Global Solutions resides at the intersection of commerce, economics, politics and diplomacy. Our multinational clients, both domestic and international, seek to work with other businesses, organizations and governments around the globe. We help our clients to forge and cement long-standing relationships as they seek to explore, grow, expand and invest in new territories. Our experts include advisors, connectors and communicators. The global marketplace is changing at a rapid pace. The Global Solutions team provides clients the insight necessary to do business in complex, highly competitive industries and economies. We help clients navigate both cultures and complexities worldwide. Global. Solutions.
Global Solutions is a tested team of bipartisan global strategic communications and risk management professionals, who have come together for the first time under one roof in Washington, DC, and are backed by the heft of the top-ranked Podesta Group.
Soundly positioned at the intersection of trade, economics, politics and diplomacy, Global Solutions has the right set of relationships, experience, tools and vision for organizations seeking to expand their reach abroad. Champions of invention, adversaries of imitation, we are the go-to firm for those who want to rethink how best to engage the United States and its allies and who require smart, original, informed strategies to do so.
"The world, its political dynamics and its markets are changing at a rapid pace. Global Solutions has the right set of relationships, experience, tools and vision for those around the globe who want to engage the US and its allies. If you want smart, original, informed strategies for entering new markets, gauging political risks and opportunities, and effectively communicating to global audiences, you’ve come to the right place." – Tony Podesta
A Guide through the Changing Global Marketplace
The world, its political dynamics and the global marketplace are changing at a rapid place. Gone are the days where there is a distinction between domestic and foreign policy - they are intertwined, and we have a unique understanding of where one begins and where the other one ends.
Critically important conversations are going on around trade and other economic issues, with broad implications for domestic and international businesses and interests - we have the know-how to make our clients a part of them. Whether seeking to expand, invest, or to communicate effectively to global audiences, multinational corporations need a seasoned guide with visibility into the contours, cultures and complexities of the multitude of highly competitive opportunities.
Using an integrated, all-hands approach, we have a proven record of harnessing the advantage of our one-stop shop and the efficacy of the latest technologies available to deliver unparalleled results. Our senior strategists can connect the necessary dots to help organizations meet their bottom line objectives. And we pride ourselves on being partners in our clients’ long-term growth.
The Global Solutions Edge
Our nimble team, with its diverse professional backgrounds, profound substantive expertise and tested, multidisciplinary skills leverages decades of experience in Washington, DC, and in capitals around the world. And our enduring global relationships and political and cultural acumen provide the winning recipe that ensures those clients are not only in the room, but have a seat at the decision-making table.
Knowing how to reach the influencers who matter - on their own turf and in their own language - is essential to shrewd market analysis and smart investment making. We are fluent in the diverse public and private sector languages by which the world turns. In short, we can tackle any challenge in any country.
This is the Global Solutions edge that organizations have come to rely on.
Barry Featherman is an internationally revered strategist who has spent his formidable career building relationships and making a difference at the global intersection of government, business, law and multilateral organizations. Having worked alongside heads of state and luminaries from both the private and public sectors, Barry has the respect of key decision-makers around the world, and Global Solutions clients benefit from his tested counsel. Most recently serving as international affairs director for a top US consulting firm, he possesses the skills and connections needed to move the needle and deliver results.
- David S. AdamsPrincipal
- John AndersonPrincipal
- Jim DyerPrincipal
- Andrew KaudersPrincipal
- Claudio LilienfeldPrincipal
- Stephen RademakerPrincipal
- Ambassador Javier SanchoPrincipal
- Stefano Stefanini
- Mark TavlaridesPrincipal
- Andy AmslerVice President and Director of Digital
- Will BohlenVice President
- Jessica Lawrence-VacaVice President
- Riley MooreVice President
- Kimberly AagaardAssociate
- Daniel WolmanAssociate
- Kenneth ZoellerDirector
David S. Adams
Over the course of his career, David has served as a trusted adviser to both congressional leadership and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and earned the respect of the decision-makers who matter most. A tested negotiator, he has been instrumental in some of the most significant foreign affairs debates of the past decade. As Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, David was the chief legislative adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was instrumental in facilitating the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012, civil nuclear cooperation agreements with Russia and Australia and the successful confirmation of 122 nominees. Previously, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Affairs, he was also key to the development of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, as well as approval of major arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Iraq and a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates.
David’s distinguished record as staff director for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia and as professional staff for the Committee on International Relations earned him the respect of government and corporate officials at home and across the globe. Among his many achievements on Capitol Hill, he was key to the passage of the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act of 2002 and the Middle East Peace Commitments Act of 2001.
David earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in political science from American University and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College.
John Ward Anderson
Before joining the Podesta Group, John was one of the longest-serving correspondents in the history of The Washington Post, spending 16 years overseas as bureau chief in New Delhi, Mexico City, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Paris. Along the way, John also became one of the Post’s primary war correspondents and wrote extensively on the US role in conflicts and peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo, the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan, and spearheading the paper’s groundbreaking coverage of Iran. More recently, as a top editor at POLITICO, John edited coverage of the White House, health care, energy and the environment, the economy and defense for POLITICO’s website and daily newspaper.
John has quickly put points on the board on behalf of Podesta Group clients. Bringing his distinguished experience in journalism and press relationships to bear, John pitched and secured a slot for a major international client to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ. As a result of the appearance and speeches, there was significant accompanying media coverage and an hour’s worth of video and pictures broadcast on NASDAQ’s seven-story video screen overlooking Times Square in New York. Coverage following the event included interviews on US and international television networks and with major US financial reporters.
John grew up in Simsbury, CT, and Framingham, MA. He has a bachelor's from Harvard and speaks Spanish.
Working with Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, Jim served as the deputy assistant to the President for legislative affairs. Under President Reagan, Jim was responsible for the overall management of the legislative affairs office, overseeing the defense, foreign policy and appropriations portfolios. With President Bush, Jim served as the principal contact with the US Senate.
A veteran of Capitol Hill, Jim served as staff director and clerk of the House Committee on Appropriations for more than a decade, producing 13 annual appropriations bills and supervising a 125-person professional staff. As principal committee liaison to the Republican leadership, he was responsible for planning the House legislative agenda.
With a special expertise on foreign policy and defense issues, Jim handled legislative affairs for the US Department of State for two years and later served as a budget consultant to the Secretary of the Navy. Gaining experience in the private sector, Jim has also directed government relations for the Philip Morris Companies, Inc., and for the Power Systems Division of United Technologies Corp.
Jim served as senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds the distinguished public service award from the US Navy. He is a member of the board of directors for Ford’s Theater, Signature Theatre and the Chairman’s Advisory Board at the US Institute for Peace, and also serves on the board of the Partnership for a Secure America.
Jim holds a B.A. from the University of Scranton and has done graduate work in legislative affairs at George Washington University. He holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Scranton.
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Before joining the Podesta Group, Andrew was senior adviser for Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Finance and Banking Committees. He served as executive director of the House Democratic Caucus, playing a key role in developing political, legislative and message strategy for House Democrats. Previously, Andrew was the communications director and senior adviser for the caucus. He has been named five times to Roll Call newspaper’s “Fabulous Fifty” most influential staffers on Capitol Hill, listed as one of the “Top 35 Under 35” congressional staffers in The Hill newspaper, and profiled by National Journal, which described him as the sounding board for almost every aspect of the caucus operation, from leadership issues to legislation to politics to media strategy.
As a political appointee in the Clinton administration, Andrew served as spokesperson for the US Department of Agriculture, as deputy communications director for the Climate Change Task Force at the White House and as special assistant and deputy press secretary at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Born in Switzerland and fluent in German, Andrew grew up in Europe, where he lived for 20 years. An “active” member of the Podesta Group family, Andrew once won the European-wide International School soccer championship and was a two-time European youth mixed doubles tennis champion. He has a bachelor's in international relations from Beloit College.
Having served in key policymaking roles within the federal government for more than two decades, at both the Department of Defense (Dod) and the Office of the US Trade Representative, Claudio knows how key agencies operate and the players who operate them. He spent half a decade at DoD overseeing humanitarian programs and disaster responses, including major relief operations in Bosnia and Central Africa. He also served as director for multi-lateral initiatives in the Office of the Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Global Humanitarian Demining, where he coordinated the US government’s humanitarian demining efforts with foreign governments, NGOs and international organizations.
Claudio spent an additional seven years at DoD advising principals on and leading the development of policy and strategy for South Asia, including Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, prior to and in the aftermath of 9/11. During this tenure, he also led the implementation of restored US defense cooperation with India, drafting and negotiating the “New Framework for the US-India Defense Relationship” bilateral defense agreement, signed by the US secretary of defense and Indian defense minister in 2005.
In 2006, the Office of the US Trade Representative tapped Claudio’s expertise, naming him deputy assistant US trade representative for South and Central Asia. In this role, where he also spent a year as Acting Assistant US Trade Representative, he developed US trade policy and negotiation strategies for South and Central Asia and Iraq. In this capacity, he led trade discussions with countries throughout the region. This included managing the entire spectrum of US-India trade policy issues and the implementation of the US-India Trade Policy Forum (Cabinet-level bilateral dialogue). He also spearheaded the drafting and negotiation of the US-India Framework Agreement on Cooperation in Trade and Investment, catalyzed the launch of US-India bilateral investment treaty negotiations, and was the lead on negotiations with India regarding commercial space cooperation that resulted in a signed agreement in 2009.
Claudio later served as the director for South and Central Asia at an international consulting firm, where he advised corporate defense, IT, insurance, retail, pharmaceutical and a variety of other clients on strategic planning and global risk assessment. Most recently, as senior manager of international policy for one of the world’s leading technology companies, Claudio developed and implemented strategies to confront global policy challenges affecting the company’s business.
Claudio earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Chicago, and participated in a number of government-sponsored education programs including the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Senior Executive Fellows Program. In addition, he spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International studies, on a fellowship from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Serving as an Assistant Secretary of State from 2002 through 2006, Stephen headed at various times three bureaus of the State Department, including the Bureau of Arms Control and the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. He directed the Proliferation Security Initiative, as well as nonproliferation policy toward Iran and North Korea, and led strategic dialogues with Russia, China, India and Pakistan. He also headed US delegations to the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, as well as many other international conferences.
Stephen concluded his career on Capitol Hill in 2007, serving as Senior Counsel and Policy Director for National Security Affairs for then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN). In this role, Stephen helped manage all aspects of the legislative process relating to foreign policy, defense, intelligence and national security. He earlier served as Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security of the US House of Representatives and as Deputy Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the House Committee on International Relations.
During President George H. W. Bush’s administration, Stephen served as General Counsel of the Peace Corps, Associate Counsel to the President in the Office of White House Counsel, and as Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. After leaving government in 2007, Stephen continued to serve as the US representative on the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, and he was subsequently appointed by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) to the US Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. Stephen received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit from the government of Poland in 2009. He has a bachelor's, a Juris Doctor and a master's in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.
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Ambassador Javier Sancho
As an EU official, Ambassador Sancho spent time in Brussels and New York, where he worked as a United Nations (UN) liaison, and traveled throughout the Middle East, actively participating in bilateral negotiations and multilateral conferences. Additionally, Ambassador Sancho was involved in the creation of the Middle East Quartet in 2002. While serving as Spain’s ambassador at the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Sancho developed enduring relationships with fellow ambassadors, ministers and political leaders worldwide, as they collaborated on cooperation programs in the fields of human rights, governance, electoral observation, humanitarian issues, de-mining and peace operations. He has also served as special adviser to the President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly regarding Latin American and Caribbean affairs.
Previously, Ambassador Sancho was chief of staff for Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. In this position, he represented Spain, its citizens and its companies when their interests were at stake, playing a prominent role in handling sensitive diplomatic negotiations and the facilitation of Spanish companies’ international expansion.
A native of Spain, Ambassador Sancho holds a master’s in European Studies from the University of Brussels and a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Madrid. He has been awarded 12 decorations from different states, including the Legion d’Honneur by the French Republic, for delivering outstanding results in foreign policy. Ambassador Sancho was appointed as Diplomat-in-Residence in the School of International Sevice at American University, where he taught a course on diplomacy in a changing world.
With more than three decades of service in the Italian Foreign Ministry, Stefano has been posted to locations around the world, including the United Nations in New York; Perth, Australia; and Moscow in the early 1990s, where he experienced the economic and political transition from the Soviet Union to the Russian Federation. Stefano deepened his understanding of US-European relations while at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, first as a counselor on political and military affairs where he advised on US foreign policy and specialized in the Balkans, European security and NATO, and US-Russia relations. He later served at the embassy as the deputy chief of mission; in that position, Stefano was involved in high-level defense and military discussions with the administration and the Department of Defense in support of Italian defense and aerospace companies.
The Italian government then tapped Stefano to be the ambassador and permanent representative of Italy to NATO in 2007. In this capacity, he contributed to the drafting of the NATO New Strategic Concept of 2010, the shaping of NATO’s “comprehensive approach” in Afghanistan, the enlargement and partnership policy, and the military structure review. He was actively involved in the NATO-Russia Council, participating in the debate on missile defense and on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), among other complex international negotiations. While at NATO, Stefano also continued to work closely with the Italian defense industry, advising on NATO interoperability requirements and on new developments, such as cybersecurity.
Most recently, Stefano has served as a diplomatic advisor to the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, providing analysis of international and security affairs and spearheading presidential visits to Beijing, Jerusalem, Washington and other strategically important cities. He coordinated the international participation in the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. Eighty-eight heads of states and governments, including US Vice President Joe Biden, and high-profile foreign dignitaries participated in the event in June 2011.
In 2013 and 2014 Stefano served as Vice Chairman of defense company OTO Melara, a Finmeccanica company. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, a program that addresses the security challenges of the United States and its allies and NATO and the transatlantic partnership.
Stefano earned his law degree from the University of Pisa and his master’s degree from the Institute for International Political Studies in Milan and is a recipient of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. He has received honors from several foreign governments, including France, Brazil, Germany and South Korea and writes and speaks regularly on international affairs.
With more than two decades of collaboration with both sides of the political aisle, Mark knows the ins and outs of the legislative process. As staff director for a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mark worked to strengthen relations with the United Nations and expand respect for human rights through the drafting and passage of foreign aid legislation, organization of congressional hearings on global hot spots, and briefing of members of Congress on foreign policy issues.
Mark later served within the Clinton administration, when President Clinton sought his foreign policy guidance, enlisting him as the National Security Council’s director of legislative affairs. Mark advised the president and the national security advisor on relevant congressional activity and advanced the administration’s foreign policy and national security goals in Congress by planning legislative strategies and crafting executive branch legislative proposals. He also served as the secretary of defense’s special assistant for legislative affairs, running point on international security affairs, where he put his Hill expertise to use, collaborating with other national security agencies to generate congressional support for potentially sensitive initiatives and prepping department officials to testify before congressional committees. In addition to briefing the secretary and other civilian military leaders on congressional activity, Mark coordinated and implemented legislative strategies that supported the secretary’s policy agenda.
Most recently, Mark spent more than 10 years as a government relations professional, helping foreign governments, corporations and nonprofits develop and implement advocacy strategies and gain traction for their initiatives in Washington. He connected clients with key members of Congress and provided immediate strategic counsel in crisis management situations. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from Towson State University.
Prior to joining Podesta Group, Will spent almost a decade at the German Marshall Fund working in both Brussels and Washington, DC, leading strategic communications and serving as spokesperson for the 150-person policy institute. As the GMF’s first communications staffer based in Europe, he managed media relations strategy in a broad list of countries in which GMF has a presence, including Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Tunisia, Serbia and Turkey. He also spearheaded communications around speeches by heads of state from the United States, Poland and Turkey and oversaw the launch of several major GMF conference brands, including the Brussels Forum, the Atlantic Dialogues and the Halifax International Security Forum. Bohlen was instrumental in building the organization’s presence in Brussels, as well as its robust online presence. Under his leadership, GMF was positioned as the leading transatlantic think tank. As Will established partnerships with US and international media, he also built a robust online presence for the GMF with the creation of blog and multimedia series and social media campaigns.
Earlier in his career, Will honed his media relations skills as a member of the media himself, reporting for the Chicago Tribune, the Tribune’s RedEye edition, and as a freelance reporter. Will also served as the chief researcher for “The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House,” The New York Times-bestselling history on the presidency of Bill Clinton. Will is a member of The Communications Network, and has written freelance pieces that appeared in The Washington Post, Slate, The Boston Globe, and the Chicago Tribune.
Will earned his bachelor’s in government from Harvard University.
Having served under four chairmen for close to seven years on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Riley knows the ins and outs of the committee’s responsibilities as well as US policy toward the rest of the world. In his role as a professional staff member, he was the principal policy adviser for political-military affairs to the chairman and other committee members, and he lent his expertise to high profile legislation such as the National Defense Authorization Act, the Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act.
Also during Riley’s tenure on the Hill, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee appointed Riley to serve as the secretary of the US delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In this capacity, Riley engaged directly with foreign governments to garner support for US reports and resolutions. He gained additional hands-on overseas experience while on oversight trips to the Middle East and Europe where he analyzed and provided recommendations for US security assistance programs.
Prior to his time with Congress, Riley gained insight into the increasingly important issue of disaster relief assistance as a FEMA representative. He earned his bachelor’s in government and international politics from George Mason University and his master’s in strategic security studies from the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University.
Kimberly earned her bachelor’s in political science from Santa Clara University, where she captained the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and volunteered with a program for parents of preschoolers.
Using a combination of data-driven insights and conversation analysis, Daniel helps to facilitate full-scale online presences for clients. Daniel also works with the larger Podesta Group strategic communications team to plan, execute and optimize national digital communications and marketing strategies. Daniel came to the Podesta Group in January 2012 and has spent time working in the Office of the Chairman and with the international team. Prior to the Podesta Group, Daniel worked on the finance team of a boutique DC fundraising firm serving half-a-dozen Democratic Senate candidates. In 2010, he hit the campaign trail for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and later worked in her office on the Hill. Daniel also interned at National Public Radio and on a DCCC rated red-to-blue congressional race in Arizona in 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political communications from The George Washington University.
Prior to joining the Podesta Group, Kenny served as an intern for the US State Department – Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium. During his tenure overseas, he conducted research and assisted with the day to day operations in the political office. Previously, he served as a Legal Assistant to the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; during his time there, he provided broad support to the firm in managing complex litigation issues.
Kenny received his bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina and recently graduated with a master’s in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French.