Valerie West, Principal, joined the firm in 2010, bringing over 20 years of Capitol Hill experience on energy, energy tax policy, and natural resource issues, most recently as Director of Natural Resources for Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR). Having worked on high-profile legislation for years, she is a talented strategic thinker and effective communicator.
Stephen Ward, Principal, joined the firm in 2011 after eight years as Chief of Staff for Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). With four decades of experience in business, politics, and non-profits, and his deep ties in Congress and the executive branch, Stephen provides clients with a unique ability to resolve challenging issues.
Pirmin Olde Weghuis, VH Strategies European Liaison Officer, graduated from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands with a Master's degree in American Studies. He joined VH Strategies in 2015 after working as a Lantos-Humanity in Action Fellow on Capitol Hill. As European Liaison Officer, Pirmin is responsible for building relationships with European clients and partners.
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