Arthur N. Malkin

Arthur N. Malkin

Partner Lobbyist

Co-founder and principal of Malkin & Ross. Artie directs the lobbying activities of the firm. He specializes in legislative strategies and communications for M&R clients. He previously served as legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) from 1978 to 1984. He was responsible for developing and implementing NYPIRG’s legislative agenda. In 1985, he founded and became the first director of the Advocacy Training Center where he taught lobbying and media skills to nonprofit organizations. During his 25+ years in Albany, Artie has been at the forefront of dozens of successful legislative campaigns, including efforts for a state Superfund Law, a mental health parity law, reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, and funding for New York’s first stem cell research program.

Donald K. Ross

Donald K. Ross

Partner Lobbyist

Founding partner and principal of Malkin & Ross. Donald has helped shape public policy since 1970 when he joined Ralph Nader as a consumer attorney, then as director of Nader’s Citizen Action Group organized many of the nation’s Public Interest Research Groups. He served nine years as director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), which, led by Donald, grew to be the largest public interest research group in the country. He co-founded and directed M&R Strategic Services, a consulting firm spun off from Malkin & Ross from 1991 to 2011. He has authored various studies on public policy issues, including two books on citizen advocacy.

Gene DeSantis

Gene DeSantis

Consultant

Gene has more than 30 years of state legislative experience, with particular expertise in consumer, legal, and trade association matters. He advises a diverse client base on a wide variety of issues, and has represented clients’ interests before the legislature, the Executive, and regulatory agencies. He served as chief counsel to the New York State Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection from 1978 to 1989. There, he was principal draftsman or negotiator of over 100 consumer laws, including the new and used car lemon laws, and the price gouging statute. He has worked closely with trade associations, labor unions and consumer groups to shape policy debate. Gene also served as a half-time faculty member at Syracuse University, where he taught courses in the Consumer Studies Program for 15 years, and as an adjunct at Albany Law School, where he taught consumer law.

Carol Ann Lemon

Carol Ann Lemon

Lobbyist

Carol Ann has been a registered nurse for twenty years; and practiced in acute care settings in Schenectady County hospitals for sixteen years, while also involved in organizing hospital workers to join the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). She brings her political organizing experience, contacts and lobbying expertise to Malkin & Ross. Carol Ann served as the lead lobbyist for NYSNA, the largest labor union in New York State for nurses. While there, she oversaw and managed the legislative agenda and shaped advocacy strategies to advance the goals of nurses and patients. When she moved to Malkin & Ross, her prior experience as a senior lobbyist for NYSNA earned her the trust of many elected officials in decision-making roles. Carol Ann has close to a decade of public affairs experience, engaging in regulatory affairs, public policy issues and legislative advocacy. She joined Malkin & Ross in January 2018.

Cylas Martell-Crawford

Cylas Martell-Crawford

Counsel/Lobbyist

Cylas recently joined Malkin & Ross in February of 2019. His past experiences include working as a legislative staff member in the New York State Assembly, and as an associate attorney at a litigation firm. He works with members of the firm to provide bill drafting services, research, and legal opinions on legislative issues. Cylas graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Albany and received his J.D. degree magna cum laude from Albany Law School.

Stacie Orell

Stacie Orell

Lobbyist

Stacie joined Malkin & Ross in August 2016. From 2013-2016, Stacie served as campaign manager of the NY GMO Labeling Coalition, leading a diverse group of environmental and consumer protection organizations along with a statewide grassroots army to advocate for passage of a GMO labeling bill. Prior to that, Stacie received a master’s degree in environmental conservation education from New York University, worked in educational publishing primarily as a writer and copy editor, and received an undergraduate degree in biology from University of Pennsylvania. Since joining the firm, Stacie helped secure passage of the Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit, fought to raise the tipped minimum wage, and continues to work on various environmental issues, particularly in the energy sector. She is a persistent off-the-floor lobbyist and known for her communications/writing skills.

Jessica Schafroth

Jessica Schafroth

Lobbyist

Provides government relations counsel and strategic advice to non‐profit, labor and health care clients of the firm. Her past experience includes fundraising and public relations for a variety of health and social service agencies throughout New York and political campaign work in New York and Michigan. Among Jessica’s policy successes are passage of the Wage Theft Prevention Act and the Family Health Care Decisions Act. She has also secured and protected millions of dollars in HIV/AIDS, legal services and economic development funding for community based organizations across the state.

Christine Tramontano

Christine Tramontano

Lobbyist

Ms. Tramontano is a senior member of the firm, overseeing work in the health, criminal justice/judiciary, and renewable energy practices. Working with a variety of non-profit and business clients, she provides strategic advice, message development, and direct lobbying services as part of an overall strategy aimed at achieving specific political and policy outcomes. Among other issue-campaigns, she has worked to end the death penalty in New York, establish a robust stem cell research program and safeguard funding for the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. Ms. Tramontano received an MPP from George Washington University, in Washington D.C., in 2005.