Ms. Aysha Chowdhry

Aysha Chowdhry is a Senior Director based in Washington, DC where she manages the firm’s clients who are interested in expanding their businesses in key international markets such as the Middle East, China, Europe, and Latin America. Her areas of practice include the Middle East and South Asia.

Ms. Chowdhry joined Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC in 2013. Before joining RHGM, Aysha worked as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee covering South and Central Asia for then-Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). At the committee, she covered U.S. foreign policy and foreign assistance in South and Central Asia, specifically Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previously, she was the Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she received a Special Act Award. Prior to her time at USAID, she worked as a Research Analyst and Publications Manager at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. She started her career working at the World Bank’s Human Development Network.

Ms. Chowdhry received a B.A. with honors from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She also spent time at the American University of Cairo and Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board Member of The Citizens Foundation (DC Chapter), a nonprofit that provides affordable primary and secondary private education to low-income students in Pakistan.

Mr. Leo Carter

Leo Carter is a Senior Director, and works with policy specialists and Fortune 500 companies on issues of overseas investment, US-China trade, and global technology policy.

Prior to joining RHGM in 2018, Mr. Carter worked in the international NGO sector on international illicit trade and transnational environmental issues. He also worked for several years as an educator and administrator and helped found an international education consulting firm in Changsha, China.

Mr. Carter received his Master’s degree in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, where he focused on international environmental law, Chinese foreign policy, and US-China relations. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston, TX.

Mr. Kevin Bassney

Kevin Bassney is a Senior Director based in Silicon Valley where he manages the firm’s clients in the technology space.

Before joining RHGM, Mr. Bassney was a portfolio manager in the wealth management division at Morgan Stanley, where he helped manage a $2 billion equity portfolio and conducted research on Asian equity investments. A graduate of Army Ranger School, Kevin served as an Army Infantry Officer for nearly 5 years in a variety of leadership positions, culminating with serving on the strategy and policy staff of one of the Army’s top commanders.

He is a member of the Cornell Alumni council for Northern California as well as an active volunteer in Service2School and American Corporate Partners.

Mr. Bassney graduated from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, in January 2013. A Fulbright Scholar, he graduated from University of Belgrade, with a law degree in European Integration. Additionally, as a Schwarzman Scholar, he is a graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing graduating with a Masters in Global Economics and Business Administration.

Mr. Charles Crimmins

Charles Crimmins is chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and both Senior Director and Legal Counsel at RHGM. In addition to supporting Dr. Gates’s work with businesses, boards, long-term strategic planning and overseeing communications, Mr. Crimmins manages client relationships and provides legal advice to the firm.

Mr. Crimmins joined RHGM in 2015. Before RHGM, he served as Special Assistant to Dr. Gates, the National President of the Boy Scouts of America in Dallas, and as Adjunct Professor of Law and In-House Attorney at the College of William & Mary. His past roles also include researcher with the international law firm of Pikoff, Sztrigler & Soriano based in Mexico City, bilingual elementary school teacher through the Teach For America Program in Houston, intern for Federal Judge Lynn N. Hughes in Houston, and founding director of William & Mary’s chapter of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

He earned a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, with a focus on Latin American policy, from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School, where the faculty honored him as a Benjamin Rush Scholar. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Virginia.

Ms. Maureen McGrath

Maureen McGrath is Chief of RHGM operations and Chief of Staff to Stephen Hadley.

Ms. McGrath joined Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC in 2017. Before joining RHGM, she served as Deputy Director of No Labels, a political organization composed of Republicans, Democrats, and independents, whose mission is to combat partisan dysfunction in politics and usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics. She also previously worked at the Atlantic Council, a preeminent foreign policy think tank, where she served as Associate Director of Board Relations and Business Development.

Ms. McGrath received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. from Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen in Germany. 

Ms. Tiffany Frisa

Tiffany Frisa is Director of West Coast Operations, Executive Assistant to Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Chief of Staff to Anja Manuel.

Prior to joining Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC in 2011, Ms. Frisa managed a virtual assistant company and served as the right-hand woman to countless small business owners and solo practicing attorneys.

Ms. Frisa is currently pursuing her B.S. in criminal justice from Sacramento State University. 

Ms. Hannah Scheenstra

Hannah Scheenstra is a Special Assistant based in the Washington, D.C. office. 

Prior to joining Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel, Ms. Scheenstra served as the Director of Scheduling and Operations for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21), supporting her activities on the House Armed Services Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She also previously worked as Executive Assistant to the Majority Staff Director of the House Armed Services Committee under the leadership of Chairman Mac Thornberry (TX-13). During her time with the committee, she provided support for the development and process of the committee’s annual National Defense Authorization Act. 

Ms. Scheenstra holds a B.A. in Political Science from Vanguard University of Southern California.

Mr. Tanner Braman

Tanner Braman is Special Assistant to Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

Mr. Braman is a distinguished graduate from William & Mary. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in International Relations. His prior experience includes numerous administrative advisory and support positions at William & Mary in addition to research roles on atmospheric chemistry and international democratic dynamics. He also interned for Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), focusing on constituent services, defense program authorizations, and JCPOA compliance recertification.