Who We Are

SEAN JOYCE

Founder & CEO
Sean combines over a decade of legislative, crisis communications, campaign management, coalition management, and corporate client experience on behalf of Atlas Crossing clients. Joyce has represented companies before Congress and the Administration that cover a diverse range of issues, including Uber, Virgin, PepsiCo, The Home Depot, United Technologies, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Capitol Collection Management, U.S. Travel Association, Space-X, and DiSH Networks.

Having left Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff for Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC), who currently serves as the top Republican on the Financial Services Committee, Joyce provides counsel to clients on strategic engagement with Congress and the Administration. As Chief of Staff, Joyce directed day-to-day operations for McHenry while overseeing the nexus where politics and policy met communications and outreach. Sean honed his legislative successes when McHenry was tapped to be the top whip by Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA). Prior to his time with McHenry, Sean held a variety of senior staff positions for the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (PA), including Legislative Director, Communications Director, National Security Advisor, and Campaign Manager. 

Sean has extensive experience in managing national political campaigns, crisis communications in addition to issue-based coalition management. Sean currently serves as the Executive Director of the S.H.I.P. Coalition, comprised of 80+ companies including Fortune50 and Fortune500 agribusinesses, chemical companies, transportation services, shipper, retailers, beverage companies, and aggregates including Anheuser-Busch, American Chemistry Council, Tyson Foods, Consumer Brands Association, PepsiCo, Hendrickson International, Coca Cola, The Home Depot, Niagara Bottling, National Cattleman Beef Association, and Procter & Gamble, to name a few.

BRAD GENTILE

Senior Advisor
Brad Gentile has spent nearly a decade in public service and has developed strong relationships throughout Washington on both sides of the political aisle. Most recently, Brad served as Chief of Staff for Congressman John Katko, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the current Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. While Brad ran his operation, Congressman Katko was recognized as the most productive first-term legislator in 27 years. Prior to that, Brad served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson and as a Legislative Assistant to former House Speaker John Boehner. Throughout his time in Washington, Brad served as the chief policy and political advisor to members of Congress where he crafted, negotiated, and helped pass numerous policy initiatives.  

Brad has worked with and overseen some of the most competitive and successful congressional campaigns in the country, building a reputation for his ability to protect incumbent candidates in targeted races. His political experience includes: raising and managing millions of dollars, coordinating with party committees, and overseeing strategy and content. Brad has extensive experience in media training, strategic communications, speech writing, and media relations.

ZACH HOWELL

Senior Advisor
Zach has spent more than a decade working in public policy and politics, with experience across multiple disciplines including communications, legislative strategy, campaign strategy, and organizational leadership. Zach spent more than 8 years on Capitol Hill, serving multiple Members of the House of Representatives handling a portfolio that spans the policy spectrum, including in transportation, homeland security, financial services, and foreign affairs. 

Zach comes from Marriott International, where he served as Director of Federal Government Affairs, helping to guide the company through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 economic and public health crisis.

Before leaving the Hill, Zach most recently served as the Legislative Director and the Chief of Staff to Congressman John Katko, and previously held roles in other offices as a press secretary, communications director, and legislative assistant. Through this varied experience, Zach has developed strong relationships across party lines, and has thorough hands-on experience crafting legislative initiatives and communications strategies, building relationships, and providing sound guidance in challenging political environments. 

Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Zach worked on a presidential campaign, serving on the ground in Florida and New Hampshire, and served as the elected leader of a nationwide youth political organization.

ALEXIS OBERG

Director of Government Affairs
Alexis joined Atlas Crossing from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Administration where she worked in his policy office for half a decade, most recently as his Policy Advisor. Alexis has handled a portfolio that includes healthcare, technology, homeland security, financial services, education, and transportation. 

At Atlas Crossing, Alexis develops legislative solutions and supporting advocacy materials to help our clients tell their stories to Members of Congress, their staff, and Administration officials. Alexis also manages all client and company Washington fly-Ins and Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Atlas Crossing frequently hosts political events for Members of Congress, and Alexis builds out Capitol Hill policy briefings for staff and Members of Congress. Alexis is a native of Atlanta, Georgia with close ties to the southeastern Congressional delegation. She holds a bachelor’s of science in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia and a master’s of Public Administration from Georgia State University. 

CHRIS KIM

Research Assistant
Chris joined Atlas Crossing after spending time at Potomac Strategies Development and in Congressman Bill Huizenga’s office. These opportunities allow Chris to fully understand the need for real-time, accurate research to keep up with the pace of the Hill and the Administration. Not only does Chris possess government experience, he has also honed his skills working and volunteering on several campaigns. Chris provides an understanding of the full spectrum of politics. In his current role, Chris provides data-driven research, specifically diving into the issues that are important to our client’s success. Chris provides real-time updates on day-to-day activities, both on the legislative side and the regulatory side, to ensure that our clients know in real-time the issues that impact their business and bottom line.

We are here for you

Atlas Crossing is a bipartisan Public Affairs and Strategic Communications firm with a proven track record of turning policy ideas into legislation, and law. Whether you are adding fire-power to your Washington team, building out your first public affairs campaign, or coalition management- our team stands ready to assist.
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