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Our Professional Team

EXPERIENCE            INSIGHT            ADVOCACY

Nicholas Pyle, President, joined his father at Pyle & Associates to expand and diversify the client portfolio. He is a specialist in the areas of trade association management, government relations, issue advocacy and representation in many functional areas of the food industry and strategic defense materials. Over nearly three decades, Nick leads Pyle & Associates' representation of some of the world's largest food and metal companies as well as a national wholesale bakers trade association in government relations.  Nick has a B.G.S. degree from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and continues education in advocacy, legislative matters, and governmental relations.

Alexis Fobes, Senior Vice President, has been employed at Pyle & Associates since 1994.  With over 20 years experience, she is an expert in supplemental feeding programs and is the principal for several clients.  Alexis launched numerous products in the WIC cereal category and made Pyle & Associates a major player in the $300 million cereal market.  She also led two successful brand recognition campaigns.  Alexis graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1994 with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Sociology.

Andrea Hart, Counsel & Government Affairs Director, joined the government affairs team at Pyle & Associates in 2015 after graduating with a J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.  Andrea handles many of our legislative and regulatory efforts, including federal and state policies on agriculture, nutrition, labor, tax and commodities.  She is the legal adviser for the firm and is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.  During law school, Andrea focused on environmental policy and public interest issues.  Her past experience includes legal aid litigation, as well as advocacy for regional and state agricultural interest groups.   

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Aisha Samaila, Communications Manager, joined Pyle & Associates in 2018 as a WIC consultant for branded and private label food companies. Aisha maintains our social media accounts and serves as our community relations lead for food brands in multiple WIC categories across the country. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a degree in Public Health and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health.

Consultant Ross Elkin is a senior marketing and business development executive.  The common thread throughout his career is profitable growth of branded, differentiated businesses.  Ross has extensive experience in consumer packaged goods including food, beverage, and personal care. Throughout his work in smaller organizations, Ross has developed the resourcefulness and sense of urgency needed to get things done. 

Alwin Peterson joined Pyle & Associates as a WIC consultant after working with Nicholas Pyle for 25 years.  He has over thirty years of experience directing various public health programs.  Alwin served as the WIC Division Director in Michigan for 15 years and went on to serve as the Director for Georgia's Public Health Division.  He attended the University of Detroit where he earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees.  He also earned a Masters Degree in Health Policy and Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Internship Opportunities 

Pyle & Associates welcomes internship candidates eager to gain firsthand experience in government relations.  Flexible schedules and a modest stipend are available to qualified candidates.  

 

Submit internship inquiries with a resume and brief introductory cover letter to Nick Pyle via email.

2019 Government Relations Intern, Chen Jianchao, visits Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Chen is a JD Candidate ('21) at George Washington Law School  from Shanghai, China.