Floyd Williams is a senior tax counsel at Public Strategies Washington.
Prior to joining PSW in 2012, Williams served 16 years as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the IRS, where he was the chief advisor to the IRS Commissioner on legislative issues and served as the primary liaison to members of Congress and their staffs. Prior to his years heading the IRS legislative office, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Treasury Department.
Williams has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, has worked closely with lawmakers and tax staffers from both parties, and is highly respected for both his substantive knowledge of tax policy and his even-handedness in dealing with complex tax issues, including the development of transition rules that will be of critical importance in any future tax reform.
Williams began his professional career in 1972 at the IRS as a tax law specialist in the Individual Income Tax Branch before working as a legislative attorney for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. He then spent several years in the private sector as senior tax manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), vice president and legislative counsel for the National Association of Home Builders, and senior counsel for the Tax Foundation.
Williams was the 2014 recipient of the Kenneth H. Liles Award, presented annually by the Federal Bar Association for distinguished service to the tax law profession. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and then returned to his home state of Arkansas, where he was awarded his juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas Law School. While working at his first position at the IRS, Williams received his Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Contact Floyd Williams - firstname.lastname@example.orgPatty SilvaSenior Policy Advisor
Patty Silva is a Senior Policy Advisor for PSW. She also works directly with clients on issues relating to transportation and international trade.
Silva joined Public Strategies Washington in 2008. Previously, she held the position of Associate Manager for Political Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Silva was responsible for providing political research and analysis to the organization's national political director. She also managed the U.S. Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee, a committee that oversees the Chamber's involvement in federal elections. Silva's responsibilities included updating local members on the Chamber’s political activities as well drafting communications for the U.S. Chamber’s online grassroots advocacy program.
Silva earned her B.A. degree from Florida International University and her M.A. in Politics from New York University. Silva is a native Spanish speaker.
Contact Patty Silva - email@example.comPatrick O’NeillPrincipal
Patrick O'Neill is a principal at PSW, working with a variety of clients on issues relating to financial services, transportation, energy, federal tax policy, and telecommunications. O’Neill also manages PSW’s staff and operations.
Prior to joining Public Strategies Washington in 2007, O’Neill spent three years as Manager for Political Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, O’Neill directed the Committee of 100, a coalition of top trade association CEOs. He also managed grassroots advocacy and coalition building within the U.S. Chamber’s federation of small businesses. Prior to his Chamber responsibilities, O’Neill served in a variety of management and political roles for the Democratic National Committee and the John Kerry for President Campaign in 2003-2004.
O’Neill earned his B.A. in Political Science from Duke University, where he was a member of the men’s varsity lacrosse team for four years. He earned his M.B.A from Georgetown University in 2012, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Lead the Way Fund.
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Nancy O'Neall is a principal at PSW and has over three decades of legislative experience in Washington.
Before joining PSW in 1999, O'Neall was the Senior Policy Analyst at Bradley, Woods & Co., providing institutional investors around the country with research and analysis on Washington issues. This included monitoring legislation dealing with taxes, trade, the federal budget, health care, telecommunications, and banking, as well as providing analysis of national political developments.
Prior to joining Bradley, Woods, O'Neall was the Associate Director for the State of Texas office in Washington, D.C., where she worked with the Texas Congressional delegation, members of the Texas Legislature, and state officials to advance issues critical to the state.
O'Neall is active in the Tax Coalition, an organization of professionals involved in federal tax policymaking, and is a past co-chair of the group. She is also a member of Women in Housing and Finance.
She received her B.A. degree in journalism from Texas Christian University.
Contact Nancy O’Neall - email@example.comTom NaglePrincipal
Tom Nagle is a principal with Public Strategies Washington, working with the firm’s clients on matters relating to appropriations, transportation, defense, energy, healthcare, telecommunications, and Native American issues. Prior to joining PSW, Nagle served as Director of U.S. Government Relations for Accenture, where he led the company’s federal government relations program. In that capacity Nagle worked directly with internal senior leadership in a variety of industries, including healthcare, transportation, cybersecurity, and federal procurement. He also oversaw Accenture’s PAC and managed the company's political activities.
Before joining Accenture, Nagle served New Mexico Senator Tom Udall as Chief of Staff for 12 years, eight in the House and four in the Senate. Nagle led a diverse staff of 45 people and acted as the Senator's chief strategist on issues of critical importance to New Mexico, including those before the Senate Committees on Commerce, Science & Transportation, Indian Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and Environment & Public Works. He also managed Udall’s external political team. Prior to departing the Senate, Nagle helped lay the groundwork for Senator Udall’s appointment to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Earlier in his career, Nagle served as the Financial Services Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and as Political Director for the National Association of Letter Carriers. He is a graduate of Princeton University and is active in the Senate Democratic Chiefs of Staff Alumni Group.
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Ali McGuigan serves as a Policy Fellow for PSW, working primarily on research. McGuigan supports clients on issues relating to trade, energy, transportation, agriculture, defense, and international affairs.
Prior to joining Public Strategies Washington in June 2017, McGuigan completed her first year of graduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Upon completion of her PSW fellowship, she will receive a Master of Global Policy from the LBJ School. During her time at LBJ, she served as a Research Affiliate for Innovations for Peace and Development and created maps in ArcGIS for projects analyzing food security, and conflict and aid distribution in Africa.
McGuigan is a 2016 graduate of Texas Christian University where she earned her B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations and minors in Spanish and Criminal Justice. While earning her undergraduate degree, Ali worked at Dream Outside the Box, a non-profit focused on exposing children in underserved communities to higher education and career pathways through college student led after school programming.
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Michelle Kinzer serves as a Legislative Assistant for PSW, working to support clients on issues related to trade, energy, transportation, and small business.
Prior to joining Public Strategies Washington in June 2017, Kinzer spent three years with Senator Tim Kaine where she managed the constituent correspondence database, generated metrics reports, and compiled targeted email lists for press newsletters and town halls in the Commonwealth. She also used ArcGIS to spatialize internal correspondence data and made an interactive Virginia map for the National Park Service’s 2016 Centennial.
Kinzer is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she earned her B.A. in Urban Planning with a concentration in Global Development and minors in Political Science and Spanish. She developed a working proficiency in Spanish while studying abroad in Valparaíso, Chile.
Kinzer’s first job in Washington was in high school as a U.S. Senate Page appointed by Senator Jim Webb. She is a D.C. area native.
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Greg Jacobs serves as a Senior Policy Advisor for PSW, working directly with clients on issues relating to trade, financial services, defense, energy, cybersecurity, and health care.
Prior to joining PSW in June 2015, Greg worked as the Operations Director and Finance Assistant on Congressman Jim Himes’ 2014 campaign, where he handled the campaign’s finances, financial opposition research, and low-dollar fundraising. Prior to joining Congressman Himes’ campaign, Greg served as a legislative intern in both chambers of Congress, working primarily on defense and veterans’ affairs issues.
Greg is a graduate of Columbia University, where he received his B.A. in Economics & Political Science. Prior to attending Columbia, Greg served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Marine Corps with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. He is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Colton Hotary serves as a policy advisor for PSW, working primarily on legislative research, client development, and day-to-day client research. Hotary supports clients on issues relating to trade, financial services, defense, energy, transportation, agriculture, and international affairs.
Prior to joining PSW in January 2015, Hotary worked as a Regional Field Organizer for the New Hampshire Democratic Party during the 2014 election. While there he was in charge of field operations for the state’s fourth largest town, Rochester. His efforts helped to secure victories for Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, Governor Maggie Hassan, and Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern.
Hotary earned his B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in International Relations from the University of Arkansas 2011. He earned his M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas in 2013.
Hotary is a native Arkansan now living in Washington, D.C.
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Steve Eichenauer is a principal at PSW, where he manages the firm’s government relations practice and directs the development of lobbying strategy on behalf of our clients, with a particular focus on international trade, financial services, appropriations, energy and environment, and health care.
From 1999 to 2005, Eichenauer served as Legislative Assistant and Appropriations Manager for U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). He developed the Senator’s local, state, and national appropriations requests and managed the Senator's Appropriations Committee responsibilities. Eichenauer also served as senior advisor to Senator Reed in the areas of energy, environment, agriculture, science and technology, homeland security, and commercial fisheries.
Prior to joining Senator Reed’s staff, Eichenauer served as international trade lobbyist and senior policy analyst at PSW for nearly four years, working closely with the Economic Ministry of Mexico and PSW’s other corporate and governmental clients. From 1989 to 1993, Eichenauer served as Program Officer at the Texas International Education Consortium, where he directed academic and professional training programs for business people and educators from Latin America and Asia.
Eichenauer received his Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of Texas at Austin in 1988 and received a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in 1995. Eichenauer is fluent in Spanish.
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McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson with nearly four decades of experience in the nation’s capital. McCurry served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998). He also served as spokesman for the U.S. Department of State (1993-1995) and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988-1990). McCurry held a variety of leadership roles in national campaigns for the Democratic ticket from 1984 to 2004.
McCurry began his career on the staff of the United States Senate, working as press secretary to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and to the committee's chairman, Senator Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (1976-1981). He also served as press secretary to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1981-1983).
McCurry serves on numerous boards or advisory councils including Share Our Strength, the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the White House Historical Association and the Executive Committee of the Global Health Initiative of the United Methodist Church. He is co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates which sponsors the general election debates between candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.
McCurry received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1976, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in 1985, and a Master of Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2013.
For media inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Joe O’NeillPresident and CEO
Joe O'Neill is President and CEO of Public Strategies Washington, Inc. (PSW).
Since founding the company in 1991, O’Neill has worked with an impressive roster of blue chip corporations, industry trade associations, and public sector clients on a wide range of issues, including tax policy, health care, defense, financial services, telecommunications, and energy. Over the past decade, he has also served as trade advisor to a variety of clients on matters before the World Trade Organization, with a particular focus on Latin America. O’Neill is on National Journal’s list of “Leading Democratic Lobbyists.”
O'Neill, a veteran of Capitol Hill and national politics, served from 1985 to 1991 as president of the National Retail Federation (NRF), one of the country's largest industry trade associations. In that position, he served as the industry's top legislative strategist and chief advisor on all international trade negotiations. During that period, O'Neill led numerous trade delegations to Europe during the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
O'Neill served on the staff of former U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Finance Committee Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) for twelve years, first in Austin, Texas, and later moving to Washington in 1980 as Chief of Staff. In the summer of 1988, he took a leave of absence from his post at the Retail Federation to serve as Bentsen's campaign manager and Chief of Staff for the Vice Presidential campaign. In November 1992, Treasury Secretary-designate Bentsen again tapped O'Neill to fulfill a similar role, asking him to head the Treasury Department’s transition team for the Clinton-Gore Administration.
O'Neill received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard College and his Masters in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at The University of Texas at Austin. O’Neill has served on a variety of corporate boards, including serving as lead director for Dallas based Affiliated Computer Services prior to its acquisition by Xerox for $6.4 billion in 2009. O'Neill also served on the board of Houston based T-Rex Services prior to its acquisition in 2014 and as Vice-chair of Supplemental Health Care prior to its acquisition by the private equity firm Vistria in 2015. He serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the LBJ School and was named The University of Texas Graduate Schools' Outstanding Alumnus for 2016.