Elevate Government Affairs Welcomes Three New Employees


Washington, DC – Elevate Government Affairs (LLC) is pleased to announce the hiring of three new individuals to add to its growing team. Elevate is a team of bipartisan and bicameral subject matter experts with decades of service in senior positions on the Hill and in federal agencies. Elevate offers clients expertise across the transportation and infrastructure, tech, telecommunications, energy and commerce sectors with deep institutional knowledge of Washington to deliver tangible results for clients.

Elevate welcomes Kelly Lugar as Executive Vice President. Kelly joins us from her most recent position as Vice President of Government Affairs at Berkshire Hathaway Energy and has been involved government relations for over 25 years in Washington, DC, focusing on energy and environmental matters. Her government service includes serving as senior energy policy staff to former Congressman Ralph Hall of Texas, a longtime member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee member, as well as four years at the Department of Energy in the administration of George W. Bush, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Congressional Affairs.

“Kelly will bring immediate impact on behalf of our clients and grow our energy practice with her depth of knowledge and broad bipartisan relationship base on Capitol Hill and in the Administration.” Said Sam Whitehorn, an Elevate Co-Founder.

Veronica Chase and Richard Pezzella also have joined Elevate as Associates. Veronica has extensive legislative affairs experience, having supported advocacy efforts in the private sector and on the Hill and will be working on technology, transportation, education, and other policy issues for Elevate.

Richard joins Elevate from the National Academy of Public Administration and a brief stint on Capitol Hill. He will be working on multimodal transportation, infrastructure, and communications technology clients.

“Veronica and Richard allow us to expand our resource base to better serve our clients. We are excited by the breadth and depth of experience they bring to our team.” Said Jeff Markey, Co-Founder.