative and government affairs strategies related to a broad range of policy areas, including financial services, corporate taxation, and health tax issues. She also provides clients with integrated communications, media relations and public affairs strategies.
Prior to joining Washington Council Ernst & Young, Tara most recently served as the Communications Director for the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, where she developed and implemented the communications strategy for the Panel; advised the executive director and panel chairmen on the communications and messaging of key policy issues; and served as the spokeswoman on Panel policies and initiatives. Prior to joining the Tax Reform Panel, she served as an associate director in the Americas Public Relations Group at Ernst & Young LLP, where she managed public relations for the National Tax Department.
From 2001 to 2004, Tara served as a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of the Treasury regarding tax policy, tax reform, IRS, and the Administration’s budget and economic issues. She developed and conducted strategic communications programs for the Office of Tax Policy to promote its legislative proposals, regulatory guidance and international tax issues. Tara was the Press Secretary for Senate Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE) from 1999 to 2001.
She holds a M.A. in mass communication and journalism and a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina.
Rebecca is a Senior Manager in the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Rebecca focuses on tax legislation and regulation.
Prior to joining WCEY, Rebecca worked in Ernst & Young LLP’s National Transaction Tax Group, where she prepared submissions to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including requests for rulings and technical explanations of transactions. Rebecca’s work also included planning corporate acquisitions and dispositions that involved Section 355 distributions, cross-border reorganizations, and consolidated group transactions. Rebecca has extensive government experience. Prior to working with Ernst & Young LLP’s National Transaction Tax Group, she was an attorney in the Corporate Division of the Associate Chief Counsel Office of the IRS for 10 years.
Rebecca earned her J.D. from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1999, and her LL.M. from Georgetown University in 2008. Rebecca is a member of the Florida and the District of Columbia Bar Associations.
Weston Coulam is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he represents clients before Congress and the Administration and provides services related to a broad range of policy areas, including financial services, corporate taxation, employee benefits, pass-through taxation and energy tax issues.
Prior to joining Washington Council Ernst & Young, Wes was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, a global financial services firm, and represented Morgan Stanley before Congress and the Executive Branch on various financial services, corporate tax, and real estate and energy policy issues.
Wes has extensive experience working in Congress and has been involved in most of the major tax and budget legislation that Congress has considered since 1993. His career includes Congressional service as a Legislative Assistant and tax policy advisor to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. As an aide to Senator Hatch, Wes had responsibility for tax, banking, and employee benefit issues.
In addition, Wes served as Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, chaired by Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME). Wes joined Senator Snowe’s staff as Senior Tax Policy Advisor, assisting her in her role as a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and was later appointed Staff Director of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee where he led the Committee’s work providing oversight of federal programs serving small businesses and in authorizing the Small Business Administration and its business development and lending programs. In addition to his duties as Staff Director, Wes continued as principal adviser to Senator Snowe on a range of policy issues, including the budget, taxation, and other economic issues.
Wes has also worked at professional service firms, Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen, where he advised corporate clients on corporate tax, energy and benefits policy issues.
Wes received a B.S from the University of Maryland University College and an MBA from The George Washington University.
Amy Jensen Cunniffe is a Principal at the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where she is a leader of the group with a focus on health care. In addition to her strong policy background in health, Cunniffe has also provided legislative and regulatory council on tax, labor, Social Security, and general business issues in both the private and public sectors.
Amy began her career on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant and a Policy Analyst for a Republican member of the Energy & Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives. She managed the health care policy portfolio for the Chief Deputy Whip and served as the chief health care policy staff for the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Amy served as a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in the George W. Bush Administration where she acted as a liaison to the White House for bipartisan members of Congress. Amy has twenty years of experience in the health policy and strategic advisory space serving as the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Caris Life Sciences, Leader of US Government Relations for GE Healthcare and the Senior Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at the Advanced Medical Technology Trade Association (AdvaMed).
Amy has a B.A. in Political Science from Truman State University and is a native of Wheaton, IL.
John Doney is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he provides clients with guidance and strategy on the arcane and often cumbersome Senate rules of procedure as legislation makes its way to full Senate consideration. He has also worked extensively on pension, entitlement reform and telecommunications issues.
John worked for more than 15 years in the US Senate in various capacities culminating in the position of Assistant Secretary for the Majority. The responsibilities of that office included monitoring Senate floor activity and protecting the interests of the Majority Leader and Senators during full Senate consideration of legislation. John has a thorough working knowledge of Senate procedure and an insider's perspective on the legislative process from bill introduction to final passage.
John also worked closely with the Senate leadership and committee staff in formulating legislative scheduling agendas, parliamentary strategy and the committee selection process.
John received a B.A. from St. Andrews College.
Donna Steele Flynn is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where she provides services related to tax legislative issues, particularly in the areas of tax administration and energy tax policy.
Before joining the firm, Donna served from 1994 to 1998 as the Staff Director of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight. Donna directed the Subcommittee's investigative and legislative activities, including planning and preparation for hearings and markup sessions, drafting legislation and Subcommittee reports, and managing the Subcommittee's professional staff. During her service on the Subcommittee staff, Donna was the Principal Counsel on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2, enacted in 1996, and the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act, enacted in 1998.
Immediately prior to joining the Subcommittee staff, Donna was tax counsel to the Independent Petroleum Association of America. She also had served from 1988 to 1994 as Legislative Director to Representative Bill Archer (R-TX), the former Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
Donna received a B.S. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.
Adam Francis is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he focuses on tax policy issues and provides guidance on legislative procedure and strategy in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Prior to joining the firm, Adam spent more than 14 years on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Congressman Patrick J. Tiberi (R-OH), a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee and current Chairman of the Select Revenue Measures (Tax) Subcommittee. Adam served as the lead staff on all tax matters and worked with the professional committee staff on operations of the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee. His portfolio also included advising Congressman Tiberi on all legislative issues before the U.S. House of Representatives and managing the daily operations of his Washington, D.C., office. Adam's broad knowledge of tax and legislative policy ranges from domestic and international corporate tax reform, to the congressional budget process and health policy.
Prior to his service with Mr. Tiberi, Adam worked on the staff of Congressman John Kasich (R-OH), then Chairman of the House Budget Committee, from 1996 through 2000. As Legislative Director for Mr. Kasich, Adam crafted legislative policy and strategy and served as the primary advisor on votes and procedure in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Kasich is currently the Governor of Ohio.
Adam received a B.A. in International Studies from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.
Francis Grab is a principal of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he advises clients on tax, budget and international trade issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Francis served as the Tax and Trade Counsel for Representative Robert T. Matsui (D-CA), a senior member of the Committee on Ways and Means, for the 105th, 106th and 107th Congresses (1997-2002). In this capacity, he advised the Congressman on tax, pension and trade policy matters. Francis was the Principal House Democratic Staff Contact for the successful effort to pass Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China in the 106th Congress. During the 105th Congress, he was the Trade Advisor to Mr. Matsui, who was then the ranking member of the Trade Subcommittee.
Francis previously served as Tax Legislative Assistant for Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, and also worked for another Committee member, Representative Gerald Kleczka (D-WI).
Francis served as the Chair of the Tax Policy Committee for the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign.
Francis received degrees from Swarthmore College and the Emory University School of Law. He also received an LL.M. in taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.
At the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, Will Heyniger advises clients in the areas of financial services (banking, securities and insurance), energy, and health care. He analyzes legislative developments in Congress, monitors committee and floor action, and provides advice, strategy and reporting to clients.
Prior to joining Washington Council Ernst & Young, Mr. Heyniger was an editor and reporter at Congressional Quarterly’s magazines for five years, including CQ Weekly and the daily CQ Today, focusing on finance, budget, telecommunications and other legislative areas. He was part of the original editorial team that launched the CQ.com online news operation in 1997, the web’s first source of real-time congressional news. He also profiled members of Congress for several editions of CQ’s biennial Politics in America. His journalism career began with six years as a news editor and columnist at The Montgomery Journal, a daily newspaper in Rockville, Maryland.
Mr. Heyniger spent three years as an account director and writer at the SheaHedges Group, a public relations firm in McLean, Virginia, focusing on technology businesses, where he placed clients in stories appearing in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Red Herring and other publications.
Mr. Heyniger also served as Deputy Communications Director for People for the American Way, a 350,000-member nonprofit civil liberties organization based in Washington D.C., and has taught writing at George Washington University’s graduate School of Business and Public Management. He has a B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
David H. Koshgarian is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he provides advice on tax, budget and retirement savings issues.
Before joining EY, David served for 25 years in various staff positions in the House of Representatives. From 1987 to June 2002, he was Chief of Staff to Representative Benjamin Cardin, a senior member of the Committee on Ways and Means. In this capacity, David advised the congressman on tax, budget and pension policy.
David was the Chief Adviser to Representative Cardin in connection with the congressman's work as the lead House Democrat on the Internal Revenue Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 and on the pension title of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. As Chief Adviser to the Democratic Caucus Committee on Organization, Study and Review, David worked closely with the House Democratic leadership on House rules and procedures.
David also has extensive experience as Budget Committee Associate Staff to several members of the House Budget Committee. In 1984, he served as a speechwriter on the vice presidential campaign of Geraldine Ferraro.
David received a B.A. from The George Washington University.
Jeff Levey is an executive director in the Washington Council Ernst & Young (WCEY) practice of Ernst & Young LLP. WCEY is a tax legislative and regulatory policy group that provides global companies with strategic advice, advocacy support, and informational services relating to Federal and other tax policy matters. Jeff supports a range of WCEY clients and other clients more generally on tax policy issues in Congress, the regulatory agencies, at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and in other countries.
Jeff takes the lead at WCEY in supporting financial services companies, including insurance companies, banks and trade associations in their advocacy work. He brings nearly 30 years of experience working with companies as they’ve sought policy solutions through the legislative and regulatory process in Washington, and in other countries in which they operate. Most recently, he has coordinated and helped to lead coalitions of banks, insurance companies and finance companies on issues relating to tax reform, the OECD BEPS project, the OECD Common Reporting Standard, FATCA, and a range of financial services tax and product issues. He focuses on issues relating to international tax, corporate tax and financial product issues, among other things.
Prior to joining WCEY in June 2009, Jeff was Vice President and Director of Global Tax Legislative and Regulatory Policy for Citigroup, working on both US and non-US tax issues in Citigroup’s Global Government Affairs Office.
Heather Meade is a Senior Manager in the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Heather focuses on health care and tax-exempt policy and advises business leaders, policy makers, trade associations, and not-for-profit organizations on a broad range of policy issues. She also provides strategic legislative and regulatory advice on the Affordable Care Act and employee benefits, and works with a diverse group of health care payors, providers and manufacturers.
Prior to joining Washington Council Ernst & Young, Heather served as ERISA counsel to several Fortune 100 companies, employers, insurers and unions in matters related to health care, employee benefits and public policy at The Groom Law Group. She was also the Deputy Director of Surrogate Outreach at the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 Presidential campaign, and served on the staff of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) as well as the transition staff of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).
Heather received a B.A. in political science, Spanish and international studies from Western Washington University and earned her J.D. with an emphasis on health law from the University of Washington School of Law. Heather is a member of the bar of New York and the District of Columbia.
Jeff Petrich is part of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he provides services related to energy, environmental, natural resources, and transportation policy issues. He has a broad range of experience in the legislative process and in both the renewable energy and oil and gas sectors.
Prior to joining WCEY in 2008, Mr. Petrich served as Chief Counsel to the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. For over 20 years, he worked on legislative policy and process for the committee under Chairmen and Ranking Members George Miller (D-CA) and Nick Rahall (D-WV).
Mr. Petrich began his career in 1978 as a Legislative Assistant to US Senator John Durkin (D-NH). In 1981, he was a Legislative Aide in the House of Representatives of the Alaska State Legislature. He was an associate in the Washington, DC office of the Perkins Coie law firm from 1984-1987.
Mr. Petrich has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington. He is a member of the Alaska, District of Columbia and Virginia bar associations.
John Porter is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP where he advises a variety of corporate and trade association clients on a range of domestic and international tax policy issues affecting the energy, retail and entertainment industries. John has represented clients before Congress and the Executive Branch (White House, Treasury and FCC). He was instrumental in leading the firm’s effort to expand the Net Operating Loss (NOL) carryback rules that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax refunds to clients.
Before joining EY, John was the Director of Tax and Economic Policy for the Financial Executives Institute (FEI), a professional association of 14,000 CFOs, treasurers, chief tax officers and controllers. While at FEI, John was responsible for the formulation of tax policy for FEI’s 35-member Committee on Taxation and was successful in lobbying for international tax reform measures in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
From 1989 to 1992, John worked as a special assistant in the Bush Administration at the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, where he formulated position papers on employee benefits issues, retirement and health care policy. Before moving to Washington, John worked as a financial consultant, gaining invaluable experience in pension and retirement planning, corporate cash management, and equity and income portfolio structuring.
John has a B.A. (double major in Political Science and Mandarin Chinese) from Vanderbilt University and was a member of the Track and Field team. He has served on the Executive Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council.
Kurt Ritterpusch is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he provides services related to tax, health and energy policy, as well as the federal budget process. His chief responsibility is to track legislative and regulatory developments with regard to those issues and provide detailed reporting and analysis to clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Kurt was a reporter with the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) for eight years, most recently serving as Senior Congressional Correspondent for the Daily Tax Report and Daily Report for Executives. That assignment involved a daily presence in the U.S. Capitol, reporting the latest developments with regard to tax, health, energy, transportation and budget issues.
The job also entailed coverage of the broader Congressional landscape, House and Senate leadership, and the tax reform panel that operated in 2005, as well as periodical dispatches from the White House. Kurt represented BNA on the seven-member Executive Committee of Press Correspondents.
Previous reporting assignments included covering health and pension policy, and monitoring legislative and regulatory developments.
Kurt earned a B.A. in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Bob Schellhas is a Principal in the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He provides monitoring, strategy and advocacy services to corporate and trade association clients on a wide range of issues before Congress and the Executive Branch.
Previously, Bob was a Managing Director and Head of Federal Government Affairs at Citigroup, Inc. He also was Vice President of Federal Relations for the American Council of Life Insurers, representing more than 400 domestic and global life insurance companies.
Bob has extensive political campaign and Washington, DC experience. He served as Chief of Staff to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Deputy Chief of Staff to former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Communications Director and Senior Legislative Assistant to former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), and Special Assistant to former Congressman Bill Schuette (R-MI), now Michigan's Attorney General. In addition, Bob has held senior roles in statewide and Congressional campaigns in Florida, Iowa, Michigan and New Mexico. He was co-editor of The New York Times and The Washington Post best-selling book, “Contract with America.”
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Economics from Central Michigan University. He and his family live in Northern Virginia.
Timothy Urban is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP and leads Washington Council's Renewable Energy & Climate Change practice.
He has represented a variety of clients on energy issues, including tax credits for electricity from renewable resources, investment incentives for purchases of solar energy property, production tax credits for biodiesel and proposed incentives for investment and production associated with Cellulosic Biomass Ethanol. Since 1999, Tim has worked with Congress and Administration officials in the development of renewable energy tax policy.
In addition, he works closely with trade associations and companies representing a wide variety of renewable energy technologies and works with the environmental community on developing energy and climate change policy options that can garner a broad base of support. Tim frequently speaks on energy policy issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Tim served as the Committee on Ways and Means Staff Associate for Representative Wally Herger (R-CA). In that role, he was responsible for advising Representative Herger on tax, trade, pension and health policy issues; creating and implementing the annual tax legislative agendas; drafting legislation and testimony; and coordinating with Committee and Joint Committee staff.
Tim previously served as Legislative Assistant at a national law firm. There, he was responsible for covering the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance.
Tim received a B.A. from The George Washington University. He also graduated from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center. Tim received military awards from the Governments of France and Italy.