Washington Council Ernst & Young (WCEY) is a group within Ernst & Young LLP that combines the power of a leading professional services organization with the on-the-ground knowledge, personal relationships and attention to detail of a boutique Washington-insider firm. We offer our clients timely, relevant Washington insight, tailored to their needs.
WCEY’s professional services help clients achieve their legislative and regulatory objectives. In each case, the goal is to help you seize opportunities or mitigate risks so you stay ahead of changes brought by passage of new legislation, promulgation of new regulations or electoral outcomes.
Our team represents clients in all significant aspects of federal taxation. WCEY professionals have had a seat at the table for any major tax bill considered by Congress since 1991. The scope of the WCEY tax practice involves active representation of businesses, trade associations and coalitions in diverse industries on legislative, regulatory and treaty matters before Congress, the White House, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.
WCEY’s health care practice develops and implements strategies to address legislative and regulatory issues, including client-specific services for payer and provider groups, employers and other stakeholders in the health care industry.
We represent clients before Congress and the executive branch on significant aspects of federal health care policy, convene cross-industry coalitions, and lead issue- and legislation-specific campaigns. Our work encompasses public and private health insurance and coverage issues, provider concerns, employer health benefits, consumer issues, pharmaceuticals, and broader life sciences policy.
We represent clients before Congress, the Treasury Department and other administrative agencies on a wide range of issues involving energy, the environment and natural resources. WCEY professionals have decades of experience, in particular, working on taxation of oil and gas, utilities and renewable energy.
“Washington Council has a bipartisan, bicameral team with extensive legislative and regulatory experience that covers the bases to help address all of our clients’ needs.”
- Ray Beeman, Co-leader of Washington Council Ernst & Young
WCEY can help navigate all aspects of the legislative process. This ranges from House and Senate procedural rules to the intricacies of budget reconciliation and the role of the majority leadership. A bipartisan mindset means that we can better tailor legislative and regulatory initiatives to meet clients’ best interests.
Our service offerings include:
- Representation before the House, Senate and executive branch
- Strategic legislative and regulatory advice and planning
- Legislative process and issue monitoring and reporting
- Relationship building with government and other stakeholders
- Coalition development and administration
- Technical legislative analysis
- Statutory and report language drafting
- Preparation of congressional testimony
- Development of position papers and other background documents
- Drafting of regulatory comments
- Strategic communications and messaging
While the Washington lobbying landscape is dynamic, three constants distinguish WCEY:
Politics and process
Firms typically emphasize either “access” to policymakers at the highest levels or substantive technical knowledge. At WCEY, we offer both, and on a bipartisan and bicameral basis that spans the legislative and executive branches.
WCEY provides clients a wealth of experience in legislative and regulatory matters, strategy and communications. We have seen up close the full legislative process at work. Our team reacts quickly and provides clients with real-time strategic advice.
As part of Ernst & Young LLP, WCEY has full access to the knowledge, experience and resources of a leader in professional services — all of which are made available to our clients. We provide leading-class strategic thinking when it comes to federal policy issues. We have a deep technical understanding of, and experience with, all tax, health and energy legislative and regulatory areas.
“In an ever changing political and legislative landscape, I am proud of the agility with which our team moves to help clients plan for their next steps. Our institutional knowledge helps clients stay ahead of the curve.”
- Gary Gasper, Co-leader of Washington Council Ernst & Young
The professionals who make up WCEY have extensive bipartisan, bicameral experience. Clients receive tailored advice on an array of issues. Our Washington DC-based team has held senior policy positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government. This includes:
- The White House
- The Treasury Department
- Health and Human Services
- Internal Revenue Service
- The Joint Committee on Taxation
- Senior staff for congressional leadership, committees and key members of both parties
Gary Gasper+1 202 467 4302
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.
Ray Beeman+1 202 327 7397
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.
Tara Bradshaw+1 202 467 4306
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.
Will Heyniger+1 202 467 4311
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.
Principal, Ernst & Young LLP
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Executive Director, Ernst & Young LLP
Vadim is an executive director in EY’s Advisory Services practice. He brings experience advising clients on matters related to regulatory reporting, systematically important financial institution (SIFI) readiness, US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), cross-border, capital exposure reporting and compliance. He spent more than 15 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, leading interagency reviews of financial institutions focusing on evaluating data quality and systemic risk in the reporting process through end-to-end reviews of internal controls, systems and processes. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the regulatory reporting examination framework for the Federal Reserve System.
Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP
Joe is a senior manager in the Advisory Services practice of EY. He has nine years of experience working with large banks, broker dealers and other financial services companies. His experience consists of operational and regulatory/compliance risk management with a focus on tactical and long-term effectiveness of finance and accounting functions. He has experience in the implementation of Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) FR Y-14 M/Q programming, Data Element Mapping, Data Quality and Governance, and Process Improvement and Control Documentation.
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David is a principal in the Advisory Services practice of EY. He has more than 14 years of experience supporting global banking and insurance clients with risk and regulatory capital programs. He helps lead EY’s US efforts on Basel and CCAR technology, controls and reporting. David has led multiple engagements focused on project management, requirements gathering, current-state assessments, system implementations, launching data quality and governance programs, controls evaluations, reporting and regulatory responses. Recently, David has begun leading EY’s efforts on RPA in the risk and regulatory capital space.
Laura Martin Dillon+1 202 467 4308
Laura Martin Dillon is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where she provides services focusing on health care policy. Her chief responsibility is to track legislative and regulatory developments and provide detailed reporting and analysis to clients on health care issues.
Prior to joining Washington Council, Laura was a Senior Health Care Analyst at the Advisory Board Company, where she led research and advised clinical executives on wide-ranging issues facing hospitals and health systems including care variation reduction, physician payment and delivery models, and physician executive leadership structures. She previously served as a fellow in the University of Chicago Medicine’s Office of Strategy Planning and worked on domestic and global health policy and advocacy issues at RESULTS Educational Fund and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).
Laura received a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Master in Public Policy (MPP) with an emphasis in health care from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.
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Eileen is a New York-based senior manager with more than 11 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her engagements in the industry span Banking and Capital Markets, Asset Management and other investment clients with an emphasis on risk management, operational process improvement, financial process re-engineering, project management, regulatory reporting and control frameworks. Eileen currently serves as Senior Manager Lead for EY’s FSO Finance Management Digital Finance industry perspective and solution offering. In this role, Eileen is responsible for understanding the future implications of emerging technologies and evolving trends on the overall Finance operating model and defining approaches and solutions to drive and enable change.
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Abhishek is a senior manager within EY’s Financial Services Advisory practice and has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. He focuses on finance, operations and technology strategy and transformation, managing complex projects involving process improvements, decision analytics, performance measurement, decision architecture design and implementation. He co-leads the Finance Management RPA offering and has helped clients with their automation strategy, process scans, automation development and deployment and enterprise adoption of RPA within the finance function.
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Christine is a senior manager in the Advisory Services practice of EY with 12 years of experience in financial services with a concentration in regulatory reporting through management, oversight and delivery of strategic solutions in response to regulatory requirements, joining EY from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She is knowledgeable of finance reporting processes and financial accounting, driving large-scale regulatory reporting initiatives at large domestic and foreign banks. Her experience involves education around Fed expectations and strategies for communicating to Federal Reserve requests and remediation findings. She is proficient in the implementation of CCAR requirements and enhanced prudential standards for intermediate holding companies.
Sean Hailey+1 202 327 7470
Sean Hailey is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP (WCEY), where he advises clients on international tax policy and international tax planning.
Prior to rejoining Ernst & Young LLP, Sean was a Tax Advisor with the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means. In that position, he helped formulate international tax policy, led hearings on international and energy tax reform, advised Congressional Working Groups and drafted tax reform proposals primarily focusing on moving the U.S. international tax system to a territorial tax system.
Prior to his seven years with the House Committee on Ways and Means, Sean spent four years with the International Tax group of Ernst & Young LLP in the Northeast region. In that role he focused on advising U.S. multinational clients on domestic and foreign taxation issues as well as strategic transactions, including acquisition structuring and financing structures.
Sean earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Taxation from Fordham University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross. He is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of New York.
Francis Grab+1 202 467 4304
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.
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Mike is a principal in the Advisory Services practice of EY and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry serving banking and capital markets clients within risk management, regulatory capital reporting, data management and data governance. Mike has assisted multiple leading financial institutions with development of data management strategies and governance implementation road maps. He has worked with these clients to define the business drivers for data governance, assess current maturity, define required capabilities, and establish a target operating model for the firmwide or line of business data office. Mike has assisted institutions with developing and executing data management road maps.
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Jeff is a New York-based senior manager in EY’s Financial Services Advisory practice. Jeff has more than 15 of experience in banking and capital markets, in which he has led multiple credit risk, market risk and regulatory capital-related engagements spanning the risk, finance and IT functions at various global systematically important banks (G-SIBs). Jeff’s experience includes helping clients implement robust governance and control frameworks to support Basel, CCAR and regulatory reporting, and Risk and Finance more broadly. He has experience in data governance, attestation, issue management, reconciliation and independent verification/quality assurance frameworks. Recently, he has worked with clients on bringing workflow and business process management solutions to Risk and Finance.
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Uni is a principal in the Advisory Services practice of EY. Uni has more than 20 years of technology and business consulting experience focused in the Financial Services. Her main areas of focus include analyzing businesses/financial practices and developing technology solutions that provide business and strategic values. Throughout her time with EY, Uni has worked to develop and lead end-to-end data and controls testing across enterprises to provide accuracy controls for financial reports. She directed 400 resources throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Bratislava, India and Argentina, supporting development, maintenance and end-to-end testing across product development organizations.
Heather Meade+1 202 467 8414
Heather Meade is a Principal 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.
Weston Coulam+1 202 467 8503
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.
Adam Francis+1 202 467 8501
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.
John Doney+1 202 467-4310
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.
Jeff Levey+1 202 467 8413
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
David Koshgarian+1 202 327 7929
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.
John D. Porter+1 202 327 7595
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+1 202 327 7931
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+1 202 327 6120
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+1 202 467 4319
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.
Rebecca Burch+ 1 202 327 6794
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.
Jessica Cameron+ 1 202 327 5724
Jessica Cameron is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst and Young LLP, where she focuses on tax policy issues.
Prior to joining Washington Council, Jessica served as Counsel to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) where she assisted with the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and advised the Speaker on tax, oversight, and all legal matters of the House. She also served as a Legislative Assistant for the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means under Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) where she focused on social security and retirement issues.
Jessica received a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting from the University of California Los Angeles and earned her law degree from the UCLA School of Law. Jessica is a member of the State Bar of California.
Ryan Abraham+1 202 327 5885
Ryan is a Principal in the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he provides services to clients across all industries on a wide variety of domestic and international tax policies.
Prior to joining Washington Council, Ryan spent 14 years at the Senate Finance Committee serving under former Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and current Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR). Over the last decade, he served as a key staffer on a variety of tax reform proposals that were developed by the Finance Committee culminating in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. He was the lead policy advisor for Chairmen Baucus and Wyden on corporate and pass-through business taxation, with a focus on international, energy and infrastructure tax. He developed Democratic Caucus initiatives on energy and infrastructure tax reform and testified before the Finance Committee on three occasions.
Ryan brings clients a track record of accomplishments by utilizing a bipartisan, strategic and flexible approach. He has long-term institutional knowledge of the Senate and has positive relationships across government.
Ryan, a native of Missoula, MT, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor from American University.
Lauren Soltani+1 202 327 5607
Lauren Soltani is a member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where she focuses on tax policy issues and provides guidance on legislative procedure and strategy in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Prior to joining Washington Council, Lauren spent several years on Capitol Hill. She most recently served as Legislative Director and Counsel to Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. Lauren supervised all policy matters related to the Ways and Means Committee, with a focus on tax issues.
Lauren is also a political campaign veteran, giving her in-depth experience in the politics of public policy. She served as Press Secretary for former Congressman John Tierney’s re-election campaign and as a communications and research aide for former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz’s gubernatorial campaign.
Lauren holds a B.A. in International Politics from the George Washington University and a J.D. from Villanova University.