RICHMOND, Va. (January 17, 2024) – Gentry Locke Consulting is pleased to announce that Zach LeMaster and Patrice Lewis have been promoted to Government Affairs Director, and Abigail Thompson has been promoted to Government Affairs Manager, effective January 1, 2024.
“In just three years, Gentry Locke Consulting has grown into one of Virginia’s premier government affairs, strategic communications, and public relations firms, and I can say without a doubt that much of the success at GLC is due to the incredible work of Patrice, Abigail, and Zach. They provide unparalleled service to Gentry Locke’s clients as they navigate the complicated policy, legal, and public relations landmines faced by businesses today. These promotions are well-earned and I could not be more excited for the future of this team.” Said Gentry Locke Consulting President Greg Habeeb.
Patrice was previously a Government Affairs Manager with Gentry Locke Consulting, who also is an Attorney with Gentry Locke Attorneys. Patrice specializes in using data and strategy to help clients achieve their legal, policy, and communications goals. She recently served as a strategic marketing and communications consultant for SIR, Inc. located in Richmond, VA. Prior to her time at SIR, she worked as an outreach representative for Senator Mark R. Warner, serving Central and South Central Virginia, and as the legislative assistant to former Delegate Onzlee Ware. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia and her law degree from Regent University School of Law.
Zach was previously a Government Affairs Manager who just celebrated his two-year anniversary with Gentry Locke Consulting. Zach specializes in providing insight on the rules and procedures of the General Assembly to clients who need a comprehensive strategy to support their legislative goals through the biennial budget and legislative process. Zach has been involved in nearly every major policy initiative in the Virginia General Assembly since 2014, including the biennial budget, modernizing Virginia’s energy policy, criminal justice reform, marijuana decriminalization, and the expansion of gaming and gambling in the Commonwealth. His experience in state policy and strategic communications includes serving as Legislative Aide to Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. who was both Majority and Minority Leader during Zach’s tenure. Zach earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Administration with a minor in Political Science from James Madison University.
Abigail was previously a Government Affairs Specialist who has been with Gentry Locke Consulting for over four years. Abigail combines her knowledge of public policy, data analysis, and writing to help support and deliver insightful legislative and communication strategies for clients. Before coming to Gentry Locke in 2019, Abigail served under Virginia Senator Frank Ruff where she aided the Senator and staff during the legislative session and assisted in coordinating his re-election campaign. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary where she studied Government and Arabic.
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