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We are a boutique consulting firm helping nonprofits and socially responsible companies to navigate Washington policy processes to achieve measurable goals. From drafting legislation to pitching Congress to planning Congressional events and fundraisers, GCS offers a full range of government relations and public affairs services, making us a one-stop-shop for all strategic needs, expediting and achieving clients’ legislative and regulatory objectives.

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Guide Consulting Team

PRESIDENT & CEO

Alfonso Guida Jr., J.D.

With more than three decades of experience in health public policy and government relations, Al is a top strategic thinker in the field. He is adept at advancing legislation and public policy, and impacting government and regulatory issues. Most notably, Al secured $15 million funding for Mental Health First Aid and the 2014 inclusion of the Excellence in Mental Health Act during a period when few mental health legislations were passed. Additionally, he has secured four amendments in both the Senate Finance Committee and House Energy & Commerce Committee including amendments for medical homes and structure of insurance exchange benefits. Al also led Medicaid Reform by initiating a mental health, disability and child welfare coalition in 2007 to stop $6 billion in Medicaid funding cuts as well as worked with Eli Lilly Co. to insert strong language into a veterans spending bill, prohibiting the Department of Veterans Affairs from instituting policies and procedures that restricted access to vital medicines for veterans with severe mental illness.

Before starting Guide Consulting Services, Al served as the Executive Director of the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, (NMHAC), which addressed the stigma associated with mental illness. Prior to the Campaign, Al served as Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy at the National Mental Health Association – now called Mental Health America – where he coordinated state and federal government affairs and helped to start NMHA’s State Health Care Reform Department. In his seven-year tenure, he fought for mental health parity legislation, Medicaid expansions, the inclusion of mental health care in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and additional federal funding for the Children’s Mental Health Services Program.

Education

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW Juris Doctorate

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY B.A., Political Science

 

SENIOR ASSOCIATE, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Sarah Corcoran

Sarah Corcoran serves as Guide Consulting Service’s Senior Associate of Government Relations, bringing over five years of experience working with federal agencies such as DHS, HHS, and DOJ.  Sarah leads all public affairs operations including Congressional Briefings, Capitol Hill Fly-in Day logistics, grassroots outreach and social media strategy.  Sarah manages GCS operations and staff, and provides legislative research and analysis, strategic planning, and regulatory drafting for her clients. 

She co-authored and managed several multimillion dollar DOJ and HHS federal grants.  Sarah has also worked at the Baltimore City Circuit Court, and as an independent political columnist and book editor. 

Sarah received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, United States History and Sociology from Arizona State University magna cum laude, and attended law school at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. 

 

Education

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY B.A., Political Science, United States History, Sociology

Activities & Affiliations

Women in Government Relations

 

 

POLICY ASSISTANT

Etan Mabourakh

Etan Mabourakh works as the Policy Assistant for Guide Consulting Services. He previously worked as a research assistant at Miami Jewish General Health Systems, performing clinical psychiatric research for patients with Alzheimer's, Dementia, and other mental health disorders. Etan has previously staffed as the senior regional Editor of The Metric, a student-run policy publication at the University of Pennsylvania, overseeing and managing publications on key domestic policy issues, such as the opioid epidemic, drug-decriminalization, and rising rates of mental illness in youth.

Etan is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Public Policy and a Minor in English.

Education

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA BA., Candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

 

 

POLICY ASSISTANT

William (Bill) Judson

William (Bill) Judson works as the Policy Assistant for Guide Consulting Services. He has previously worked at Kieloch Consulting in Washington D.C. At Kieloch, Bill assisted with the reelection campaigns of several House Congressional Members. Also during his time at Kieloch Consulting, he supported several PACs in order to ensure support for Congressional Members. He was previously employed at the Behavioral Health Center of Indian River Medical Center, in Florida. He worked with mental health and addiction patients gaining valuable first-hand experience with individuals affected by the opioid epidemic and the mental health system.

William holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Skidmore College in New York. He plans to attend the University of Maastricht, in the Netherlands, in Fall of 2018 for a Master’s degree in Health Policy, Innovation and Management.

Education  

SKIDMORE COLLEGE BA., Psychology

UNIVERSITY OF MAASTRICHT MA., Candidate for a Masters degree in Health Policy, Innovation, and Management