Mark Valente III
Mark Valente III is President of Valente & Associates. For over 20 years, Mr. Valente has brought his record of government participation and public service to a wide range of clients, elected officials, candidates, and not-for-profit causes. Mr. Valente has served as Director of Congressional Relations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, working with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
Through the experience he gained working for President Reagan in the Office of Public Liaison, Mr. Valente earned a reputation as one of the nation’s top outreach and coalition strategists. From 1986-1989, Mr. Valente was the National Director of the Republican National Committee's (“RNC”) Coalition Development Department.
He is an active participant on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s National Finance Committee.
Mark Valente III is a graduate of Villanova University's College of Commerce and Finance, as well as the University of Detroit School of Law.
Mark W. Rodgers
Mark Rodgers brings more than 25 years of experience in government relations to Valente & Associates. Rodgers has worked in federal and state levels of the executive and legislative branches.
Mr. Rodgers possesses broad experience in private sector labor-management relations, most recently serving as Vice President of Industry Relations for a trade association. Additionally, Rodgers served as deputy staff director of the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Education and the Workforce. In this position, Mr. Rodgers was responsible for coordinating policy and legislative reforms for all health care and pension issues under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
From 1995-1998, Rodgers served as Deputy Secretary for Labor and Management Relations at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. He has served as a senior advisor to Governor Tom Ridge, and also as Director of the Office of Government Relations of the Smithsonian Institution.
Mark Rodgers is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Ed Flynn consults with organizations on strategy, organization, business processes, and people management. He possesses an unwavering focus on results, ensuring a constant alignment with business objectives and outcomes.
From 2003 to 2008, Ed was Principal and Federal Sector Practice Leader for Hewitt Associates. Prior to joining Hewitt, Ed was a senior executive with the Office of Personnel Management. During 2002, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the OPM Director, and was instrumental in developing the HR program for the new Department of Homeland Security. At the agency from 1994 to 2002, Ed was the Associate Director for Retirement and Insurance. In this position, he directed the $70 billion Federal retirement systems, created the Federal Flexible Benefits Program, and helped secure implementation of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.
Ed received the President's Distinguished Senior Executive Award from President Clinton in 1999, and was designated a Meritorious Senior Executive by President Bush in 2002.
A decorated Vietnam veteran, Ed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University, where he graduated with honors. He also pursued graduate studies in public administration at Virginia Tech.
Michael Bell is Of Counsel to Valente & Associates. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bell was the director of government affairs at an internet content services provider. In this capacity, Mr. Bell oversaw communications strategies and outreach to all sectors of the federal government.
Mr. Bell also served in several capacities on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science.
Geoff Bacino is Of Counsel to Valente & Associates, working primarily with the firm's Financial Services Policy Team.
Mr. Bacino has held senior regulatory positions in two presidential administrations. He is considered an expert in the area of Dodd-Frank legislation and its impact on both credit unions and government-sponsored lending entities.
In 2000, Geoff was appointed by President Clinton to the board of the National Credit Union Administration (“NCUA”). While at NCUA, Bacino drove the Accountability in Management Initiative, which financially stabilized credit unions.
In 2006, at the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), President George W. Bush nominated Bacino to the Federal Housing Finance Board ("FHFB"). As an FHFB board member, Bacino played an integral role in advancing a retained earnings proposal and fostering agency budget reforms.
Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Geoff graduated from Indiana University (Fort Wayne) and attended Princeton University for graduate work.
Douglas A. Brook
Douglas A. (Doug) Brook focuses his efforts on the firm's National Defense and Military Affairs practice. Currently, Dr. Brook is a Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Previously, Dr. Brook was a Professor of Public Policy and Dean at the Naval Postgraduate School of Business and Public Policy in Monterrey, California. Prior to joining the Naval Postgraduate School, Dr. Brook served under the Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense, where he oversaw all budgetary matters. In 2007, Dr. Brook was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and was responsible for directing all financial matters for the U.S. Navy. Dr. Brook also served as Vice President - Government Affairs for LTV Corporation, where he directed a comprehensive government affairs program. Prior to this position, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary of the Army, where he was responsible to the Secretary of the Army for the development, defense and execution of the Army's $70 billion budget.
Dr. Brook has served as an active duty Navy Supply Corps officer, and served as an active member of the Naval Reserve for 30 years.
Dr. Brook graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Public Administration. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy at George Mason University and completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Business Administration.