Dominique Carter, Ph.D.

Dr. Dominique Carter is an award-winning scientist whose pioneering work at the nexus of science policy and strategy has advanced the agriculture, health, and bioeconomy sectors. Recognized as a cross-functional thought leader, innovative problem solver, and strategic communicator, Dominique is a former federal government professional who leverages her interdisciplinary technical expertise to champion science and bolster clients’ pursuits across various health, agriculture, science, and technology areas.

Formerly, Dominique held the position of Vice President of Food & Nutrition Affairs at FoodMinds, where she provided senior counsel on nutrition policy to agricultural commodities and food & beverage companies. Prior to this, Dr. Carter served as Assistant Director for Agricultural Sciences, Innovation, and Workforce at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, where her contributions were pivotal in shaping and executing groundbreaking policy initiatives, including the first-ever White House Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health; the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative; and National Security Memorandum on Strengthening the Security and Resilience of United States Food and Agriculture (NSM-16).

Issue expertise: sustainable agriculture and food systems policy agricultural research, education, and extension; food and nutrition research; infectious disease research; biotechnology; health and life sciences workforce development; international science cooperation; data governance, science and research security; and monitoring and evaluation of scientific and education programs.

Additional Experience:Her illustrious career also involves serving as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF) within the Office of the Director. In this role, she defined the science and technology landscapes of emerging economies in Europe and Africa, informing strategic partnerships between NSF and foreign counterparts.  She also served as an Agricultural Science Advisor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Chief Scientist, where she spearheaded visionary initiatives, including the development of the USDA Science Blueprint, USDA’s vision for agricultural research and innovation through 2025, and the Sustainable Agriculture Intensification Team to develop a five-year roadmap for USDA science agencies to deliver innovative, environmentally, and economically sustainable solutions for meeting global demands for healthy and affordable agricultural products.

Vital Statistics: In the community, Dominique is an Aspen Institute Food Leaders Fellow, member of the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR), an Advisory Council Member for the Harvard Business Review (HBR), and an expert for the Atlantic Council. A Chicago native, Dr. Carter holds a BS in Chemistry from Saint Norbert College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Bioengineering from the Medical College of Wisconsin.


Josh Harder

Josh Harder supports Lewis-Burke by tracking legislative and agency movements and developments and funding opportunities for clients in the physical sciences and engineering, economic development, and education.  His work involves agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE Sc), Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Before joining Lewis-Burke, Josh worked on a congressional campaign as the Deputy Organizing Director in Ohio’s 9th congressional district.  He helped shape regional political strategy and managed the daily operations of voter contact operations.  After a successful re-election campaign, Josh served Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur as a Legislative Research Assistant.  While there, he worked on education, energy, and environmental research.  He also worked with district stakeholders to connect them with federal grant opportunities.

Issue Areas: Physical Sciences, Engineering, STEM Education and Workforce, Defense, Energy, and Economic Development.

Vital Statistics: Born and raised in northwest Ohio, Josh received his B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University and minored in International Relations & Diplomacy, Communication, and Non-profit Management.  Outside of the office, Josh enjoys staying active, getting lost in a book, and traveling internationally.

Dominique Foster

Dominique supports Lewis-Burke by using her background in science and education to provide clients with insights related to environment, life sciences, and agriculture initiatives. Her duties include reporting on legislative and agency updates, curating funding opportunities, and attending congressional hearings.
Dominique covers agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dominique’s background has given her a unique perspective on the impact of research, education, and innovation and a passion for STEM outreach and engagement.

Issue Expertise: Environment, Life Sciences, Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Geological Sciences, and Rural Development

Additional Experience: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke Associates, Dominique was a project coordinator at Young Men and Women in Charge Foundation (YMWIC). Here, she was a program coordinator for over 250 children trying to find their academic and career aspirations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). She established and maintained relationships with community partners and organizations to secure funding and developed future opportunities for the nonprofit. Throughout her life, Dominique has made it a point to serve the community around her through multiple service projects; like the SPCA, March of Dimes, Hope Beyond Borders, and Good Works. She is deeply committed to giving back to the community that so greatly influenced her upbringing.

Vital Statistics: Dominique grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She attended Delaware County Community College and received her associate degree in science for Health Professions. In 2019, she transferred to Temple University and continued her education for her bachelor's degree in Biological Studies. Outside of the office, Dominique enjoys cooking, traveling, and watching football with her family.

Allison Reed

Allison supports Lewis-Burke by using her background and education in public policy to provide clients with insights related to emerging technology and education policy, including funding opportunities, policy trends, agency updates, and congressional activities. This includes agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and others of relevance. Prior to joining Lewis-Burke Associates, Allison gained experience interning for organizations focused on undergraduate education and media that furthered her knowledge of technology and education policy.

Issue areas: Future Technology, education, social sciences, and communities

Vital Statistics: Allison graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with her B.A. in Public Policy with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation. Allison studied abroad in Rome, Italy in the Spring of 2022, where she completed projects on humanitarian response. She is originally from Rochester, NY and in her free time enjoys traveling and exploring DC.

Matthew Kopfer

Matthew Kopfer supports Lewis-Burke by providing research and up-to-date information on the social sciences, education and workforce development, homeland security, and international landscape and opportunities across the federal government.  Matthew specializes in extramural research and workforce programs at agencies including at the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Department of State (DOS), Department of Education (ED), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).   Having studied politics and foreign affairs as an undergraduate and gained experience in the higher education sphere, Matthew brings a unique and passionate viewpoint to Lewis-Burke’s clients. 

Issue Areas: Workforce development, international research collaborations, higher education, homeland security, emerging technologies, and social sciences.  

Additional Information:  Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Matthew interned for U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), researching, and assisting staff in tracking and analyzing clean energy, economic development, foreign affairs, and national security developments and events.  Through this experience, he gained a thorough understanding of the many different priorities of federal agencies and became skilled at researching and analyzing federal policy.  Additionally, Matthew gained valuable business and administrative insight in Senator Warner’s office, giving him useful skills to interact with clients. 

Vital Statistics: Matthew was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia and received his Bachelor’s degree a year early with distinction from the University of Virginia, where he majored in Foreign Affairs and Politics.  For his third year of college, Matthew studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the University of Virginia: Valencia in Spain.  Matthew is a Master’s in Project Management candidate at Georgetown University, interested in leveraging new mechanisms and emerging technologies to maximize organizational structure and output.  Outside of the office, Matthew spends his time supporting University of Virginia athletics, especially during basketball season.  He also enjoys listening to music, reading political theory journals, and running. Matthew is an avid enjoyer of researching and analyzing realist and neorealist theory, UK and EU politics, and development in Africa and Latin America. 

Madison Lambert

Madison Lambert uses her background and education in public health to provide clients with federal health and biomedical research insights on funding opportunities and emerging legislation in the health and biomedical field. The federal agencies she primarily consults on include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Madison’s background in public health allows her to provide clients with in-depth information on emerging opportunities, policy updates, and ways to promote health through science and technology.  Her professional passions include improving public health outcomes, expanding the healthcare workforce, and bridging the gap between communities and researchers.

Issue Areas: Biomedical Research, Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Preventative Medicine, Maternal Health and Education

Additional Information: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Madison worked as a Program Assistant for The National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Children’s Inn Non-Profit sector. Here she did program coordination for children undergoing clinical trials for ultra-rare diseases, worked alongside medical teams to assist international patients and families during their research, and facilitated grants and donations for the organization.

Vital Statistics: Madison graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Public Health concentrating in behavioral and community health as well as maternal and child health.  She is a Maryland native, and an avid foodie who enjoys exploring the many tastes of Washington D.C. in her spare time.