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
Susan Lavine | 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,
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.