About Us

Ulman Public Policy assists leading businesses, nonprofits, and associations with public policy and federal government relations needs. Whether we are discreetly advancing legislative and regulatory objectives or raising your organization’s presence and profile in DC, each of our clients receives tailored, world-class advice and advocacy.

Our Services

The scope of our services ranges from developing and executing complex lobbying strategies to providing timely and relevant updates from Washington.

  • Lobbying
  • State-Based Strategies
  • Building & Managing
  • Washington D.C.
    Fly-In Planning
  • Policy Analysis
  • Legislative & Regulatory
  • Grassroots Advocacy
  • Communications Strategy

Our Team

Josh Ulman

Managing Partner

Josh Ulman is the founder of Ulman Public Policy. For nearly twenty years, Josh has assisted businesses, associations, governments, and coalitions in developing and implementing strategies for achieving their legislative and regulatory objectives. Throughout his career, Josh has represented a wide range of industries and interests on many diverse issues and has been a key player in important legislative and regulatory initiatives. Josh has helped form and served on the management committees for a variety of coalitions and currently manages a coalition consisting of hundreds of business and professional associations. Josh regularly presents to in-house counsel and other C-suite officers and is often the keynote speaker at national conferences for clients and other associations.

Immediately prior to founding Ulman Public Policy in 2006, Josh was an attorney and lobbyist at a DC-based law firm, where he represented clients that included foreign governments, Native American tribes, corporations, and associations. During his career in Washington, Josh has also served as a policy director and lobbyist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, counsel at the Chamber’s litigation center, and Director of Government Relations for both an association of human resource executives from Fortune 500 companies and for the 300-attorney labor, employment, and employee benefits section at a large international law firm. He practiced labor, employment, and education law in Providence, Rhode Island, before coming to Washington.

Josh received his A.B. from Vassar College and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Janet Brown, and their four sons.

Heather McTavish Doucet


Heather McTavish Doucet joined Ulman Public Policy in 2013 after a decade of managing shoe-leather lobbying campaigns, Political Action Committees and building grassroots activism programs.

Heather is the Convener for the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition (SUFC)- a membership organization with over 36 members working to advance a unified urban forest agenda in the nation’s communities. Heather also works with other Ulman clients with direct lobbying, Political Action Committees and specialized grassroots strategy and execution, including advocacy days on Capitol Hill, facility tours and fly outs. She is certified in federal grants management.

Prior to joining Ulman Public Policy, Heather served as Director of Government Relations for the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), where she lobbied Congress and the executive branch on labor and energy issues and served as the face of IFDA at cross-industry coalition meetings and events. She was the Assistant Treasurer to IFDAPAC and was responsible for its day-to-day operations, including hosting and attending events. Before joining IFDA in 2006, Heather worked for Hart Energy Consulting, a lobbying firm representing oil, gas and petrochemical clients, and for the American Public Works Association (APWA), where she worked on clean water, energy and environmental issues for public works agencies. 

Heather is a member of Women in Government Relations (WGR). Heather received a B.A. in International Relations from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. Heather currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband and their three daughters.

Jennifer Ortega


Jennifer Ortega is a Senior Associate with Ulman Public Policy. Since joining the firm in 2013, Jennifer has provided our clients with representation before federal and state legislatures and regulatory agencies and conducts extensive research and analysis on various issues and policy priorities, including but not limited to labor relations, workplace safety, cybersecurity, firearms permitting, data privacy, higher education, and healthcare. She has led large scale lobbying campaigns for clients involving strategy and planning, data collection, and membership outreach. Additionally, she has drafted legislative language, regulatory comments, and hearing testimony for numerous clients before Congress, the Executive Branch, and state governments and has presented before various clients and other associations on various policy issues.

For the last several years, Jennifer has helped manage the day-to-day operations of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, a coalition of over 500 organizations, including managing the coalition’s online content and member communications.

A veteran of Capitol Hill, Jennifer worked with Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana before joining Ulman Policy. While there, she focused her work on legislative initiatives of the congressman and constituent relations. Before her Hill experience, Jennifer worked on the New Jersey Senate Campaign for State Senator Joe Kyrillos, assisting all departments with daily responsibilities and holding a major role in the Women for Kyrillos coalition. Jennifer is a graduate of Colgate University with a degree in Political Science. She splits her time between New Jersey and Barcelona, Spain.

Basil Thomson


Basil Thomson joined Ulman Public Policy in 2015. For the last few years, Basil has run the day- to-day operations of an association of leading cash-in-transit companies, which represent over eighty percent of the market in their industry. Basil represents that association and other UPP clients before policy makers in Congress and federal agencies. He provides clients with analysis of legislative and regulatory proposals introduced in the United States Congress, throughout the Executive Branch, and in state legislatures and agencies around the country. As part of this work, he leads research initiatives for clients on a multitude of issues, including urban forestry, financial services, labor relations, healthcare, immigration, and workplace safety.

Basil’s portfolio of work also includes managing websites for coalitions run by Ulman Public Policy, drafting grassroots letters and materials to engage clients’ members on important regulatory initiatives, spearheading educational outreach efforts of members of Congress, presenting on public policy and politics at conferences and on webinars, and conducting member outreach.

Before joining the firm, he worked for Congressman Scott Tipton. Basil is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in International Affairs and Spanish. He resides on Capitol Hill with his fiancée and son.

Kathryn Branson


Kathryn Branson joined Ulman Public Policy as an Associate in 2017. She regularly provides our clients with legislative and regulatory analysis on issues before Congress and federal agencies. She works to subsequently develop legislative and regulatory strategies that further clients’ objectives, and conducts accompanying research and stakeholder outreach.

Kathryn has experience building coalitions from the ground up, including spearheading the formation of a 501(c)(6) legal entity. She now serves as the organization’s executive director, which includes leading companies in the transportation, logistics, and mobility industries.

In addition, Kathryn represents client interests at coalition meetings as well as before policymakers on Capitol Hill and within the Executive Branch. She also assists clients with policy-related membership engagement, including newsletters, online blogs, and website management.

Prior to joining the firm, Kathryn worked as a legislative assistant for Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania. She handled his work on the Education and Labor Committee together with other issues, such as healthcare, technology, and agriculture. Kathryn has a degree in Political Science from Dickinson College and resides in the District of Columbia.

Bailey Graves


Bailey Graves joined Ulman Public Policy in 2019. Since starting, Bailey has helped with research initiatives in areas such as urban forestry, tree care, and the effects of autonomous vehicles on the workforce. She also provides help with day-to-day operations at Ulman Policy and with clients.

Bailey provides clients with analysis of legislative and regulatory proposals introduced in the United States Congress, throughout the Executive Branch, and in state legislatures and agencies around the country. Additionally, she attends committee hearings and coalition meetings, drafts client newsletters, and represents clients before policy makers in Congress and federal agencies.

Prior to joining the firm, Bailey interned at the district office of Rep. Seth Moulton in Massachusetts. She worked closely with the Director of Casework in the office, focusing mostly on issues related to Social Security and Medicare. Bailey is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics and Government. She resides in Washington, DC.

Lara Dunkelberg

Legislative Assistant

Lara Dunkelberg joined Ulman Public Policy in 2020. Lara routinely assists with research initiatives in various policy areas, including urban forestry, the effects of autonomous vehicles on the workforce, and interests pertaining to the hospitality industry and cash-in-transit companies. She conducts policy research and provides analysis for clients at the federal, state, and local level. Lara also manages social media profiles for multiple organizations and leads in content development. 

Prior to joining the firm, Lara interned in the U.S. Senate as a doorkeeper for the Sergeant at Arms (SAA). She also worked as a government relations intern for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) where she focused on grassroots campaigns and national lobbying efforts for rural Americans. Lara is a graduate of Dickinson College with a degree in Policy Management and a minor in French and Francophone studies. She resides in the DC metro area.

Our Clients

  • Industry Leaders

    Ulman Public Policy represents leaders in the tech, retail, education, commercial construction, private security, hospitality and green industries. We provide Fortune 50 companies, economic disruptors and renowned standard-setting associations world-class advice and advocacy.

  • Specialty Associations

    We serve as the primary Washington representative for multiple industry-specific associations. For these clients, we manage member collaboration, educational efforts, policy analysis, fly-ins, press and advocacy. In some cases, we also run the association’s day-to-day operations.

  • Coalitions

    We build coalitions from the ground up. Our team has founded and managed dozens of coalitions—including a decades-old coalition of over 600 organizations engaged in sophisticated media campaigns, public policy litigation, public and member education and other advocacy.

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