Who We Are

As a small firm, our guiding philosophy is teamwork. Each member of the firm brings his or her unique skills, experience and broad range of contacts to the task.

Doyle Bartlett

Doyle Bartlett cofounded the Eris Group, a boutique government relations firm, in 2003. Earlier he served for five years as Chief of Staff to Representative Bill McCollum (R-FL), supporting Congressman McCollum’s work as Vice Chairman of the House Banking Committee and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Crime Subcommittee. He oversaw Bill McCollum’s race for the U.S. Senate in 1999-2000 and his successful campaign for Florida Attorney General in 2006.

From 1988 to 1994, Doyle was General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Legislative Services with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, the professional association of state banking regulators. Before joining CSBS, he was Manager of State Government Relations at Freddie Mac. Doyle came to Washington in 1984 as staff to the House Banking Committee, supporting Congressman Bill McCollum in his position as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. He had previously served as McCollum’s district representative in Orlando, Florida.

A Florida native, Doyle holds a degree in finance from the University of Florida and a law degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University. Doyle is a member of the Bar in both Oklahoma and the District of Columbia, and was recently again named one of DC’s top “Hired Guns,” in the Hill newspaper. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s Department of Political Science where he teaches a graduate level seminar of federal advocacy.

Greg Mesack

Greg Mesack began his career on Capitol Hill. After graduating from Miami University in Ohio, Greg utilized his political science and history major as Congressman Wally Herger’s staff assistant. He then honed his political skills at the House Republican Conference as a legislative analyst for members of Congress.

In February 2001, Greg began work for Congressman Bob Ney as his legislative assistant, performing tasks for the Financial Services Committee. Soon after, he was named legislative director, where he oversaw Congressman Ney’s legislative staff and operations.

Greg left Capitol Hill in 2004 to work at America’s Community Bankers, a trade association representing banks across the nation. He was promoted to Director of Government Relations in 2006 and to Vice President in 2007. Also in 2006, Greg earned an MBA from George Washington University, specializing in finance. He joined the Eris Group in 2007.

Chris McCannell

Chris McCannell brings over 20 years of Washington experience and insight to the clients of the Eris Group. Most recently, Chris led APCO Worldwide’s Washington financial services practice. He previously served as vice president of government affairs at Ameriprise Financial and as a director at Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a bi-partisan government relations firm in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Ameriprise Financial, Chris was chief of staff to Rep. Michael E. McMahon (D-N.Y.). Earlier in his career, he served as chief of staff and floor assistant to Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), who currently serves as vice chair of the Democratic caucus. Chris was also press secretary to Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-M.D.) and Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski (D-P.A.). He began his career as a press assistant in the office of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and the office of the Democratic Policy Committee.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in international relations from Fordham University.

Brad Cheney

Brad Cheney is an Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs at MBA, where he represents MBA in both the House and Senate on housing, tax and real estate finance issues.  Prior to joining MBA, Brad served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Brad Sherman, a senior member on the House Financial Services Committee.  As Chief of Staff, Brad served as a senior policy advisor to Congressman Sherman, overseeing operations in both the Washington and Los Angeles offices, and worked closely with the House Leadership, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the K Street Community.

Prior to joining Congressman Sherman’s office, Brad worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, serving as Deputy State Director in Vermont and Virginia.  From 2006-2008, Brad was a Senior Government Affairs Associate at The Glover Park Group, one of the leading Public Affairs and Government Relations firms in Washington.  From 2003-2006 Brad served as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Washington office of then Senator Hillary Clinton.

Brad earned a Masters Degree in Political Management from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American University.

Kenneth Swab

Kenneth Swab has a long career in public policy, both on and off Capitol Hill. Most recently he was Vice President of the Marwood Group, an advisory firm headquartered in New York with offices in Washington. Previously he was Senior Federal Government Relations Officer for PayPal, the on-line payment service.

While on Capitol Hill, Ken was Senior Counsel to Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) of the House Financial Services Committee. He also served as Legislative Director to Congressman John LaFalce (D-NY) and Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink (D-HI).

In an earlier stint with the then-House Banking Committee, he served as Chief Counsel to the Financial Institutions Subcommittee and the Consumer Affairs Subcommittee.

Ken holds a J.D. from Georgetown University, as well as an A.M. from Brown University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. A native New Yorker, his undergraduate B.A. is from Plattsburgh (NY) State College. He serves on the Board of the Women in Housing and Finance Foundation.

Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson has fifteen years of leadership experience on Capitol Hill as a former Senate Deputy Chief of Staff and senior staff member for the incoming Secretary of HHS Dr. Tom Price, working to develop strategies to pass significant bills into law in a difficult and challenging political environment. His background and knowledge of both Senate and House process and policy advances the most challenging issues of the day.

Most recently, Travis was Deputy Chief of Staff to a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee and formed a reputation of bringing together bipartisan partnerships to get things accomplished on Capitol Hill. In addition to his top position in the Senate, Travis also served Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) handling a portfolio of top relevant issues of the day.

In this capacity, he both co-authored and lead passage of one of the few bipartisan bills of the day that would allow patients with diseases lead more independent lives. Travis also led the effort to pass the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act, which temporarily raised the cap for expired Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and preserved the program for small businesses.

Travis also served as Legislative Director to Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), the former head of the Republican Study Committee and active member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on health care policy, managing the Congressman’s legislative team and developing his policy agenda.

He has served as the lead policy advisor for a top tier gubernatorial campaign during the 2015-2016 cycle.

Travis holds a degree in Government from the College of William and Mary.

Michele Lieber

Michele Lieber brings over 25 years of expertise and advocacy results during significant industry and corporate events including the auto industry restructuring and the more recent financial industry crisis.

From serving in legislative roles to heading the Washington DC office for a major financial services and auto industry provider, Michele’s strategic guidance served several CEOs as they navigated significant events that altered the company and industry. Their leadership coupled with Michele’s guidance enabled successful outcomes.

Cynthia Stern

Cynthia Stern has nearly 20 years experience working in the political and public affairs fields, with the last 10 focused on the public relations and the legislative arenas in the AG sphere. Her background involves all facets of Public Relations and Public Policy.

Hired in 2003 at the Rhode Island Attorneys General Office, Stern was the Legislative Director. Her responsibilities included researching and drafting legislation, testifying, coordinating and monitoring support for and against legislation and daily crisis management issues. Her role also included the strategy and analysis of the constantly evolving political climate and how to maximize and promote the Office of AG.

Subsequently, Stern was employed at RDW, where she was a Senior Account Executive for this full service communications firm. Stern specialized in strategy and planning, conducted media training seminars, wrote press releases, articles and editorials, crafted and handled events both locally and internationally until she was hired by her client Twin River/Lincoln Park where Stern served as the Vice President of Public Relations. In that capacity, she represented a highly controversial dining and entertainment venture and re-branded the $750 million project.

Stern graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Simmons College in Health Care Management and continued to take a number of Master’s classes in that field and the field of genetics.

Rachel Raeder

Rachel Raeder joined the Eris Group team in 2018 as the Director of Operations.Prior to joining the Eris Group, Rachel worked at the Mortgage Bankers Association as a Commercial Real Estate Finance Associate in the Commercial Multifamily Department where she was responsible for member engagement, conference/meeting planning.

Rachel oversees the extensive day-to-day operations at Eris Group, and manages the property on Capitol Hill. She directly coordinates with and manages all administration with Eris’ partners, staff, consultants, and outside vendors. Additionally, she assists with all accounting and financial information on behalf of the firm.

Rachel also organizes the firm’s considerable political fundraising activities, and special events. She is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act, and the Federal Election Commission.

Rachel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication with a minor in Public Relations and a Certificate in Political Communication from Ohio University.