Who We Are

Gordley Associates provides a full range of government relations services, focused on practice areas related to agriculture. Services include issue monitoring and analysis, lobbying, regulatory affairs, Washington representation, and providing organizational support for trade associations. Our focus on agriculture enables us to specialize in all aspects of farm and international trade policy, renewable energy, biobased products, agricultural research, biotechnology, conservation, and rural transportation, among others.

Gordley Associates works closely with our clients to develop and implement creative and comprehensive strategies that achieve meaningful and measurable results.

Our Team:

John Gordley

“Gordley, a former staffer to Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and agriculture advisor to President Reagan, has ‘been around a long time’ and knows the ins and outs of ag policy on the Hill.”
— “The Hill,” December 8, 2004

 

John established Gordley Associates in 1987, after serving five years on the staff of Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, responsible for agriculture and agricultural trade issues. He served as Special Assistant for Policy Development in the Reagan White House, and previously worked to develop foreign markets for U.S. wheat exports. He has played a major role in every farm bill since 1981, including overseeing development of the landmark Food Security Act of 1985. John is a past member of USDA’s Grains, Feed and Oilseeds Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) on trade, and has served as chairman of the Agriculture Biotechnology Forum.

John’s practice areas include agricultural policy, farm support programs, agricultural trade policy, and biotechnology.

jgordley@gordley.com

Beverly Paul

Beverly Paul

Bev previously worked on agriculture and trade issues for Senators Ben Nelson and Bob Kerrey, both of Nebraska. She was a key participant in the last reform of federal crop insurance in the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 (ARPA), and was detailed to the staff of then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle during conference on the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Bev grew up on a farm in Nebraska and, before coming to Washington, worked for American Agrisurance in Iowa.

Bev’s practice areas include crop insurance, nutrition, research, and appropriations issues.

bpaul@gordley.com

Dale Thorenson

Dale Thorenson

Dale joined Gordley Associates from the office of Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, where he was responsible for farm policy and agricultural appropriations.  Before coming to Washington, he managed his family’s farm in North Dakota, and he brings a hands-on perspective to policy considerations.

Dale’s practice areas include farm policy, budget, and appropriations.

dthorenson@gordley.com

Tom Hance

Tom Hance

Before joining Gordley Associates, Tom served as Federal Policy Director for Governor Robert Ehrlich of Maryland.  He previously worked for Representative Virgil Goode of Virginia, including as Chief of Staff, responsible for agriculture, energy and appropriations.  Tom was raised on a small family farm in Maryland.

Tom’s practice areas include biofuels, biobased products, renewable energy programs, transportation & infrastructure, and tax.

thance@gordley.com

Patrick Delaney

Patrick Delaney

Delaney joined the Gordley Associates office from the United Fresh Produce Association, where he served as communications manager, developing the association’s communication on nutrition, food safety, labor and immigration, sustainability and supply chain issues. Prior to United Fresh, Delaney was an associate with broadcast public relations agency zcomm, where he managed creative accounts for clients in the food, auto, personal products and consumer packaged goods industries. Delaney also has experience in the radio industry.

As part of the Gordley Associates team, Delaney serves as the communications director for the American Soybean Association, guiding the association’s communications strategy by focusing on the importance of national policy issues to the soybean industry, including farm policy, trade, energy, transportation, sustainability, biotechnology, labor and others.

pdelaney@gordley.com

Hanna Abou-El-Seoud

Hanna Abou-El-Seoud

Hanna joined Gordley from the staff of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, where she focused on global food security, international food aid, conservation and forestry. Prior to her tenure with the Committee, Abou-El-Seoud worked in the office of Sen. Carl Levin, as well as in the Washington, D.C. office of Trout Unlimited. A Michigan native, Abou-El-Seoud holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a focus in science, technology and environmental policy from Michigan State University.

Hanna’s practice areas include trade policy, international biotechnology, and international agriculture development and food security.

habou@gordley.com

Blair Elias

Blair Elias

Blair Elias brings event management experience to the Gordley team to plan board meetings and Congressional receptions on Capitol Hill. She previously worked with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Junior Statesmen Foundation to coordinate fundraising events and civic education programs in Washington, DC.

Blair is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a double minor in marketing and deaf studies.

belias@gordley.com

Jessica Wharton

Jessica Wharton

Jessica comes from the American Farm Bureau Federation, where she worked on policy communications and media relations. As part of the Gordley Associates team, Jessica serves as the State Policy & Communications Coordinator for the American Soybean Association, working to keep state affiliates current and engaged on all soybean policy initiatives.

Jessica is a native of Akron, Ohio and received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

jwharton@gordley.com

Renée Munasifi

Renée Munasifi

Renée joins Gordley after spending six years as Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Kristi Noem of South Dakota, a Member of the House Ways & Means Committee and Senior Deputy Whip, where she worked on agriculture, trade, biotech, energy and other issues. She served as the lead staff during the 2014 Farm Bill conference negotiations. Prior to that, Renée held positions at the USDA under the George W. Bush Administration, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture and the office of Senator John Thune. Renée is from Aberdeen, South Dakota, and received her bachelor’s degree in international relations and Spanish from North Dakota State University.

Renée’s practice areas include regulatory issues, crop protection products, plant breeding innovations and biotechnology.

rmunasifi@gordley.com