Mark Kadesh, President of Kadesh & Associates, has extensive legislative and political experience and insights gained from his distinguished public policy career, including sixteen years working on Capitol Hill. For seven years he served as Chief of Staff to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who praised Mr. Kadesh in possessing both "book smarts" and "street smarts" (Washington Post, 2007). He previously served as Legislative Director for Senator Feinstein, handling and gaining in-depth knowledge of issues ranging from tax, commerce, environmental regulations, transportation, water, energy, finance, trade and appropriations. Mr. Kadesh also served as Campaign Manager for Senator Feinstein's 2006 Senate Re-election Campaign.
Prior to working for Senator Feinstein, Mr. Kadesh served as Chief of Staff to Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) and as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). He also served as a public policy research associate at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC-based public policy think tank.
As a federal advocate, Mr. Kadesh has spent the past decade effectively advocating for California public and private sector interests. Mr. Kadesh has consistently been named a top lobbyist who has "mastered the art of working Capitol Hill's hallways" by Members of Congress and key Congressional aides and lobbyists. He has distinguished himself as "a real pro" who has a "reputation for effectively working both sides of the Capitol and one of the most powerful delegations" while fighting for Golden State interests (The Hill). He's led Kadesh & Associates to be ranked in the top 15 out of nearly 2,000 federal lobbying firms in the nation (Bloomberg Government)
From San Francisco, Mr. Kadesh is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and received a Master's degree in public policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Kadesh resides on Capitol Hill with his wife and two children.
Contact Mark at Mark@KadeshDC.com
Dave Ramey is a Principal at Kadesh & Associates. His impressive career in public service has included over three decades of experience as a senior staffer in the House of Representatives. He served nearly twenty years as Chief of Staff to Representative Ken Calvert (R-CA), Chairman of the California Republican Delegation, where he capably administered the office's political, legislative, and communications functions. Mr. Ramey coordinated Rep. Calvert's duties on the Appropriations Committee where Calvert serves as Chairman of the Interior Subcommittee and a senior Member of the Defense, and Energy & Water Subcommittees. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff to Representative Calvert, Mr. Ramey served as his Legislative Director where he oversaw the office's legislative and budget affairs.
From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Ramey served as Senior Advisor on Foreign Policy and Defense Issues for the House Republican Conference; Policy Committee; and Research Committee -- all under the Chairmanships of Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-CA). Through Mr. Ramey's tenure in the House of Representatives, he has gained considerable expertise related to the full range of public policy issues affecting the California delegation including water, defense/space, transportation, energy, Native Americans, endangered species and the Interior
Prior to departing Congress, Mr. Ramey led the California Republican Administrative Personnel group and he currently serves as President of the bipartisan California State Society. Mr. Ramey graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1984 with a B.A. in International Relations and received his Masters of Arts with Highest Distinction from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Contact Dave at Dave@KadeshDC.com