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 Juris Doctorate
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY B.A., Political Science
Director of GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Sarah Corcoran serves as Guide Consulting Service’s Director 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.
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY B.A., Political Science, United States History, Sociology
Activities & Affiliations
Women in Government Relations
The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics
Preston MacLean works as the policy assistant at Guide Consulting Services. A Pennsylvania native, he has previously worked in the office of a Pennsylvania State Senator and on a Congressional Campaign. Among other campus activities, he has served on his Student Senate on the Club Consulting Committee, which coordinates over 60 student clubs. During his time there he helped pass a resolution expanding access to mental health counselling and coordinated clubs that put on campus-wide events and art installations promoting mental health awareness.
Preston is a Junior at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and is pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts in Economics with a minor in Political Science and a Certificate in Security Studies.
Dickinson College BA., Candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with a minor in Political Science.