Active Policy Solutions

Leadership


 

 

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Terri Lakowski, Esq.email_dark
CEO

Terri Lakowski is the CEO of Active Policy Solutions and an expert on youth sports policy in the United States. In her role at Active Policy Solutions, Terri has created and implemented strategic policy planning, lobbying, coalition building and education and outreach to renown organizations working on issues relating to sport, youth development, health and fitness, Title IX and gender equity, and civil rights.

Terri has worked with her clients to educate the government about the important role that sports plays in youth development, such as helping kids to lead healthier lifestyles, improve access to sports for underserved populations like girls and students with disabilities, and using sports as a platform to advance educational outcomes for youth.  She was instrumental in orchestrating a Youth Sports Demo for the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS), as well as hosting a number of other briefings including a Youth Sports Safety briefing and assisted in formulating the recently introduced Youth Sports Concussion Act. She also secured a GAO study on youth sports to highlight the linkage between physical activity participation and increased rates of academic and personal success later in life.

By conducting both a national and state level campaign, Terri orchestrated passage of a new directive from the Department of Education in January of 2013 and the Fitness and Athletic Equity Act for Students with Disabilities in Maryland, groundbreaking legislation and guidance that for the first time clarified the obligation of schools to provide sports and physical activity opportunities for students with disabilities. Terri has been featured for her leadership on this guidance in national outlets, including the New York Times and NPR’s On Point. Terri has been featured as an industry leader in assisting schools and athletes understand regulations surrounding physical activity for individuals with disabilities. She recently hosted a webinar with the Office for Civil Rights and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), providing resources to athletic directors across the country on making their sports programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Prior to starting Active Policy Solutions,Terri served as the Public Policy Director for the Women’s Sports Foundation, where she was responsible for the operation of the Foundation’s Public Policy Department, which provides education and advocacy to combat discrimination in sport.  In this capacity she oversaw the execution of all of the Foundation’s advocacy and public policy projects, participated in press conferences and Congressional lobbying activities to advocate on behalf of Title IX and other gender discrimination laws, and developed state and local education and advocacy initiatives to improve athletic opportunities for girls and individuals with disabilities in both school and community recreational athletic programs.

Before working at the Foundation, Terri developed and spearheaded a Title IX education and advocacy program at the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri (ACLU-EM). As part of this effort, she worked with administrators from school districts in Missouri to improve their compliance with Title IX and performed educational workshops for more than 1,000 individuals, including administrators, students, parents, teachers and coaches.

Terri earned her Juris Doctorate from American University-Washington College of Law, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Terri received her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis where, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Social Thought and Analysis with a concentration in Women’s Studies. While at Washington University, Terri wrote an honors thesis “Title IX & High School Athletics: An Introspective Look Into Compliance Practices” and participated on the women’s varsity basketball team for three years. Terri has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Continuing Studies: Sport Management Program at Georgetown University, Diversity & Social Responsibility in Sport and in the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington where she taught Sports Law.

Terri is on the Board of the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, which works in partnership with educational agencies in the U.S. to establish programs, policies and regulations in interscholastic adapted sports for students with physical disabilities to enhance educational outcomes and Baseball for All, an organization dedicated to helping girls and women play baseball.  Terri also coaches a fourth grade AAU girls’ basketball team and serves as a mentor with Capitol Partners for Education, a nonprofit that works with DC youth to support their transition from high school to college.


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Jason Marmon, Esq.email_dark
Chief Operating Officer

With strong expertise in the congressional funding and appropriations process, and convening congressional summits, Jason Marmon is the Chief Operating Officer for Active Policy Solutions.

Prior to joining Active Policy Solutions, Jason served as a policy analyst for the National Brownfields Coalition where he developed strategies to engage Members of Congress and state and local organizations; analyzed current and future policy; and assisted in outreach and messaging to build local grassroots support for federal brownfields programs.

Before joining the Coalition, Jason was a senior aid to Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-7), working on two congressional campaigns, a senate campaign, as well as in the Congressman’s district and Washington offices. Among his many responsibilities were developing and overseeing district grant support and earmark efforts; managing various issue portfolios, including appropriations, environment, transportation, and childhood nutrition; advocating Congressman’s position on proposed legislation and policy to other elected officials and government organizations; and drafting over a dozen pieces of legislation and amendments.

In 2010, Jason was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Most Effective Legislative and Campaign Staffers” by a prominent Pennsylvania newspaper. Jason earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of law, where he graduated with honors. Jason received his bachelor’s degree from Drexel University with a degree in Environmental Science, and his master’s degree from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

 


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Jason Lallis, Esq.email_dark
Director of Government Affairs

With strong expertise in health care, youth sports, political campaigns, and banking and housing issues, Jason C. Lallis is the Director of Government Affairs for Active Policy Solutions.Prior to joining Active Policy Solutions, Jason served as a Congressional aide to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), working on a successful Senate campaign, introducing and gaining support for key housing and banking legislation, planning and coordinating hearings for the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, and leading legislative efforts in the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Before joining Senator Menendez’s staff, Jason served as a Legislative Fellow for The Madison Group, LLC, where he developed legislative strategies and advocated on telecommunications, tax, health care, and transportation issues. Prior to his time with The Madison Group, Jason was a pharmaceutical sales representative for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he led marketing and sales strategies to promote medications to physicians and U.S. military medical treatment facilities for the treatment of hypertension, enlarged prostates, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and arthritis.

Jason earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, where he graduated with a degree in Marketing Management. At Virginia Tech, Jason was a four-year letterman for the football team, and was a co-captain of the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference championship team.


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Maripat Finiganemail_dark
Director of External Affairs

With strong expertise in media relations, business development and political communications, Maripat Finigan in the Director of External Relations for Active Policy Solutions.

Prior to joining Active Policy Solutions, Maripat served as a consultant for a technology startup, where she developed strategies to engage media partnerships and was key in creating editorial content. She also served as an Account Executive at BERKMAN Communications, where she provided key business development consulting and secured national placements.

Before joining BERKMAN, Maripat was the Communications Director for Larson for Congress (CT-01), where she executed local and national media outreach, served as campaign spokeswoman, and oversaw the operations of the communications and field department of the campaign. Among her many responsibilities were crafting the campaign message, implementing a strategic and creative advertising plan, and developing and managing the entire campaign field program.

Prior to joining Larson for Congress, Maripat was the scheduler and outreach coordinator for Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-7) working in his district office. In her role as scheduler, she coordinated and shaped all of the Congressman’s public appearances, as well as executed 7 major summits.

Maripat received her bachelor’s degree from Villanova University with a degree in Political Science, where she also participated on the Varsity diving team.


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Zac Cohenemail_dark
Government Relations Associate

Prior to joining Active Policy Solutions, Zac was the National Volunteer Coordinator for the League of Conservation Voters. In this role he was responsible for helping LCV with their pioneer election program. Targeting fourteen races, the election team Zac was a part of supported winners in thirteen of those including helping Jon Tester, Tim Kaine, and Elizabeth Warren.

Before being part of the coordinated campaign team at LCV, Zac worked in the External Relations department for the Center for American Progress (CAP) focusing on government relations. While at CAP, Zac did extensive work on the Farm Bill reauthorization. In addition, Zac worked with Jason and Maripat for Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-07). During his three years with the Congressman Zac worked closely with the District Director to specialize in veteran and military affairs and interned in the Washington DC office.

Zac is a graduate of the George Washington University garnering a degree in Political Science. Zac played on the GW Ice Hockey Team.