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Nicolas Muzin, MD, JD, is the Founder and Chairman of Stonington Global, where he focuses on strategic international advisory and private equity work and practices as an attorney.
Nick served at the highest levels of Republican politics, as Chief of Staff to two current U.S. Senators, Director of Coalitions for the House Republican Majority, and Senior Advisor to a presidential campaign. The New York Times has called him one of “Washington’s most influential deal-makers” and The Jerusalem Post has described his work as “jaw-dropping.”
A licensed physician, Nick’s first job in politics came when he took a semester off from his studies at Yale Law School to serve as Counsel for the Republican National Committee during the re-election of President George W. Bush. In 2008, Nick was Senior Medical Advisor to the presidential campaign of Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
In 2010, Nick managed the campaign of now-Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who was elected as the first black Republican from the South since Reconstruction. With Nick as Chief of Staff, Scott was elected leader of the tea party class of 87 freshmen members of Congress and was subsequently appointed to the Senate.
From 2013-2014, Nick served as Director of Coalitions for the House Republican Conference, under the leadership of Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). In this position, Nick coordinated strategy and outreach for all 234 Republican majority members of Congress.
In July 2014, Nick was named Senior Advisor & Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He also served as Senior Advisor on the Cruz presidential campaign, which The Washington Post called “the best run campaign of 2016.”
Nick has a law degree from Yale Law School, a medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a B.A. from Yeshiva University.
Natalie More worked as a Program Analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in the Office of Inspector General. Previously, she interned for the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee, where she researched federal cybersecurity issues for the Information Technology Subcommittee. Natalie has also interned in local politics for Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati, OH.
Natalie holds a B.A. in Government from Cornell University with minors in Business, Law, International Relations and European Studies. On campus, she was Editor In Chief for the Undergraduate Law & Society Review.
Gaurav Parikh has over 15 years of federal government experience in Washington, DC representing clients on issues including healthcare, Medicare and Medicaid, financial services, technology and telecommunications, budget and appropriations. Prior to joining Stonington Global, Gaurav served as chief consultant to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and managed campaigns for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). In 2008, he ran the VIP program for the Obama Inaugural Committee.
Gaurav served as the lead Democratic lobbyist at the National Association for Federal Credit Unions. In this position, he directly oversaw issue portfolio for GSE Reform, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, National Flood Insurance Program, Risk Based Capital, Underserved Communities, and Member Business Lending. He worked closely with leadership on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and House Financial Services Committees.
Before that, Gaurav served as the Head of State & Local Affairs for the National Restaurant Association. Gaurav’s extensive background in government relations enables him to effectively assist clients in developing strategies for promoting, defeating or providing input on upcoming legislation. He regularly monitors and analyzes federal and state legislative and regulatory processes, leveraging this knowledge to formulate strategies that aid in the enactment of state and congressional legislation.
Gaurav received a B.A. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He currently sits on the Board of the National Institute of Lobbying and Ethics and is a committee member for the American Society of Association Executives’ APAC Committee. Gaurav also sits on the operating board as Vice Chair for the Krach Transformational Leaders Workshop. In addition, Gaurav is involved with the Sigma Chi Foundation and Sigma Chi Leadership Institute. He got his start in Washington, DC by helping to develop and launch legislative tracking solutions for lobbyists and law firms.
Jess Sadick has over 25 years of diverse experience in Washington, DC, spanning the Federal government, non-profit, and political advocacy arenas.
Jess was a counterterrorism official at the U.S. Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and on the National Security Business Team at global technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton assigned to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. On 9/11, Jess was one of the first U.S. Government analysts to review the flight manifests to assist in identifying the perpetrators. He received Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Assistant Secretary of State and CIA Director for outstanding analysis concerning the Israel-Palestinian conflict, state-sponsored terrorism, and the 9/11 attacks.
For a decade, Jess has run his own political advocacy and fundraising consulting firm serving non-profit clients seeking to inform and influence U.S. national security policy. He has documented the emergence of global violent extremism and the development of counter-extremism initiatives and has briefed policymakers on terrorists’ exploitation of the Internet, including social media platforms and interest in encryption technologies and cryptocurrencies. Jess has led hundreds of meetings with elected officials and their staff on Capitol Hill and served in the offices of U.S Representatives Bill Paxon and Jack Kingston and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.
Jess has served as a consultant to state emergency management agencies, helping them to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism through planning, training, and exercise development. Jess has an extensive network of contacts across the Federal government, legislative branch, law enforcement, think-tanks, academia, and U.S. Jewish communal organizations.
Jess earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Political Science at American University, an M.P.P. at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, and an M.B.A. at the University of Rochester.
Frank Vitello brings more than a decade of successfully managing client relationships to Stonington Global. Frank routinely provides strategic and business counsel to a wide net of clients whose interests intersect with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, foreign governments, and international regulatory organizations. He has successfully led legislative and policy efforts at the federal and state level, managed issue campaigns nationally and locally, has aided clients with new ventures and acquisitions, market penetration, and in developing branding and partnering opportunities.
Formerly, Frank served as political programs director for the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), the leading trade association representing the U.S. seafood community both domestically and internationally. He was part of a political team that later came to be known throughout the industry as “The Dream Team”. Today, Vitello Consulting is recognized among the top boutique firms servicing the international seafood community.
Frank’s current client roster includes sovereign governments throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, Tribal sovereign governments, immigration and homeland security, healthcare and assisted living, and a zoological practice area that is ranked among the top in Washington, DC.
Frank began his career in government serving as Professional Staff for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. Regarded as key staff, Vitello was part of the ‘inner circle’ of advisors to the Chairman on some of the most contentious measures before the Committee’s jurisdiction.
Off the Hill, Frank continues to enjoy chasing the sun and visiting great dive spots around the globe.
Frank holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
James Frinzi has worked for Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK). His practice focuses on state-level work, particularly in Texas, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, where he enjoys strong relationships with Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), former-Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK), and former-Governor Scott Walker (R-WI).
On the federal level, James has worked closely with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), on issues involving education, homeland security, energy and taxation. He has also worked with the Office of Vice President Mike Pence in the fields of education and energy.
James Frinzi holds a master’s degree from Baylor University and a B.A. in Criminal Law Studies from Marquette University.
Morgan Neuhoff worked as a State Association Advocacy Manager for the National Association of Convenience Stores where she developed and executed programs that supported over 130 state and community associations in the convenience store industry.
Previously, Morgan managed federal and state/local issues at BoatUS, tracking and advocating on behalf of recreational boating activities. Prior to BoatUS, Morgan worked on Capitol Hill, initially for Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) and later for Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC).
Morgan holds a J.D. from Ohio Northern University and a B.A. in Government from Wofford College.
Eric Robson is the former Ambassador of the Republic of Madagascar to the United States and the former Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Board of Madagascar. His area of expertise covers diplomacy, international development, trade, investment, and competitiveness specifically in emerging markets.
During his 11 years at the EDBM, he spearheaded investment promotion and facilitation and routinely advised the Presidency on economic development. He worked with hundreds of companies around the world to facilitate increased business activity in Madagascar and lead the implementation of dozens of key reforms to the Malagasy business climate. He has extensive experience working in sectors as disparate as agribusiness, tourism, energy, information and communications technology, textiles, and mining. He also has strong working relationships with key international organizations, including the World Bank/IFC, the African Development Bank, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Eric holds a Master’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, focusing on International Marketing Strategy, and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He is fluent in English, French, and Malagasy.
Alex Shively has served in Congress for 15 years for Members of both the House and Senate including Senators Saxby Chambliss and Elizabeth Dole, as well as Chairmen Tom Price and Chris Cox in the House of Representatives.
While in Congress, he led policy and legislative efforts on a wide range of issues including telecom, energy and financial services. Alex also worked for the Republican Study Committee.
Having run a number of campaigns, he has extensive expertise in grassroots organization, community outreach and strategic communications, and has demonstrated success at the local, state and federal level. Alex continues to be on the cutting-edge of public policy, working with candidates and coalitions to more effectively communicate positions and to better organize local activists to participate in the legislative and electoral process. His background in management, including the development, communication and execution of winning policy and legislative strategies is instrumental in meeting clients’ short- and long-term goals.
In addition to political and campaign experience, he has also led the government affairs department of a national trade organization, where he spear-headed strategic policy efforts on a wide range of legislative interests on the Hill, in state legislatures and abroad. His work includes successfully navigating the needs of the organization’s diverse membership in order to reach consensus across complex and varied interests. He has a strong understanding of the legislative and regulatory process and continues to maintain strong relationships on both sides of the aisle, as well as on Pennsylvania Avenue.
In his personal time, Alex and his wife, Bethany, share a passion for foster care and adoption, advocating for greater community participation, stronger tax incentives, and a more streamlined process toward family permanency.
Alex holds a B.A. in Finance from California State University, Fullerton.
Charlie Buckels has advocated for candidates, issues, financial services and law enforcement for over 30 years. He is accomplished at establishing business and political relationships with critical decision makers and then providing operational follow through on complex projects. After a successful career in the financial services industry, Charlie worked closely with mayors, council members, transportation directors, and law enforcement command staff to implement enforcement technology programs throughout the Southeastern United States. His role also required the monitoring of state legislation regarding public safety issues and assisting with the management of legislative action.
He has directed the marketing efforts for highly advanced project control and data analytics systems used in the large construction industry. Charlie is an effective public speaker who has a unique ability to persuade audiences regarding public policy, political candidates, and product value. He has provided key leadership for local, statewide, and federal political campaigns, including as State Chairman for the Newt Gingrich Presidential campaign. He has served as Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Finance Director of the Louisiana Republican Party. He was also elected Chairman of his County Party and Chairman of the Louisiana State Republican Convention. Charlie has served as a delegate to five Republican National Conventions and twice as a Presidential elector.
Charlie and his wife, Peggy, have four grown children and 15 perfect grandchildren.
Charlie graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. in Marketing and holds a professional degree as a Chartered Life Underwriter.