C. Stewart Verdery Jr.
C. Stewart Verdery is founder and partner at Monument Policy Group, LLC, and for two decades has played a major role in a wide range of fields in Washington, D.C. From high-ranking government positions to counseling private-sector and political clients, he has worked on issues including technology and telecommunications, homeland security and law enforcement, international trade and commerce, and intellectual property. One of National Journal’s “Political Insiders,” he is a sought-after public speaker and commentator on a wide range of public policy topics and has appeared on networks such as Fox News and CNN. A leading congressional attorney, he served as general counsel to Senator Don Nickles (R-Okla.) from 1998 until 2002, where he played a major role on a wide range of policy issues including crime and law enforcement, commerce, judicial nominations, constitutional law, campaign finance, and telecommunications. He also served as counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). In addition, while at the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration from 1996 to 1998, he worked for Chairman John Warner (R-Va.). Following his congressional service, he served as the first assistant secretary for policy and planning at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2003 to 2005. At DHS’s Border and Transportation Security Directorate, he led efforts to develop and implement policies related to immigration, visas, and travel facilitation; cargo security and international trade; transportation security; and law enforcement. He supervised policy development for agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration. He also worked with foreign governments and appeared as a witness in hearings before numerous congressional committees and as a public speaker on topics related to homeland security, travel facilitation, and international trade. And he chaired official government advisory committees related to international trade and tourism and served on the President’s Advisory Committee to Protect Americans’ Civil Liberties.
In addition to his government positions, Mr. Verdery has served as a principal at the government relations firm of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti; senior legislative counsel for Vivendi Universal Entertainment, focusing on telecommunications and intellectual property issues; and associate at the Washington office of law firm Baker & Hostetler. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Project 2049 Institute. He previously was a senior adviser to the Guiliani for President campaign, a member of the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future at the Migration Policy Institute, a member of the Board of Directors at Isonics Corporation, and a member of the Advisory Board of Packethop. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1993, his B.A. from Williams College in 1989, and graduated from the Woodberry Forest School, where he currently serves on the Board of Advisors.
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