Amber Cassady

Amber is a passionate advocate for research and higher education.  She advises Lewis-Burke clients on a range of research areas, including the Department of Defense, defense health, biomedical research, global health, and international affairs.  Amber analyzes legislation and policy trends to keep clients on the forefront of opportunities in these issue areas.  Amber also specializes in faculty engagement and planning strategic outreach events in DC.

Issue Areas: Defense, national security, defense health, global health, biomedical, manufacturing, technology, and international affairs

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.  She also interned with the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal and gained international diplomatic experience in the Embassy’s politics and economics section.  Amber also worked as an Education Outreach Assistant at the Center for European Studies, at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

Vital Statistics: Amber received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC (Go Heels!). She earned a B.A. in Global Studies, a B.A. in Contemporary European Studies, and a minor in Spanish. She also earned an M.A. in Political Science, during which she studied at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, and was awarded two Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships by the U.S. Department of Education for her study of Portuguese.  Amber has a love for languages and is an aficionada of the Iberian Peninsula, having lived in Lisbon, Barcelona, and Seville before moving to D.C.

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.

Andrew Herrin

Andrew Herrin supports Lewis-Burke clients by tracking, monitoring, and researching congressional and federal agency activities related to health, engineering, and transportation.  Specifically, Andrew provides clients with in-depth information on emerging opportunities in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Issue Expertise: Health and hospitals, engineering, computing, and transportation.

Additional Experience:  Before joining Lewis-Burke, Andrew spent a year abroad as an intern for the U.S. Department of State in Berlin, Germany.  During his internship, he learned the ins and outs of federal agency operations and the nuance of U.S. foreign policy.  Andrew also gained valuable experience as an intern in the district office of Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08), where he supported campaign outreach and assisted constituents with navigating federal agencies.

Vital Statistics: Originally from Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, Andrew earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he double majored in Political Science and Contemporary European Studies and minored in History.  While studying abroad, he also earned a graduate degree in Political Science with a focus on Transatlantic relations from Humboldt Universitaet and Freie Universitaet.  Andrew enjoys supporting Tarheel athletics, traveling, and visiting the nearest park.  As a new transplant to the D.C. metro area, Andrew looks forward to discovering more of the District.

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.