Atlantic Strategies Group was founded by two professionals with 25+ years of federal service in both the legislative and executive branches. Since its inception, the firm has grown in capacity, specializing in drafting and influencing legislation, developing coalitions and ultimately achieving legislative goals. ASG has worked on grassroots campaigns affecting government policy as well as serving as private sector consultants. ASG understands how to unify effort from the grassroots to the board room in order to build a winning campaign for a given issue or movement.
We Are ASG
Cece Siracuse has more than 25 years of experience in legislative and executive positions in the federal government. A founding partner of ASG, she provides strategic legislative and policy advice to clients on issues ranging from defense, national security, defense communities, military healthcare, labor, environmental conservation and several other policy areas. She is an expert in the areas of military and veterans’ health care, and defense community representation.
Cece served from 1996 to 1998 as the chief civilian appointee from the Department of Defense for liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, the post of acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Executive Director for House Affairs. She began her government service in 1987 on the personal staff of Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) where she had several positions including Projects Director and Principal Legislative Assistant for Military Affairs, working extensively in supporting defense business and defense communities in Georgia. She was the Director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission from 1994 to 1996. Prior to joining Hurt, Norton & Associates, she was the Vice President, Governmental Affairs, for Sierra Military Health Services, Inc. Cece earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia.
Jennifer Dionne has 20 years of legislative and executive experience in Congress, the federal government and as a consultant. She specializes in congressional relations, community advocacy, labor and small business issues, defense community issues and maritime conservation. Co-owner and Partner at ASG, she works closely with members of Congress and senior government and nonprofit executives to understand policy problems and identify favorable intersections of policy and politics that yield legislative remedies.
Before forming ASG, Jennifer managed more than a dozen client accounts for Hurt, Norton & Associates’ Legislative Affairs practice. Earlier in her career she served as Deputy Director, Government Affairs for TriWest Healthcare Alliance, a regional administrator of TRICARE health benefits for military service members and their families in 21 western states. Jennifer began her career in government in 2002 in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), first as the Environmental Policy Specialist and Military Affairs Advisor. Later, she served as Senate Liaison for the Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree at Towson University and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. Her first job out of college was as Program Director for the Oyster Recovery Partnership for the Chesapeake Bay, a line of work that remains close to her heart.
As a Senior Advisor to ASG, Celes Eckerman helps lead the firm’s nonprofit, foreign affairs and appropriations practices. She is also a Managing Partner of Galvanize Partners, an impact strategy and leadership firm in Seattle and the Bay Area.
Celes is an accomplished strategist, communicator and problem solver, with more than 20 years of wide-ranging experience in program oversight, execution and design. Her expertise in international development and public policy was honed during 12 years spent serving on senior member and committee staffs in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, which included work on the House Foreign Affairs and Appropriations Committees, and on the personal staffs of Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.).
Today, Celes leverages keen political judgment, an insider’s understanding of the policy process, and a wide network of high-level influencers on behalf of global foundations, high-profile philanthropists and innovative social entrepreneurs, enabling them to deepen and broaden the impact of programs that contribute to peace and equity.
Colleen Purcell has spent her career ensuring organizations run at peak performance. Responsible for implementing vision and executing strategies at ASG, she is detail driven with a focus on results. She has a systematic and organized approach applied to numerous diverse operations, including organizing complex congressional fly-ins, always focusing on maximizing effectiveness with minimal wasted travel and downtime.
Colleen has broad expertise working for organizations of multiple sizes and industry focus, including technology, customer service and legislative affairs. Her adaptable abilities are key to managing the details of ASG’s individual client needs, while working with firm partners to execute key project priorities. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Political Science and French.
As a Research Associate for ASG, Connor McClain helps the team ensure quality client support through legislation analysis and issue monitoring.
Connor recently graduated magna cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South with a bachelor’s degree in Politics and a minor in Business. During his time at Sewanee, Connor was inducted into the Order of the Gown (Sewanee’s Honors Society) as well as Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honors Society). Connor honed his analytical skills while working abroad in Germany, creating competitive analysis reports and aggregating data for a startup company eventually acquired by MunichRE, the world’s largest reinsurance company.
Connor has the ability to synthesize information quickly and offer analyses which benefits our clients.