CIVITΛS Public Affairs Group

Our Work

Winning Advocacy & Public Affairs Campaigns.

From strengthening communities to enhancing common sense public policy and expanding equality, our team of seasoned professionals based in Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, and Chicago, is equipped with the know-how and network to get the job done.

Civitas works with leaders from across the political spectrum to forge bold, bipartisan government relations plans and to craft cutting-edge communications and marketing campaigns. We are at the helm of shaping public policy at the local, state, and federal levels. And we have the track record to prove it.

Our approach was fine-tuned through our work winning the fight for marriage equality in states throughout the country. Civitas founding partners, Patrick Guerriero and Bill Smith, spearheaded the groundbreaking successful Gill Action effort to enact state laws on relationship recognition and bring conservatives into the bipartisan effort, a key part of the comprehensive strategy to get the U.S. Supreme Court to grant same-sex couples marriage rights nationwide. Similarly, each of the principals at Civitas played significant roles in securing marriage equality. Marc Solomon served as a key architect of the movement and the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry. In this role he directed a staff of more than 25 with expertise in communications, field organizing, digital media, messaging, lobbying, public engagement, and general campaign management. Katherine Grainger served as assistant counsel for civil rights to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and in this role wrote and negotiated New York’s marriage equality law. Joanne Schwartz served as managing director of Gill Action where she drove research and message development, and worked to pass and protect relationship recognition and nondiscrimination legislation in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Dave Horwich played an instrumental role in the passage of Illinois’ marriage equality law, including the development of the winning campaign plan and its execution.

We are proud of the issues and organizations we choose to work with at Civitas – all of which represent our shared value set and the difference we hope to make in society.

Civitas (siv'i-tas): Good citizenship with Individual and collective responsibility. Accepting certain obligations to one another and to future generations.

Our People

Patrick Guerriero and Bill Smith are the founding partners of Civitas Public Affairs Group. Working with in-house experts and leaders from across the political spectrum, the Civitas team forges bold, bipartisan government relations plans and crafts cutting-edge communications and marketing campaigns.

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Patrick Guerriero

Founding Partner


Bill Smith

Founding Partner


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Joanne Schwartz



Dave Horwich



Marc Solomon

Principal and National Director


James C. Dozier

Senior Associate


Jon Kuhl

Senior Associate


Caleb Queen



Patrick Phillippi



Adrian Haro


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Aileen Kim



Chris Cordingley

Project Manager

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Charlotte Wilson

Office Manager

Some of Our Clients

Below is a sampling of our past and present clients and their successes.

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National Audubon Society

Audubon mobilizes its network of members, chapters, centers, and state offices to connect people with nature and the power to protect it.
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The Voter Participation Center

The Voter Participation Center works to register, turnout, and raise issue awareness among voters.
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Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES)

CRES supports Republicans who have shown leadership on clean energy and climate issues.
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All Out

All Out is a global, grassroots network of more than 2.1 million people working toward full equality for LGBT people across the world.
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Federal Agencies Project

The Federal Agencies Project (FAP) seeks to bring about lasting policy changes that improve the lives and well being of all Americans.
Autism Speaks
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Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research on autism's causes, prevention, and treatments.
True Colors Fund
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True Colors Fund

Founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors Fund seeks to bring an end to LGBT youth homelessness, and inspire everyone to actively participate in advancing equality for all.
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Gill Foundation

Built through the generosity and strategic vision of LGBT pioneer Tim Gill, the Gill Foundation is one of the nation's largest funders of work to achieve LGBT equality.
Project Right Side
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Project Right Side

Project Right Side provides research and analysis that supports the engagement of Republicans to improve the political climate for gay and lesbian issues across the political spectrum.
Brady Campaign
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Brady Campaign

The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America for all of us that will lead to a dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries.


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In the News

November 5, 2015

Marc Solomon Joins Civitas as Principal and National Director

July 8, 2015

Aileen Kim joining Civitas Public Affairs Group

June 24, 2015

Gratitude – a note from Civitas co-founder Bill Smith

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