Team

Rachel Pearson

President & CEO

Rachel Pearson draws on her extensive experience of elective politics to provide corporations, associations, and non-profit organizations with strategic planning and counsel. She founded Pearson & Associates over 20 years ago, and its consulting work for Fortune 500 companies and leading associations continues to this day.

In 2013, she co-founded Principal to Principal with Kristi Rogers. They launched the Global Forum to bring Members of Congress, the administration, the diplomatic community, and business leaders together around one table to tackle the challenges of today. Among Principal to Principal’s other projects is the completion of Phase One of a Global Supply Chain Task Force on PPE, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

Through these decades of work in both policy and politics, Rachel has developed deep and extensive relationships with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers. Her multifaceted work is informed by a deep understanding of how Washington works. This depth of understanding, gained through personal relationships with Democrats and Republicans alike, makes her singularly positioned to lend insight into the inner workings of Congress.

Pearson’s dedication to bringing together Members of Congress, senior staff, and corporate leaders is widely recognized as unique and constructive by both sides of the aisle. This drive for coming together to find common sense solutions was inspired by her mentor, the late Ohio Governor George Voinovich. Rachel experienced firsthand the Governor working with Democrats to achieve meaningful results for the people in her home state of Ohio. Since then, she’s maintained a passion for bipartisanship and problem-solving – a passion that has most recently culminated in her founding Engage in November of 2018. Engage is an organization dedicated to promoting women’s economic security and amplifying bipartisan, commonsense legislative solutions at all levels of government. To learn more about Engage, please visit www.engagewomen.org.

Laura Valentine

Vice President

Laura Valentine is the Vice President at Pearson & Associates and has been with the firm since June 2017. She leads the firm’s fundraising arm for Members of the United States Senate and ensures quarterly client goals are met or exceeded. She coordinates fundraising trips and oversees donor engagement in Washington, DC. Before joining Pearson & Associates, Laura spent two summers working for Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in both the Congresswoman’s District Office in Miami, Florida and in her Capitol Hill office.

Laura is also the Chief of Staff at Engage: Promoting Women’s Economic Security, where she serves as the top deputy to Founder & CEO Rachel Pearson. Laura develops programming and collateral, conducts development outreach, helps oversee partnerships, and contributes to The Thread newsletter.

At Principal to Principal, Laura serves as the Chief of Staff to Co-Founders Rachel Pearson & Kristi Rogers. Her work at P2P has centered on helping organize Global Forum Dinners with Members of Congress, ambassadors, and business leaders. More recently, she has assisted P2P’s Global Supply Chain Task Force as it develops reports and recommendations for Congress and the administration on how to address our supply chain challenges.

Laura graduated from Duke University in May 2017 with a degree in Public Policy Studies and a minor in History. While there, Laura’s proudest accomplishment was spending a semester studying her Cuban-American heritage through the lens of her grandmother and producing a microhistory titled “Mirta,” which details her grandmother’s life and experience in the context of the Cuban Revolution – before, during, and after.

Laura Valentine
Lisa Horn

Lisa Horn

Business Engagement & Strategy Advisor

In her role as Business Engagement and Strategy Advisor at Pearson & Associates, Lisa Horn leads corporate outreach, coalition building, policy development and strategy on federal paid leave policy.

Prior to joining Pearson & Associates in 2021, Lisa served as a government affairs executive at SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, leading the organization’s congressional affairs activities, member advocacy function, and Executive Branch engagement on behalf of 300,000+ HR and business executive members. She has extensive experience on workplace policy, including labor and employment, workplace equity, employee benefits, and workplace flexibility and leave, and has led several national employer coalitions focused on these issues.

Lisa also spent six years on Capitol Hill working for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. A native Nebraskan, Lisa began her career as a senatorial aide in the Nebraska Legislature, while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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