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PRESS RELEASE: ESP Advisors Announces Executive Promotions

Washington, D.C. Thursday, September 30, 2021 — ESP Advisors today announced the promotion of two senior company leaders: Martha Newell-Kinsman to Chief of Staff and Kat Montgomery to Policy Director. Both appointments are effective immediately.

In this newly created role as Chief of Staff, Martha Newell-Kinsman will oversee the firm’s business practices and will be the primary point of contact for ESP’s clients going forward.

“I am thrilled to have Martha as my Chief of Staff. I have full faith and confidence in her abilities, and am pleased to have her as my right-hand person at the firm,” said Emily Patrolia, CEO. “Martha will be my proxy in all things relating to ESP Advisors, and will serve as my voice when I am not available.”

“I’m excited to take on even more of a leadership role as our firm continues to grow,” said Newell-Kinsman.

Martha brings leadership and experience from the military, Capitol Hill, and the non-profit sector to her work at ESP Advisors.

With this promotion, Kat Montgomery will lead the policy team and manage deliverables for the firm in her new role as Policy Director. Prior to joining ESP Advisors, Kat was a Knauss Fellow for Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) where she led on fisheries and ocean legislation, including updating and reintroducing the Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act.

“Kat is indispensable to our operations, and we are thrilled to have her on board as our new Policy Director,” said Patrolia. “With her keen attention to detail and ability to distill complex information in the policy arena, she will provide continuous value to our clients as the lead on our policy work.”

“I am grateful to be a part of this fantastic team and I look forward to helping ESP Advisors grow in this new role,” said Montgomery.

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About ESP Advisors

Environment, Science, and Policy (ESP) Advisors is a full-service, bipartisan firm that provides government relations and strategic communications from a team of policy veterans and public affairs professionals who are subject-matter experts on all things oceans and environment. ESP Advisors works tirelessly to ensure clients have the insight they need and a seat at the table where decisions are made.


Haley Steinhauser

Communications Director


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