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 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.

Civitas is led by founding partners Patrick Guerriero and Bill Smith and partner Katherine Grainger. All three partners played significant roles in securing marriage equality nationwide. Bill and Patrick 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. Katherine served as assistant counsel for civil rights to the Governor of New York where she helped write and negotiate New York’s marriage equality law. It is because of Katherine’s multi-issue expertise and intersectional knowledge, that gaining marriage rights for gay and lesbian New Yorkers did not inadvertently undercut the states existing civil rights protections.

Similarly, each of the principals at Civitas have experience leading national movements that drive lasting and transformational change. 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. 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. 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

Civitas is led by founding partners Patrick Guerriero and Bill Smith and partner Katherine Grainger. 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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Katherine Grainger, Esq.

Partner

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Joanne Schwartz

Principal

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Marc Solomon

Principal and National Director

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James C. Dozier

Principal

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Denise Feriozzi

Principal

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Mary Jane Lewis

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Caleb Queen

Director of Operations and Special Projects

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Senior Associate

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Senior Associate

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Carmen Berkley

Senior Associate

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Chris Cordingley

Associate

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Krithika Harish

Associate

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Alicia Diaz

Project Coordinator

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Lucrezia Sanes

Project Coordinator

Some of Our Clients

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

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Voto Latino

Voto Latino is a pioneering civic media organization focused on empowering young Latinos to become agents of change through innovative digital campaigns.
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The Health Initiative

The Health Initiative (THI) is a new nonprofit organization that is leading a nationwide effort to spur a new conversation about – and new investments in – health.
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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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CityHealth

CityHealth is designed to give city leaders a policy blueprint to use as a lever to improve residents’ lives and help their cities thrive.
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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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Minnesota Vikings

Civitas worked with the Minnesota Vikings on the planning and execution of their LGBTQ Summit.
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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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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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The National Council for Behavioral Health

NCBH is the unifying voice of health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services.
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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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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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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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Shatterproof

Shatterproof is a national organization dedicated to ending the devastation and stigma of addiction.
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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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National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH)

NIRH works to build power to change public policy and galvanize public support on reproductive health and contraception.
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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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In the News

April 22, 2019

Lucrezia Sanes joins Civitas as Project Coordinator in NYC office

March 1, 2019

The Pipeline Initiative: Key Findings from 2018 Candidate Survey

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