About Us

Markham is a full-service event management firm serving local, state, national and international campaigns, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups and corporate clients with offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Little Rock.

We specialize in creating meaningful moments, working with organizations to formulate, implement and execute a seamless, memorable and impactful experience for speakers, attendees and the media. We deliver tailored, top-to-bottom management solutions and produce scalable, high-impact events from concept to completion.

Markham has produced top-tier, television-ready events across the world, from intimate film screenings to massive, front page campaign rallies. No matter the scale, timeline, or obstacles, Markham has the right team for the job.

We are a nimble, highly effective and deeply creative team of world-class professionals, problem-solvers and doers, who intensely believe that nothing is impossible and there is always a path to “yes.” Markham’s deep roster of talent begins with its partners, who for twenty-one years, have been showing executives, candidates, rock stars, and heads of state the way to their spotlight; let us show you the way to yours.

Paul Neaville

Partner

Greg Hale

Partner

Molly Buford

Executive Vice President

David Cusack

Chief Operating Officer

Rose Staram

Senior Adviser

Elisabeth Hire

Senior Adviser

Matt Giobbi

Senior Vice President

Talley Sergent

Vice President

Patricia Park

Director of Los Angeles Office

Essam Abozid

Senior Manager

Lauren Barry

Art Director

Maria Franzoi

Senior Manager

Brett Gardner

Senior Manager

David Gogats

Senior Associate

Alex Harrison

Senior Associate

Cooper Lewis

Junior Associate

Ian Mellul

Manager

Marcus Montano

Associate

Tyler Penfield

Manager

Abbie Reaves

Director of Finance & Human Resources SHRM-CP

Abbey Shockley

Senior Associate

Mary Sixbey

Project Manager

Rhianna Taylor

Associate

Paul Neaville

Partner

Paul Neaville is a founding partner of Markham and one of the leading event architects in the nation. He works with national and international clients to build comprehensive, strategically focused events that maximize client branding, generate paid and earned media while accomplishing organizational objectives.

Neaville’s premier event management experience ranges from building one of the largest veteran focused employment programs in the world to developing national climate change advocacy efforts. He has lead advance trips for international non-profits and government organizations around the globe. Neaville is an expert in trip management and logistics, from facilitating high-level conferences and fly-ins to leading delegations throughout Africa and implementing large scale organizational roll outs around the country.

In a past life, Paul Neaville worked on the campaign trail managing gubernatorial campaigns and serving as national political desk for a presidential campaign effort. Paul got his start in politics working for Clinton-Gore ‘96. Neaville holds a MPA from Syracuse University and B.A. from the University of Arkansas. He is a proud native of Rogers, Ark. and knows more about the Hogs than humanly possible. As you read this, he is potentially scouting middle school offensive line prospects. He lives in northwest Washington D.C. with his wife Marisa and children Evie and Cal.

Greg Hale

Partner

“I told … Greg Hale, an Arkansas farm and event-production- and-visual wizard, whom I’ve known since he was four years old, that I imagined a sea of people waving small American flags as the backdrop, and they teased me about doing my own advance work.” - Hillary Clinton, “What Happened,” Simon & Schuster, 2017

“Mr. Hale’s campaign apex, though, arrived on Monday … Mr. Hale carried off Mrs. Clinton’s largest campaign event to date: a more-than-10,000-person evening rally in Columbus, Ohio, that surrounded her with well-lit college students across a sprawling university lawn.” - The New York Times profile, October 2016

Whether it is well-lit college students or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (you know, Will and Kate), Greg Hale creates world-class events for private sector, political and non-profit clients at the local, state, national and international levels. Hale’s expertise brings even the simplest of events to life - communicates messages, inspires action and reaches audiences onsite and online.

Greg Hale is a 20-year veteran of communications, scheduling and advance, where he worked on behalf of the Obama and Clinton Administrations and on five presidential campaigns, beginning with Clinton-Gore ‘96.

At the end of the day, Hale aims to leverage his work in the private sector, on the campaign trail and with non-profit organizations for good. He was the Executive Producer of the Walton Family Foundation’s first-ever Heartland Summit in 2018, where thought leaders, economic development officials and the private sector convened in Bentonville, Arkansas to “Meet in the Middle” and map out ways to strengthen the Heartland of America. Hale’s experience has a long runway, including producing the Fashion Tech Forum 2019, which brought together leaders in fashion and technology in New York City that will create the sustainable brands of the future. He also produced the largest inaugural celebration concert as the people of California feted their new chief executive, Governor Gavin Newsom.

The DeQueen, Arkansas native has strong roots in South Arkansas, where he’s a third-generation cattle farmer, which The New York Times profiled in an October 2016 article about Greg’s life on the farm and the campaign trail. In 2009, Governor Mike Beebe appointed Hale to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. He attended the University of Arkansas.

Hale is an avid marathon runner and mountain biker. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time on his farm and with his wife, Mica, and stepson, Eli. He resides in Little Rock.

Molly Buford

Executive Vice President

Molly Buford has more than two decades of management experience in the public sector, issue advocacy and political campaigns and has been serving clients with Markham since 2018.

A two-term veteran of the Obama Administration, Buford led the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of the White House Liaison and served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Public Affairs. While at Treasury, Buford, in close collaboration with the Treasury Secretary and the White House, led efforts to recruit, hire and retain more than 200 political appointees at all levels of the department.

Prior to her service at the Treasury Department, Buford served in the offices of then-Senators Barack Obama and Joseph Biden. She also worked on four U.S. presidential campaigns. On Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail, Molly Buford led a range of efforts, including creating partnerships, staff and budget management, communications strategy, high-level principal management and event planning. She also helped led the highly discreet work to select a Vice Presidential candidate twice.

Molly Buford’s professional career is marked by her track record of delivering results and creative solutions in high-pressure environments. She has been trusted by the highest levels of the U.S. government and local non-profits alike to exercise superior judgment, build and manage high-functioning teams and maintain strong working relationships. She has a strong reputation for managing in all different directions while also working independently and discretely.

She is a senior advisor to the B.A. Randolph Foundation, which works to empower women and girls from underserved areas. She is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and an alumna of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She resides in Washington, D.C. where she remains a loyal Hogs fan, enjoys handmade cocktails in the sunshine, and still believes in handwritten thank you notes.

Molly Buford is based out of the Washington, D.C. office.

David Cusack

Chief Operating Officer

David Cusack is the Chief Operating Officer for Markham, serving clients since 2018.

For over 19 years, David Cusack has overseen the production, logistical, and operational work for some of the most historic political events in U.S. history; including Elections Nights in 2008 and 2012 in Chicago, IL and all events for both the 2009 and 2013 inaugurations. He has worked on three presidential campaigns (Gore, Kerry, Obama), three Democratic National Conventions (2004, 2008, 2012), and the aforementioned two presidential inaugurations (2009 and 2013).

Before joining Markham, Cusack served as the Director of Operations for the White House. There, David Cusack was responsible for the daily operations and finances of the White House and the Executive Office of the President, which included a $55 million annual budget. He chaired the White House Short-Term Campus Projects Committee and approved all facility projects (200+) between U.S. Secret Service, National Park Service, General Services Administration, White House Military Office and the Office of Administration. Cusack was responsible for emergency communications to staff and the Continuity of Operations Plan for the White House in order to ensure the continuity of government in the event of a natural, man-made, technological, or national security emergency. Additionally, he oversaw all contracts between the White House and its vendors, 194,000 square feet of office space in 6 buildings (including all media work space), 900 parking spaces, 24 event spaces, a fleet of 24 vehicles, the mail and printing services for the president and White House staff, 7,000 monthly visitors to the West Wing, and 1,000 daily visitors to the White House campus.

Cusack also worked at the U.S. Department of State for both the Our Ocean Conference and the U.S. - Africa Leaders Summit. During which he oversaw the logistics for President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, 59 foreign ministers, speakers, and attendees from 90 nations, various government officials and celebrities. He advised and counseled the White House and various Federal agencies on the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit, particularly on operational security and official credentials for this National Special Security Event. Cusack coordinated multiple offices and departments within the U.S. Department of State, along with a myriad of foreign and domestic governments and media outlets, to strive for common goals in a condensed time frame.

As Executive Director of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Cusack managed a staff of 700, a volunteer corps of 15,000, and solicited public and corporate donations of $41.5 million. He coordinated the building and logistics for a crowd of 800,000 on the National Mall and 200,000 on Pennsylvania Avenue. Additionally, he oversaw the National Day of Service, which comprised over 4,000 events in all 50 states, 50,000 participants on the National Mall, and over 1 million service hours pledged.

David Cusack served as a Commissioned Officer to the President of the United States when he was Director of Advance for President Barack Obama. He was responsible for the production and logistics of every public event in which the President participated in outside the White House grounds both domestically (215 trips), internationally (35 trips) and U.S.-hosted summits (4). Cusack represented the United States government overseas in negotiating presidential visits while leading delegations of 35 government personnel from 10 different government entities.

Prior to his service with the Obama family, David Cusack was a transportation policy analyst for the D.C. Department of Transportation and later, Board of Clark County Commissioners in Vancouver, WA.

David Cusack hails from Cape Cod and is known to be an ardent Red Sox fan (but not an obnoxious one). He earned an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and received his bachelors in classics at Colby College.

He is based out of the Washington, D.C. office.

Rose Staram

Senior Adviser

Rose Staram is Of Counsel to Markham and has a built a 15-year career in event management, advance, production and finance. Staram has served in several leading roles for former First Lady Michelle Obama both in the White House and beyond as well as U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. She worked on
the Obama for America re-election campaign, Presidential Inaugural Committee and Hillary for America. Early on in her career, Staram was a field organizer with the Democratic National Committee.

Born and raised in the inner city of Boston, Staram received an academic scholarship to Boston College through a program known as “Options through an Education” a program geared to inner city students with academic achievements. She graduated with a degree in business.

Staram enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews and playing basketball, boating and jet-skiing. She is a proud member of EMILY's List, the NAACP, Rainbow Coalition and the Urban League.

Elisabeth Hire

Senior Adviser

A veteran of the past five Presidential campaign cycles, Elisabeth Hire brings nearly 20 years of high-pressure, large-scale event production experience to her clients. Elisabeth served as the Director of Scheduling and then Director of Operations for Vice President Joe Biden where she oversaw scheduling, advance, and administration in the Office of the Vice President. In this capacity, she led her team to create hundreds of events in five continents in the first four years of the administration. From war zones to presidential palaces and everywhere in between, Elisabeth ensured clear, continued communication among multiple stakeholders while executing precise events that carried the message of the White House throughout the country and across the globe.

When not working in politics, Elisabeth has returned to her roots in the theater. She worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on a variety of projects including The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, the Festival of China, the Millennium Stage, and in its nationally recognized Education Department. She also served as the first Executive Director of Momentum, an arts education organization and National Dance Institute affiliate based in Columbus, OH, that uses movement, music, and performance to teach nearly one thousand school-age children the necessary life skills of self-discipline, teamwork, and striving for excellence.

Elisabeth graduated with an A.B. in English from Kenyon College and is a classically trained ballet dancer who performed with BalletMet. She currently serves on the board of directors of Innovation Ohio, a progressive policy think tank, and lives in her hometown of Bexley, OH with her husband, two children, and dog, Sarge.

Matt Giobbi

Senior Vice President

As Senior Vice President for Events at Markham, Matt Giobbi plays an integral role inside the firm, managing the events and operations teams. He is a 15-year veteran of managing projects big and small, from concept to execution, for corporations, non-profits, associations, and political campaigns alike. Prior to joining Markham, Giobbi spent nearly 10 years working political campaigns at the national and state level, including five presidential campaigns that took him all around the country.

Matt handles a wide-ranging portfolio of clients and projects, including conferences, campaigns, and made for media events. Since 2014, Matt has been the lead planner and coordinator for over 25 Hiring Our Heroes events on active U.S. military installations and 100 HOH events overall, including international summits in Germany, Italy, Japan and Okinawa. Giobbi is also Markham’s resident bus tour expert, honing his craft on many years of Operation Free and Nuns on the Bus tours; if there’s a branded coach rolling around the country, there’s a good chance he’s involved!

An active traveler, runner and wanna-be yogi, Matt Giobbi lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Alicia and their dog Molly. He has his B.S. in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.

Matt Giobbi is based in the Washington, D.C. office.

Talley Sergent

Vice President

Talley Sergent is a 15-year veteran of public relations and strategic communications in both the public and private sectors and has been serving clients with Markham since 2017. Sergent focuses her work on generating earned and paid media as well as communications strategies that propel clients to achieve their organizational goals.

Sergent brings a diverse professional portfolio and experience, ranging from Capitol Hill to the U.S. Department of State to The Coca-Cola Company to three presidential campaigns. She has spearheaded crisis communications at Coca-Cola, lead the charge to communicate with key constituencies on Capitol Hill, and built public-private partnerships at the State Department to empower women and girls worldwide. From 2009-2013, she traveled extensively - both domestically and internationally - creating and managing events for the President and First Lady and Vice President and Second Lady, including the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Talley Sergent is a proud, native West Virginian. She was the 2018 Democratic nominee for the United States Congress in West Virginia’s Second District in her first run for elective office. In 2018, she was named a “West Virginia Wonder Woman” by WV Living Magazine and in 2017, she was named one of FORTUNE’s “Most Powerful Women-Next Gen.” She and her boyfriend Pat enjoy exploring West Virginia’s outdoors and she enjoys beating him in golf. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Talley Sergent is based in West Virginia and works out of the Washington, D.C. office.

Patricia Park

Director of Los Angeles Office

Patty Park brings over 13 years of experience in creating and managing impactful events in the public and private sectors. Park’s event portfolio ranges from small intimate events to large-scale live-stage events. Whether it’s managing the production, operations, security, and everything in between, she has managed each event with the utmost attention to the event’s mission and vision.

Park’s event planning career started at Los Angeles Mayor’s Communications Office in 2005 and spanned through three presidential campaigns, the Obama White House, and most recently to the entertainment and eSports industries. Having worked on events both domestically and abroad, she feels comfortable in any time zone and location and leads the event end-to-end, from strategizing to executing.

Patty Park was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Korean-born parents and has been a proud Californian since migrating there in high school. She holds a double B.A. degree in Fine Arts and Spanish Language and is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Korean.

She is based out of the Los Angeles office.

Essam Abozid

Senior Manager

Essam Abozid has been in the event planning industry serving non-profit, corporate, political, and government organizations around the country (and the world) for over a decade. He is a senior manager with extensive experience and expertise in event planning and execution. Abozid has worked on over 2,000 events in various roles and duties including venue sales, creative and program design, operations, and production.

Abozid’s diverse and extensive experience includes: domestic and international advance for the White House, live-event activations, association conferences, press conferences, professional development conferences, black tie galas, university commencement ceremonies, rallies, and many more. While his events have taken him to the Ukraine, Uruguay, Germany, Turkey and Japan, he finds that each event brings its own unique adventure and experience.

He can handle any aspect of any size event. From creating online registration systems, to keeping event teams on time and within budget, or handling communications with attendees. This versatility is what helps managing all details on-site for a flawless execution.

Abozid is a New Jersey native, but has lived in Chicago, Charlotte, and Washington D.C. He attended Seton Hall University where he earned his B.A. in Communication with a focus in Public Relations and a minor in International Relations and Diplomacy.

He works out of the Washington, D.C. office.

Lauren Barry

Art Director

Lauren has worked with the Markham Group since 2014 and joined the team full time in 2017. With a background in media arts and graphic design, she is passionate about visual communication and developing integrated campaigns. She provides design guidance for clients worldwide and brings the creative insight necessary to ensure every project is a success from concept to execution.

Prior to joining the Markham team, Lauren built a design portfolio working with clients in industries ranging from eCommerce and tech to education and healthcare. Her areas of focus include advertising, layout and print design, brand identity, presentation design, video/audio editing, and AutoCad rendering.

Lauren graduated from James Madison University in 2007 with a double major in Media Arts & Design and Theatre. When she’s not working you can find her enjoying the outdoors at home in Richmond, VA with her husband, two daughters, and rescue dog.

Maria Franzoi

Senior Manager

A veteran of Markham, Maria is based in our LA office specializing in events, operations, and strategic communications. Maria’s passion is taking complicated, high-touch projects and streamlining them into manageable, transparent and effective end results. Combining a focus on visual branding, guest experience and creative management, Maria’s “bread and butter” is creating events that create a lasting impact on attendees, clients and media alike.

Maria’s portfolio encompasses non-profit, political and entertainment industry clients. Her range of experience on international event strategy and execution includes veteran’s employment initiatives, corporate branding activations, association gatherings, progressive conferences, and Hillary Clinton’s Get Out the Vote 2016 concert series. Maria success is her clients’ successes and she works tirelessly to help them reach their goals.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Maria lived in Washington, D.C. for 5 years. She holds a degree in International Business from the University of Missouri.

Brett Gardner

Senior Manager

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Brett joined Markham in 2018 bringing his unique perspective and wealth of experience in positions requiring discretion, integrity, efficiency, and the highest standard of performance to every event.

Brett began his military career in the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, where he participated in over 2500 military ceremonies including rendering Honors in Arlington National Cemetery and providing tours of the headquarters of the Department of Defense, the Pentagon. From there, Brett moved into the executive airlift unit at Andrews AFB, where he served as a flight attendant, actively supporting senior leadership of the United States including the President, Vice President, Cabinet members and foreign Heads of State.

After leaving the U.S. Air Force, Brett began his career in the special events and marketing industry, spending the past several years honing his skills and delivering excellent service with impeccable attention to detail. Organized, adaptable, and accustomed to providing time critical services in high stress environments, he has developed into a seasoned event specialist with a proven track record in total end-to-end logistics coordination.

Currently, Brett supports the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as a Senior Manager for the Hiring Our Heroes Career Summits program. We support over 30 Career Summits annually at military installations around the world. Designed to assist service members, military spouses and veterans with transitioning to the civilian sector, these programs provide much needed guidance to over 7,000 people annually.

David Gogats

Senior Associate

David oversees Markhams’s Data Team for Hiring Our Heroes, a project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Data Team creates and supports registration sites and email communication for the many events hosted throughout the year, and maintains historical and current data on veteran and service member employment facilitated by Hiring Our Heroes.

Originally from Westchester, New York, David moved to Washington D.C. to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master’s Degree in Business Analysis at The Catholic University of America.

He is based out of the Washington, D.C. office.

Alex Harrison

Senior Associate

Alex Harrison began working with Markham in 2015 and joined the team full time in the winter of 2018. From domestic to international, she specializes in high touch, experiential events with an aptitude for conceiving the big picture and making the smallest details come to life.

Prior to joining Markham, Harrison freelanced in events, marketing and docu-reality television producing top television shows from House Hunters to Chopped and creating immersive marketing activations. A seasoned storyteller and proactive production manager, Alex is adept at anticipating needs and creating strategy to execute mid to large scale events. She is well versed in developing the creative and planning the logistics for events and television shoots from concerts to weddings to 3,000+ attendee conferences.

Alex Harrison was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a Broadcast Journalism degree. As a recent transplant from Denver to Los Angeles, she enjoys anything outdoors from hiking to skiing to camping and is learning to adapt to the LA ‘winters’.

She works out of the Los Angeles office.

Cooper Lewis

Junior Associate

Cooper began working for Markham in August 2018 supporting the events team, and became a full time staff member in May 2019.

When he was 15, Cooper learned to drive on the roads of Tennessee’s 16th State Senate district, transporting the candidate (his father, Jim) from one BBQ luncheon to the next. He began his stint in D.C. as an intern for Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09). Immediately after college, he served as a county organizer for Mariah Phillips for U.S. Congress.

Cooper is a proud native of South Pittsburg, TN, home to the National Cornbread Festival and a thriving 1-A football program. He earned a B.A. in Politics from Sewanee: The University of the South, where he was the Interfraternity Council President and Captain of the Sewanee Purple Haze rugby club, which he recounts often for his captivated colleagues.

Ian Mellul

Manager

Ian Mellul is a seasoned advance and logistics specialist who excels under pressure. A detail-oriented team player, he takes every event seriously, but never himself. He succeeds by forging strong and trusting relationships with clients and stakeholders.

Mellul’s White House advance experience for First Lady Michelle Obama and campaign advance for Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton has taken him to five continents and 42 states. His most memorable trip was traveling to Havana, Cuba to advance the First Family in 2016. Later that spring, Ian joined the Hillary For America advance staff where he produced large-scale events including rallies, round-table discussions, off-the-record stops, and message events.

Mellul joined Markham in August 2018. He previously worked in the U.S. Senate for Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray. He attended the George Washington University and was a member of the University Honors Program— where he majored in political science. Ian Mellul is a native of Boca Raton, Florida. His dog Misha is his best friend.

He is based out of the Washington, D.C. office.

Marcus Montano

Associate

Marcus Montano joined Markham in June 2016. He got his foot in political consulting as Markham Production's finance desk for the Hillary for America campaign. He now oversees the financial transactions for the D.C. office.

Prior to joining Markham, Montano held a variety of positions, which ranged from hauling jumping castles to working for a Democratic Member of Congress.

Marcus Montano graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in History and a concentration in Economics and Finance. At Duke, he was a member of the KO chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and had a stint as a decathlete for the Duke Track and Field team. Montano is a proud native of Tucson, Arizona and when he's not crunching numbers, he spends his free time making moves.

He is based out of the Washington, D.C. office.

Tyler Penfield

Manager

Tyler Penfield first started working with Markham in 2014. He is an experienced event producer who has spent more than 10 years challenging himself across various sectors and capacities, building a diverse skill-set along the way.

From a foundation in nonprofit arts management, he has spread into the worlds of corporate management consulting, political advance, project management, and most recently led a successful eight-year stint as a freelance consultant and producer. Whether it’s a live event for stage and film; political and press events; street fairs; arts festivals; exhibitions and conferences; or special events, weddings, galas and dinners—Tyler Penfield brings an attention to detail, artistically driven design sensibility, and in-depth experience with all aspects of production and logistics coordination.

As a non-profit arts manager, he has led organizations with budgets from $250K up to $2 million and has experience in nearly every aspect of a non-profit organization’s operation. His diverse range of clients and work history stretches across six continents, dozens of countries and has exposed him to various organizations in numerous fields—and cemented his passion for creative problem-solving and strategic planning.

Tyler Penfield is based in the Los Angeles office.

Abbie Reaves

Director of Finance & Human Resources SHRM-CP

Abbie is Markham’s resident certified public accountant and bookkeeper.

Originally from Little Rock, she attended college at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996.

While in public accounting, Abbie specialized in small business and personal tax accounting and planning. She worked in that area from December 1996 until January 2012.

Abbie Reaves joined Markham Group in January 2012, and is happy to no longer work a tax season ever again. When she is not in front of her computer, or other electronic device, she enjoys picking blackberries, planting flowers, road-biking, yoga and spending time on the farm with her two teenage red-headed sons, two Aussie-doodles and pack of rescue and foster pups.

Abbie Reeves is based out of the Little Rock office.

Abbey Shockley

Senior Associate

Abbey Shockley began working for Markham in May 2017 as an intern and spent the summer supporting the work of the Events Team. In May 2018, she joined Markham full time as an Events Associate. She is passionate about the missions of our clients, from the importance of veteran hiring to protecting women’s rights. Shockley excels at seamlessly joining any project to successfully execute events.

Prior to her tenure at Markham, Shockley served as a congressional intern from 2012 to 2014 where she broadened her sense of the political landscape with hands-on experience in campaign finance and event planning. She later interned for an online news outlet where she covered politics and current events.

Shockley is a proud native Texan and graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in Politics. While in undergrad, she served as the student representative on her college town’s city council and coordinated events for the Pre-Law Department.

Now a Senior Associate, Shockley now calls Washington, D.C. home where she enjoys playing golf and going to Nationals games, all while reminding herself that she travels too much to adopt a dog.

She is based in our Washington, D.C. office.

Mary Sixbey

Project Manager

Mary originally got her start in Washington, D.C. as an operations manager for Markham. In this role, she led multiple research efforts, coordinated logistics for a national climate change initiative, and implemented field and event efforts in multiple states. Mary left The Markham Group in 2016 to work on Hillary for America as a Scheduler for the Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Tim Kaine. She sees this as one of her most valuable professional experiences, as she managed over 20 events and advance teams per week for the Senator.

After the campaign, Mary did some traveling (she loves to travel!), and then ended up back on Capitol Hill where she was the Director of Scheduling for Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. In this Senior Staff role, she worked very closely with the Senator to create a schedule that worked for her, in congruence with the legislative and NY state priorities. She also managed over 500 event-invitations submitted to the Senator per week, drove the daily-schedule and led quarterly and weekly schedule meetings with the Senator and Senior Staff.

Mary currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She is an Arkansas native and has a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas.

Rhianna Taylor

Associate

Rhianna Taylor has worked for Markham since 2016, where she has focused her efforts on events, issue advocacy, and public affairs initiatives. At Markham, Taylor has been successful in generating effective, traditional and non-traditional communication methods for a wide variety of organizations including campaigns, non-profits, government entities, and private and public companies. As a member of the Markham Events team, Rhianna assists in creating dynamic, one-of-a-kind events.

Before joining Markham, Rhianna was involved in community organizing for Arkansas-based organizations and worked on both statewide and congressional races. Rhianna also developed multimedia messaging for Heifer International and the European Council on Foreign Relations.

A Little Rock native and new Los Angeles transplant, Rhianna graduated with a degree in International Relations from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. When she isn’t working, you can find her hunting for the best tacos and brunch spots as well as exploring her new city.

Rhianna Taylor is based in the Los Angeles office.