Our Team

Jamie FontaineFounder & President

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When she launched Fontaine & Company in 2008, Jamie identified three core tenets to represent the principles and practices she would provide every client. Coupling her well-honed political organizing skills with 21st century media savvy, Fontaine put her 15 years experience successfully managing electoral campaigns to fill the critical – yet often neglected – role of grassroots advocacy in public policy making. (Read More)

Sloane WhelanSenior Campaign Director

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Sloane joined Fontaine & Company in March of 2014 and brought extensive experience in policy advocacy, project management, and grassroots organizing at the local and national levels. In her current role at Fontaine and Company as Senior Campaign Director, Sloane runs the firm’s electoral and issue advocacy field campaigns. (Read More)

Erica ReardonCampaign Director

Before joining Fontaine & Company, Erica spent the 2014 election cycle with the political team at Victory Fund, the nation’s largest LGBT political action committee. Prior to that she worked with the American Hospice Foundation to plan and implement an online educational library as well as national press and communications outreach surrounding the Affordable Care Act hospice guidelines and consumer reporting. She also coordinated seminars nationwide on pain management for dementia patients.

Erica started in policy education and outreach working with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). (Read More)

Bassam TarbushCampaign Coordinator

Prior to joining Fontaine & Company, Bassam served as a Regional Field Director for Anthony Brown’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign. Prior to that, he worked on the Terry McAuliffe Campaign for Governor and the Jennifer Wexton Campaign for Senate in his home state of Virginia. Bassam also interned at two United Nations agencies in Geneva, Switzerland: the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the International Trade Center (ITC).

He attended American University in Washington D.C. and received his MA in Political Science, with a concentration in Comparative Politics. Before that, Bassam completed his Bachelor’s Degree in History and International Relations at Oxford Brookes University.

In his free time, Bassam is a huge sports buff and an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Cubs, Washington Wizards, and Real Madrid. Additionally, he has a strong affinity for the subjects of history and geography, including a keen interest in world flags.

Kate LeisnerCampaign Coordinator

Kate brings to Fontaine & Company international experience in public policy, human rights, andhumanitarianism. Most recently, she worked as the Research and Communications Coordinator with the London-based think tank Common Vision. Among other things, she provided policy research and communication support for the UK’s political party conferences in the run-up to the 2015 general election. Kate also worked in communications roles at the Peace Corps, Radio Free Europe in Washington D.C., and at Women and Health Alliance International, a Paris-based NGO working to improve women’s health in developing countries.

Kate graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Masters in the History of International Relations, where she wrote her dissertation on International Law and the Nuremberg Trials. Previously, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Philosophy with minors in Media and French at the University of South.

When she’s not working to change the world, Kate enjoys community theatre.

Kathryn GilleyAdministrative Assistant

Kathryn discovered her love of community organizing in 2013 when she interned with the field team on the Terry McAuliffe for Governor Campaign in Virginia. She received her BA in International Studies in 2014 from Washington College, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. While in school, Kathryn worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Office of Student Affairs and as a Media Relations Assistant for the Office of College Relations & Marketing. She also served as a student representative on the International Education Committee and as vice president of an academic enrichment society.

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Kathryn now lives in Baltimore with her one-eyed cat, Tabitha. She is an equestrian and enjoys speaking German and eating sushi.