They also join as members of the District Policy Group, the firm’s boutique lobbying, public policy, and advocacy practice, and strengthen its financial services, health care, public policy and lobbying offerings.
The new additions, along with the promotion of Jonathan M. Heppen to Legislative Assistant, continue the growth of Drinker Biddle’s Washington D.C. office and the overall Government and Regulatory Affairs Group.
“Our new team members bolster the deep experience of our bipartisan group of lobbyists and public policy specialists. We are excited to add these talented individuals to our existing top-notch team to further support our continuously expanding portfolio of clients with their legislative and policy needs,” said Ilisa Halpern Paul, President of the District Policy Group. “Bryan brings significant experience in the financial services industry, a growing segment of our lobbying and advocacy clients and capabilities. He also brings terrific relationships and policy knowledge in a number of other key industries and issue areas, such as health care, energy and technology, which are important to our clients.”
Mr. Tackett most recently served as director of government relations for PD Frazer Associates and president of Wexford Strategic Advisors. He led lobbying efforts for domestic and international clients in the financial services, energy, natural resources, technology, telecommunications and health care sectors. He has managed multimillion-dollar merger and acquisition accounts, large private equity portfolios and distressed asset portfolios for clients. His experience also includes serving as an intern in the office of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).
Joining Mr. Tackett as new team members are Sarah Mills as a Senior Government Relations Manager and Katie Christophersen as a Legislative Assistant.
Ms. Mills brings to the District Policy Group extensive experience in policy consulting, government relations and advocacy. At the firm, she will support private sector companies, trade associations and non-profit organizations by designing and implementing legislative, regulatory and programmatic strategies to foster competition and innovation in health care. She previously was an analyst at Potomac Research Group where she advised major financial institutions on legislative and regulatory changes affecting the pharmaceutical and health services industries.
She also served as director of federal affairs and state policy advisor under former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) and led the development of Mississippi Works, an economic development initiative that seeks to grow new industries and jobs in the state. Ms. Mills began her public policy career on Capitol Hill where she worked as a legislative aide to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary and served under then-Ranking Members Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Arlen Specter (R-PA).
Ms. Christophersen joins the District Policy Group from the National Review Institute where she was director of external affairs. Katie previously worked with the Manhattan Institute and also served as a senior legislative assistant for former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
The District Policy Group also has promoted Jonathan M. Heppen to legislative assistant. Mr. Heppen has been with District Policy Group as a government relations assistant since 2013. Prior to joining District Policy Group, Jonathan served as an intern for Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR).