Who We Are
Christopher Kush, MPP, CEO / Author
As CEO of Soapbox Consulting, Christopher Kush has trained hundreds of thousands of citizens from all over the United States to effectively influence Congress, state, and local governments. He has helped design sophisticated key-contact networks, Lobby Days, and grassroots training programs for many national associations including the American Cancer Society, Human Rights Campaign, Easter Seals, Goodwill International, United Way Worldwide, and the American Wind Energy Association. Mr. Kush is the author of three books on grassroots organizing including Grassroots Games (ASAE, 2002) and, most recently, The One-Hour Activist (Wiley, 2004). He has appeared on National Public Radio, ABC and Fox-news affiliates, C-SPAN's "Book TV," and in U.S. News & World Report, The Los Angeles Times, and on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network.
Kevin Schultze, Vice President, Congressional Relations
Kevin Schultze has been working directly with advocates and Capitol Hill staff for nearly ten years, following 15 years as an Emmy-nominated television news reporter, which prepared him to work quickly and efficiently with both lawmakers and associations. He oversees the Congressional Relations department at Soapbox. Kevin has facilitated the growth of client lobby days and site visits for clients including the Human Rights Campaign, Goodwill Industries International, United Way Worldwide and Easter Seals. Kevin is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a Masters Certificate from George Washington University.
Angela Taylor, Vice President, Client Relations
For more than 15 years, Angela Taylor has helped cultivate effective grassroots events and campaigns for a wide range of Soapbox Consulting clients, and has spearheaded Soapbox's state and district advocacy campaigns for clients including the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Congress of Ob/Gyns and the American Psychological Association, among others. In addition, public service announcements and corporate videos she has produced for City of Hope National Medical Center, the UCLA School of Law and the American Psychological Association have garnered a total of nine Telly awards. Angela is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Megan Holdren, Senior Manager, Congressional Relations
As Senior Manager for Soapbox's Congressional Relations division, Megan Holdren effectively organizes advocacy events on Capitol Hill for groups including the American Cancer Society, the US Travel Association and the Airline Pilots Association. Megan brings 15 years of events management and video production experience to Soapbox. Prior to joining Soapbox, Megan was Production Manager in the film and video broadcast department at the communications firm GMMB, Inc. where she coordinated production of hundreds of political and public service advertisements and public relations events. Megan is a graduate of Dickinson College.
Kate Merrill, Manager, Congressional Relations
Kate has more than five years of experience supporting non-profit organizations with development and event planning. Since arriving at Soapbox, Kate has led successful client advocacy days for organizations such as the American Heart Association, One Voice Against Cancer, and Southwest Airlines. Kate is a graduate of Marquette University and holds a Graduate Certificate from Georgetown University. She volunteers as a Catholic Charities team-lead and as the Vice President of the Marquette Alumni Club of Washington, DC.
Iain Mackay Adams, Account Representative
Before joining Soapbox Iain worked in the field of International Relations for many years where he promoted economic, educational, and political ties between the United States and Iraq. During that time he acted as a government liaison and oversaw the Prime Minister's Higher Committee for Educational Development program that brought over 800 Iraqi students to come and study at universities across the United States. After leaving the Iraqi Center for Development Iain took time off to write and study history and philosophy. He is the author of A Brief History of the American-Iraqi Relationship. Iain holds a Master's degree from the University of London.
Cherie Deogracias, Account Representative
Cherie Deogracias joined the Soapbox team in 2015. Prior to Soapbox, Cherie has worked for POLITICO, the Office of Maryland State Senator and Former U.S. Ambassador James Rosapepe, and interned at the Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. As an undergraduate student, Cherie worked as an advocate for higher education representing over 200,000 students in local, statewide, and national initiatives, traveling regularly between San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Washington D.C. Cherie graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and sits on the Executive Board of the UCLA DC Alumni Club.
Mike Yates, Account Representative
Mike brings over ten years of experience in client services, marketing and advocacy in both non-profit and political arenas. He has extensive experience in hands-on customer service and grassroots advocacy and prides himself in delivering results. Prior to coming to Soapbox, he worked in the marketing department at Patton Boggs and most recently he resided in Maine and worked on a statewide ballot initiative. Mike is a graduate of George Washington University.
Gracie has been an integral part of Soapbox Consulting for over seven years. When she is not helping the Soapbox Consulting team keep calm and focused, she volunteers with Fidos for Freedom as a Certified Therapy Dog.
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