Our Team

Josh Ulman

Josh Ulman, Executive Director

Josh Ulman is the founder of Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations. For over a decade, Josh has assisted businesses, business organizations, governments and coalitions in developing and implementing strategies for achieving their legislative and regulatory objectives. Throughout his career, Josh has represented a wide range of industries and interests on many diverse issues.

Prior to forming Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations, Josh was Director of Labor Law Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well as labor and employment counsel at the Chamber’s litigation center. Josh also served as Director of Government Relations for both an association of human resource executives from Fortune 500 companies and the 300-attorney labor, employment and employee benefits section at a large international law firm. He practiced labor and employment law in Providence, Rhode Island, before coming to Washington.

Josh received his A.B. from Vassar College and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Janet Brown, and their four sons.

Basil Thomson

Basil Thomson, Senior Director

Basil is a senior associate with Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations. Basil provides clients with analysis of legislative and regulatory proposals introduced in the United States Congress, throughout the Executive Branch, and in state legislatures and agencies around the country. As part of this work, he leads research initiatives for clients on a multitude of issues, including urban forestry, financial services, labor relations, healthcare, immigration and workplace safety. Additionally, he attends committee hearings and coalition meetings, drafts client newsletters and represents client before policy makers in Congress and federal agencies. Basil’s portfolio of work also includes managing websites for coalitions run by Ulman Public Policy, drafting grassroots letters and materials to engage clients’ members on important regulatory initiatives, spearheading educational outreach efforts of Members of Congress, presenting on public policy and politics at conferences and on webinars, and conducting member outreach.

Basil is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in International Affairs and Spanish. He resides on Capitol Hill.

Kathryn Branson

Kathryn Branson, Director of Government Affairs

Kathryn Branson joined Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations as an Associate in 2017. Kathryn provides clients with legislative and regulatory analysis on issues before Congress and federal agencies as well as at the state level. She represents client interests at coalition meetings as well as before policymakers on Capitol Hill and within the Executive Branch. She regularly assists clients with policy-related membership engagement, including newsletters, online blogs, and website management. Kathryn also conducts research to advance clients’ legislative and regulatory strategies and to assist in outreach efforts within Congress.

Prior to joining the firm, Kathryn worked for Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania. She handled his work on the Education and Workforce Committee together with other issues, such as healthcare and agriculture. Kathryn has a degree in Political Science from Dickinson College and resides in the District of Columbia.