About Us

Poligage (short for policy and political engagement) was founded on the belief that the government affairs function is as critical a business function as any other but is often times not understood or adequately resourced.  Government activity at all levels poses great risks to an organization’s bottom line, as well as opportunities for funding, sales, and other business benefits.  Poligage provides executives with access to a flexible pool of policy and government affairs expertise, helping organizations augment the expertise and bandwidth of their internal teams in the short and long terms, as a primary engine for their government and public affairs activities, or as a forum to obtain second or third opinions on difficult issues as well as for problem solving brainstorming.

The human intelligence offered through Poligage also provides important context to information sourced through information services and data analytics platforms, helping organizations take the next steps of strategic planning and action.  Members of the Poligage Experts Network are all accomplished executives in public policy, government affairs, and public affairs, including former elected officials, senior civil servants, ambassadors, chamber of commerce and trade association leaders, procurement experts, and top corporate executives.

WORLD-CLASS

Membership in the Poligage Experts Network is by referral only. All members possess at least 15 years of definitive experience, have strong credentials, and are recognized by their peers for their achievements and excellence.

FLEXIBLE

Choose the right Expert or Firm for the situation you need, when you need them. No more hiring multiple firms for single focus areas when you can get multiple insights from a single marketplace like Poligage

TRANSPARENT

Sign off on the experts to be utilized and the price quote for your service before the consultation is scheduled or project begins. No more billing surprises.

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Government Activity Matters

Government activity at all levels poses both revenue opportunities and risks to companies and organizations of all sizes. One recent study by McKinsey put these risks as equal to 30% to 50% of a company’s earnings.

It is important for these voices to be heard by legislators and regulators in order to minimize business risks and maximize opportunities from their policies and decisions.

Poligage helps companies and organizations get engaged for the first time in government affairs, and we also deepen and strengthen the engagement of those companies and organizations that are already active in government affairs.

The Government Affairs Function Matters

The government affairs function in most organizations has never been more overwhelmed with both long-term and emerging policy and regulatory issues to stay on top of, and bandwidth is constrained on a daily basis.

It can also be a daunting prospect for a company organization to launch an in-house government affairs function given unfamiliarity and the investment needed.

Poligage offers the opportunity to scale up and scale down government affairs resourcing as needed through flexible engagement with members of the Poligage Experts Network. We can also help those new to the government affairs function with resourcing strategies and roadmaps.

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Poligage Leadership Team

Christine Davies

Founder and CEO

Christine Davies is the Founder and CEO of Poligage. Christine has built her 20-year career around the intersections of the public and private sectors, with leadership roles in the government, business, technology, and not-for-profit sectors both in the United States and internationally. Christine is currently a member of the Business Twenty (B20) Task Force on Employment and Education during Italy’s G20 host year, and she is was also selected as a member of the Mindshare Class of 2021, a forum for start-up CEOs across the Washington, DC area. Christine most recently served as Vice President for Partnerships at the Asia Society, and she previously worked as a Business Development Manager within the Public Sector Services division at Microsoft. Earlier in her career, Christine served at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of State, where she worked on a variety of global economic and development issues, and as the International Trade Specialist at the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand. Christine earned her MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Natalie Nehme

Manager of Operations and Outreach

Natalie Nehme is Manager of Operations and Outreach at Poligage. Natalie has worked with a variety of startup companies and small businesses in the government affairs, lobbying, and consulting industries. Prior to joining Poligage, Natalie served as the Vice President of Operations and Strategy at MoonWalker Associates, an advocacy group that focuses on science, space, and technology policy, where she worked alongside MoonWalker’s CEO, former Congressman Bob Walker. Natalie graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Professional Studies degree in Strategic Public Relations and from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Politics with a concentration in Comparative and International Politics.

Advisory Council

Juanita Duggan

Founder of CLARIFYD

Juanita Duggan is the founder of CLARIFYD, providing clients with clarity and solutions for complex policy problems. Most recently, Juanita was President and CEO of the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy group. A native of Alabama, Juanita has served at the helm of multiple, high-profile trade associations and in the White House during both the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. Juanita was the first woman to serve as President and CEO of NFIB, as well as the first woman to lead the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the American Forest & Paper Association, and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. She held leading roles as a lobbyist at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, the National Food Processors Association, and for Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

Jim Messina

CEO of The Messina Group

Jim Messina is CEO of The Messina Group. Named “The Obama White House’s Fixer” by the media, Jim Messina is perhaps the world’s most successful political and corporate advisor. The mastermind behind President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, Messina guided the Obama-Biden Administration to another term in the White House. With the guidance of technology’s foremost leaders, Jim abandoned every step of a traditional presidential campaign and merged technology and politics in a way that was both unpredictable and unprecedented. Since its founding in 2013, The Messina Group has been involved in winning public policy campaigns on five continents. Jim previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Obama White House, where he was integral to the passage of the historic health care bill, the economic stimulus act credited with saving the US economy, and the landmark repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” For over twenty years, Jim served as Chief of Staff for various Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill where he worked to pass key legislation such as multiple tax cut bills, the Medicare prescription drug bill, and several trade agreements.

Ed Ingle

President of New Lantern Partners

Ed Ingle is the President of New Lantern Partners, a corporate affairs and business strategy consulting firm. Ed has 30 years of government affairs and public policy experience in high-stakes environments, including senior positions for Microsoft, The White House, and WPP. He left Microsoft in 2019 after spending 16 years managing the company’s government affairs engagement before the Executive Branch, Congress, and State Governments. During President George W. Bush’s first term, Ed served as Deputy Assistant to the President in The White House, coordinating policy and communications with senior Cabinet officials. Ed is expert at providing trusted counsel and insights to corporate executives on navigating complex policy and business challenges as it relates to government affairs, public affairs, corporate social responsibility, policy development, and the political process.

Conrad Woody

Partner and Head of Odgers Berndtson's US Corporate and Government Affairs Practice in Washington, DC

Conrad Woody is Partner and Head of Odgers Berndtson’s U.S. Corporate and Government Affairs Practice in Washington, DC, through which he works with organizations around the world that are seeking executive talent for their corporate and government affairs business function. Conrad’s portfolio of search work includes advising clients on government affairs, corporate communications/public affairs, economic development, trade association CEO and leadership roles. He’s also a member of the firmwide Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council and leads the firm’s Corporate Board Diversity Initiative. Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Conrad was a Principal at Korn Ferry and a key member of the firm’s Government Affairs Practice. Before this, he was with Goldman Sachs, where he was a member of the campus and diversity recruiting teams. He began his career as a staffer on Capitol Hill. Conrad has a degree in political science from Howard University and serves as a director on the non-profit boards of Step Afrika!, Starting with Today Inc. and the Young Patrons Board of The Arena Stage.

Ashley E Davis

Founding Partner of West Front Strategies, LLC

Ashley E Davis is a lead principal at West Front Strategies, a multi-million dollar lobbying firm she co-founded in 2015. As co-founder of the firm, Ashley oversees advocacy efforts for the interests of her Fortune 500 clients before the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government. Ashley’s expertise comes from years working in the U.S. Executive Branch of government. As Special Assistant to National Director (and then Secretary) of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Ashley directed the daily operations and oversaw the staff at the newly created Office of Homeland Security. Ashley holds a Masters of International Business from McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. She sits on several non-profit and corporate Boards, such as Turning Point Brands Inc. and The Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra, and she serves as an expert speaker for the Office of U.S. Speaker Program at the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Joe Jordan

President and CEO of Actuparo, LLC

Joe Jordan is the President & CEO of Actuparo LLC, which provides government procurement growth strategy, advisory services, and due diligence support. Joe served from 2012 to 2014 as the Senate-confirmed Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy within the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. From 2009 to 2012, Joe served as Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he led SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development and focused on increasing opportunities for small businesses. Joe also worked with Congress to craft the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, widely acknowledged as the most significant piece of small business legislation in over a decade. Joe has led two technology companies focused on procurement and supply chain. As CEO of Supplier.ai, Joe focused on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement and supply chain processes. Joe was also the CEO of FedBid, an online e-commerce marketplace serving Federal agencies, state and local governments, and commercial companies – which was acquired by Compusearch Software Systems in 2017.  Joe began his career in strategy and operations at McKinsey & Company, where he developed strategies and business transformation plans for clients across several industries, and also advised state governments and non-profit entities.

Judy Benn

CEO of Unalome Strategies

Judy Benn is the CEO of Unalome Strategies. Judy recently retired after serving for over 17 years as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, one of the most active business chambers of commerce in the world, as well as the Founding Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar. Judy has managed hundreds of advocacy efforts in Thailand and throughout Asia on behalf of the business community and often in collaboration with civil society. Judy served for many years as a Director of KPMG in China earlier in her career.

Avi Millman

Multi-time Founder and Early-Stage Startup Advisor

Avi Millman is a multi-time founder and early-stage startup advisor who brings 15 years of early-stage and growth-stage experience to Poligage. Avi recently completed three years at InVision, where he helped launch and build the company’s EMEA & APAC business, as it passed $100M in ARR and was named #8 on the Forbes Cloud 100 List. In 2009, Avi founded Stray Boots, a mobile city-tour concept that used smartphones and game mechanics to make exploring new places fun, social, and interactive, which expanded to over 40 cities and delivered millions of hours of 60+ NPS experiences. He raised over $3.5M in venture capital and sold the business in 2015. Before Stray Boots, Avi was the fourth employee at Q Drinks, and he ran Logistics, Inventory, Control and Supply Chain at retailer Steve & Barry’s during its fastest growth period from 2005-2007. Avi recently joined Immersion, an early-stage neuroscience SaaS company, to lead Product and Go-to-Market Strategy. Avi and his businesses have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Spiegel, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, and many other publications.

Scott Norville

Global Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Cartken

Scott Norville is Global Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Cartken.  He earlier served as Vice President of Digital Audience Development at the Walt Disney Company, where he was responsible for leading Fox Film Studio’s and Fox Network Group’s cross-division initiatives regarding short-form video creation and distribution, and digital audience development on YouTube and other social video platforms. Scott has an extensive background in content and technology business development, having previously worked at Google in YouTube’s Content Partnerships Group, and at the Walt Disney Company before Google in strategy/business development roles in both their Consumer Products and ABC News divisions.

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