Victoria Haber

Victoria Haber tracks legislation and federal opportunities for Lewis-Burke clients across the agriculture, biological sciences, and economic development portfolios.  Specifically, Victoria monitors emerging opportunities within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Small Business Association (SBA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Victoria’s previous coursework and experience working on Capitol Hill has shaped her knowledge of the federal government as well as her economic and agricultural portfolio.

Issue Areas: Agriculture, biological sciences, the arts and humanities, broadband/wireless, and economic development.

Additional Experience:  Victoria was an intern with a member of the Ohio delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives, starting her career in Washington, DC.  Throughout her internship, she developed a knowledge of economic development and agricultural policy as well as a commitment to advocating for these issues.  Most recently, Victoria supported the Ohio Recreation and Parks Department with budget management and engaging with community stakeholders.

Vital Statistics: Victoria was born and raised in Ohio and completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio State University, where she studied economics and public affairs and graduated magna cum laude.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Smithsonian museums and DC memorials, traveling to new places, and cheering on Cleveland sports teams (even when there is little to cheer for).

Rebecca Adler Miserendino, Ph.D.

Dr. Rebecca Adler Miserendino is a public health and environmental scientist with more than ten years of professional experience in both academic research and the federal government.  She has worked across scientific disciplines and in the international arena to understand international and domestic budget and policy trends, enhance institutional effectiveness and efficiency, and to identify emerging opportunities relevant to both scientific research and sustainable development.  At Lewis-Burke, Dr. Adler Miserendino advises clients on a broad scope of issues including but not limited to: international engagement, environmental science, public health, and strategic planning.

Issue Expertise: International affairs, multilateral negotiations, development and climate finance, natural resource management, public health, environmental sciences, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, synthetic biology, and risk assessment.

Additional Experience: Rebecca served as a Senior Adviser, Foreign Affairs Officer, and Physical Scientist at the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in both the Office of Global Change (OES/EGC) and the Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues (OES/EQT).  In this capacity, she negotiated on behalf of the United States and advised senior U.S. officials on a variety of crosscutting matters to advance U.S. global environment, climate, and health priorities.  While at DOS, Rebecca covered topics relating to international climate and environment finance, serving as the lead advisor on the Green Climate Fund, the Global Environment Facility, and on specific aspects under the Multilateral Development Banks.

Rebecca was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Earth Sciences, and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she earned a Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy.

Vital Statistics: Rebecca was born in St. Louis, Missouri and holds a dual Bachelor of Science in Biology and the History and Philosophy of Science, from the California Institute of Technology. As a 2006-2007 T.J. Watson Fellow, Rebecca examined the respective roles of government, industry, academia, and civil society in addressing region-specific mine water issues in South Africa, Zambia, Australia, and India.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, swimming, and spending time with her husband and two boys.

Rebecca is featured in the following documentary produced by Global Co Lab Network. A Peace of Science: Diplomacy with North Korea is a 30 minute educational documentary film focused on empowering next-generation practitioners on the importance of science engagement in building better relations between countries:

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Nick Saab

Nick leads Lewis-Burke’s space practice and leverages his deep expertise in space policy to provide clients with current and anticipated trends and opportunities across the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) portfolio of human exploration and scientific research missions, as well as at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense (DOD).  Space has always been a passion for Nick, and at the outset of his professional career, he co-founded and managed advocacy operations for a non-profit aimed at raising awareness and support for increasing NASA’s budget.  He maintains strong bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill and works successfully with congressional committees, personal offices, and agency and White House offices to advance client priorities.

Nick also leads the firm’s portfolio of transportation and infrastructure issues, providing expertise to clients on Department of Transportation-wide priorities and guidance on targeted agency engagement.  He gained experience on these issues while at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where he focused on policy, legislation, and grassroots advocacy relating to transportation, infrastructure, and STEM issues.  Nick also provides guidance and insight to the firm’s clients on research priorities and direction of Department of Energy (DOE), basic research in the Office of Science and Applied research across DOE, including renewable energy, grid modernization, and others.

Issue Expertise: Appropriations and budget issues, national security space and civilian space research and policy, human spaceflight, astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, earth science and environmental research, aeronautics, transportation and infrastructure R&D, renewable energy and energy efficiency, U.S. electric grid modernization and security, and large scientific research facilities and aeronautics.

Additional Experience:  Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Nick honed his advocacy skills as a Public Affairs Specialist with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) where he managed a portfolio that included NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Energy (DOE).  Nick gained policy experience on Capitol Hill interning in the U.S. House of Representatives and then as the legislative director of a non-profit focused on NASA and U.S. space policy.

Vital Statistics: Nick was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned a degree in political science from the University of Minnesota. A Midwesterner through-and-through, Nick enjoys fried cheese curds, snowstorms, and spending time with his wife, their two sons, and dog.