Christian Kierig, a Principal Consultant at Kadesh & Associates, is highly knowledgeable of the internal workings of the appropriations process and with issues unique to California and Western States. For eight years, he served as Legislative Assistant for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) where he was responsible for handling the Senator's membership on the Senate Appropriations Committee. As the Senator's key appropriations advisor, he was responsible for coordinating funding requests for infrastructure projects and programs. This position included working directly with California counties and cities to advance their local agendas through federal funding.
Mr. Kierig was also heavily involved in shaping transportation policy and coordinating federal responses to California's natural disasters. He brings valuable skill and institutional knowledge to the firm. Mr. Kierig holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Occidental College and a Master's of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Contact Christian at Chris@KadeshDC.com
Ben Miller is the newest Principal at Kadesh & Associates, joining the firm after more than seventeen years as a trusted advisor for California House Democrats. Most recently, Mr. Miller served as the chief of staff for Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) where he opened the Congressman's freshman office, secured key committee assignments, and led the Congressman's team in developing and carrying out an ambitious legislative agenda. Mr. Miller served as Representative Huffman's primary political and policy advisor for eight years.
In his role with Representative Huffman, Mr. Miller oversaw the policy and communications strategy for a very active Member of the California delegation who serves as Chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee and as an active member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. As a seasoned policy veteran, Mr. Miller is highly regarded for his policy knowledge and strategic acumen. He has worked closely with committee and leadership offices, and engaged with state and local governments as well as industry and outside advocates to build coalitions. He has considerable experience developing effective legislative strategies that have led to successful outcomes in a wide range of policy areas including water, energy, natural resources, infrastructure, transportation, and tribal policy.
Mr. Miller began his Capitol Hill career in the office of Congressman George Miller (D-CA), taking on positions of increasing responsibility and ultimately serving as Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff when Representative Miller served as a member of the Democratic Leadership and as the Chair of the Education & Labor Committee. In addition to overseeing and coordinating a broad policy agenda, Mr. Miller served as Congressman Miller's top aide on natural resources, water, environment, and energy policy, and regularly organized California and San Francisco Bay Area delegation efforts on projects of regional and statewide importance.
Mr. Miller graduated from Pomona College in 2003 with a B.A. in History. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.
Contact Ben at Ben@KadeshDC.com