Our Team

Michael C. Woloz

Michael Woloz is the Founder and Managing Partner of 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, Partner, with many years of experience at a top Albany lobbying firm is a seasoned professional with a proven track record of delivering for her clients. Danna has successfully navigated clients through complex legislative issues, secured tens of millions of dollars for not-for-profits, negotiated multi-agency approvals and secured large contracts in various sectors.

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.

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.

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.

John Sanchez

John Sanchez, Vice President, has more than a decade of government experience, having previously served as Executive Director of 5 Borough Housing Movement, District Manager of Bronx Community Board 6, and Deputy Chief of Staff in the NYS Assembly. He also serves on the non-profit boards of Bronx House, Legacy College Prep Charter School, and Housing Rights Initiative. John is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Behavior.

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.

Anu Otgonbayar

Anu Otgonbayar, Associate, joined CMW at the start of 2024 after working at the U.S House of Representatives and serving as a graduate research fellow at Columbia University where she focused on the intersection between local policy and global change.

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.