• Strategic Consulting Services


  • Advocating for Fairness and Equity -- "From Twinkle to Wrinkle"


    A governmental affairs firm, Ledge Counsel, Inc. provides legislative analysis, public relations, communications and political strategy development and representation to a broad group of clients.


    At Ledge Counsel, we analyze, strategize, create, draft, and influence, legislative and executive policy for associations, organizations and corporations. We tackle Capitol Hill policy issues and create language for our client's financial and organizational benefit. We strive to develop, guide, and secure legislative, regulatory, and public policy outcomes that foster every citizen's ethical, social, health, and intellectual development, from twinkle to wrinkle.


    Our process is persistence. Our currency is consistent success.

    A governmental affairs firm, Ledge Counsel, Inc. provides legislative analysis, public relations, communication, and political strategy development to a broad group of clients. We give clients a presence on Capitol Hill that larger firms cannot provide.


    Through providing this persistent presence for our clients, we utilize and constantly expand our resource base.


    Personal Attention
    Our clients receive hands-on advice and counseling with services tailored to their specific goals

    Client Preparation
    Our executives draw on their years of legislative, political, business, and senior U.S. Government experience to provide clients with sound strategic advice.


    Reaction to Political Volatility
    At Ledge Counsel, Inc., the ability to react quickly to the ever-changing political climate in Washington and throughout the country is one of the major benefits we provide. The atmosphere in the nation's capitol has changed dramatically over the past four election cycles. We help our clients prepare for and respond to changes through our integrated approach to government affairs strategy.


    Superior & Steadfast Relationships
    The Principles and staff of Ledge Counsel maintain close and ongoing relationships with elected officials and senior policy-makers on Capitol Hill and within the Executive Branch to keep abreast of the ever-changing dynamics of our government.


    A Washington, D.C. based government affairs firm, Ledge Counsel, Inc. provides:

    Legislative Analysis
    Our legislative experts evaluate the impact of new bills by interpreting the language and evaulating the impact of change in current law to asses their impact on our clients' interests.


    Public Relations
    Ledge Counsel writes and circulates press releases about information important to our clients.


    Political Strategy Development
    Our experts assess the political landscape and identify political opportunities for clients.
    Representation to a Broad Group

    Ledge Counsel, Inc. looks forward to developing a comprehensive and integrated strategic plan to assist your organization, as we have done for many clients past and present.


    At Ledge Counsel, we pride ourselves on a talented and diverse staff that bring their own skills and qualities to the table.

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    Alan G. Lopatin


    Alan G. Lopatin is President and founder of the legislative and governmental affairs firm Ledge Counsel, Inc.  Mr. Lopatin brings his vast experience in the areas of government relations and legislative counseling to support his firm's clients in the areas of federal budget, labor, education, and human resource matters.

    Prior to the formation of Ledge Counsel, Inc., Mr. Lopatin served as General Counsel to the House Committee on Education and Labor, a position he held prior to his departure from Capitol Hill after a successful tenure of more than 15 years.


    Mr. Lopatin was formerly Deputy General Counsel to the House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, Deputy Chief Counsel to the Committee on the Budget, and Counsel to the Subcommittee on Civil Service. Mr. Lopatin had considerable involvement in the development of federal human resource, budget, labor and employment policy, as well as legislative procedure during his Capitol Hill career. While with the House Committee on Education and Labor, Mr. Lopatin also served as a member of President Clinton's Health Care Reform Task Force, the 1993 Presidential Transition Education/Labor Cluster, and the Secretary's (HHS) Advisory Committee on Head Start Quality Improvement and Expansion.


    Mr. Lopatin received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Yale University in Urban Planning and Political Sciences and his Juris Doctor from American University Law School, Washington College of Law.

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    Stephanie Monroe

    Of Counsel

    Stephanie Johnson Monroe is the President and founder of The Wrenwood Group, LLC, a Washington D.C. government relations firm where she advises clients on a wide range of matters in the education and health arenas, including early care and education, K-12 and postsecondary education, small business and workforce-related issues, and health care. She has decades of legislative and executive branch experience, most recently as Assistant Secretary of Education where she was responsible for the Office for Civil Rights which is the second largest division within the U.S. Department of Education. Stephanie began her service in the Executive Branch after a distinguished 25-year career on Capitol Hill. A veteran political strategist, she served as chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under the chairmanship of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), and, for more than a decade, had served as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families under the chairmanship of Senator Dan Coats (R-IN). With an emphasis on domestic policy issues involving health, education, child welfare, individual empowerment, and community services, Stephanie has helped develop and navigate dozens of bills from policy inception to law. Examples of legislation she has contributed to include: the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the Head Start Act, No Child Left Behind, the Individual with Disabilities in Education Act, the Higher Education Act, the Workforce Development and Workforce Investment Act, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Act, Charitable Choice, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Act, Individual Development Accounts, the Community Services Block Grant, and the Low Income Housing and Energy Assistance Act. She has been has been a guest lecturer on public policy, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland's Graduate School on Public Policy, and a contributor on articles addressing a variety of children, family, and social issues.
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    Bob Levi

    Vice President for Political Affairs

    Bob Levi has toiled in the vineyards of legislative and political affairs of the nation’s capital for over three decades, serving Congress, and working on behalf of the federal workforce and the postal community, as well as being active in a variety of charitable activities.


    Bob served 18 years as the Director of Government Relations at the National Association of Postmasters (NAPUS). He was recently retained the association’s successor organization, the United Postmasters and Managers of America, as it Director of Government Relations.


    Bob continues to spearhead the organization’s legislative advocacy on and off Capitol Hill, and directs its political activities. Before coming to NAPUS, Bob worked for six years as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs at the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO. And, prior to the NALC, Bob worked on Capitol Hill for over a decade, serving as Legislative Director of two House Post Office and Civil Service Subcommittees and as Legislative Director to former Representative Gary Ackerman. As Legislative Director to Representative Ackerman, Bob focused on the congressman’s education and labor portfolio, including increasing federal attention to youth suicide prevention.


    In addition to his professional workload, Bob serves as chairman of the board of the 28,000-member National Council of Young Israel and was president of his local synagogue.


    Bob is married and has three grown children. Bob’s father is a retired postal worker, who proudly retains his APWU membership.



    Direct Lobbying
    Direct Lobbying promotes and persuades Congress or the Administration to advance new initiatives or to oppose threatened action on matters of national public policy. Ledge Counsel executives meet with Members of the House of Representatives and Senate and their staff to advance the agendas of our clients. Our longstanding personal and professional relationships with elected and appointed officials (in Congress and the Executive Branch) opens doors for our clients. Ledge Counsel produces materials and documents supporting direct lobbying. For example we write and generate justifications, legislative drafts, legislative language, and testimonials from individuals involved in the program, project or activity. Our experience allows us to provide technical, political, and procedural support to congressional staff assigned to the subject matter of our clients. Ledge Counsel convinces an agency to interpret the law the way we believe Congress intended.

    Advocacy Training
    Ledge Counsel specializes in training and educating association and organization membership about the legislative process. We utilize a variety of tools including lectures, role playing, communication tactics, and letter writing samples, to convey information to your membership. We provide practical guidance on the "How To's" of communication and making the case. Ledge Counsel prepares copyrighted resource material as a handy reference for practice. We instruct clients on ways to persuade Congress or an agency to rectify existing laws or regulations that, often inadvertently, create problems or inequities for a single company, a small group of businesses, or an entire industry.


    Legislative Drafting
    Our legislative expert produces "industry-accepted" statutory provisions, such as bills and amendments for use in the legislative process. We create "industry-accepted" regulations for use in the regulatory process of comment periods and proposals. Ledge Counsel gives clients the power to focus their goals by having specific statutory changes to proposed, specific regulations. Because of our proximity to the Hill we have the ability to provide quick turnaround in response to actions in a committee markup, floor considerations, and conference between the House and Senate.


    Relationship Building
    Relationships: "On Capitol Hill, you are as good as your word." With twenty-five years of government service and decades of experience working with current staff and Members, Ledge Counsel maintains a powerful presence. Alan Lopatin is a known quantity as former counsel to several House Committees. He is considered a friend and colleague of top staffers and Members of Congress.


    Latest Political Information
    "Where action is measured in minutes and hours, not weeks, months, or years." Ledge Counsel prides itself on providing timely information and analysis of political and legislative activities. Our President personally writes newsletters and electronic communication for client membership and leadership. Most importantly we continually publish Budget Process updates to inform clients of developments in the congressional and executive budget processes as needed.


    Procedural Expertise
    The public has more power than credited. Every person in the United States of America has a say in the allocation of government funds. Most people are silent and with silence comes consent. Ledge Counsel is your organization's voice. We teach, encourage and help associations become an integral part of our public policy practice. This consists of helping clients persuade Congress and the Administration to allocate increasingly scarce federal funds for worthy projects. We also turn to the appropriations process to assist clients when they are unable to achieve legislative or regulatory goals through traditional avenues. At our urging, for example, Congress has been willing to preclude a recalcitrant agency from spending appropriated funds to enforce a rule or regulation harmful to our client's business interests.


    The Public has more power than credited.
    We are your organization's voice.

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    National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

    Shut Down Efforts to Raid the Federal Retirement Thrift Savings Plan

    Assisted NARFE in a successful campaign to block efforts on Capitol Hill to diminish the return on the "G" Fund of the Federal Retirement Thrift Savings Plan in order to pay for an extension of the Highway Trust Fund. First proposed as part of the FY 2016 House Budget Resolution, and called "ingenious by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the proposal would have reduced the rate of return on the G Fund by $32 billion over ten years -- diverting those funds from the retirement accounts of civilian and military personnel participating int he TSP. Through direct lobbying and a media campaign in collaboration with colleagues in the Federal/Postal Coalition, the initiative was scrapped, at least temporarily.
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    Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

    Worked with the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families along with advocates in the community and on Capitol Hill to secure significant investments in babies in the Economic Stimulus Package, including $1.1 billion for Early Head Start (along with language to ensure proper training and technical assistance for grantees), $1 billion for Head Start, $2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) (including nearly $100 million set aside for infant and toddler care), and $500 million for infant and toddler services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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    National Senior Corps Association

    Provided new opportunities for seniors to give back to their communities.

    Ledge Counsel Inc. secured congressional consideration of legislation promoting civic engagement activities for baby boomers through the House Education and Labor Committee's action on the GIVE Act, bipartisan sponsorship for the Silver Scholarship Act, and Senate introduction of the Encore Service Act.
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    National Center for Family Literacy

    Ledge Counsel, Inc. successfully lobbied to have a requirement established in law for training and technical assistance in the delivery of family literacy services in the national Head Start program to ensure that parents are an integral part of their child's education and have the tools to help them succeed. In addition, the firm helped to secure a competitive contract for the Center to be the national provider of these training services.
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    Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

    Ledge Counsel, working with House and Senate offices, helped to coordinate a successful effort in securing funding for a Court Teams Project in several states to raise awareness, increase knowledge and skills, and change practice regarding the needs of maltreated infants and toddlers and their families involved in the child welfare system. The goal of the Court Team is to bring the science of early childhood development, skills and services to juvenile and family courts.
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    Pew Charitable Trusts

    The Pew Charitable Trusts engaged Ledge Counsel, Inc. to survey Members of Congress, congressional staff, and state legislators and governors on their views of “children’s lobbyists” in anticipation of an investment of resources in an advocacy campaign to promote investment in early childhood services including child care and preschool. In carrying out the project, Ledge Counsel, Inc. interviewed senior Members of Congress, Chiefs of Staff, lead committee staffers, Governors Hunt (NC) and Lowry (WA), and state legislators. We provided feedback and strategic planning for how Pew might best articulate its policy goals and deliver the most effective message based on our findings. The project spanned several months, and generated a report and a series of follow-up consultations.
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    Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

    Fight Crime: Invest in Kids (FCIK) contracted with Ledge Counsel, Inc. to provide advice on how the organization might amplify its voice in the area of early childhood education investment. We interviewed the prospective audience for the organization’s message (Capitol Hill principals and staff, colleagues in the early childhood field, and other non-profit advocacy organizations) and provided analysis of areas of strength and areas for improvement in the organization. As a result of our work, FCIK established a senior policy position in its organizational structure and today, is among the trusted voices in the early childhood investment advocacy arena.
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    Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP)

    Through the sponsorship of one of its principal partners, Novo Nordisk, Ledge Counsel, Inc. was hired to assist MDSP in spreading the word of the Project's work through an educational campaign aimed at at-risk seniors and the public at large. Members of the MDSP steering committee included representatives of several federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and HHS (Administration on Aging). Working with our colleagues in both the aging and health care arenas, we were able to help MDSP devise a variety of public outreach strategies which capitalized on existing networks with access to a large audience of the target population. This included both programs in the national service (Senior Corps) world and the aging network (established by the Older Americans Act). In both instances, with our assistance, MDSP was able to capitalize on the public investments already in place for human resource programs and inform policy makers on the work of the Project, without blurring the lines between education and lobbying. Our familiarity with nonprofits, grantees, and the federal agencies and employees who administer programs, provided guidance to MDSP in maximizing the return on its investment in the initiative.

    American Alliance of Museums
    Armenian Assembly of America
    American Collectors Association
    Bristol Myers-Squibb
    Brown University
    Campus Compact
    Child Care Aware of America, Inc.
    Columbus Educational Services
    Congressional Budget Office
    Connie Lee Insurance Company
    Dalton & Dalton, P.C.
    Devereux Foundation
    Federal Housing Finance Board
    Fight Crime: Invest In Kids
    First 5 LA
    Kaplan Companies, Inc.
    Knowledge Universe
    Learn With Action, LLC
    Meals on Wheels Foundation, Inc.
    Medicare Diabetes Screening Project
    National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
    National and Community Service Coalition
    National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Directors
    National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
    National Association of Partners in Education
    National Association of Postmasters of the United States
    National Association of Retired Federal Employees
    National Association of Senior Companion Project Directors
    National Association of Service and Conservation Corps
    National Association of Thrift Savings Plan Participants
    National Center for Family Literacy
    National Center for Learning Disabilities
    National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
    National Education Association
    National Head Start Association
    National Institute for Literacy
    National Network for Youth
    National Senior Corps Association
    National Treasury Employees Union
    Patent Office Professional Association
    Sallie Mae
    Save the Children
    Sopris West Educational Services
    Service Employees International Union
    United Payors & United Providers
    YMCA of the USA
    Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio


    Ledge Counsel, Inc. looks forward to the opportunity to developing a comprehensive and integrated strategic plan to assist your organization. We are small enough to provide you with resourceful representation and personal attention, with a proven track record to get you the results you desire.

    Please fill out the following form to allow quick contact with one of our sales representatives. You will be contacted within 24 hours after submitting the form. If you have any questions, or wish to talk directly with us, please call (202) 244-2244 or email support@ledgecounsel.com. Thank you!


    Ledge Counsel, Inc. looks forward to the opportunity to developing a comprehensive and integrated strategic plan to assist your organization. We are small enough to provide you with resourceful representation and personal attention, with a proven track record to get you the results you desire.

    Ledge Counsel, Inc

    4958 Butterworth Place, NW

    Washington, D.C.



    P 202 244 2244

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