Sonsalla, John

As an independent contractor, John Sonsalla works with an array of public and private corporations, private equity firms and investment partnerships, national trade associations, and nonprofit institutions, offering expertise on federal legislative, regulatory, and political matters. He is especially well-known for his work in the financial services arena, where he has helped bank and non-bank product and service providers navigate the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Banking Committee, as well as the rulemaking, supervision, and enforcement activities of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Leveraging his experience in the public and private sector, John takes a campaign approach to advocacy that utilizes multiple channels of engagement and builds coalitions of influencers to help clients amplify their agenda in Washington. He has led such efforts on various issues, including consumer finance, housing, tax reform, immigration, agriculture and nutrition, education, and transportation.

Prior to joining the firm, John gained experience in government relations both on and off Capitol Hill. He spent time in the Washington, DC office of Congressman Joe Sestak and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. John has also served as a legislative assistant to the Advanced Biofuels Associations, where he coordinated the Association's legislative agenda. Most recently, he handled legislative and regulatory analysis for lobbying firm ML Strategies.

John graduated cum laude from the School of Public Affairs at American University with a double major in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. John is active in the local community, working with several local nonprofit organizations and currently serving on the board of American University’s Young Alumni Chapter. He has also worked on and helped manage several local campaigns.  

Representative Matters
  • On behalf of an association representing private insurance services, Brownstein successfully managed Congressional passage of a federal insurance program reauthorization. This reauthorization was the first in 12 years.

  • Secured an exclusion from the newly created Durbin interchange provision for general use prepaid cards in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Bill.

News & Events

Board Member, Young Alumni Chapter, American University

President, National Capitol Area Alumni Association

Mentor and Leadership Council Member, Capital Partners in Education, Washington, DC

Publications & Presentations
    • B.A., Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, 2011, cum laude, School of Public Affairs at American University
    • Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies, 2011, School of Public Affairs at American University
    • Certificate, 2010, Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, School of Public Affairs at American University