Our Team

Michael C. Woloz

Michael Woloz is the President & CEO at CMW where since 2000 he has led successful lobbying and public relations campaigns for a wide range of corporate and non profit clients, specializing in navigating the governmental and media waters for highly regulated industries.

Danna M. DeBlasio

Danna M. DeBlasio, Managing Director, is a seasoned professional with a proven track record of delivering for her clients, guiding them through the intricate workings of New York City and New York State government. For the last eight years, she worked for a prominent New York government relations firm, most recently running its New York City office.

Regina Poreda Ryan

Regina Poreda Ryan, Senior Vice President, brings to CMW Strategies decades of public service and New York City government experience. She is a City budget expert with a deep understanding of City operations.

Kathleen B. Cudahy

Kathleen Cudahy has over 25 years of government and legal experience specializing in complex housing and development issues including rent regulation, tax incentives and housing law.

Anthony “Skip” Piscitelli

Anthony “Skip” Piscitelli, Counselor and Senior Advisor, is a veteran attorney and public servant with more than 30 years of high level experience in New York City and New York State government.

Rob Goldrich

Rob Goldrich, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, has a three-decade-long career in finance, economic development, government and philanthropy. He was a Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development to Deputy Mayors Robert Steel and Bob Lieber during the Bloomberg Administration where his portfolio included affordable housing and economic development.Rob recently served as the President of the Leon Levy Foundation, where he oversaw an investment portfolio and led philanthropic activities for a wide variety of arts organizations, higher education, environmental, parks, human rights and Jewish causes.

Evelyn Pope

Evelyn Pope, Associate, joined CMW Strategies after working on several NYC primary campaigns
providing fundraising, communications, and operations support.

Caroline Engel

Caroline Engel, Associate, joined CMW Strategies in May 2023. Prior to joining CMW Strategies, Caroline worked at a NYC public relations firm serving as PR counsel and government affairs consultant to a range of clients in the tourism, real estate, and financial sectors, as well as to economic development organizations including several Business Improvement Districts [...]

Jasmine Short

Jasmine Short, Administrative Assistant and Scheduler, joined CMW in May of 2022 after working in administrative roles in both city and statewide government.

CMW Strategies

CMW Strategies, formerly known as Connelly McLaughlin and Woloz, is a full service government relations and consulting firm specializing in strategy, lobbying, coalition-building, community organizing and public relations. For more than three decades, we have played a significant role in shaping legislation, initiatives and public opinion throughout multiple city and state administrations, legislative bodies and in the media.

CMW Strategies is often the force behind some of New York’s highest profile projects representing a vast array of clients in virtually every type of business.

CMW Strategies is fortunate to have received some of our industry’s leading awards and accolades.  City and State magazine, a leading publication covering the public affairs industry in New York, called CMW Strategies a “go-to public affairs firm” in its 2015 “Power 100” issue and featured CMW Strategies professionals as “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in 2009, 2013 and 2014. The New York Times calls us “influential.” Crain’s New York Business listed us among “City Hall’s in-crowd of lobbyists” in 2014. The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post, Bloomberg News, NY1 News, Fox 5 News, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, Associated Press and dozens of other media outlets across the country consistently turn to CMW Strategies’ professionals for insight and expert opinion.