C. Stewart Verdery, Jr.
C. Stewart Verdery, Jr. has been a major Washington policymaker for over two decades. From high-ranking government positions to counseling private sector and political clients, Verdery has impacted a diverse set of issues such as technology and telecommunications, homeland security and law enforcement, international trade and commerce, and intellectual property. One of National Journal's "Political Insiders” and one of The Hill's "Top Lobbyists," Verdery is a sought-after public speaker and commentator on a wide range of public policy topics, including frequent appearances on networks such as Fox News and CNN. Verdery founded Monument in 2006, and the firm is one of the fastest-growing government consulting firms in Washington with clients including leading trade associations, Fortune 100 corporations, innovative startups, and non-profits. Verdery’s role in counseling clients ranges from managing all aspects of government relations to providing advice concerning policy deliberations. Verdery and Monument were named one of Washington’s top consulting firms in 2013 and 2014, and Verdery has been listed as one of the top lobbyists representing the technology sector.
A leading Congressional attorney, Verdery served as General Counsel to Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), Assistant Senate Majority Leader, from 1998 until 2002, where he played a major role on a wide range of policy issues including law enforcement, commerce, nominations, constitutional law, campaign finance, and telecommunications. Verdery also oversaw the creation and management of the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force. Verdery also served as Counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). In addition, while at the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration from 1996-1998, he worked as a committee counsel for Chairman John Warner (R-Va.).
Following his Congressional service, from 2003 to 2005, he served as the first Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. At DHS’s Border and Transportation Security Directorate he led efforts to develop and implement policies related to immigration, visas, and travel facilitation; cargo security and international trade; transportation security; and law enforcement. Verdery supervised policy development for agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration. He also worked extensively with foreign governments and appeared frequently as a witness in hearings before congressional committees and as a public speaker on homeland security, travel facilitation, and international trade. Verdery also chaired official government advisory committees on international trade and tourism and served on the President’s Advisory Committee to Protect Americans’ Civil Liberties.
Verdery also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Project 2049 Institute, on the MITRE Homeland Security Advisory Board and on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Advisory Circle. In addition to his government positions, Verdery previously has served as: a Principal at the government relations firm of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti; the Senior Legislative Counsel for Vivendi Universal Entertainment, focusing on telecommunications and intellectual property issues; an Associate at the Washington office of law firm Baker & Hostetler. Verdery also was a senior advisor to the Guiliani for President campaign, a member of the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future at the Migration Policy Institute, a member of the board of directors at Isonics Corporation, and a member of the advisory board of Packethop. He received his B.A. from Williams College in 1989, his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1993 for which he serves as class officer, and graduated from the Woodberry Forest School, where he serves on the Board of Trustees and formerly chaired the Board of Advisors.
Verdery and his wife Jenny have three children.