C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Founder and Partner at Monument Policy Group, LLC, has played a major role in a wide range of fields in Washington, D.C. for two decades. From high-ranking government positions to counseling private sector and political clients, Verdery has impacted issues in fields as diverse as technology and telecommunications, homeland security and law enforcement, international trade and commerce, and intellectual property.
One of National Journal’s “Political Insiders,” Verdery is a sought-after public speaker and commentator on a wide range of public policy topics, including frequent appearances on networks such as Fox News and CNN. Monument is one of the fastest-growing government consulting firms in Washington with clients including leading trade associations, Fortune 100 corporations, small companies, and non-profits. Verdery’s role in counseling clients ranges from managing all aspects of government relations to providing behind-the-scenes advice concerning market conditions and policy deliberations.
A leading Congressional attorney, Verdery served as General Counsel to Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), Assistant Senate Majority Leader, from 1998 until 2002, where he played a major role on a wide range of policy issues including crime and law enforcement, commerce, judicial nominations, constitutional law, campaign finance, and telecommunications. Verdery also oversaw the creation and management of the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force. Verdery also served as Counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). In addition, while at the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration from 1996-1998, he worked for Chairman John Warner (R-Va.).
Following his Congressional service, from 2003 to 2005, he served as the first Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. At DHS’s Border and Transportation Security Directorate he led efforts to develop and implement policies related to immigration, visas, and travel facilitation; cargo security and international trade; transportation security; and law enforcement. Verdery supervised policy development for agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration. He also worked extensively with foreign governments and appeared frequently as a witness in hearings before numerous congressional committees and as a public speaker on topics related to homeland security, travel facilitation, and international trade. Verdery also chaired official government advisory committees related to international trade and tourism and served on the President’s Advisory Committee to Protect Americans’ Civil Liberties.
In addition to his government positions, Verdery has served as: a Principal at the government relations firm of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti; the Senior Legislative Counsel for Vivendi Universal Entertainment, focusing on telecommunications and intellectual property issues; and an Associate at the Washington office of law firm Baker & Hostetler. Verdery also serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Project 2049 Institute. He previously was a senior advisor to the Guiliani for President campaign, a member of the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future at the Migration Policy Institute, a member of the board of directors at Isonics Corporation, and a member of the advisory board of Packethop. He received his B.A. from Williams College in 1989, his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1993 for whom he serves as class officer, and graduated from the Woodberry Forest School, where he currently serves on the Board of Advisors.
Verdery and his wife Jenny have three children.
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