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.

We know that for substantive wins with lasting results, this work has to be done on both sides of the aisle. Our team includes Democrats, Republicans, and Independents with deep and long-lasting relationships at the local, state, and federal level. We work with the leading pollsters and consultants from across the political spectrum who share our commitment to results.

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 the Governor of New York, 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

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Bill Smith

Founding Partner

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Principal

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Joanne Schwartz

Principal

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Dave Horwich

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Marc Solomon

Principal and National Director

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James C. Dozier

Senior Associate

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Jon Kuhl

Senior Associate

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Caleb Queen

Associate

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Patrick Phillippi

Associate

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Adrian Haro

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Aileen Kim

Associate

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Chris Cordingley

Project Manager

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Charlotte Wilson

Office Manager

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Stephanie Rameau

Project Coordinator

Some of Our Clients

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

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The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land works to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Today marks the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision giving all Americans the freedom to marry. We are thankful for all those who have fought and continue to fight for equality.

We are also proud to know a few of these heroes who are featured in a new movie that documents the long fight. "The Freedom to Marry” includes our own Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson, and Mary Bonauto, who argued in last year’s U.S. Supreme Court case that ultimately struck down state bans on same-sex marriage.
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Today, President Obama designated a new national monument at the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. This is the first national monument honoring LGBT rights. We are so proud of our friends and colleagues at the Gill Foundation and so many others who helped make this a reality!

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –- that all of us are created equal –- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth. It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began.” - President Barack Obama, 2013 Inaugural Address
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Dear colleagues, family, and friends,

I feel compelled to write just a few words to you this morning after the unfathomable horror and tragic massacre in Orlando. I do so, first and foremost, as a proud American. I also do so as a proud member of the LGBT community. Over the last 24 hours, many of you have generously reached out to me expressing grief, sharing profound sadness, extending unconditional love, and searching for answers. Until now, I have been mostly speechless, overly emotional, and lost for words following this unspeakable act of terror.

I am heartbroken and angry. My soul is rocked to the core for each and every victim and their family. While exact details about the deadliest mass shooting in American history continue to unfold, we wake up today utterly aware of the harsh reality that each and every one of us was attacked in Orlando by the dark forces of raw hate. Our way of life, our core values, our peace of mind, our sense of basic decency, and our quest for tolerance and equality were shattered by bullets and blood and death on a dance floor.

Killing our innocent brothers and sisters on a dance floor is an act of despicable cowardice and utter depravity. It strikes all of us in the heart. The dance floor has served as a place of joyful music and beautiful celebration for so many generations across so many cultures for people from all walks of life. For many of us in the LGBT community, the bar and dance floor in a gay nightclub has served an even more powerful role in our life journey as we have struggled on the road to full equality. When we felt fear and hate and discrimination from the outside world and from our own internalized homophobia, we found refuge and a safe haven in our gay bars and dance clubs. The dance floor is where we experienced feeling fully alive, totally safe, and comfortable in our own skin. The uplifting music, the pulse and beat, the adrenaline rush, and the raw excitement allowed us to escape the heavy anxiety and seemingly constant insecurity just outside the door. The terrorist coward in Orlando attacked our people on our dance floor.

It is no coincidence that evil people try to terrorize and dehumanize us by striking us down in social gathering spots, schools, and places of worship where we go to feel safe, find common ground, learn about each other, and connect with our spirituality. These are places that unite us, bring us together, and bring out the best in us. Terrorists can try to take that all away from us, but they will fail. Freedom-loving people never run from a fight, Americans have unrelenting resolve, and the LGBT community has unwavering resilience.

We are all in this together: young and old, gay and straight, democrats and republicans, black and white, religious and non-religious, American and non-American. We will honor the innocent victims of this senseless violence and care for their grieving loved ones. We will vigorously protect and defend ourselves and our freedom without succumbing to our worst instincts. We will ensure that true justice is done without lowering our moral standards. We will figure out how this grotesque act of hate will unite us instead of divide us. Someway, somehow we will find true moments of grace in the midst of the death and darkness.

And we will dance again.
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  • On this one year anniversary of SCOTUS ruling for the freedom to marry, thankful for all who fought and continue to fight for equality!
  • Today, has designated a national monument at the site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City.
  • Heartbroken hearing the news out of Orlando

In the News

January 7, 2016

Stephanie Rameau joins Civitas as Project Coordinator in NY Office

November 5, 2015

Marc Solomon joins Civitas as Principal and National Director

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