Education and Non-Profits

Beyond The Livingston Group’s (TLG) unmatched appropriations expertise, TLG’s capabilities span the entire legislative and regulatory process producing results for our education and non-profit clients. On behalf of its education and non-profit clients, TLG secures federal funding for research, physical and programmatic expansion, and technological upgrades, provides advice regarding policy impacts and advocates for change, and develops message and outreach to potential supporters and collaborators in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

TLG has helped its education clients address a wide range of issues before Congress, the executive branch, and other policymakers which impact every aspect of their operations: budgets, expansion of facilities, conservation of priceless collections, regulatory policies such as those governing student aid or distance learning, and even security aspects of student and faculty immigration status. TLG Partner and former Board Chair of the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, Lauri Fitz-Pegado, says, "I have learned during my NEA board tenure the challenges that public K-12 education confronts throughout this nation. Working to strengthen community participation and public-private partnerships is critical to improving education for our children."

TLG works across its practice areas to facilitate relationships, access information and develop effective strategies for resolving challenges to growth and success. We are uniquely positioned to provide cross-practice expertise, particularly with our international and science and technology professionals. Principals at TLG serve on dozens of non-profit and for-profit boards engaged in supporting education, health and nutrition, aid, and domestic and international development. We represent client organizations serving youth, the disadvantaged, and the disaster stricken. For example, TLG and its affiliated law firm, Jones Walker, have been at the forefront of disaster relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, where many of the senior executives have personal, professional, and family ties.

Lead Partner

Honorable Lauri Fitz-Pegado - was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1994 to be the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, serving under the late Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, and Secretaries Mickey Kantor and William Daley.  Ms. Fitz-Pegado served on the Obama for President campaign’s foreign policy experts teams and was Director for Public Liaison of the first Clinton-Gore administration.  Ms. Fitz-Pegado is Board Chair of the National Education Association Foundation. She is on the board of CHF International, the advisory board of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, and is a senior advisor and mentor to professionals in the University of Denver’s International Career Advancement Program (ICAP).  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Government Relations Group.


Marjorie Strayer - is former Chief of Staff to now-retired Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM), who served on the House Armed Services, Intelligence, and Energy and Commerce committees.  Ms. Strayer also worked in the Washington State House of Representatives and was chief of staff to a former Washington state congressman.  She also served as Vice President of Ally Development and Mobilization at a leading Washington, D.C. public affairs firm, where she impacted public policy by developing grassroots and coalition strategies for corporate clients.


Honorable Bob Clement - is a former eight-term Democratic Congressman from Tennessee.  He served as a ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and as a member of the House Budget Committee, where he gained significant insight into the intricacies of the congressional funding process.  He made global contacts through his work on the House International Affairs Committee and through his travels associated with the Tourism Caucus he promoted trade and tourism for the U.S.  Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Clement was President of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.  As president, he revitalized the struggling junior college to a four-year accredited college with full university status, and tripled the school’s private donations.

Paul Cambon - is a Founding Partner of The Livingston Group and the Director of Government Relations for The Livingston Group’s affiliated law firm, Jones Walker.  Prior to founding The Livingston Group, he was Legislative Director for Congressman Bob Livingston (R-LA) and was Livingston's Associate Staff on the Appropriations Committee.  Through this experience, Mr. Cambon has developed a vast network of contacts in the federal, congressional, and private sectors, and experience in the development and implementation of the 12 annual appropriations measures

Martin Cancienne - is a partner at The Livingston Group.  Mr. Cancienne served in several capacities for Congressman W.J. “Billy” Tauzin (R-LA), including Chief of Operations, Chief of Staff, and District Director.  His extensive background and experience on the local, state, and federal level brings valuable knowledge and understanding in these areas.

Terence Costello - was a professional staffer with the House Armed Services Committee Seapower and Procurement Subcommittees.  Earlier, he was a defense aide in the personal office of the late Congressman Floyd D. Spence (R-SC).  Before serving on Capitol Hill, Mr. Costello planned and executed nationwide communications programs as Deputy Public Affairs Director at the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management and at the Office of Surface Mining.  Mr. Costello provides federal and state government affairs services, including securing defense and energy-related research funding for a range of university clients.

Cathryn J. Kingsbury - began lobbying with The Solomon Group, LLC, headed by the late Congressman Gerald B.H. Solomon (R-NY), former House Rules Committee Chairman.  When the Solomon Group and The Livingston Group joined, Ms. Kingsbury became a Principal at The Livingston Group.  Prior to that, she worked at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs.  Ms. Kingsbury is the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. 

Michael Lewan - has decades of Capitol Hill experience as a senior congressional staff member and government relations advocate. He has substantial expertise in the legislative process and policy implementation and maintains close relationships in the U.S. House and Senate.

Bernie Robinson - is a partner at The Livingston Group.  He served on Illinois Governor George Ryan's cabinet with responsibility for all federal affairs, including educational funding.  Mr. Robinson also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA).  He established and led a 50 state government affairs program for Philip Morris USA from 1978 to 1984 and, from 1984 to 1990, Mr. Robinson was based in Lausanne, Switzerland as a member of a 13 person Philip Morris management team overseeing operations in 86 countries.

Sandra Taylor - is a former Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Starbucks Coffee Company.  Ms. Taylor designed the Guatemala Education Initiative, with the non-profit group Save the Children, to expand the number of schools and curriculum tailored to Mayan children in coffee regions of Guatemala.  She also launched comprehensive education programs in rural communities in China and Ethiopia.  Ms. Taylor serves on the board of directors of Capella Education Company, a national leader in online education and the parent company of Capella University, a regionally accredited online university.  In addition she serves on the board of directors of non-profits Counterpart International and of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), which works to expand educational and economic opportunities in U.S. cities and in developing countries.

Christine J. Vineis - has more than a decade of experience working with schools in Ohio, having helped launch implementation of Ohio's charter school law in 1998. She provided strategic branding, message development, teacher recruitment and stakeholder/parent communications for multiple schools, including the state's largest charter institution. Ms. Vineis is also involved with the development and funding of Lifelong Learning Centers through the country, and is the immediate past board president of CHOICES, a county domestic violence shelter and counseling agency.

Representative Clients:

  • Baldrige Foundation
  • Boys Town, USA
  • Junior Achievement
  • Tulane University