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.

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

Principal

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Marc Solomon

Principal and National Director

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James C. Dozier

Principal

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Mary Jane Lewis

Controller

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Caleb Queen

Director of Operations and Special Projects

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Patrick Phillippi

Senior Associate

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Jamal Brown

Senior Associate

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Adrian Haro

Associate

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Aileen Kim

Associate

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Chris Cordingley

Associate

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Nick Magrisso

Associate

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Charlotte Wilson

Project Manager

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Stephanie Rameau

Project Coordinator

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Alicia Diaz

Office Manager

Some of Our Clients

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Check out this new video from the Alliance for Safety & Justice. More prisons ≠ public safety. We are proud to support their work to achieve bipartisan criminal justice reform. ... See MoreSee Less

Our new video dismantles the dangerous myth that more prisons lead to more public safety. Massive prison expansion hasn’t made our communities safer and takes resources from proven treatment and prevention programs that stop the cycle of crime. Watch our video to explore the truth about crime and incarceration.

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Love is love. That's at the heart of the upcoming award-winning documentary "The Freedom to Marry." On day's like today, and every day, we are thankful for the tireless work done toward equality by countless people across the country, including heroes like Evan Wolfson and the fearless team at the Freedom to Marry, and Civitas's very own Marc Solomon. Find out more here about the Freedom To Marry Movie and #happyvalentinesday. <3 ... See MoreSee Less

Don't miss this exclusive clip from THE FREEDOM TO MARRY, featuring the team at the campaign to win marriage nationwide strategizing in the weeks before the final Supreme Court hearing. "It makes a difference whether it happens this year or next year or five years from now," Evan Wolfson says. "It makes a real difference to real people."

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  • Check out this new video from @SafeandJustUSA. More prisons ≠ public safety.
  • We are excited to share the news that Civitas has opened a Denver office led by principal @joanne_schwartz!
  • Love is love. Check out our own @MarcESolomon in the new trailer for the award winning documentary, 'The Freedom to…

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