ABOUT THE FIRM

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Concierge Public Affairs Firm

We provide strategic guidance to clients in need of a range of Public Affairs solutions to drive business success.

KPM Group DC was founded in 2017 by Patroski Lawson after spending over 20 years in local, state, federal, and global government affairs roles, and leading the government affairs team for three global healthcare companies (Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Abbott, and Lundbeck). Patroski was inspired to help champion the voice and perspective of small pharma — pre-commercial companies on the frontlines of innovation. We now serve small to mid-sized bio-tech & pharmaceutical organizations across the United States.

Our Philosophy

Here at KPM Group DC, we believe that building and maintaining relationships is key to the success of any business. Meaningful engagement with policymakers and other stakeholders needs to happen early and often.

Our Values

Integrity

Respect for All

Commitment

Community

Visionary

Distinctive

We help our clients navigate DC from the Hill to the White House to patient advocacy groups. Engage early, engage often, engage strategically.

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Our Team

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Patroski Lawson

Founder & CEO

A veteran advocate on healthcare and other mission-critical issues, Patroski Lawson has been effectively advising senior executives and leading advocacy efforts in the United States and Europe for more than 20 years. His track record of accomplishment spans both the private and public sectors and he is an experienced navigator of Brussels, D.C. and in state capitols across the United States.

 

Previously, Patroski spent 15 years building and leading successful U.S. and E.U. government affairs initiatives for global companies such as Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Abbott and Lundbeck. He has extensive experience at developing and managing government affairs budgets, building effective political programs (e.g. corporate PACs) and providing strategic guidance to senior executives in the U.S. and around the globe.

Taylor Mason

Vice President, Public Affairs

Taylor is from Charleston, South Carolina where he started his career working on and managing political, corporate and advocacy campaigns of all sizes. Over the past 10 years, he’s worked on Capitol Hill, with government agencies including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with numerous fortune 500 companies. Through his work experience, he has built relationships with elected officials, reporters, and third party groups all across the United States. His expertise is in government and media relations, earned and paid media strategy, event logistics, and management, as well as policy trend monitoring and forecasting. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to warmer weather and spending time on the water with friends and family.

Katie Landes

Director, Public Affairs

Katie hails from Stony Point, New York. She joined the firm from LEO Pharma Inc., the U.S. affiliate of the Danish medical dermatology focused pharmaceutical company. During her time at LEO, Katie gained significant public and government affairs experience, including interfacing and collaborating with the market access, corporate communications, sales, and marketing teams. She focuses on helping companies understand the impact of federal policy on their strategic business objectives. Katie graduated from Seton Hall University, where she received her M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations and played for the women’s soccer team. In her free time, she enjoys trying new pizza places and hiking with her friends and family.

Jake Jackson

Senior Manager, Public Affairs

Jake is a native of the Washington, D.C. area, having been born and raised in Northern Virginia. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a degree in political science. Before joining the KPM Group, Jake handled the state and federal government affairs work for the National Board for Certified Counselors. There, he advocated effectively for legislative and regulatory initiatives that have expanded access to mental health services for Medicare beneficiaries, veterans, and other populations. He has cultivated relationships on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch, including in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Health Resources Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, among others. 

In his free time, Jake enjoys watching sports and auto racing. He is a diehard fan of the Green Bay Packers and resides in Arlington, VA with his fiancée and dog, Rocko. 

Joseph Ballard

Associate, Public Affairs

Joe Ballard is a Public Affairs Associate, where he works on issues relating to domestic policy at both the state and federal level. In his role, Joe works closely with the KPM DC team to produce in-depth research on legislative trends. Joe also produces and distributes periodic updates directly to clients on the issues that impact them.

 

Prior to joining the KPM Group DC, Joe most recently served as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, advising the Chief Financial Officer on policy. Prior to this experience, Joe served as an intern at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, with Young America’s Foundation, in the U.S. Department of Justice, and for U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. He earned his degrees from The University of Alabama, with a Masters in Economics, Bachelors in Economics and Finance, and Minor in Public Policy Studies.

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