Environment, Science, and Policy Advisors was formed one year ago today on March 1, 2020. What a year it has been!
That first week of March 2020, we organized ESP Advisors' first "fly-in" with a client. It was full of racing around the Capitol grounds, engaging with Members of Congress and their staff in back to back meetings, and finishing the day with receptions across town and debriefings over drinks at the Monocle (a beloved bar just steps from the Senate offices). It was the good old days of advocacy. COVID-19 was a major concern, and we were elbow bumping and using copious amounts of hand sanitizer, but we had no idea what was coming.
A week later, the shutdowns began, and consequently our transition to a virtual world.
We've spent this year mastering communications and remote advocacy in this new normal. We hosted virtual happy hours with compelling speakers, conducted virtual "fly-ins," held Congressional briefings, managed important projects, and grew our relationships.
Despite the challenges the past 12 months have presented, ESP Advisors has grown exponentially. With lots of hard work, flexibility, and grit, we achieved outstanding wins for our clients, including getting their legislation signed into law, growing their appropriations, and crafting messaging and strategy to raise important issues with policy leaders.
We started with a team of one and are now a team of seven (and counting) - with each new addition bringing their unique and considerable skills and expertise to bear for our clients.