Atlas Advocacy is a Washington, D.C. based bi-partisan government relations firm founded in the fall of 2012, bringing together a team with a combined decades of professional experience in government affairs and advocacy.
A comprehensive advocacy approach can shape the environment for the issue or situation and position you for opportunities. Our interlocking and integrated strategies build the foundation to accomplish your goals.
Atlas Advocacy programs separate your goals and priorities from the avalanche of meetings and paperwork overwhelming the government workforce. We ensure you are not only remembered but remain at the top of decision-makers' minds.
We are a bi-partisan partnership with decades of combined grassroots, campaign, and government experience. We provide a customized approach tailored to each client's individual challenges or needs.
A former staffer for Congress, the White House, and a cabinet level department, Matt has over 25 years’ experience in the federal arena. Since co-founding Atlas Advocacy, Matt has been immersed in some of the most important issues facing during the past decade playing key roles on behalf of clients before Congress and Administrations leading to success in key issues.
Matt began his career on the staff of a U.S. Senator. In 1999, he was asked to join the national staff for an early Republican primary presidential campaign, later joining the national staff of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Austin, Texas for the remainder of the election.
In 2001, Matt joined the Bush administration as Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison responsible for presidential events and building coalitions for various policy initiatives. For his service, he was presented the President’s Distinguished Service Award for actions on September 11.
Matt transitioned from the White House to a senior role at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he served as the Deputy Assistant for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor on the President’s Interagency Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes. Upon his departure, he was the recipient of the department’s Distinguished Service Award.
A nationally recognized expert in advocacy solutions, Jon Wadsworth has over 26 years’ experience in the creation of political, legislative, and communications strategies. As a partner in Atlas Advocacy, Jon has worked in the medical device, energy, intellectual property, infrastructure industries.
Jon began his career as a consultant to political campaigns nationwide, devising strategies to elect candidates in the toughest races in the country. In 2003, Jon was an early hire to Governor Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. As Deputy Political Director, Jon was a senior member of the team that enabled the revolutionary rise of a dark horse candidate that shocked the political establishment.
Since leaving electoral campaigns, Jon has become a leading innovator in the field of government advocacy. Joining Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP, Jon developed the government relations firm’s advocacy coalition practice. Utilizing groundbreaking techniques, Jon has achieved legislative success in an environment most people considered unyielding.
In 2011, Jon’s “Clean Coal Technology. It Works.” campaign, a national program on behalf of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) to build Congressional support for America’s coal industry, received a prestigious Pollie Award as one of the nation’s top public affairs campaigns.