Who We Are

Chartwell is a strategic advisory firm specializing in government relations, political risk management, and strategic communications. We partner with corporate, government, trade association, and non-profit leaders to navigate high-stakes policy and reputational issues. Our highly experienced, bipartisan team brings subject-matter expertise and a vast network of influencer relationships to achieve our clients’ objectives.

Our Team

Chartwell brings a highly experienced team of strategists from an array of disciplines to achieve our clients’ objectives.

Matthew Epperly

Managing Director
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Matt Epperly is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Chartwell Strategy Group. He serves as a trusted advisor to corporate, non-profit, and government leaders on strategy, government relations, communications, international affairs, and political risk management. Matt is a leading Democratic strategist and fundraiser and a veteran of presidential, mayoral, and congressional campaigns.

Throughout his career, Matt has worked at the intersection of business and public policy as a consultant and entrepreneur.
As a consultant, Matt has advised high-profile corporate clients on a range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, board and leadership transitions, crisis management, rebranding, digital strategy, and social media. Matt has managed multi-faceted public affairs campaigns, primarily on behalf of the U.S. government, in over 30 countries around the world.

Earlier in his career, he worked in government and politics in New York City and was a founding member of a strategic consultancy and a real estate investment company specializing in transformative mixed-use and affordable housing development. He currently serves as a senior advisor to Broad Creek Capital helping to identify investment opportunities in real estate, small and mid-sized private companies, and start-ups.

Matt graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and received his MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Oswaldo J. Palomo

Managing Director
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Ozzie Palomo is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Chartwell Strategy Group. He specializes in devising and executing advocacy strategies for clients in a bipartisan manner before the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal government.

Working with large institutions, small businesses, start-ups, and publicly traded companies across all business sectors, Ozzie offers clients guidance on the intersection of policy and politics.  

In addition to his role at Chartwell, Ozzie currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the Wilson Center’s Wilson Policy Council.  He is also a frequent contributor to various political shows in the New England region including Brian & Co. on WTIC 1080AM and LX News Current featured on New England Cable News/NBC 10 Boston.

Originally from Costa Rica, Ozzie was raised in New York and earned his BA from James Madison University with a major in Political Science and Modern Foreign Language, and a minor in History.

David Tamasi

Managing Director
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David is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Chartwell Strategy Group, a Washington based government relations and strategic communications firm. He is a widely regarded Washington public affairs executive, advising CEOs, heads of trade associations and world leaders on legislative, political and reputational risk.
He has successfully worked on high profile domestic and global public policy issues over the past 20 years including energy, financial services, foreign investment, tax reform, telecommunications and trade. In addition, David works closely with global law firms advising clients on sensitive and sophisticated crisis communications matters.

David is a leading Republican fundraiser having served on numerous presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial national finance committees over the past two decades, including the last four presidential campaign cycles. He has been featured in Politico as a "Power Player" and is annually listed by The Hill as a "Top Lobbyist." He frequently appears in international and U.S. print media providing political analysis on current affairs.

David previously managed the Washington, DC office of a national public affairs firm where he was responsible for all facets of the firm’s operations including business development, client service, and external affairs. Prior he worked at Ogilvy Public Relations providing strategic communications services to leading corporations. Tamasi began his career working in the Massachusetts Legislature and at the Boston law firm of Todd & Weld, LLP.
David is a Member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee and served on the Board of the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter. He earned a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree in Journalism from Boston University.

Janet Nice

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Janet Nice is a Director at Chartwell Strategy Group, providing firm clients with government relations counsel, public affairs, and legislative advocacy services, including policymaker outreach. She possesses significant Capitol Hill experience in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Prior to joining Chartwell Strategy Group, Janet was a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) . In this capacity she devised legislative strategies and was responsible for a policy portfolio on education, veterans affairs, and worker and family support issues. Janet previously worked for Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) supporting the healthcare portfolio and constituent outreach communications.

Janet holds a B.A. in Political Science and French and a minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University.  

Nick Pasternak

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Nick Pasternak is a Director at Chartwell Strategy Group who develops and executes public affairs campaigns emphasizing media relations, influencer outreach, and crisis communications. He specializes in translating complex policy issues into digestible, persuasive messages to achieve clients’ advocacy and reputation management objectives.

Prior to joining Chartwell Strategy Group, Nick served as a Vice President at Firehouse Strategies, where he worked on a variety of initiatives including executive thought leadership, policy advocacy, grassroots and grasstops campaigns, and brand management. He also previously served as a speechwriter in the U.S. Senate and managed communications for state and local political campaigns in South Carolina.

Nick received an M.A. in Political Communication from American University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Gabron

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Andrew Gabron provides high-impact digital and grassroots communications strategies to Fortune 500 corporations, new market entrants, trade associations, and nonprofits.

He has led the strategy and execution of public affairs campaigns ranging from brand and digital strategy to owned/earned social marketing; integrated with lobbying, public relations, grassroots, and grasstops strategies.

Andrew holds degrees from the University of London (M.A. Area Studies), and a B.A. from University of Colorado-Boulder.  A Massachusetts native, he lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.

Christopher A. Smith

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Christopher A. Smith specializes in taking complex public policy issues and finding ways to communicate them in clear and simple terms to the public, the media, and policymakers. He has spent over a decade leading advising clients on financial services and markets, asset management, tax, trade, and business strategy for C suite executives from the Fortune 500, sovereigns, trade associations, and NGOs.

Chris brings the unique perspective of having participated in government policymaking at the highest levels in both the Executive and Legislative branches, as well as internationally.  Chris was previously Chief of Staff to U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, and Counselor to the Treasury Secretary.  He oversaw the Department's operations, and worked on major tax and entitlement reform legislation, financial markets policy, housing finance reform, terrorism finance, as well as international economic diplomacy efforts, which included Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Chris received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor of the Treasury Department.

Prior to Treasury, Chris served on Capitol Hill on the staff of the House Committee on Ways and Means, including as Chief of Staff for Chairman Bill Archer.  He coordinated the day-to-day operations of the committee's professional staff in developing major tax reform legislation and in the areas of international trade, welfare reform, Social Security, and health care. He was a key participant in legislation implementing major trade agreements, including the Uruguay Round and North American Free Trade Agreements.
Chris received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from The George Washington University.  He also received that program's Distinguished Alumni Award, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Chris received a BA degree in economics from Dickinson College.