Meet the Team

We Are an Agile and Tenacious Team

When you engage us, you get all of us — every connection, skill and experience. We have held positions such as Senior Political Strategist for presidential campaigns, Senior Advisor for Legislative Affairs to the Vice President of the United States of America, Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. House Majority Leader, and Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Our team has held board memberships serving the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation, CBC Institute, Brookings Institution and the Meridian International Center. And we have excelled at business – launching successful companies, serving on the board of a publicly traded firm and advising leaders of international firms and nonprofits.

Art Collins, Managing Partner

at theGROUP

  • Provides counsel to corporate leaders, heads of state and their governments, and non-profit executives and their boards

before theGROUP

  • Senior Political Strategist for the 2008 Obama for America presidential campaign​
  • Senior Advisor to the Kerry presidential campaign​
  • Legislative Director within the Florida House of Representatives ​
  • Insurance Regulator and Legislative Director for the Florida Department of Insurance​
  • Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees first Chairman​
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance and an honorary doctorate from Florida A&M University​
  • Studied at the University of Miami School of Law and abroad at the University of Montpellier in Montpellier, France​

beyond theGROUP

  • Serves on the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution​
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of RLJ Lodging Trust ​
  • Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s policy think tank, the 21st Century Council​
  • Chairman of the Morehouse School of Medicine Board of Trustees​
  • Served on the Board of Trustees of Meridian International Center​
  • Resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, youngest son and daughter​
  • Passionate about creating opportunities for young people

Sudafi Henry, Partner

at theGROUP

  • Develops public policy and political strategies for engaging Washington, D.C. and beyond​
  • Advises and assists clients in furthering their business and philanthropic objectives​

before theGROUP

  • Senior Advisor and Director of Legislative Affairs for former Vice President Joseph Biden​
  • Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)​
  • Legislative Director for Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Major Owens (D-NY)
  • Juris Doctorate, The George Washington University Law School; Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Maryland at College Park

beyond theGROUP

  • President of the Black History Promotion and Education Committee​
  • Avid outdoorsman​
  • Maryland resident but still considers California home​
  • Member of the Maryland State Bar and “Recovering Attorney”

Darrel Thompson, Partner

at theGROUP

  • Develops and implements engagement strategies to assist clients in achieving their business, policy, political and social objectives​
  • Provides clients with legislative and political intelligence on issues facing their respective organization and industry

before theGROUP

  • 25-year veteran of legislative/electoral politics and strategic consulting​
  • Deputy Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental and External Affairs to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid​
  • Chief of Staff for the Barack Obama for U.S. Senate campaign​
  • Master in Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science, Morgan State University

beyond theGROUP

  • Resides in Historic Capitol Hill with his wife, Dr. Britt Weinstock, and their four-legged son, Taco​
  • Guest lectures at The Archer Center, University of Texas System and George Washington University​
  • Commissioner & Manager of Capitol Hill Little League Juniors Division and Tournament Team​
  • Participates in Competition Physique Body Building

Paul Miller, Partner

at theGROUP

  • Manages day-to-day operations of the firm​
  • Drives development of firm’s growth and successful client outcomes

before theGROUP

  • Founder and managing partner of boutique management consultancy 
  • 10 years in banking most recently as VP at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank)
  • Master of Business Administration with honors from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School; Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University

beyond theGROUP

  • Owns a music publishing company, huge music fan
  • St. Louis, Missouri native 
  • Lives in Maryland with his wife, Nicole, and daughter, Gabriella

Trimble Becker, Chief Administrative Officer

at theGROUP

  • Manages day-to-day functioning of the office​
  • Facilitates and maintains relationships with outside vendors ​
  • Designs, plans and executes onsite and offsite firm events

before theGROUP

  • Processed practice engagements and collaborated on Business Development within the compliance department at an international banking consulting firm
  • Assisted with HR and billing, executed training retreats at an international strategic business advisory firm 
  • Managed interagency relationships at an international public/private partnership headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland

beyond theGROUP

  • Avid movie buff
  • Recreational knitter
  • Aspiring Data Scientist

Audriana Osborne, Policy Analyst

at theGROUP

  • Researches, tracks, and analyzes legislation and key topics on behalf of clients 
  • Advances the execution of special projects at the firm

before theGROUP

  • Served as Executive Assistant at the Administrative Office of Courts in Montgomery, AL
  • Led a research project for a museum curating initiative at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park 
  • Earned a B.A. in English (music industry minor) summa cum laude in three years from Florida A&M University

beyond theGROUP

  • A second-year law student at Howard University School of Law
  • Arts, entertainment, and fashion law enthusiast 
  • Native of the Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement, Montgomery, AL