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Our Team

Recognizing the need for sophisticated government and public affairs services in the community she holds dear, Emily founded ESP Advisors with a mission to elevate ocean priorities. Utilizing her advocacy experience and deep understanding of environmental science, Emily leads the firm in all its endeavors.

Emily Patrolia

Coffee with almond milk

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Yeti crab

Based on the East Coast

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Emily Patrolia

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Kat draws upon her ocean policy expertise and years of experience managing projects, programs, and teams to catalyze success for ESP Advisors and our clients. Most recently, Kat served as staff for Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), former Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Kat Montgomery

Cappuccino with sugar

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Seahorse

Based on the East Coast

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Kat Montgomery

Chief Operating Officer

Sam is a Certified Public Accountant who has worked across nonprofit and for-profit industries with a broad range of clients. She also has experience assessing financial and other corporate data to ensure compliance with both private and public funding requirements.

Sam O'Brien

Iced black coffee

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Arctic Seal

Based on the East Coast

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Sam O'Brien

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah brings extensive media relations and science communication expertise to her role at ESP Advisors. Before joining ESP, she reported on marine and coastal science for a decade. Her work is featured by National Geographic News, PBS Digital Studios, Hakai Magazine, and other outlets.

Sarah Keartes

Iced tea

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Scalloped hammerhead

Based on the West Coast

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Sarah Keartes

Communications Manager

Stacy has over 10 years of experience in ocean research, science, conservation, and policy. Previously, she worked for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s policy team, focusing on topics ranging from ocean security and aquaculture to STEM education and climate change.

Stacy Knight

Black flavored coffee

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Cownose Ray

Based on the East Coast

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Stacy Knight

Policy Manager

As a journalist-turned-lobbyist, Allison knows the value of a strong message delivered to the right people. Most recently, Allison was a Policy Advisor for the Animal Welfare Institute, where she successfully led engagement with agency and congressional staff on a wide range of issues related to marine species.

Allison Ludtke

Iced coffee with oat milk and a hint of maple syrup!

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Manatees

Based on the East Coast

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Allison Ludtke

Policy + Communications Manager

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Pamela has over 25 years experience on Capitol Hill. As Chief of Staff for the late Congressman Don Young (R-AK), father of many initiatives and laws that govern ocean resources today, she oversaw 16 original bills that were signed into law and managed the annual appropriations process.

Pamela Day

Iced cold brew with sweet foam

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Sea otter

Based on the East Coast

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Pamela Day

Senior Advisor | Policy

With over a decade of experience bringing clients’ visions to reality, Cat specializes in marketing and brand development. As both a designer and artist, she excels in visual storytelling and graphic strategy.

Cat Elia

Iced coffee with milk

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Frog fish

Based on the West Coast

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Cat Elia

Senior Advisor | Design

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