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, Chicago, and Denver, 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. James Dozier leads the firm’s right-of-center client portfolio and previously led Gill Action’s electoral and legislative efforts in New England and the Mountain West. And Denise Feriozzi served as the deputy executive director at EMILY’s List where she led efforts to recruit, train, and elect progressive women at the state and local levels and ran the WOMEN VOTE! program, including an historic effort that elected the U.S. Senate’s first openly LGBT senator.

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.


Patrick Guerriero

Founding Partner

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Bill Smith

Founding Partner

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Joanne Schwartz


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Dave Horwich



Marc Solomon

Principal and National Director

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James C. Dozier



Denise Feriozzi



Mary Jane Lewis


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Caleb Queen

Director of Operations and Special Projects

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Patrick Phillippi

Senior Associate

Rebecca Guerra

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Senior Associate

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Charlotte Wilson

Project Manager


Stephanie Rameau

Project Coordinator


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Project Coordinator

Some of Our Clients

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

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Year Up

Year Up provides low-income young adults with the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their full potential through careers and higher education.
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Health Leads

Health Leads envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care.
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Campaign Legal Center

The Campaign Legal Center’s mission is to improve our democracy and protect the fundamental right of all Americans to participate in the political process.
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Joyful Heart Foundation

The Joyful Heart Foundation works to help sexual assault survivors heal and reclaim a sense of joy in their lives.
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Shatterproof is a national organization dedicated to ending the devastation and stigma of addiction.
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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 Immigration Law Center

The National Immigration Law Center is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.
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Center for Secure and Modern Elections

The Center for Secure and Modern Elections is dedicated to advancing pro-voter policies at the state level.
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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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Alliance for Safety and Justice

The Alliance for Safety and Justice aims to win new safety priorities in states across the country.
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The Suzanne Wright Foundation

The Suzanne Wright Foundation is dedicated to saving lives by increasing pancreatic cancer research through public awareness.
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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.
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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.


Thank you to our friend Congresswoman Katherine Clark whose powerful words on gun violence ring so true today. ... See MoreSee Less

Watch Katherine Clark Apologizes To You For Your Shooting Death, a Politics video from NowThis.

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We love working with the Joyful Heart Foundation. This PSA is another powerful example of their work. ... See MoreSee Less

Today, Joyful Heart launched a new PSA shining a light on the backlog of untested rape kits in the United States. Right now, hundreds of thousands of kits are sitting untested in facilities nationwide. That means hundreds of thousands of sexual assault survivors are waiting for answers. Help us #ENDTHEBACKLOG of untested rape kits and bring long-awaited justice to survivors everywhere: [Trigger warning: This video explicitly mentions rape and may be difficult for some viewers to watch.]

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  • Thank you to our friend Rep. @KatherineClark whose powerful words on gun violence ring so true today.
  • We love working with @TheJHF. This PSA is another powerful example of their work.
  • Proud to be working with the @SafeandJustUSA and @YesTo2ndChances on a grassroots-led ballot campaign to restore th…

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