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

Founder & President

Josh Ulman is the founder of Ulman Public Policy. For nearly 20 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 over 500 business and professional associations. He runs the day-to-day operations of an association of leading companies, which represent over eighty percent of the market in their industry and manages government relations for several other 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

Vice President

Heather McTavish Doucet joined Ulman Public Policy in 2013 after a decade of managing shoe-leather lobbying campaigns, Political Action Committees and grassroots activism. Heather manages client events, including advocacy days on Capitol Hill, and assists clients with direct lobbying, Political Action Committees and grassroots strategy and execution.

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 serves on the Advisory Council of Innovate to Motivate, a forum for grassroots and PAC professionals. She is also 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 Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and their three daughters.

Jennifer Ortega

Senior Associate

Jennifer Ortega is a Senior Associate with Ulman Public Policy. Since joining the firm in 2013, Jennifer has provided our clients with representation before 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 lead 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.

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

Senior Associate

Basil Thomson joined Ulman Public Policy in 2015. Basil 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. Additionally, he attends committee hearings and coalition meetings, drafts client newsletters and represents client before policy makers in Congress and federal agencies. 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.

Kathryn Branson


Kathryn Branson joined Ulman Public Policy as an Associate in 2017. Kathryn provides clients with legislative and regulatory analysis on issues before Congress and federal agencies as well as at the state level. She represents client interests at coalition meetings as well as before policymakers on Capitol Hill and within the Executive Branch. She regularly assists clients with policy-related membership engagement, including newsletters, online blogs, and website management. Kathryn also conducts research to advance clients’ legislative and regulatory strategies and to assist in outreach efforts within Congress.

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

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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