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MultiState Associates Expands Strategic Government Relations and Tax Policy Team

By Liz Malm | Sep 4, 2018 4:19:01 PM


ALEXANDRIA, Va. - MultiState Associates announced today that Marvin Yates and Morgan Scarboro will join the company in an expansion of MultiState’s Strategic Government Relations team. They will both be based at the Alexandria, Va., headquarters of the state and local government relations company and will work with a broad array of the company’s 250 plus clients. Marvin Yates will serve as director, strategic government relations, and Morgan Scarboro will serve as senior policy analyst and economist with a focus on state and local tax policy.

“We are delighted to have Marvin and Morgan join us at MultiState,” said Joe Crosby, the company’s chief executive officer. “Their skills and experience are a perfect complement to our existing team and they will be able to deliver value immediately to our expanding client base.”

Strategic Government Relations Practice Continues Strong Growth

MultiState clients know policy activity is becoming more complex and inter-jurisdictional, and MultiState’s Strategic Government Relations team is being tapped to help navigate these tricky local-state-federal waters. Policy areas such as interstate commerce, tax, budgets and revenue, privacy and security, communications, consumer protection, and advanced transportation are all examples of issues that are becoming borderless.   

“In the last few years, we’ve recruited a talented team of legislative, political, and policy experts to meet these growing and unique client challenges. Our Strategic Government Relations team bridges across the various MultiState services, and our team develops customized and creative plans and tools based on client needs. Marvin and Morgan are two exemplary additions to this expanding part of the company,” said Maureen Riehl, principal & counsel, and leader of the company’s Strategic Government Relations practice.

Initially, Yates will work exclusively with a current sports entertainment client to coordinate state activity on several high profile consumer protection and state budget issues. He joins MultiState with nearly a decade of government relations experience in several national business trade associations, bringing a unique blend of state and federal experience to the company. He most recently spent four years with CTIA, the trade association representing the U.S. wireless communications industry. In his role as Senior Manager of State Legislative Affairs at CTIA, he worked to advance and protect the interests of the wireless industry on complex and sometimes controversial priority issues in highly-regulated state and local marketplaces.  

Prior to joining CTIA, Yates spent three years at the American Insurance Association, where he managed state legislative and regulatory issues of interest to the property and casualty insurance industry, and led development of advocacy materials. Before this, he worked at a legislative tracking firm as a tax and retail policy associate. Yates’ career began with the Michigan House of Representatives as a legislative assistant, where he also gained extensive campaign experience.

Yates earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Growing Importance of State and Local Tax Policy

Tax policy can be one of the most challenging issues for government affairs executives. In the wake of federal tax reform and the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, state and local tax policy has become a top priority for large businesses and trade associations. MultiState’s state and local tax policy team understands the issues, knows the key players, and helps companies and trade associations effectively navigate and engage in this arena. To continue providing industry leading tax policy services to its clients, MultiState is further expanding its Strategic Government Relations practice to include Morgan Scarboro, who joins the company as a senior policy analyst and economist.

“Morgan is highly regarded as a tax policy expert and provides trusted and engaging economic analysis,” said Liz Malm, director of strategic government relations & economist for the company. “She is a wonderful addition to our team.”

Scarboro joins MultiState following two years with the Tax Foundation, where she served as a policy analyst at the Foundation's Center for State Tax Policy. In addition to her research and analysis responsibilities, Scarboro managed the Tax Foundation’s state chart book program and regularly presented and testified in front of state lawmakers and policymakers around the country. Her research has been cited in numerous national and state publications, including the Associated Press, CNN Money, NPR, and The Washington Post.

Scarboro holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a Minor in Political Science from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.

About MultiState

MultiState Associates is the nation's leading state and local government relations services company. Since 1984, we have worked with businesses, trade associations, professional societies, and coalitions to identify and manage state and local governmental action. We partner with clients to uncover legislation and regulations of interest at all levels of government—federal, state, and local—whether potentially adverse or beneficial to their organization.

MultiState exists to make the extraordinary expected, so that our clients can act with confidence to achieve their goals. To solve our client’s needs, we identify the best advocates in the states and localities, and provide informed strategic counsel and guidance, activate collaborative partners to find creative solutions, and build and manage coalitions to amplify an organization’s voice. The resulting messages resonate with policymakers and constituencies—and lead to policy successes.

Providing confidential benchmarking and strategy, we help optimize the government affairs function. Most importantly, we ensure our clients and their employees comply with federal, state, and local ethics and lobbying laws when carrying out their work.


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