Ann Sullivan is the President of Madison Services Group, a woman-owned company that provides government relations and federal business development services.
She brings many years of government relations experience in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, serving in key advisory roles. Ms. Sullivan works with the United States Congress and the Administration to garner national attention for the small business community. Her expertise includes business development programs, government procurement, healthcare, export development, and tax issues affecting small businesses.
She currently leads the policy teams for the largest national association of women business owners and women in business, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the CaliforniaAssociation for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO), Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the HUBZoneContractors National Council, as well as the national voice for microbusiness, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO).
MSGI specializes in outreach to the
small business community with an emphasis on women-owned and minority
businesses. She is recognized as the driving force behind implementation of the
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program and has been a
featured keynote speaker and moderator on many procurement panels nationwide.
Elizabeth Sullivan is a Director of Government Relations at MSGI focusing on education and women-owned small businesses. Her expertise includes early childhood education, small business, and social and emotional training. She is vice-chair of the Mistaken Identity Foundation. Elizabeth is a graduate of James Madison University, and holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to Joining Madison Services Group, Elizabeth was a Teach for America corps member in Chicago, IL.
Mark Lee is a Director of Government Relations at MSGI focusing on issues such as access to capital and regulatory policy. Mark saw the business of a startup firsthand as CEO of Smartgrid Corporation in Honolulu, Hawaii. His Congressional experience includes seven years in the House of Representatives, working for a Small Business Committee member, Rep. Yvette Clarke. He served four years as her primary staffer on the Committee, including her tenure as Ranking-Member on the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations. Mark is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and majored in history at Indiana University.
Jennifer White is a Director of Government Relations at MSGI focusing on small business and healthcare policy. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Jennifer is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and earned her J.D. from Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to joining Madison Services Group, Jennifer served as the Government Affairs Manager for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), where her focus was small business and healthcare issues.
Margaret Barton is a managing and fundraising consultant with over 35 years of extensive experience in public affairs, communications and fundraising in both the private and public sectors, including positions in the White House, four presidential administrations, two national political committees, two Presidential Inaugural Committees and numerous Presidential, federal, state and local political campaigns. Ms. Barton is currently providing consulting and communications support for private sector and political clients through her company, Barton Strategies.
For five years, Ms. Barton was Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council, an independent federal advisory council whose mission is to advise the President, Congress and the Small Business Administration on economic issues of interest to women entrepreneurs. Ms. Barton has advised U. S. Government agencies, foreign dignitaries and the private sector on the merits and challenges of women’s entrepreneurship. She has been quoted on this topic in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and other national media outlets.
Ms. Barton has served on the Board of Directors at the National Constitution Center, is a Sustaining Member of the Campagna Center in Alexandria and is past President of the Sewanee Club of Washington. She was selected as one of the “72 Women Who Are Changing the Face of American Politics” by Campaigns and Elections magazine.
Ms. Barton received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Sewanee: The University of the South and was named a Trustee of the school in 2008. Ms. Barton was elected as a Regent to the University in 2011. She also has studied at the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia, University College, Oxford University, England and the Instituto de Estudios Iberoamericanos in Saltillo, Mexico. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and daughter.
Kristie Arslan has over 15 years of experience working with business associations and nonprofits to develop and implement data-driven strategies to assist them in achieving their organizational goals. As the former Executive Director for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and President & CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), Kristie has taken the lead on the development and implementation of strategies for membership and sponsorship growth, creation of educational programming for stakeholders, and public policy efforts to increase the awareness of issues facing small business and to impact legislation and regulation.
Kristie has spent years providing critical insight to media and policy makers into the issues affecting our nation’s small businesses and women-owned firms. She has been quoted and published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill and CQ Weekly while having appeared on MSNBC, FOX, CNBC and C-SPAN. Kristie also blogs for the Huffington Post.
A New York native, Kristie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and completed an advanced degree, a Masters in Public Administration, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Kristie, and her husband Rich, currently reside in Arlington, Virginia with their two children and are owners of Popped! Republic, a gourmet popcorn company in Alexandria, Virginia.