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.
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.
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
B.A., Political Science
Vice President of Government Relations
Katrina Velasquez, Esq., M.A.
Over the last decade, Katrina worked with the public and private sectors to advance their legal, public affairs and government relations needs. Katrina specializes in attentively guiding her clients from all resource levels through every step of the legislative process, identifying their underlying stakeholder goals, mobilizing grassroots networks, strategizing bipartisan initiatives, drafting carefully articulated legislation, and getting legislation over the finish line. Her leadership has led to the historic passage of eating disorders legislation within the 21st Century Cures Act, $5 million dollars in new research funding under the Department of Defense, collaborative initiatives with the White House, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Labor (DOL), and media interviews including ABC. Her work has been internationally recognized, with Katrina most recently receiving the 2017 Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy in Prague, Czech Republic.
Prior to her work with Guide Consulting Services, Katrina held roles throughout the United States, Latin America and Asia, including work with the International Organization for Migration, the United States Department of Commerce, and Equal Justice Works amongst other international nonprofits and law firms, managing advocacy and federal grants from CNCS, DOJ, DHS, USAID, and DOS. She also founded The Cultural Component, a Guatemalan consulting firm providing trainings and consulting services for attorneys and business professionals in the US and Latin America with clients such as Microsoft and Booz Allen Hamilton. Katrina also served as Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Francisco Marroquin and Georgetown International Law Institute.
COLUMBUS SCHOOL OF LAW
SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
M.A., International Politics
B.A., Public Relations, Law & Society
Minors: Spanish Language, Political Science
Activities & Affiliations
• Women in Government Relations
• Eckington Civic Association
• Catholic Charities, Pro Bono Legal Services
• District of Columbia
Senior ASSOCIATE, Government relations
Sarah Corcoran serves as Guide Consulting Service’s Senior Associate of Government Relations, bringing five years of experience working with federal agencies such as DHS, HHS, and DOJ. 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.
Activities & Affiliations
• Women in Government Relations
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A., Political Science, United States History, Sociology
Jordan Marshall serves as Policy Assistant at Guide Consulting Services. He recently graduated from Davidson College in May 2017, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Biology and minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. His passion for science and community service has led him to pursue career in public health.
Over the past few summers, Jordan worked as a Freedom School intern, leading a social action campaign to educate the youth on ways to reduce child poverty within their community.
Minor: Gender & Sexuality Studies
Armand serves as Guide Consulting Services' Policy Assistant. In the past, he has engaged in research regarding housing policy and legislation. More recently, he served as an AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners Los Angeles, where he worked to address the literacy gap.
Currently, Armand is a graduate student at the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and African-American Studies from the University of California, Irvine.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
B.A., Quantitative Economics, African-American Studies