Allison Reed

Allison supports Lewis-Burke by using her background and education in public policy to provide clients with insights related to emerging technology and education policy, including funding opportunities, policy trends, agency updates, and congressional activities. This includes agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and others of relevance. Prior to joining Lewis-Burke Associates, Allison gained experience interning for organizations focused on undergraduate education and media that furthered her knowledge of technology and education policy.

Issue areas: Future Technology, education, social sciences, and communities

Vital Statistics: Allison graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with her B.A. in Public Policy with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation. Allison studied abroad in Rome, Italy in the Spring of 2022, where she completed projects on humanitarian response. She is originally from Rochester, NY and in her free time enjoys traveling and exploring DC.

Kiana Newman

Kiana supports Lewis-Burke by providing valuable insights to clients in the fields of biomedical research, biotechnology, and economic development. Her expertise involves tracking legislative and agency developments and offering tailored assistance to clients based on their individual requests. Among the federal agencies she focuses on are the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), Small Business Administration (SBA), and Economic Development Administration (EDA). With a background rooted in medicine, Kiana brings a unique perspective to each subject. This has allowed Kiana to work with clients and agencies to facilitate the implementation of cutting-edge strategies and transformative approaches in biomedical research and biotechnology.

Issue Areas: Biomedical research, biotechnology and bioengineering, health research, economic development, public-private partnerships, and technology.

Additional Information: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke Associates, Kiana was a legislative policy research intern at Advanced Continuing Education Association, where she honed her skills in analyzing and tracking policy developments. Her experience in this role gave her a keen understanding of the intricacies of legislative processes and their impact on various sectors, including healthcare. She spent part of her undergraduate experience participating in biomedical engineering research labs, analyzing complex scientific journals to extract key information for audiences. Additionally, Kiana worked in a hospital setting, gaining firsthand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities within the healthcare industry. This diverse background has equipped her with a comprehensive perspective that she now applies to her work, providing valuable insights to our clients.

Vital Statistics: Kiana was born and raised in the DMV area, receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Biology and African American Studies. Outside the office, Kiana enjoys playing volleyball, exploring the city, and skiing!

Carrie D. Wolinetz, Ph.D.

Carrie D. Wolinetz, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized science and health policy expert and former senior government official who brings decades of experience to serve and advise the clients of Lewis-Burke. As a leader inside and outside government, Carrie has successfully led efforts to increase funding for biomedical research, prepare the country for potential future pandemics, promote the bioeconomy, increase health and gender equity, and expand access to the products of federally funded research. In her role as Principal and Chair of the firm’s Health and Bioscience Innovation Policy Practice Group, Carrie leverages deep knowledge and a wide-ranging network to develop strategies for the research and healthcare communities towards effective solutions in areas of health policy, health systems and response, the bioscience ecosystem of the future, and efforts to accelerate biomedical innovation.

Throughout her career, Carrie has employed big picture vision to create blueprints for achievement of advocacy and policy goals, across the legislative and executive branches of government, ranging from coalition building to communication and lobbying campaigns to report and recommendations development. She uses her extensive experience working with Congress, the interagency, regulatory agencies, and across the breadth of the biomedical and health stakeholder communities to create achievable short and long-term objectives and ambitious goals in service to the research and healthcare community. As a prominent leader in biomedical and health policy, Carrie is a sought out and trusted expert across public and private sectors for seeing and creating new opportunities or defining critical issues and assets for the life science innovation ecosystem.

Issue Experience: Basic and clinical research (National Institutes of Health, ARPA-H, HHS, VA, USDA); biomedical research policy (human participant protections, data sharing, rigor and reproducibility); bioeconomy and biomanufacturing; biosafety, biosecurity and research security; emerging biotechnologies; medical research regulation (FDA, CMS, CDC, USDA); appropriations; healthcare policy; telemedicine; graduate education; international science policy; diversity, equity, and inclusion policy.

Additional Experience: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Carrie spent nearly a decade in public service, leading the inaugural Health and Life Sciences division in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, heading the Office of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as NIH’s Associate Director for Science Policy, and serving as Chief of Staff to NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins. She has decades working with and advocating for the university and scientific communities, covering biomedical and agricultural policy issues for the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), as well as serving as President of United for Medical Research. Carrie is a trained scientist, with degrees in Animal Science and a research focus in reproductive physiology and has spent her career leveraging her scientific experience to inform science and health policy issues.

Vital Statistics: Carrie has slowly been making her way south, from growing up in Syracuse, New York where she began her professional career as a zookeeper to her beloved undergrad alma mater, Cornell University (where she met her husband), followed by her doctoral degree at The Pennsylvania State University, before settling in long-term in DC. She loves nothing more than to travel all over the world with her husband and two sons, hiking with her dogs, cooking for family and friends, or curling up on the porch with a good book. For the future, Carrie and her family dream of retiring to their midlife crisis spontaneous purchase, a dog-friendly B&B in coastal Delaware, which is where they can often be found on the weekends.




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.

Nathan Finn

Nathan Finn supports Lewis-Burke by tracking legislative and agency movements and developments and funding opportunities for clients in the defense, national security, and energy sectors. His work involves agencies such as the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE). Having spent time gaining knowledge in these fields during his undergraduate studies and with his prior experience working in legislative research and policy, Nathan is enthusiastic about supporting Lewis-Burke’s clients.

Issue Areas: Defense, national security, energy, climate, transportation, physical sciences, and veteran’s issues.

Additional Information: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Nathan interned with The American Legion’s Legislative Division in Washington, DC, tracking legislation in national security, veteran’s health care, education and other issues important to the lives of veterans and active servicemembers. Nathan also collaborated with staff to produce an annual legislative presentation to the joint House and Senate Committees on Veteran’s Affairs (HVAC/SVAC), as well as to support the passage of the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, also known as the Honoring our PACT Act, which guaranteed health coverage to veterans and servicemembers who were exposed to toxic substances while serving either domestically or overseas.

Vital Statistics: Born and raised in New Jersey, Nathan graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a minor in Anthropology from St. Lawrence University in December 2022. At St. Lawrence, Nathan was the president of his first-year class, along with being the president of St. Lawrence’s Model United Nations Organization, one of the oldest such organizations in the world. Nathan also studied abroad in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg in Summer 2022, completing a research project on the role of the European Union. In his free time, Nathan enjoys participating in trivia competitions, riding the DC Metro, as well as cooking his mom’s Italian recipes.

Madison Lambert

Madison Lambert uses her background and education in Public Health to provide clients with relevant federal health and biomedical research insights related to funding opportunities and legislative Madison’s background in Public Health allows her to provide clients with in-depth information on emerging opportunities, innovations, and ways to promote health through science and technology.

Issue Areas: Biomedical Research, Social Determinants, Global Health, Public Health, and Prevention Science

Additional Information: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke Associates, Madison worked as a Program Assistant for The National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Children’s Inn Non-Profit sector. Here she did program coordination for children undergoing clinical trials for ultra-rare diseases, worked alongside medical teams to assist international patients and families during their research. Before being promoted to full-time at the Children’s Inn, she served as an intern.

Vital Statistics: Madison graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with her B.S. in Public Health concentrating in behavioral and community health as well as maternal/child health. She is a DC and Maryland native, and an avid foodie who enjoys exploring the many tastes of Washington D.C. in her spare time.

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 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 degrees 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.