Team

Peter D’Agostino

Partner

Pete is a Partner at Lynch Associates, after having served as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer since 2011.  Pete’s responsibilities as COO included business development, client management and the overall management of the firm’s operations. Prior to joining Lynch, Pete served for 11 years in the United States Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3, UH-60M Blackhawk Instructor Pilot.  In addition to his military career, which included providing strategic consulting to U.S. government agencies and the United States Army, Pete also has extensive experience in the management of both privately-owned companies, and national corporations. This background of government experience and corporate representation has been integral to his skills in bridging relationships between government and the private sector and provides a unique benefit to our clients.

Pete is a proven leader, he has extensive experience in all facets of client development and oversight, as well as, proven success implementing and executing government relations, public policy strategies and government procurement contracting for Fortune 500 companies, corporations, non-profit organizations, labor organizations and trade associations. His work with public employee groups and private organizations in formulating analysis of financial data for project specific initiatives such as contract auditing and compensation review is unique to Lynch Associates’ product offering.  Pete has developed an incomparable ability to bring contracting parties together and resolve matters of negotiation.

Pete is equally proficient in other services of the firm, including association management, operational consulting matters and short and long-term strategic planning.  His representation of associations includes a demonstrated proficiency in improving outreach and membership development.

Part of Pete’s time serving in the United States Army was focused on program development, procurement and training development for U.S. and allied personnel.  Pete represented the United States with the government aviation operations of Mexico, England, Germany, Turkey, Poland, South Korea, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. Pete’s international experience brings a unique dynamic to Lynch Associates and its clients. He currently resides in Brookline, NH with his wife and two children.

Greg D’Agostino

Partner

Greg is a Partner at Lynch Associates with over 15 years of experience implementing and executing government relations and public policy strategies for Fortune 500 companies, corporations, non-profit organizations, labor organizations and trade associations. His experience includes management of field and media campaigns, and strategic initiatives at the federal, state, and local level for clients in financial services, life sciences, environment, retail, public safety, construction and other highly regulated industries.

Prior to joining Lynch Associates, Greg served as the Chief Operating Officer for a public affairs and strategic communications firm where he developed and implemented issue advocacy campaigns from initial inception through final execution.

His advocacy and public affairs strategies have been successfully executed at all levels of government for a diverse number of policy matters.  With unique expertise in bringing together parties through coalition based advocacy, Greg led the initiative to reform interchange fees through the Dodd-Frank Act on behalf of the retail industry.  His coalition efforts have included identifying partners; developing coalition goals and objectives; implementing and executing grassroots and grasstops campaigns; and utilizing strategic communications.

His experience also includes providing counsel for long and short term strategic planning; tactical implementation of objectives; relationship development; engaging in media and public affairs opportunities.

Public affairs counsel for clients has included message development and discipline; media relations; implementing earned and paid media campaigns; creating digital engagement, and overseeing grassroots, employee, stakeholder and customer communication mobilizations designed to affect public policy action. Since 2010, Greg has managed a local governmental affairs effort for a highly regulated industry and has been successful in engaging and protecting small businesses from product bans that would severely impact their operating model.  Also, Greg is proficient in presenting corporate policy goals in easily understandable messaging for external audiences, including third party groups and policy makers.

On the political front, Greg has worked closely with campaigns to elect individuals to both state and federal office, including Congressman Stephen Lynch, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and Congressman Seth Moulton, among others.

Greg earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2001from Oregon State University.  He currently resides in his hometown of Natick, MA with his wife and two children.

Mark Molloy

Managing Director

Mark is responsible for representing a broad spectrum of clients before the Massachusetts Legislature, state agencies and local municipalities.  His duties include overseeing client interaction on a daily basis and the preparation of testimony, legislation and budget amendments on a wide range issues including business, health, public safety, environment and transportation matters.  Mark also serves as General Counsel / Legislative & Regulatory Counsel to a variety of the firm’s association clients; handling day-to-day matters that impact client needs.

Prior to his work with Lynch Associates, Mark worked in the Massachusetts State House as Counsel to the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling and as Committee Counsel to the Joint Committee on Transportation.  As Counsel to House Steering & Policy, Mark had the opportunity to work with numerous legislators, issues and legislative procedural matters, as every matter for consideration by the House of Representatives was required to proceed through the Committee. Mark also worked on a number of issues affecting Central Massachusetts, including, but not limited to, coordinating a successful legislative campaign to secure $900,000 for the construction of a statewide Vietnam Veterans Memorial, efforts to implement a direct access road to Worcester Regional Airport and ushering a number of local land use measures through the Legislature. As Committee Counsel to the Joint Committee on Transportation, Mark worked on issues ranging from the creation of the metropolitan highway system and funding for the Central Artery/Big Dig project to labor and funding matters for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket Steamship Authority. Having worked on a number of policy initiatives and political campaigns, he also has an array of legal and policy experience upon which to draw.

A 1996 graduate of the Boston University School of Law, Mark was a member of the American Journal of Law and Medicine.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College while majoring in Classical Languages and minoring in History. He currently resides in Winchester, MA with his wife and three children.

Kimberly Sullivan Giese

Senior Counsel

Kimberly works on a wide range of legislative and policy matters at Lynch Associates. Kimberly prepares testimony, fact sheets and white papers, legislative and regulatory proposals, and reports to clients on health care, public safety, public health, marijuana policy, environmental, disability, taxation and budgetary matters. She identifies and monitors policy initiatives, legislation, and regulations that could have an impact on client interests and works with clients to implement government affairs strategies designed to advance their priority initiatives.

Kimberly has represented and continues to represent client interests through the implementation of health care cost containment legislation and a variety of other state health care policy and public health and safety initiatives. To that end, she has worked extensively on ground-up coalition building to advance strategic initiatives and streamline policy messaging through the creative leveraging of grassroots organizations. She has also worked cooperatively on labor coalitions to represent client perspectives on various reforms impacting public employees advanced by the Commonwealth. Kimberly also works directly with associations in the strategic planning and execution of legislative advocacy events at the Massachusetts State House that are designed to educate policy and lawmakers and foster relationship development. In addition, Kimberly is skilled in business and association organizational matters, including establishing a compliant entity and drafting of governing documents, such as by-laws.

Kimberly received her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, graduating cum laude in 2007, and is licensed to practice law in both California and Massachusetts. In California, Kimberly practiced law at Selman Breitman, specializing in insurance coverage matters and reinsurance program auditing and rehabilitation. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Psychology, Business Administration and Justice Studies.

Matthew McKenna

Senior Director, Public Affairs

Matt works on a wide range of projects at Lynch Associates ranging from government and community relations to strategic communication and coalition building.

Prior to joining Lynch Associates, Matt most recently worked at the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) as the Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Relations where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of Veteran Services in all matters related to communications, policy, and external relations for a statewide agency serving more than 385,000 veterans, service members and their families.  Additionally, Matt was the primary liaison and negotiator with the Massachusetts Legislature on all policy related matters affecting veterans including annual budget advocacy.  In this role, he provided counsel to the Governor’s office, executive agencies and legislators on a broad spectrum of issues affecting veterans and their dependents in the Commonwealth.   Major initiatives included the passage of Valor Act I and Valor Act II; the launch of new web portal www.MassVetsAdvisor.org; and Boots to Business Networking and Mentoring Pilot Program with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce designed to provide direct relationships between Greater Boston’s employers and veterans.

Prior to his work at DVS, Matt served for 10 years in the Massachusetts State House for former state senator and current AFL-CIO President Steven A. Tolman.  In the Senate his roles included District Director and Chief of Staff.  Matt played a leading role in a number of diverse projects including the first OxyContin and Heroin Study Commission and the development of a major non-profit athletic facility in Brighton which included legislative authority, state lease agreements and extensive community mitigation.

Matt is graduate of the University of Connecticut where he majored in Political Science.  Additionally, he is 20-year member of the Army National Guard and a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  Matt still serves as a Chief Warrant Officer 3, UH-60 Blackhawk Instructor Pilot.

Jillian Bukhenik

Vice President

Jillian began working for Lynch Associates in 2007 in the association management division of the firm. In her capacity as the Executive Director for three associations, Jillian provides strategic management of the organizations’ operations while overseeing membership development and support, marketing services, and event planning.

She has extensive experience in creating informational materials, marketing materials, press releases, newsletters and media outreach. She works directly for, and reports to, three Boards of Directors, while overseeing her own staff. Jillian directs her staff in the scheduling, administration, and organization of all association meetings and events, including, but not limited to monthly Board meetings, annual membership meetings, membership networking events and fundraisers. She works closely with vendors to secure contracts and create member benefit programs to meet the needs and objectives as echoed by the associations.

As part of her work in Lynch’s association management division, she also tracks legislative matters, drafts testimony, and prepares fact sheets. Jillian works with the Boards of Directors to identify policy and regulatory initiatives with potential impact and provides strategic solutions. She is also responsible for the management, mentorship and training of her staff. Jillian sits on a variety of advisory committees for the Commonwealth, including the Regional Transportation Advisory Council and the Young Professionals in Transportation Boston (YPT). Jillian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Suffolk University.

Colleen Kane

Account Executive

Having started with Lynch Associates in 2013, Colleen Kane works specifically in the association management division of the firm. As an account executive, Colleen is responsible for board and committee support, meeting and trade show planning, educational programming, membership growth and retention, and communication through print and electronic means. With her prior experience in health care and personal services firms in Boston, Colleen brings an effective, pragmatic approach to addressing association matters – whether preparing for board meetings, membership campaigns or individual member inquiries. A South Boston native, Colleen graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy before attending UMass-Dartmouth to study nursing.

Anne M. Lynch

Founder

Ms. Lynch has more than thirty-five years of association management and public policy advocacy experience in governmental, public and media relations.  She is recognized as one of the most talented legislative and public affairs strategists in the business today, with a specialty in representing associations.

Ms. Lynch is founder and president of Lynch Associates, Inc., an independent association management, governmental advocacy and strategic consulting firm.  Lynch Associates provides lobbying, strategic development and management consulting services to a wide array of clients.  The firm has been particularly successful in representing associations from a very diverse number of business sectors including health care, public safety, education and commerce.

Lynch Associates also provides association management services.  Ms. Lynch serves as the Executive Director for both state and regional organizations.    In her capacity as Executive Director, not only does Ms. Lynch provide membership enhancement and marketing services, but she also advocates extensively on behalf of industry to federal and state legislators and agencies.

From 1978-1992, Ms. Lynch was the founder and President of Customized Association Services Inc., a governmental affairs and association management firm.  Ms. Lynch provided clients with strategic planning, direct lobbying, administrative management, as well as grass roots coalition building.  She also provided clients with membership development, trade show and exhibition management, public relations, advertising and collateral material development.  Her experience is evidenced in the exceptional success of these events over years of continued representation. Customized Association Services Inc. was purchased in 1992.

Following that, she served as executive director and legislative counsel to the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys from 1993 to 1998.  Ms. Lynch managed, directed and lobbied on all legislative matters relative to the statewide trial bar.  These initiatives included auto insurance reform, medical malpractice insurance and the implementation of the Workers Compensation Reform act.  During her leadership she increased membership of the Academy by 45% in two years.

Ms. Lynch represented a number of prominent professional societies, organizations and trade associations as lead legislative counsel and management consultant.  Clients included the Public Relations Society of America–New England Chapter and the New England Hospital Public Relations Association.  She has also represented the Massachusetts Auto Body Association, the Massachusetts Independent Auto Dealers Association, the Massachusetts Consumer Finance Association, the Massachusetts Association of Life Underwriters and the American Society of Home Inspectors – New England Chapter, to name a few.  In addition, she has provided representation for public safety organizations such as the State Police of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.  Her work with the Health Care sector includes the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society, and the Visiting Nurse Association of New England to name a few. She currently serves as executive director and legislative counsel to several commercial transportation organizations, including the Massachusetts Motor Transportation Association, the Massachusetts Movers Association and other smaller groups.