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Robert M. Brooks
President and Senior Associate
Phone: 202.543.3383

Robert M. Brooks, President of Evergreen Associates, has been associated with governmental, legislative and political issues practically his entire life.  He grew up in the Seattle area, attended local public and private schools, and completed undergraduate and graduate studies in Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.  During that time, Bob also worked regularly in the Washington State Legislature in Olympia as a page and bill clerk.

In 1976, he served as campaign coordinator for the initial Congressional campaign of Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA). The campaign was successful, and Mr. Brooks moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as Administrative Assistant and Chief of Staff to Congressman Dicks. He served in this position for the first six years of Mr. Dicks’ incumbency, which lasted until his retirement in 2012.  Congressman Dicks’ 18 terms were the most ever served by a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Washington.

Mr. Brooks left Congressman Dicks’ office in 1982 to establish Evergreen Associates, a government relations and constituent representation firm in Washington, D.C.  For over thirty years he has provided government affairs guidance to numerous clients in his position at Evergreen Associates.  Bob’s federal liaison techniques are well-honed, and he has helped his clients realize countless successes.

Mr. Brooks is available and ready to serve your needs in our nation’s capital.


Teresa Kern
Legislative Counsel

Teresa Kern was raised near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From an early age she maintained a keen interest in the Dairy State’s political pulse. While studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Teresa majored in Political Science and Cultural Anthropology and also earned a Certificate in European Studies. During this time she also studied abroad for a summer in Bonn, Germany, gaining additional perspective in governmental and international affairs.

Teresa returned to the Milwaukee area to pursue her Juris Doctor (JD) at Marquette University, where she focused on international affairs. She again had the opportunity to study in Europe, this time at University College London. Upon her return to the United States, she began to concentrate her interests in the field of advocacy, and she increased her participation in groups that reflected this desire. She served as Secretary and President of Marquette’s International Law Society and was an integral member of the Public Interest Law Society.

After her law school graduation in May 2007, Ms. Kern moved to Washington, DC to seek an advocacy position. Her search brought her to Evergreen Associates, where she currently manages the Housing, Global and Domestic Health, Science and Technology portfolios. Her legal background and legislative acumen bolster her ability to analyze the intricacies of various legislation affecting technological and scientific developments, and she utilizes these skills every day as our Legislative Counsel. Teresa is a member in good standing of the Wisconsin State Bar Association.


Amanda Powers
Executive Director

Amanda Powers was born in Frankfurt, Germany to parents proudly serving in the United States Army, continuing a long-standing family tradition of military service.  After living briefly in New Jersey, the Powers family settled in Springfield, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Ms. Powers graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics in June 2007. She earned a spot on both the National Dean’s List and the GMU Dean’s List in four consecutive semesters while maintaining membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Her accomplishments gained Amanda a scholarship to study in Berlin as part of GMU’s Center of Global Education.

Amanda joined the firm in February 2006 as a student intern and was retained as a part time associate. In January 2007, she became our executive associate. She acts as military liaison, provides legislative research, and manages special projects. Amanda also serves as company’s administrative director.

Need assistance in our nation’s capital? Call Amanda Powers at Evergreen Associates. 


Joe Loeffler
Legislative Associate

Joe Loeffler was raised in the small farming community of Fairfield, just south of Spokane, in the heart of Washington’s Inland Empire. After high school, Joe relocated to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. He graduated in 2006 with his undergraduate degree in political science and communications. Over the course of his studies, Joe spent time as an intern in the Office of Senator Patty Murray and also completed an international relations program focusing on Greek/Albanian relations at the University of Ioannina in northern Greece.

After college graduation Joe served as staff assistant on the Obama/Biden Campaign and worked on the public affairs team at Edelman Public Relations in Seattle. He ultimately longed to be closer to the national political and government arena; and moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009.

Since leaving Seattle, Joe has attained valuable experience working with a wide variety of clients at two government affairs firms. A keen interest in certain issues, including those concerning the Pacific Northwest, drew Joe to Evergreen Associates in the Spring of 2011. He now serves as a Legislative Associate, focusing on several key federal issue areas: education, Native Americans, impact aid, health, military families, and other general areas.

Joe’s hobbies include college basketball, foreign travel, and marine aquatics. He is an active member of the D.C. Chapter of the University of Washington Alumni Association and currently serves as a Board Member of the Washington State Society.



Legislative Interns

Aris Hart

Our newest Evergreen intern, Aris Hart, was born in Durham, North Carolina, home of great collegiate athletic teams and the world famous Research Triangle. He attended and graduated from Durham Academy, a prestigious elementary and secondary school with a rich culture of progressive education, diversity, and achievement. While at Durham Academy, Aris was captain of the nationally recognized debate team, and the fifth-ranked debater in the entire state of North Carolina. He was also able to earn his third degree black belt in Taekwondo, a highly disciplined martial art, which he has taught for more than eight years.

While preparing to continue his studies at the university level, Aris worked as a volunteer tutor for the acclaimed Augustine Literacy Project in Durham. There he helped disadvantaged second graders develop reading and comprehension skills diminished by shrinking public education funding.

Aris was admitted to The American University in Washington, D.C., in September, 2013. His major areas of study are Political Science and Criminal Justice, with a projected graduation date of May, 2017. He is scheduled to complete his internship here at Evergreen Associates in May, 2014. Aris expects to hone his legislative research skills here, and become an expert in the development of federal budgets. He anticipates returning to the Tarheel State and using his education expertise, acquired from hands-on experience at this internship, to help change public policy concerning education.

Aris Hart’s internship is off to a great start, and our clients are already benefitting from his enthusiasm, discipline, and research abilities. We look forward to one of our best internships from this capable young man.

Adriana Camacho

Adriana Camacho is our Winter-Spring 2014 International Intern from the Prestigious Washington Center’s Mexican Governors’ Internship Program. She brings with her one of the most unique backgrounds of any student intern in Evergreen Associates’ 32 history.

Adriana Camacho is an engineer by education, having earned several certificates and degrees in engineering, most recently from the Universidad Tecnológica de San Juan del Río in the state of Querétaro, México. She was born in Querétaro and raised in San Juan del Río, where she attended public schools, excelling in military band, folk music, and sciences.

She was accepted by Universidad Tecnológica after a rigorous admissions process in 2009. After a mere two years she had earned a technical degree in mechatronics based on her work with Bertha O. de Osete Foundation, which produces specialty wheelchairs for persons with disabilities. Not content with just charity work, while there she conducted an exhaustive study of the wheelchair production process, vastly increasing the organization’s productivity by streamlining the process.

In July 2012 Adriana was awarded a scholarship to study abroad in France, at the internationally acclaimed IUT Belfort-Montbélliard in Belfort, France. Learning French came easily, and in 2012 she completed an internship at PSA-Peugeot in Paris. At Peugeot she developed a new electrical-electronic vehicle wiring system, earning yet another professional degree in Vehicles, Electronics, and Automation Management.

That year Ms. Camacho returned to the more familiar surroundings of San Juan del Río, México, where, after an astonishing second place finish in the XVI National y VI International MiniRobotic Competition, in 2013 she earned her Bachelor’s degree with high honors in Mechatronics Engineering. Her project: automating the dome in one of the buildings at The Universidad Tecnológica.

Shortly after commencing her graduate engineering studies last year, Adriana entered the Querétaro state competition for the coveted Governor’s Washington Center internship program in Washington D.C. Not surprisingly, she placed atop the applicants, and was awarded the appointment. She started at Evergreen Associates in conjunction with this program in January 2014. As expected, she is off to a great start here.

When Adriana completes her work at Evergreen in May, she will return to Mexico to further pursue her master’s degree in engineering. Her thesis will develop a project entitled “GPS Metropol”, designed to vastly improve public transportation in Querétaro City, and she will present it to her government. This time, however, she will have the additional advantage of experience in advocacy. She should be able to integrate the all-important implementation feature of government partnership and participation into her discussion.

For our clients her technical background presents Evergreen Associates with an entirely new dimension for intern activities.



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