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

Do What Is Right

Express Gratitude

Embrace Humility

Continuous Drive Towards Excellence

Stand up to Inequities

Act with Empathy

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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.

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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.

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Amanda Malakoff

Executive Director, RDCC

Amanda Malakoff serves as Executive Director for the Rare Disease Company Coalition. In this
capacity, she oversees the Coalition and represents life sciences companies developing treatments for rare diseases before Congress, the Administration, and state policymakers. 
Prior to joining the RDCC, Amanda was the Senior Director of Member Relations at the National
Association of Manufacturers, where she represented the policy interests of mid-size manufacturing companies and assisted manufacturing leaders with driving government relations and advocacy strategies for their businesses. Amanda previously held client relations roles at Bloomberg Government and the Advisory Board Company, advising pharmaceutical and health care leaders on legislative and regulatory monitoring and operational best practices. Amanda has a Masters in Public Administration candidate at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, where she specializes in Regulatory Policy. Amanda was honored as a 2021-2022 Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellow, which recognizes rising government affairs professionals pursuing graduate-level education. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in political science and political communication.

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Yoko Rosenbaum

Associate, Public Affairs

Yoko is from Santa Monica, California and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with double degrees in Political Science and Piano Performance. Prior to joining the KPM Group, Yoko gained extensive experience in political campaigns, PACs, and nonprofits, working most recently at the Schwarzenegger Institute, FairVote, and Win the Era. In her free time, Yoko enjoys baking, reading, and exploring DC.

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Alex Root

Associate, Public Affairs

Alex is from Johns Creek, Georgia. He received an M.P.S. in legislative affairs from The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Alex also attended The George Washington University for undergrad, graduating with honors with a B.A. in international affairs and a minor in economics. 

Before joining the KPM Group DC Team, Alex worked as a Coordinator, State Affairs at The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. In this position, he worked to support state associations by providing advocacy materials, administrative support, and conducting research. He worked diligently to ensure the association accurately and effectively represented its members’ interests in all 50 states and Washington, DC. 

In his spare time, Alex enjoys cooking and baking. He also enjoys traveling and exploring DC restaurants.

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Kerryn Lawson

Managing Partner

Kerryn was born outside of Detroit, MI, but was raised primarily in the Northeast including Chatham, NJ, and Villanova, PA. Kerryn graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Biology and from Emory University School of Medicine with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. As a Physical Therapist, Kerryn practiced in the acute care hospital setting treating a wide range of diagnoses in the adult population but most specifically in acute stroke rehab and pre- and post-cardiac transplantation rehab. After a much needed mental health break, Kerryn switched her focus to behind-the-scenes management of the KPM Group under her husband, Patroski’s vision. Kerryn’s role at KPM is to smoothly guide daily business operations to ensure KPM is a legally and ethically compliant business. Kerryn has a special interest in CNS and mental health issues due to her own personal story living with PTSD. When not in the office, Kerryn enjoys impromptu 80s dance parties with her young son, spending time beside any ocean, and, of course, sharing a bottle of wine with her husband.

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Michelle DelFavero

Director, Public Policy

Michelle is the Director, of  Public Policy at the KPM Group DC, where she collaborates with colleagues and clients to drive policy development and advocacy initiatives across the firm’s client portfolio in rare disease and brain health. 

 

Michelle has over 20 years of education and experience as a clinician and health policy professional, with expertise in legislative and regulatory policies. Prior to joining the KPM Group DC, Michelle was a part of the policy arms of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). Her work spanned a range of topics, including Medicaid policy, health equity, and broader US health policy reforms, and focused on developing evidence-based policy and legislative solutions at both the state and federal levels. 

 

Michelle originally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree at the Washington & Jefferson College and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) at the University of Pittsburgh. She was a practicing occupational therapist before earning her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy at The George Washington University. 

 

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys exploring the DC food scene and traveling to fun wine destinations.

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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 wife and dog, Rocko. 

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Tess was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended the University of Louisville, earning her Bachelors degrees in French and Economics and her Master's of Business Administration. 

 

Throughout her career, she has worked in wine and spirits, marketing, and on political campaigns. She moved to Northern Virginia in 2019 to manage a successful primary campaign for the House of Delegates. Most recently, she was the Chief of Staff for a Virginia Delegate, where she worked on all aspects of administration, constituent services, policy, and legislative strategy.

 

Tess currently lives in Alexandria with her fiancé and cat, Anna. In her free time, she loves reading, exploring the DC restaurant scene, and perfecting her recipe for braised beef short ribs.

Tess Bettler

Executive Associate, Public Affairs

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