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ABOUT US

MISSION STATEMENT

ESP Advisors provides insight, expertise, and strategy to empower organizations and further their goals by shaping public policy and public opinion on issues that matter.

ABOUT US

When shipping vessels reach a harbor, experts come on board to guide the vessel safely to port. These experts, or pilots, know the harbor like the back of their hand and can anticipate changing tides, currents, winds, and other conditions. They navigate the winding channel on behalf of the ship’s captain, ensuring the vessel makes it over the rocks and under the bridges, and can safely deliver its goods.


When it comes to government relations and public affairs, you need a pilot who understands how to advocate and communicate effectively, knows the issues like the back of their hand, and can chart your course through the often murky and ever-changing waters of Washington, D.C.
 

That’s where we come in.

 

We know what we’re talking about, how to talk about it, who to talk to, and when to engage.


We focus on solving problems and creating lasting, bipartisan solutions and opportunities for our clients. We are driven by our deep understanding of the environment, science, and policy, and our mission to help organizations make meaningful changes to policy and public opinion. By building strategies that scale, we will meet you where you are, pilot your organization safely through the channel, and ensure your priorities are delivered.

A LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER

I grew up in coastal New England and spent my days exploring the ocean, whether it was driving water taxis for my summer job or sailing, fishing, and swimming in my free time. Everywhere I turned, I became more aware of the immense challenges and questions facing our society and the ocean world I loved. How do we ensure safety at sea with improved data and technology? How do we better manage our resources so we can ensure a thriving economy and environment for the next generation? How do we galvanize public interest in our oceans and build an understanding of the incredible
benefits they provide?

 

I needed to know more, so I pursued a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island to gain a deeper scientific knowledge of the challenges facing our ocean and the communities that depend on it. After graduating, I worked with the state of Rhode Island on coastal resilience policy and saw the impacts of good and bad federal laws at the local level. I also worked in the state office of a U.S. Senator, further opening my eyes to the impact of federal policy on our communities. I became determined to better understand the mechanics of power in Washington.

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I was awarded a John A. Knauss Sea Grant fellowship and headed to Washington, D.C., where I fell in love with federal policy. There, I served as staff on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where I learned not only how to write legislation and get it passed, but also how Congress conducts business and negotiates priorities. Importantly, I saw what successful advocacy by outside groups looked like, and what to avoid.

After Capitol Hill, I joined the private sector, advocating for ocean health, fisheries, food, and trade policy at the federal level, as well as working internationally on maritime domain awareness and ocean technology. As a lobbyist at a top firm working for some of the largest corporations in the world, I furthered their priorities across a wide spectrum of issues and secured wins for our clients.
 

Throughout this journey, I kept wondering if there was a way to amplify the voices of the ocean, environment, and science community. I felt strongly that there was a need for a specialized firm focused on their specific needs. Conversations with my network and the broader community served to corroborate this idea.
 

So, in March 2020, I founded ESP Advisors to deliver professionalized and tailored government and public affairs services with a goal to raise awareness of, and drive success for, oceans, the environment, and science policy priorities.
 

We’ve built a team of passionate individuals with that vision in mind, and we are honored to work with some of the leading organizations in oceans, technology, seafood, and natural resources. We provide our clients with the insight and expertise they need to navigate Washington, D.C.

You have the vision. You have the goals. Now you have ESP.

Emily Patrolia
Founder & CEO