Seasoned, dedicated staff makes all the difference.


Lorie Nevares


Lorie founded StateScape in 1991. With over 30 years of experience in state and local government affairs, she has developed a level of expertise that has directly contributed to the long-standing success of her firm. As President, Lorie is responsible for the daily management of staff operations, and works closely with both her team and clients to ensure a superior work product. She is the driving force behind StateScape’s innovations and oversees the development and application of StateScape’s future services.

Lorie began her career in Pennsylvania’s state government and has held positions with the National Soft Drink Association, American Gas Association, and an affiliate of the National League of Cities and Conference of Mayors. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies from Quinnipiac University and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Lorie has held leadership positions with the Washington Area State Relations Group and Women in Government Relations, and is a recipient of the “Business Associate of the Year” award from the American Business Women’s Association. She has been profiled in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and TIME Magazine.

Irene M. Pla, Esq.


As an experienced policy analyst and attorney, Irene lends her expertise in administrative law and multi-jurisdictional compliance to her role as Vice President of Research at StateScape. Her chief responsibilities are to oversee research staff operations and data management, to develop policy monitoring tools and process improvements, and to design effective custom tracking solutions for clients.

Prior to joining StateScape, Irene performed legal research and policy monitoring while employed with several prominent trade organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Broadcasters. Irene graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the New York State Bar.

Ian Zukauskas


With a background in business and government affairs, Ian serves as the Director of Client Development at StateScape. He is responsible for establishing new client contracts, as well as further developing the firm’s business strategy and marketing efforts.

Prior to his position at StateScape, Ian worked as a government affairs consultant with a lobbying firm and oversaw projects that focused on political impact mapping and lobbying strategy. Ian graduated from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University with an M.A. in International Law and a B.S. in International Relations. He has also completed an International Business Management program at Georgetown University.

James Doyle, J.D.


With years of experience as an attorney in public service and political campaigns, James serves as Director of Research Staff and Special Projects at StateScape. James is responsible for spearheading improvement projects to increase the efficiency and scope of company operations, managing the research staff, assisting in the implementation of quality control measures, and overseeing all aspects of the tracking and analysis of over 1,500 local governments.

Prior to joining StateScape, James served as Voter Protection Director in South Carolina, as well as a member of the Obama 2012 and McAuliffe 2013 Voter Protection teams. Through his political consulting business, James has advised the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the Virginia, Kansas, and South Carolina Democratic Parties. James obtained his Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, and is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Monte McCullough


With almost four decades of experience in Data Processing and IT Management, Monte brings a wealth of knowledge and ingenuity to his role as Director of IT. In this capacity, Monte leads the development of StateScape’s technology innovations, as well as management of the firms IT systems and infrastructure.

Prior to joining StateScape, Monte served as Director of IT at Coldwell Banker Stevens, and Realogy Holdings Corporation. He has excelled in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, public accounting, professional counseling, and real estate. Monte holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University.

Jelena Chargel, Esq.


With experience in advocacy and trial preparation, Jelena’s deep understanding of public policy and legal research contributes to her success at maintaining research quality and supporting analysts in synthesizing their substantive knowledge and issue understanding, with client needs. In this capacity, Jelena coordinates research staff training, monitors trends and emerging issues at the state and federal levels, and ensures quality and timely tracking for StateScape clients.

Prior to joining StateScape, Jelena supported attorneys representing inmates on death row and participated in dependency litigation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University and obtained her Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Jelena is a member of the Virginia Bar.

Kaylee McNeil


Kaylee brings her in-depth understanding of company research services to better inform her role as liaison between StateScape, our clients, and our expert research team by developing relationships, providing guidance and support, and ensuring all requests are being met daily. With years of experience in policy advocacy and analysis, she specializes in providing detailed research for client tracking and internal efficiency at StateScape.

Prior to joining StateScape, Kaylee was a research fellow on a Virginia gubernatorial campaign, and assisted on the policy team for groups including the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Philosophy and Social Policy from the George Washington University. Her thesis on vaccination policy was accepted by the 2016 Society of Women in Philosophy (SWIP) conference in Galway, Ireland where she presented her research to an international audience.


Samuel Bell

Education: University of Richmond, B.A.
Background: Former criminal research analyst for the Lower’s Risk Group, student ambassador with the Richmond World Affairs Council, and assistant to University of Richmond residential life and police departments.

David J. Bloomer

Education: Saint Joseph’s University, B.A.
Background: Former research analyst for a state legislative committee.

Jocelyn Brinlee

Education: George Fox University, B.A.
Background: Former associate and trainer for a financial institution and a case manager for a nonprofit.

Michele Carlson

Education: Valdosta State University, M.S.
Background: Former legal research analyst with the Department of Justice. Seasoned social science researcher with an emphasis on mental health policy and legislation.

Stephanie Cornelison

Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A, M.L.S.
Background: Years of experience in gathering and categorizing extensive amounts of data as a graduate assistant at the Southern Oral History Program at the Center for the Study of the American South and the Stone Center Library as well as work with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

Kyle Graczyk

Education: American University, B.A.
Background: Supported migrant and refugee entrepreneurs with research and information to create their own businesses in Germany and the EU and as part of the Congress-Bundestag Exchange for Young Professionals. Also provided examination and insights on the German media landscape for Hill+Knowlton Strategies and analyzed polling data as part of the Mellman Group.

Rochelle Guido

Education: University of Rochester, B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.A
Background: Former document control specialist with ACM Global Labs, assistant archivist at Vignelli Center for Graphic Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, and online Latin and ESL teacher.

Rachel Jensen, Esq.

Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.; St. Olaf College, B.A.
Background: Research and compliance counsel for an insurance trade association.

Katherine Lamb

Education: Pennsylvania State, B.S.
Background: Experience in data collection with RetailData LLC, quality control tech for FXI, instructional assistant in the Fairfax County, VA school system, and youth counselor for special needs students.

Ben Lease

Education: North Carolina State University, B.S.
Background: Researcher with prior experience in U.S. public policy and elections from positions with the NC chapters of Rock the Vote and Habitat for Humanity.

Bianca Mays

Education: North Carolina A&T State University, B.S.
Background: Years of experience with financial and consumer issues, including a focus on identifying trends and technology that allow for an increase in productivity and innovation.

Tiffany Miller

Education: Mary Baldwin University, B.A.
Background: Former associate specializing in paper-to-digital and electronic storage/retrieval solutions.

Lauren Morgunov

Education: University of Tampa B.A., Concordia University M.A.
Background: Collected data on Chinese government policy towards non-profit group’s fundraising efforts while also teaching English in Kunming, China. Previous to working in China, tracked legislation for Long Island Cares Inc., provided translation services and copy editing for L’istituto Affari Internazionale, and researched humanitarian law issues at Oxford University.

Elisa Pharo

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S; B.A.
Background: Former Research Associate at the Democratic Research Institute, Executive Assistant for Crossroads Campaign Solutions, and Production Assistant at The Strategy Group, with experience in data collection and analysis from both governmental and public sources.

Victoria Ramassini

Education: University of Arizona, B.A; M.S.L.
Background: Former project assistant for Animal Policy Group, teaching assistant, and state legislative campaign office manager, with experience in intergovernmental relations for the City of Tucson.

Dave Schulz

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A.
Background: Healthcare policy specialist with over 20 years experience as an advocate and policy analyst for food and pharmaceutical industries at trade associations and corporations.

Alec Simantov

Education: George Mason University, M.P.P.; University of Maryland, B.A.
Background: Former energy and environmental policy research associate for American Continental Group, and communications assistant with The International Budget Partnership.

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