Eve Granatosky, Ph.D.

Dr. Eve Granatosky is an experienced science policy and advocacy professional who specializes in the interdisciplinary opportunities at the intersection of life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering. She leverages her scientific background and in-depth knowledge of federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to connect clients to key congressional and agency allies, as well as to advise on strategic planning, relationship building, competing for funding, and shaping new programs. As a trained biochemist and former Hill staffer, she has an appreciation for the nuances of research, policy, and politics, empowering her to effectively represent clients’ interests across the federal science landscape. In her work at Lewis-Burke, Eve has demonstrated success in providing unique insights into emerging opportunities that might otherwise be overlooked across a range of university, non-profit, and industry organizations.  

Issue Expertise: Biomedical research, life sciences, biotechnology, biomanufacturing, environmental health, innovation and commercialization, graduate STEM education. 

Additional Expertise: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Eve was selected for the Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship, during which she worked as a fellow in policy offices at the American Society of Human Genetics and the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH.  Eve also gained valuable experience as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), covering health, education, and biomedical research issues. During her doctoral training, Eve led grassroots student efforts to promote science policy and advocacy on her university campus and co-founded the Science Policy Initiative at the University of Notre Dame.  

Vital Statistics: Eve earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, where she studied pre-clinical drug development for neurodegenerative diseases and developed a deep appreciation for Fighting Irish sports. She also holds a B.S. from Stonehill College, where she majored in biochemistry and minored in dance. Outside of work, Eve enjoys yoga, crossword puzzles, and the New England Patriots. 

Christina Laridaen

Christina Laridaen is a trusted advisor to clients and community leader in agriculture, environment, conservation, and resilience topics. She supports Lewis-Burke clients by providing in depth information about actions in Congress and at federal agencies and strategizing new initiatives and positioning for success. Christina is a key member of the firm’s agriculture practice and is intimately familiar with the ins and outs of research, education, and extension policy within USDA NIFA, ARS, and NRCS. Additionally, she has extensive experience assisting clients with strategies to support environmental and ecosystem sciences including through diversifying funding via lesser-known funding streams for this work across the federal agencies.

Issues: Agriculture, extension, environment and climate issues across agencies, resilience, oceanic and coastal research, environmental health and justice, geosciences

Before joining the Lewis-Burke team, Christina interned in the U.S. Senate, where she assisted on the research, commodity, and conservation titles in the 2018 Farm Bill in addition to covering regulation of bioengineered foods. Prior to moving to D.C., Christina worked as the Government and Legislative Affairs Coordinator for the Minnesota Student Association, where she managed advocacy efforts relevant to University of Minnesota students at all levels of government. At the State Capitol, she helped secure increases in biennium university funding by creating a statewide coalition of student advocates, regularly testifying at the legislature, and authoring letters on behalf of the student body to the Governor.

Christina is a graduate from the University of Minnesota, where she studied political science and applied economics. Her congressional experience traces all the way back to her high school days when she served as a United States Senate Page.

Amber Cassady

Amber leads Lewis-Burke's national security practice and spearheads both client-specific and firm-wide efforts in defense appropriations, defense authorization, and engagement with the Department of Defense (DOD) and Military Services.  Amber is especially involved in the national security R&D ecosystem related to manufacturing, microelectronics, and emerging technologies. She also leads the firm’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) portfolio, most recently keeping a pulse on “CHIPS”-specific opportunities and funding from the landmark CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.  Amber is an active member of the Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR), which advocates for basic and applied research funding on behalf of many Lewis-Burke research universities and organizations. 

Issue Areas: Defense, national security, manufacturing, microelectronics, emerging technology, defense health, standards and technology.

Additional Experience: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Amber worked as a Research Assistant at the Bertelsmann Foundation, a transatlantic think tank where she covered European Union-U.S. policies in artificial intelligence, technology, manufacturing, and the future of work. Amber also worked as an Education Outreach Assistant at the Center for European Studies, at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She interned with the Department of State in politics and economics section at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.  

Vital Statistics: Amber earned a B.A. in Global Studies and Contemporary European Studies from the University of North Carolina (Go Heels!). She earned a M.A. in Political Science at both UNC and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, during which she was awarded two Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships by the U.S. Department of Education, and she now serves on UNC’s Transatlantic Masters Board. Amber revels in being one of the firm’s resident foodies and can be spotted most evenings at D.C. restaurants with her husband and friends.