Science, Technology and Telecommunications

The Livingston Group (TLG) team includes experienced lobbyists and consultants with in depth knowledge about the federal government’s investments and programs in science, technology, and telecommunications.  Telecommunications policy continues to be a dynamic legislative and regulatory area including public and private wireless spectrum, net neutrality conditions, rural broadband availability, public safety systems, security protocols, satellite provisions, and the convergence of voice, data, and video.  Consulting and lobbying client experience at TLG includes telecommunication policy with satellite broadcast, telephone, and internet providers.

Congress currently appropriates in excess of $140 billion per year in science and technology programs administered by departments and agencies including the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Energy, Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health), Agriculture, and Commerce, as well as the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The research, development, and demonstration programs and their linkage to government missions are well understood within TLG.  We help clients compete for these funds, as well as advocate new and expanded policies for research and development projects.

The high technology sector is an important driver for U.S. competitiveness.  Federal investments in defense, aerospace, information technology, telecommunications, materials, biotechnology, security, next generation energy concepts, and university training of our scientists and engineers are examples of how important this segment is to our nation's future.

The Livingston Group represents associations, universities, societies, and both large and small high technology companies engaged in work at some of the government’s most innovative research agencies and laboratories.  Our team has members with direct government and corporate experience in defense, energy, materials, electronics, software, chemicals, healthcare, telecommunications, and biotechnology.

Lead Partner

J. Allen Martin - is the managing Partner of The Livingston Group.  Mr. Martin was Chief of Staff to Bob Livingston (R-LA) throughout the congressman’s twenty-plus-year congressional career.  He founded The Livingston Group with Mr. Livingston in 1999.  Mr. Martin has extraordinary relationships among a wide variety of congressional leaders, the executive branch, and foreign governments.

Director

Ronald L Kelley - has expertise in both corporate and federal research and development programs.  He provides guidance on science and technology programs, funding, and policy primarily in the high technology sector.  During his 17-year career with Dow Corning Corporation, he was Director of R&D Contracts and Federal Business Development and established new routes for federal funding for ceramics and electronics.  Mr. Kelley was also involved in laboratory research and development, customer technical service and development, business and market research, product market management, and business management.  For the last 27 years his work has been entirely focused on high technology consulting and lobbying.
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Team

Honorable Lauri J. Fitz-Pegado - is a Partner at The Livingston Group and a former Vice President for Global Gateway Management, as well as former Vice President for Corporate Communications at Iridium LLC, the world's first global satellite and paging company. She served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.  Ms. Fitz-Pegado is also a former diplomat.

Honorable Tim Hugo - was named as one of Washington Business Forward's Top 40 rising stars.  Mr. Hugo is the President of CapNet, a trade association dedicated to educating and electing public officials who recognize the concerns of the technology community.  Prior to joining CapNet, Mr. Hugo served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bud Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  In 2002, Mr. Hugo was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He is a member of the Transportation, Finance, and Privileges and Elections committees.

Martin Cancienne - is a partner at The Livingston Group and a former Chief of Staff to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA).  Mr. Cancienne focuses primarily on appropriations, agriculture, health and education matters, energy and environmental issues, and Army Corps of Engineers projects. His extensive background and experience on the local, state, and federal level brings valuable knowledge and understanding in these areas.

Adam Eisgrau - represented Orbitz and Visa USA on a wide range of Congressional Judiciary and Commerce committee issues and served as a principal lobbyist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Mr. Eisgrau was Senior Director and Deputy General Counsel of Wexler Walker. Mr. Eisgrau also served as Executive Director of P2P United, acting as principal strategist, lobbyist and spokesperson. On Capitol Hill, Mr. Eisgrau was a fellow with Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Chief Counsel for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on the Judiciary Committee.  He then served for four years as the 65,000-member American Library Association's first legislative counsel. As the association's domestic and international lobbyist on intellectual property (IP) issues, he helped shape the seminal debate as Congress and the World Intellectual Property Organization wrestled with the reform of IP law for the internet age. Mr. Eisgrau has served as an adjunct professor with Georgetown University’s masters program on Communication, Culture and Technology.

Stacie Walters Fujii - was a senior staffer for the Congressman Vic Snyder (D-AR).  Ms. Fujii handled issues relating to the judiciary, banking, commerce, energy, homeland security, housing, science, Social Security, and telecommunications.

Gregory James - is a former senior policy advisor for Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R-MD) and Chief of Staff for Maryland's social services agency, the Department of Human Resources.  He is experienced on a wide range of issues including health, education, environment, adult and juvenile justice, public safety, human services, disabilities, veterans' affairs, and economic development.  Mr. James previously spent six years working in the area of telecommunications and antitrust law at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd & Evans, P.L.L.C. and LCC International, Inc.

Steven L. Kreseski - served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Congressman Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R-MD), who was assigned to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He developed substantial expertise in science, information technology, and biotechnology policy issues.  When Congressman Ehrlich was elected Governor of Maryland, Mr. Kreseski served as the Governor’s Chief of Staff.  Mr. Kreseski served as Legislative Assistant to Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD), Ranking Member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Telecommunications. He also represented the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry as the legislative director for a major Washington-based trade association.

Mark Maddox - worked in the government and public affairs shop at Lockheed Martin as a director for the Integrated Management Systems division.  He also served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.  Mr. Maddox oversaw a $750 million budget where he managed such initiatives as the FutureGen Zero Emissions Power Plant and the 21-nation Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum.

Dr. Anthony Tether - was Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), responsible for management of the Agency's projects for high-payoff, innovative research and development.  Dr. Tether was also Chief Executive Officer and President of The Sequoia Group, providing program management and strategy development services to government and industry.  He served as Chief Executive Officer for Dynamics Technology Inc.  Dr. Tether was Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Advanced Technology Sector, and then Vice President and General Manager for Range Systems at SAIC. Previously, he was Vice President for Technology and Advanced Development at Ford Aerospace Corporation.  He also served as Executive Vice President of Systems Control Inc.  Dr. Tether also held positions in the Department of Defense, serving as Director of National Intelligence in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Representative Clients

  • Accenture
  • Oracle
  • Verizon