Below are brief biographies for the senior firm members. The expertise of the entire firm is utilized on behalf of every client.
Adam Falkoff | President and Principal
Christopher Cooper | Principal
Susan Lavine | Principal
M. Scott Tannen | Principal
Paul Taylor | Principal
Falkoff is President and a Principal of CapitalKeys. He provides strategic and
legislative counsel to Presidents and Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers,
Ambassadors, non-governmental organizations, multi-national corporations, venture
funded companies, foundations, and individuals. His expertise is to successfully help clientele understand,
anticipate and navigate the complex public policy environment.
Falkoff has worked on a variety of domestic and international issues involving
telecommunications, technology, transportation, defense, educational
institutions, traditional and alternative energy, financial services, health
care, insurance, and the environment for clients including several Fortune 100
companies. Prior to founding CapitalKeys, Mr. Falkoff was the co-founder of the
Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QGA) International Practice. Prior to joining QGA, Mr. Falkoff served
as the Vice President of Government Affairs for The Gilman Group. Before
joining The Gilman Group, Mr. Falkoff served as the Senior Director of
Government Affairs for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), lobbying the
Congress and the Administration on behalf of over 2,000 corporations. Prior to
CEA, he worked with American Express, and at McKinsey & Co. He served U.S.
Senator Alfonse D'Amato, U.S. Senator Bob Dole and the U.S. Senate Committee on
Commerce, Science and Transportation as professional staff.
Falkoff has been an invited guest speaker, panelist, and moderator on a wide
range of public policy related topics. He has been interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The Palm Beach Post, Politico, Roll Call, The
Hill, The Washington Diplomat, Jack O'Dwyer's Newsletter, Capitol File, Washington Life, National Journal,
Technology Law Journal, Appliance Magazine, and The Opportunist Magazine.
Falkoff received a B.A. from Duke University and both an M.B.A. and M.I.M.
(Master of International Management) from the Thunderbird School of Global
Management. During his graduate studies, he served as an assistant to former
Vice President Dan Quayle. Mr. Falloff also holds a Certificate in
International Law from the University of Salzburg, Institute on International
Legal Studies in Salzburg,
Mr. Cooper is a Principal of the firm providing government relations and strategic communications counsel to the firm’s clients on a wide array of domestic and international issues. Prior to joining CapitalKeys, as Managing Director for a Global Public Relations Firm, Mr. Cooper worked extensively with matters involving Fortune 500 direct foreign investment and international trade for clients such as Aegon, GlaxoSmithKline, Intel, Microsoft, Nestle, Nokia, Rabobank, Siemens, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Additionally, he has worked on travel and tourism expansion in developing economies.
Earlier in his career, during the Clinton Administration, he served at the U.S. Department of State and as a Professional Democratic Staff Member on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He is a strong supporter of human rights and has volunteered his time and expertise towards ending the genocide in Darfur.
He earned a B.A. in government from Harvard University and his Masters in International Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Ms. Lavine is a Principal of the firm bringing over 20 years of political, corporate, and philanthropic experience through her work in the Clinton Administration and with corporations, non-profits, foundations, and affluent families. Prior to joining CapitalKeys, she worked with a variety of clients including the United Nations Foundation People Speak Program, NASDAQ, America Online, Wachovia, the William Haseltine Foundation for Medical Sciences and the Arts, and the Engelhard Foundation.
During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Lavine served in the Office of the White House Chief of Staff before being tapped to be the White House Liaison for the Democratic National Committee. She later received an appointment to serve Secretary Mickey Kantor and then Secretary William Daley in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Commerce.
Prior to her service in the Clinton Administration, Ms. Lavine worked for the Delegation Offices of the European Community, Hill and Knowlton, U.S. News and World Report, and as the Deputy Marketing Director of the multi-million dollar national Bill of Rights Project commemorating the 250th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Ms. Lavine began her career in the office of House Ways and Mean Committee Member Congressman William Coyne.
An active supporter of philanthropic causes, she has supported the Clinton Global Initiative, the American Heart Association, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Grant Committee, and the DC Leukemia Cup Regatta for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Ms. Lavine has been published in The Washington Post and co-produced an episode of the PBS Charlie Rose show with guest Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
She received her B.A. from Smith College and studied at the Yale University Paul Mellon Centre for British Studies, London England.
Mr. Tannen brings over 10 years of Capitol Hill experience through his work for senior Republican members of the United States Senate involved in leading legislative efforts. Prior to working at the U.S. Senate, he was a senior team member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of the World Bank Group. Through this position he travelled extensively and developed an expertise for the global capital markets.
Earlier in his career he served at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the Republican Governors Association (RGA). He has aslo volunteered his expertise to several Congressional campains.
He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Master in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Mr. Taylor provides business strategy and technical counsel to the firm’s clients on a wide array of domestic and international issues. A former McKinsey & Co. consultant, Mr. Taylor has extensive experience with the FDA and issues related to health care. He has also worked with several alternative energy technology companies. Mr. Taylor assists with funding sources for client’s seeking additional capital.
Prior to joining CapitalKeys, he worked on the Obama for America Campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, he was Managing Partner of a New York based boutique private equity firm specializing in microcap companies in the medical technology and alternative energy / green technology spaces. Earlier in his career he worked as a manager for Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co.
Mr. Taylor has earned perennial listings in “Who’s Who in America,” and “Who’s Who in Medicine”. He has been an effective advocate and fundraiser for Democratic candidates seeking local and national office.
He received a B.A., graduating cum laude, from Stanford University and holds a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.