Who We Are

Christopher Kush

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, CSPAN's "Book TV," and in U.S. News & World Report, The Los Angeles Times, and on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network.


Kevin Schultze

Kevin Schultze
Vice President, Congressional Relations

Kevin Schultze has been working directly with advocates and Capitol Hill staff for more than 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

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

Megan Holdren
Senior Manager, Congressional Relations

Megan brings 17 years of events management and video production experience to Soapbox and effectively organizes advocacy events on Capitol Hill for groups including the American Heart Association, the US Travel Association, and the Airline Pilots Association. 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

Kate Merrill
Manager, Congressional Relations

Kate has nearly a decade of experience supporting nonprofit organizations with development and event planning. After five years at Soapbox, Kate has led successful advocacy days for organizations such as the American College of ObGyns, One Voice Against Cancer, and the Ntl. Retail Federation. Kate holds a Bachelor's degree in political science and French from Marquette University and a Graduate Certificate from Georgetown University. Kate is the acting President of the Marquette Alumni Club of DC and sits on the board of the Young Alumni Leadership Council for her alma mater. She enjoys volunteering as a Catholic Charities team-lead for the Archdiocese of Washington.


Iain Mackay Adams

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

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 is currently in law school at the University of Maryland and holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from UCLA.


Mike Yates

Mike Yates
Account Representative

Mike brings more than eleven years of experience in client services, marketing and advocacy in both nonprofit 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

Gracie
Specialist

Gracie has been an integral part of Soapbox Consulting for more than nine 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. Gracie visits nursing homes and hospitals throughout the DC metro area.


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