Reed Skaggs, Ph.D.

Dr. Reed Skaggs is a trusted advisor for clients, uniquely able to navigate relationships between academia and the Department of Defense (DOD) science and technology enterprise.  With a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and decades of experience within the federal defense establishment, Reed provides Lewis-Burke clients with informed strategies and effective approaches to supporting the missions of the DOD, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Energy (DOE), and the Intelligence community.

Reed has held various management and leadership positions such as serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Army Research and Technology and as the Acting Deputy Director for Ground Systems, Soldier Systems and Training, and Biometrics.  Reed led the formulation of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL)’s long-term S&T portfolio strategy and established new programs for materials, computational sciences, and neuroscience.  His assignment to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) expanded his breadth of experiences to include developing national policies for high-skilled immigration, the United States accession to the Ottawa Convention, as well as addressing the health and sufficiency of the national security S&T enterprise for the 21st century.  At Lewis-Burke, Reed counsels clients on the nuances of DOD research operations and tailors strategies to effectively engage, including connecting clients to the highest leaders in the DOD.  As a senior expert for Lewis-Burke’s defense practice, Reed develops and implements multi-faceted initiatives to raise clients’ federal profile, ranging from Capitol Hill engagement to providing advanced intelligence to position them for unique DOD funding opportunities.

Issue Expertise: Defense/national security R&D, DOD laboratories and budget process, physical and materials sciences, and engineering.

Additional Experience: As a scientist, Reed appreciates learning about emerging technical research areas and leverages personal curiosity to develop innovative high-level strategies for clients.  Most recent examples include identifying emerging federal opportunities such as robotics/autonomy, quantum information science, and infectious diseases.

Vital Statistics: Reed grew up in Southern VA, attending Hampden-Sydney College followed by his pursuit of an advanced degree in physical chemistry at George Washington University.  Reed was a postdoc at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) where he was hired into civil service from 1999 to 2015 when he came to Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC.  In his personal time, Reed loves to play golf and spend time with his two daughters and wife Jennifer.  He is an avid Ravens and Nationals fan.


Jack Goodman

Jack Goodman leverages his engineering studies and higher education experience to help clients navigate federal interest in STEM education, automation, and the need for an educated workforce.  Jack actively monitors federal policy developments for Lewis-Burke clients with a specific focus on education, immigration, and healthcare issues.

Issue Areas: Higher education policy, workforce development, immigration, social and behavioral science, healthcare delivery.

Additional Experience: Jack gained experience in the office of New York Representative Grace Meng, where he closely supported the legislative staff through policy analysis and research.  Jack also worked at the University of California, Berkeley’s student leadership office as a NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) Undergraduate Fellow, handling projects regarding student government and campus safety.

Vital Statistics: Born and raised in New York, Jack headed to the Midwest to attend Washington University in St. Louis.  There he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science through the School of Engineering and Applied Science, with a second major in Applied Economics and Business Strategy through the Olin School of Business.  Jack is a black belt in Karate and an avid fan of New York sports teams.


Amanda Bruno

Amanda advises Lewis-Burke clients on federal activities that impact education, immigration, economic development, and workforce policy. She provides strategic guidance on upcoming research opportunities and potential congressional action in these key areas. Amanda’s previous work in the higher education community brings an important perspective to Lewis-Burke.

Issue Expertise: Education policy, workforce issues, immigration, engineering, emerging technologies, transportation policy, economic development, and international affairs.

Additional Experience: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Amanda served as a Government Affairs Associate in The Ohio State University’s Office of Federal Relations in Washington, D.C., where she handled a portfolio that included higher education issues and administrative functions. She also previously interned at The Capitol Initiatives Group, a boutique lobbying firm representing not-for-profit organizations, trade associations, and businesses.

Vital Statistics: A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Amanda graduated summa cum laude from Miami University with bachelor degrees in Political Science and International Studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University.  As a lover of history, she spends her days off taking in D.C.’s historical sights and museums.  Amanda enjoys reading, taking fitness classes, watching college football, and cheering on Cleveland’s professional sports teams.


Emily Durham

Emily Durham provides relevant research and timely tracking of congressional and federal agency activities crucial to Lewis-Burke clients.  Her work focuses on policies impacting national security cybersecurity, manufacturing, global health, and international issues.  Emily draws on her passion for education policy and previous experience working in higher education government relations to provide clients with valuable insights.

Issue Expertise: Defense, cybersecurity, manufacturing, global health, materials, and international relations.

Additional Experience: Emily’s love for higher education policy flourished when she worked as Lewis-Burke’s Legislative Research Intern during the summer of 2019.  During her internship, Emily contributed to client projects across numerous federal programs, which led to a new interest in the defense sector.  In addition to her time at Lewis-Burke, Emily worked in the Office of Governmental Relations at Florida State University, where she monitored legislation, developed documents for legislators and faculty, and gained valuable education policy knowledge from the perspective of a higher education institution.

Vital Statistics: Proudly born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Emily graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.  While she chose to pursue her degree at Florida State, Emily grew up cheering on Georgia Tech and the University of North Carolina athletics.  When Emily isn’t working, she enjoys visiting D.C.’s historical sights and museums as well as attending concerts, theater performances, and Washington Nationals baseball games.


Nicole Parker, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicole Parker leads advocacy efforts for Lewis-Burke’s biomedical research portfolio in areas concerning federal research policy, biomedical research workforce policy, and health care policy, with a focus on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other grantmaking agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  She utilizes her prior experience as a biomedical researcher to connect with clients seeking to expand their biomedical research and health-funding portfolios.  Nicole also uses her federal contractor experience with multiple offices within NIH to help clients better understand the priorities and inner workings of the agency.

Nicole is passionate about STEM.  She actively supports efforts to broaden participation in STEM fields and improve biomedical workforce training.  Throughout each stage of her career, Nicole has focused on efforts to support diversity and inclusion in STEM.  In graduate school, she served as an inaugural student member of the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Civility, which was charged with developing an initial plan for improving diversity and inclusion efforts within the department.  As an NIH contractor, she worked closely with the Division of Biomedical Research and Workforce, in the Office of Extramural Research, on their extramural diversity efforts.  In her spare time, Nicole consistently engages with underserved communities through community service and attends events related to improving diversity and inclusion efforts in STEM.  She manages key relationships with various stakeholders in the field to provide clients with the resources and tools needed to support their success.

Issue Expertise: Biomedical research, research and grants policy, graduate education, biomedical training and workforce, STEM education, and broadening participation in STEM.

Additional Experience: Nicole was awarded the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine while in graduate school.  During her fellowship she worked with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce and focused on efforts to improve graduate STEM training and the support of women in STEM.  After obtaining her degree, she served as a Science Policy Analyst at Ripple Effect, a management consulting firm that provides professional consulting services for federal, private, and non-profit clients.  While at Ripple Effect, Nicole worked on several projects within the Office of the Director (OD) at NIH, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).

Vital Statistics: Nicole’s roots are in the wonderful state of North Carolina.  She moved to Maryland to be a part of the esteemed Meyerhoff Scholarship Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  She graduated from UMBC in 2011, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a minor in sociology.  Nicole remained in the Baltimore area and obtained her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 2017.  While obtaining her doctoral degree, she completed a certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy, a certification specifically designed for research scientists interested in bridging science and policy.  Nicole remains active in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and she also loves reading new books for her book club.


Otto Katt

Otto Katt brings a passion for education to his advocacy in the areas of higher education, workforce, immigration, and tax policy on behalf of Lewis-burke clients.  Otto provides strategic guidance on legislative, administrative, and regulatory issues at the Department of Education (DoED).  He leverages his professional knowledge and expertise, gained while working in the K-12 space and at the state and federal policy level, to provide timely insight and support to clients on key education policy issues including federal student financial aid, the evolving higher education landscape, and tax and immigration policy as they relate to higher education.

Before joining Lewis-Burke, Otto served as the Education Advisor for Tennessee Representative Phil Roe, a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.  While there, he proposed and developed education and workforce development policies for the congressman.  He also staffed and advised the congressman at Education and Workforce Committee meetings and district events and engaged various interest groups, stakeholder groups, and agencies regarding pertinent legislation.

Issue Expertise: Higher education policy, student financial aid, free speech, campus safety, accreditation, STEM (Department of Education), workforce (Department of Labor), immigration (DHS; USCIS), and tax.

Additional Experience: Otto has worked in education as a teacher, administrator, and policy analyst in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.  These experiences include serving as a Teach For America Corps member.

Vital Statistics:  Otto received his B.A. in History from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ and his Masters in International Studies: Latin America from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  He grew up in New Jersey but enjoys the opportunity to road-trip across the U.S.  Otto ran track in college and continues to run the occasional marathon.


Bill Ruch

Bill Ruch is Lewis-Burke’s leading expert in industrial transformation and commercialization, a complex area that involves assisting clients as they forge public-private partnerships and pursue regional economic development initiatives.  Bill’s diverse portfolio covers federal interests across the research and development spectrum, from the social and behavioral sciences and STEM education models to the transition of applied technologies from lab to market and advancement of workforce development strategies.  His day-to-day can include providing in-depth analysis on federal trends, targeted advocacy on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies, and coalition building with relevant stakeholders to bolster messaging.

Over time, Bill has also leveraged his personal interest in criminal justice to strengthen the firm’s capabilities in domestic security.  Through these efforts, Bill works closely with clients, federal agencies, and congressional leaders to ensure our nation’s officers and first responders have access to technologies and evidence-based processes to effectively protect and serve.

Issue Expertise: Economic development, technology transfer, criminal justice, homeland security, cybersecurity, social and behavioral sciences, appropriations, and STEM education.

Additional Experience: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Bill accrued valuable state and local government experience at the Michigan House of Representatives and was involved in various political campaigns.

Vital Statistics: Bill is a proud land-grant graduate, having attended Michigan State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. When he’s not spending time at Lewis-Burke, Bill can be found bragging about his Spartans’ victories and discussing various TV shows, movies, and local DC happenings.  Outside of work, Bill enjoys distance running and American League baseball.