Meet the Partners

 

North Capitol Street Enterprises, LLC is a group of Capitol Hill professionals in the lobbying, legal, political and public affairs arena who provide their clients with peerless, high level government relations, strategic consulting and legal services.  The beautiful 7500 sq.ft. of Class A office space shared by these well established professionals is also available for other lobbying, legal, corporate, non-profit and trade association organizations.

 

Meet The Team

Niels Holch

Holch & Erickson LLP

Will Hollier

Hollier & Associates

Jay Keese

Capitol Advocates

Christina Ciconte

North Capitol Street

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Niels Holch

 

Niels C. Holch is a founding partner of Holch & Erickson LLP. He has more than twenty-five years experience in both private practice and government service in Washington. In his private practice, he has represented clients on a wide range of issues before the United States Congress and various Federal administrative agencies. These issues include financial market regulation, Native American law and policy, election and lobbying regulation, and energy and environmental policy. 

 

Prior to founding Holch & Erickson LLP and a predecessor law firm, McGuiness & Holch, Mr. Holch served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), currently the Senate Republican Leader.

 

Previously, Mr. Holch was Senior Vice President at Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs, Vice President and Counsel at Gray and Company Public Affairs, Legislative Representative for the American Iron and Steel Institute; and Professional Staff Member for the Re-Election Campaign of Representative Stewart McKinney (R-CT).

 

Active in various nonprofit activities, Mr. Holch serves as the Executive Director of the Shareholder Communications Coalition (Washington, D.C.); Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Retirement Investing Institute (Lakewood, Colorado); Executive Director of the Coalition of Mutual Fund Investors (Washington, D.C.); and Member and former President (2007-2010) of the Board of Trustees for The Key School (Annapolis, Maryland).

 

Mr. Holch has received five patents for co-inventing the first cashless slot machine to be developed in the United States. He also has received three patents for inventing a series of electronic casino games utilizing a pari-mutuel wagering format. 

 

Mr. Holch graduated magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University, receiving a B.A. in Economics and Psychology. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Mr. Holch is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. He and his family live in Annapolis, Maryland. 

Will Hollier

 

Will Hollier is the President of Hollier & Associates. In this capacity Hollier provides legislative and regulatory counseling, traditional lobbying advocacy and political consulting services regarding federal matters before the Congress, Executive Branch, and federal and regional agencies.

 

With over 21 years experience working with the United States Congress, ten in the House of Representatives, four in the United States Senate and seven representing clients’ interests before Members of Congress, Hollier has a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer his clients. He brings an expertise in both House and Senate procedure and a wide range of policy issues gained from his work as senior legislative staff in both chambers of the Congress and management of several congressional campaigns. Hollier helps his clients understand and navigate the legislative and regulatory process in Washington, D.C. as efficiently and as effectively as possible.

 

Prior to Hollier & Associates, Hollier served on the staff of Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho for 11 years as Washington, DC Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. His experience as a senior political and legislative strategist for the Senator gave him the opportunity to work with many of the top decisions makers in Washington. Additionally, Hollier served as the primary liaison to the Senator’s Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

 

Hollier served as Campaign Manager for Senator Crapo’s 1998 United States Senate Campaign and Campaign Manager for Congressman Crapo’s 1996 congressional reelection campaign. He also served on the staff of Congressman Stan Parris of Virginia and Congressman Ron Packard of California.

 

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Hollier received his Master’s Degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from University of Louisiana Lafayette.

 

Hollier lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.

Jay Keese

 

Jay Keese is the Founding Principal of Capitol Advocates, a Washington, DC based government relations and strategic consulting firm. With over two decades of experience as a lobbyist and public policy professional, Jay has a diverse background with a heavy emphasis on healthcare issues. He also has significant experience with technology, finance, transportation and environmental issues.

 

In healthcare, Jay works closely with Congress and the Administration on innovative alternative payment reform proposals to help transition Medicare from fee-for-service into value-based models. He has worked closely with providers, payers, healthcare technology firms and states on critical delivery reforms such as Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered medical homes, multi-payer programs, direct primary care and chronic disease prevention. Jay has been a leader at the intersection of healthcare and technology, providing strategic counsel and advocacy support to Health IT firms, application and software developers, payers and patient advocates working towards truly meaningful adoption of new technology as a driver of reform in the American healthcare system. Jay was successful in shaping innovative reforms included in the Affordable Care Act, including a provision allowing physician-driven direct primary care medical homes to participate in health insurance exchanges. In the effort to create the Medicare Part D drug program, Jay worked with pharmaceutical and health plan clients to help shape Title II provisions creating Medicare Advantage and new prescription benefits. He also played a role in the first disease management program in fee-for-service Medicare. Jay has also worked on FDA reforms, pharmaceutical issues, the Medicare Secondary Payer program, medical malpractice reforms, as well as patient safety and quality issues.

 

Prior to founding Capitol Advocates, Jay was a Vice President at Columbus Public Affairs, where he managed the firm’s healthcare lobbying practice. Previously, he held government relations positions at both the American Medical Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

 

Jay began his career as an aide to the late Senator John Heinz (R-PA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee. He has worked on numerous House and Senate campaigns with the National Republican Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees.

 

Jay lives in Alexandria Virginia with his wife Sara, and their three children Katie, Caroline and William.

Christina Ciconte

 

Christina Ciconte is the Director of Operations and Legislative Affairs for North Capitol Street and also serves as a Legislative Assistant for Capitol Advocates, Holch & Erickson, and Hollier & Associates. Christina joined NCSE after working for both Delaware Senators, Tom Carper (D-DE) and Christopher Coons (D-DE), as well as the former Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell. While working for Senator Carper, she archived the entire history of the Affordable Care Act and assisted the staff in its health policy research. She also has worked in the Washington office of Citigroup Inc. Christina covers areas such as healthcare, veteran’s affairs, foreign affairs, trade, banking, and financial services. Christina also manages the day to day operations of clients' active social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. 

 

She graduated from Saint Joseph’s University, receiving a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Justice & Ethics in the Law.

400 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 585    Washington, D.C. 20001    (202) 624-1465