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.