Susannah V. Howieson, JD, MEM

Susannah V. Howieson, JD, MEM is a Federal science and technology policy expert who focuses on basic and applied energy research and development and national security science and technology. In addition, her years of experience working with the Executive Office of the President, Federal research agencies, and Congress on critical science policy issues have provided her with broad expertise and networks that enable her to support clients across energy, defense, physical sciences, and economic development issues.

Most recently, Susannah led strategic planning, interagency coordination, and infrastructure planning for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science where she spearheaded efforts on laboratory modernization, place-based innovation, and increased research program integration. Susannah managed the development of an umbrella Memorandum of Understanding between the Office of Science and NSF and created a vision for the future of the National Laboratory complex (Laboratories of the Future) through far-reaching stakeholder engagement. She also completed a rotation in NNSA’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, further deepening her connections to and understanding of the nuclear community. Susannah is a master communicator, facilitator, and consensus builder, and is especially skillful in distilling complex policy topics down to key digestible messages.

Susannah has authored dozens of reports on topics such as technology transfer, facilities and infrastructure planning and prioritization, and government laboratory-university partnerships. Her efforts have been integral to the development of critical national policies, including the Decadal Vision for Commercial Fusion Energy, the National Security S&T Strategy, and the Presidential Memorandum on Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion, and she has served on multiple interagency committees, such as Lab-to-Market and the subcommittee on Critical and Emerging Technologies List.

Issue Expertise: Basic and applied energy research and development and DOE; Nuclear production, policy, and security and NNSA; physical sciences; Federal research management, national labs and FFRDCs, interagency coordination, and infrastructure; Technology transfer and regional economic development; emerging technology and the national security S&T enterprise.

Additional Experience:  Before joining DOE, Susannah served in the office of Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) as a Nuclear Security Working Group fellow. For close to a decade prior, Susannah conducted science and technology policy analysis for the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a federally funded research and development center that supports the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other Federal agencies. At STPI, Susannah focused on assessments of research organizations and national security. She also has significant experience in strategic planning and policy development, primarily through her work for the National Security and International Affairs Division of OSTP. Susannah co-led the research team for the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (CRENEL) for DOE. Before STPI, she worked as an attorney at Sidley Austin, LLP in New York, NY, and for the Office of Climate Change Policy and Technology at DOE.

Vital Statistics:  Susannah holds a BA from Rice University with a double major in Biology and Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, a JD cum laude from Boston University, and a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University. She lives in Alexandria with her husband, three children, and a dog, cat, and fish. In her free time, she loves to travel, especially to historical sites and nature preserves.


Devin Bryant

Devin Bryant is a seasoned professional with two decades of space policy experience, the majority of which has been focused on NASA and commercial space issues. Working in both the federal and legislative branches, Devin has cultivated long standing relationships with Agency leadership and Congressional staff on a variety of space matters.  At Lewis-Burke, Devin covers issues related to physical sciences, space, transportation, and defense.

Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Devin worked for NASA in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. While at NASA, Devin advocated for NASA’s spaceflight and research initiatives by working with House and Senate Members and staff, Execute branch offices and other government agencies. Joining NASA in 2011, Devin worked with Human spaceflight program leadership in gaining Congressional support for the innovative Commercial Crew Program.  Devin most recently worked as the lead legislative liaison for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate where he worked to secure Congressional support for the Artemis Program. Prior experience includes acting as the legislative liaison for the Space Technology Mission Directorate as well as the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorates where he helped to rollout and advance Congressional support for the Agency’s technology priorities as well as the forthcoming X-Plane initiatives.

Issue Expertise: Space, Physical Sciences, Transportation, Defense

Additional Experience: Before joining NASA, Devin worked on Capitol Hill for six years with the House Science, Space & Technology Committee. While there, Devin worked for both parties on the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee as well as the Environment, Technology and Standards Subcommittee. During his time with the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, Devin assisted in the development and passage of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 which authorized the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft being used for NASA’s return of Astronauts to the Moon in the Artemis Program.

Vital Statistics: A native of Los Angeles, Devin volunteered in High School as the assistant telescope operator at the Griffith Observatory in Hollywood where he developed his passion for space and communications. He parlayed that interest into developing a Space Policy undergraduate degree which he earned from The University of Redlands’ Johnston Center for Integrative Studies in 2004.

In his free time, Devin enjoys Dodgers baseball, coaching his one and only Congressional softball team he has been on since 2004 (as well as his son and daughter’s tee-ball teams), any type of warm weather and spending time showing his wife and two children the cultural significance of 80s comedy films.

 


Josh Harder

Josh Harder supports Lewis-Burke by tracking legislative and agency movements and developments and funding opportunities for clients in the physical sciences and engineering, economic development, and education.  His work involves agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE Sc), Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Before joining Lewis-Burke, Josh worked on a congressional campaign as the Deputy Organizing Director in Ohio’s 9th congressional district.  He helped shape regional political strategy and managed the daily operations of voter contact operations.  After a successful re-election campaign, Josh served Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur as a Legislative Research Assistant.  While there, he worked on education, energy, and environmental research.  He also worked with district stakeholders to connect them with federal grant opportunities.

Issue Areas: Physical Sciences, Engineering, STEM Education and Workforce, Defense, Energy, and Economic Development.

Vital Statistics: Born and raised in northwest Ohio, Josh received his B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University and minored in International Relations & Diplomacy, Communication, and Non-profit Management.  Outside of the office, Josh enjoys staying active, getting lost in a book, and traveling internationally.


Dominique Foster

Dominique supports Lewis-Burke by using her background in science and education to provide clients with insights related to environment, life sciences, and agriculture initiatives. Her duties include reporting on legislative and agency updates, curating funding opportunities, and attending congressional hearings.
Dominique covers agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dominique’s background has given her a unique perspective on the impact of research, education, and innovation and a passion for STEM outreach and engagement.

Issue Expertise: Environment, Life Sciences, Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Geological Sciences, and Rural Development

Additional Experience: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke Associates, Dominique was a project coordinator at Young Men and Women in Charge Foundation (YMWIC). Here, she was a program coordinator for over 250 children trying to find their academic and career aspirations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). She established and maintained relationships with community partners and organizations to secure funding and developed future opportunities for the nonprofit. Throughout her life, Dominique has made it a point to serve the community around her through multiple service projects; like the SPCA, March of Dimes, Hope Beyond Borders, and Good Works. She is deeply committed to giving back to the community that so greatly influenced her upbringing.

Vital Statistics: Dominique grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She attended Delaware County Community College and received her associate degree in science for Health Professions. In 2019, she transferred to Temple University and continued her education for her bachelor's degree in Biological Studies. Outside of the office, Dominique enjoys cooking, traveling, and watching football with her family.


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.

 

 

 


Madison Lambert

Madison Lambert uses her background and education in public health to provide clients with federal health and biomedical research insights on funding opportunities and emerging legislation in the health and biomedical field. The federal agencies she primarily consults on include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Madison’s background in public health allows her to provide clients with in-depth information on emerging opportunities, policy updates, and ways to promote health through science and technology.  Her professional passions include improving public health outcomes, expanding the healthcare workforce, and bridging the gap between communities and researchers.

Issue Areas: Biomedical Research, Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Preventative Medicine, Maternal Health and Education

Additional Information: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, 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, and facilitated grants and donations for the organization.

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