Solomon Morgan

Solomon Morgan supports Lewis-Burke by researching and providing information on opportunities and policy developments in energy and national security.  With a background and education in public relations, consulting, and outreach, Solomon’s experience in government relations helps him to provide clients with valuable perspectives on emerging technologies, global clean energy efforts, and defense research and engineering.  Solomon is focused on funding opportunities and other new developments from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD) and applies his knowledge of energy and national security programs to support cross-cutting issues in science and technology. 

Issue Areas: Energy, Defense and National Security, Critical and Emerging Technologies. 

Additional Information: Before joining Lewis-Burke, Solomon held several internships around Washington D.C. to expand his knowledge of consulting and public policy.  He interned in the United States Practice at the Albright Stonebridge Group, where he provided analysis on business applications of the CHIPS and Science Act.  He served as a Corporate Diplomacy Fellow at the Meridian International Center, working to support corporate engagement with foreign officials.  Solomon also worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Strategic Alliances & Outreach Department, supporting business efforts to promote and engage with Minority-Serving Institutions and underserved communities.  He also interned for the District Office of Congressman Bradley Schneider (D-IL), where he focused on student loan forgiveness and supporting constituents' receipt of Paycheck Protection Program Loans.  

Vital Statistics: Solomon was born in Waukegan, Illinois and received his Bachelor’s degree with honors from Howard University in Washington D.C, where he studied Political Science and Economics.  Solomon enjoys global politics and economics and spends time researching issues including the global market for clean energy, critical minerals, and finance.  Outside of the office, Solomon explores D.C. restaurants, events, and bookstores, and especially likes restaurant week.  He enjoys walking and cooking as well as reading historical and science fiction, political novels, and international literature.   

Sara Barber Ph.D

Sara Barber is research policy expert who has extensive legislative and agency oversight experience after seven years working in Congress with the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. During her last few years on the Hill, Sara served as a lead author and negotiator of the science provisions in the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, including the National Science Foundation for the Future Act and the government-wide policy provisions related to broadening participation in science and research security. Sara is a leading expert on research security and other research administration issues. During her time on the Hill, Sara drove the Science Committee’s oversight efforts on these issues, including close engagement with the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Sara leverages her scientific background, policy experience, and familiarity with federal agencies to provide valuable insights to advance client interests across the federal science and engineering enterprise.

Issue Areas: National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, research policy and administration, research security, broadening participation in STEM, and physical sciences.

Additional Experiences: After graduating with a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oklahoma, Sara transitioned to a career in science policy with an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Policy Fellowship sponsored by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Sara spent her fellowship year with the Space Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology where she worked on National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research and development and space exploration, national space policy, space commercialization, Earth remote sensing policy, and space communications.

Vital Statistics: Sara lives in Capitol Hill with her husband and Shetland sheepdog. She enjoys live music, exploring the city on her bicycle, and crafting.

David Turkovic

David “Turk” Turkovic is responsible for developing and executing comprehensive national security advocacy strategies that advance client priorities and resonate with the Department of Defense (DOD) and Capitol Hill.  As a national security expert, he leverages his experience working in the Pentagon and maintains strong bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill with congressional committees and personal offices. 

Turk comes to Lewis-Burke having served the Secretary of Defense as special assistant for legislative affairs, where he was the legislative liaison to Capitol Hill for both the Undersecretary for Acquisition & Sustainment (USD/A&S) and Undersecretary for Research & Engineering (USD/R&E).  In that role, he spearheaded the Department of Defense’s legislative efforts on critical supply chain issues, including microelectronics, critical minerals, manufacturing, hypersonic weapons, and other advanced capabilities; he also advocated for a range of priorities on behalf of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the Defense Innovation Board (DIB), and the Defense Science Board (DSB). 

Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Turk was director for industrial base policy at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) where he was responsible for developing AIA’s national security agenda, and for planning and executing advocacy efforts to support supply chain issues for the defense industrial base. 

At Lewis-Burke, he provides clients with informed strategies and effective legislative approaches to supporting the missions of the Department of Defense and the Intelligence community. 

Issue Expertise: Defense, national security R&D, defense supply chains, and authorizations & appropriations. 

Additional Experience: Previously, he was special assistant for legislative affairs to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment (ASA IE&E), where he encouraged Army priorities in energy & environment, and managed relationships on Capitol Hill. 

Vital Statistics: A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Turk holds a bachelor's degree in both political science and history from Cleveland State University.  He is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the Secretary of the Army Meritorious Public Service Medal.  Turk is an active member in the Croatian community, enjoys cheering on the Cleveland Browns and plays volleyball around DC.