Terry Bracy founded Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano in 1981. He has managed many important legislative campaigns and represented a long list of prestigious interests and has been able to deal successfully with both political parties and branches of government.
Prior to opening the firm, Terry enjoyed a distinguished career in government service. His life in Washington began in 1966 as a key aide to legendary Congressman Mo Udall. During his time working with Udall, Terry participated in many history-making environmental and governmental reforms. He worked as a lead staffer on the Alaska Native Claims Act and the opening of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. He was also at Udall’s side as Congress approved the historic Campaign Reform Acts of 1971 and 1974. Bracy also served as the Udall’s chief political advisor and was the lead strategist in Udall’s Presidential campaign, which he lost narrowly to Jimmy Carter.
Terry left Udall’s service in 1976 to accept an appointment as Assistant Secretary of Transportation. In that role, he managed the Department’s congressional agenda and helped achieve historic reforms in the airline, trucking, and water transport industries. He was asked to lead the Department’s first attempt to work with Detroit to modernize auto technology. He assisted the White House on non-transportation issues such as passage of the Panama Canal Treaty and policies to fight inflation. In all of these matters, Terry worked closely with his longtime business partner and friend, Jim Brown.
In 1994, Bracy was appointed a founding Trustee of the Udall Foundation and was elected its first and only chair. With the unusual opportunity to shape new federal agency from scratch, Terry focused on untended areas of environmental and Native American needs. In 1998 as the result of legislation introduced by Senator John McCain, the Foundation became a full-time federal agency assigned with the task of mediating a burgeoning number of environmental disputes. Volunteering his time without compensation, Bracy oversees an elite staff whose efforts have yielded more than 1500 educational awards and the solution of scores of major environmental disputes each year.
Bracy has written extensively on public affairs and other issues. Among the publications where his articles have appeared are the New York Times, Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Arizona Daily Star, and Golf Magazine. He was recently appointed Special Lecturer, Washington Program, of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Michael Bracy is an advocate, strategist and connector in Washington, DC. A partner in the Public and Government Affairs firm Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano, Michael has worked on a wide range of public policy issues including telecommunications, media, energy assistance and urban policy. As cofounder of the Future of Music Coalition he was central to expanding and protecting noncommercial radio, holding the line on commercial media consolidation and elevating net neutrality as a widely recognized public policy concern. An expert at the intersection of culture and policy, Michael has represented and advised a wide range of leading arts and cultural institutions including NPR, American Ballet Theatre, Fractured Atlas, Colorado Creative Industries and Native Public Media. He presents often at conferences and in the media.
Michael stepped down from his leadership position at the Future of Music Coalition in 2015 to focus on two new initiatives: Policy in Focus and the Music Policy Forum.
Policy in Focus is a specialized consultancy that works with documentary filmmakers and their teams to maximize their effectiveness in the Nation’s Capital. Policy in Focus recognizes that each film and filmmaker approaches Washington with widely different films and priorities; it is Policy in Focus’ role to understand the filmmaker’s goals, ambitions and resources to develop and implement a customized strategy intended to meet the projects’ needs. Working with a wide range of films, Policy in Focus utilizes a tool kit including direct engagement with policymakers, coalition building with advocacy networks, mentorship with other filmmakers and activists and large or small scale screenings. Policy in Focus integrates with broader public relations and impact plans to ensure any engagement in Washington takes place with strategy, intentionality and purpose.
The Music Policy Forum provides advocacy, strategy and connections for policymakers, advocates, artists, academics, nonprofits and industry leaders working at the intersection of music and public policy. Working off the philosophy that a healthy and sustainable music ecosystem requires active collaboration across public, philanthropic and private sectors, the Music Policy Forum aims to strengthen networks and facilitate innovative partnerships through conferences, retreats and other convenings. We also resource governments, advocacy groups and nonprofits who are eager to understand how their mission intersects with the music community through strategic planning and issue-related campaign work. The Music Policy Forum looks to build off the legacy of the Future of Music Policy Summit, including co-hosting the first US-based Music Cities Convention in 2015 and the Building the Music Capital conference in 2016.
Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University where he serves as Music Industry Advisor/Lecturer. He is a co-founder and co-owner of Misra Records, and independent record label that has released 85 albums over the past 18 years. He and his wife Kelly live in Arlington, Virginia and are proud parents of three children.
Associate, Municipal and Transportation Practice
Pat Branch joined the BTBV team in 2003 to support our municipal and transportation practice. Her experience crosses several government jurisdictions, having worked in the Congress and for several mayors, municipal councils, commissioners and governors.
A native of Detroit, Pat began her tenure in Washington as an aide to former Michigan Rep. Charles C. Diggs, Jr., and then as a legislative assistant for many years to former Rep. Jonathan B. Bingham of New York. Following her work on Capitol Hill, she served as a Washington liaison and senior policy analyst to former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, advising and representing the governor on a host of federal issues.
In 1991, Pat worked as the assistant director of government relations for the American Psychological Society. While there, she created a new directorate for social, behavioral and economic sciences within the National Science Foundation.
In 1992, she joined the City of New York’s Washington office as a legislative representative to Mayor David Dinkins.
Pat joined the Children’s Defense Fund as a senior government associate in 1994, lobbying on budget and appropriations issues impacting critical programs for children and families as well as welfare reform and health care issues. While at CDF, she also served as an advisor on juvenile justice issues to a committee of African-American Juvenile and Family Court Judges from across the country and was the chief liaison to the Congressional Black Caucus, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties.
President and Partner
With four decades of experience, Jim Brown is an established authority on transportation and urban issues. As head of BTBV’s local government practice, Jim is a consultant to the City of Tucson, the City of St. Louis, the St. Louis Airport, Transit and Port Authorities, as well as the St. Louis-based Webster University. He is also a consultant to the Fort Worth Transit Authority and has previously represented the Chrysler Corporation, TWA and Nestle USA.
Jim assists clients with transportation grants and provides invaluable assistance to municipalities and local government entities. He has also represented both public-sector interests and major corporations before federal and state legislators and agencies on issues such as environmental compliance, mitigation, regulatory procedures, and transportation and transit policies.
He is a former journalist and also possesses an extensive background in public affairs and grassroots advocacy. He has served as Press Secretary and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation, has been chief of staff to a Member of Congress and was a news editor and reporter in a major media market.
Jim is the Pro-Bono Washington Representative for Childhelp USA, the oldest child abuse prevention organization in the United States. He is the co-author of Era of Challenge, a book that bridged the generation gap in its examination of the Vietnam War. In addition, he has been a lecturer at Webster University.
Lead LIHEAP Blog Writer
Award-winning, Nashville-based music biographer Jake Brown’s catalog includes 35 published books since 2001, including authorized books co-written with living guitar legend Joe Satriani, 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees HEART, celebrated rock drummer Kenny Aronoff, heavy metal icons Motorhead, late hip hop pioneer Tupac Shakur, the forthcoming ‘Nashville Songwriter’ anthology (Featuring interviews with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, etc), and has appeared on national television networks including FUSE TV and The Bloomberg Channel, and received national press coverage in USA Today, MTV.com, Billboard Magazine, The New York Post, LA Weekly, etc.
Clara’s distinguished career includes service as an advocate in the public sector. Her 12 years in Washington have included service as Executive Director of the Navajo Nation’s Washington, DC office, leading advocacy efforts for the Navajo Nation on all federal policy matters.
Additionally, Clara also served the Obama administration as the National Director of the Office of Native American Affairs of the U.S. Small Business Administration. She began her federal career with the Department of Commerce at the International Trade Administration as a trade specialist in the U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service and the Office of the Chief Information Office (OCIO).
Clara is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Lupton, Arizona. Growing up in the heart of the Navajo Nation in a rural and economically depressed region, she took a keen interest in public policy, poverty alleviation, natural resources and economic development from a young age. Ms. Pratte has a B.S. in Business from the University of Arizona, and an M.S.P.P.M. from Carnegie Mellon University at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.
Vice President and Partner
As BTBV’s director of City Practice, Tracy Tucker advises clients and works closely with Administration officials, Congressional Members and staff on a variety of issues in the federal legislative arena. In addition, she has a strong base of contacts in federal agencies to help develop grant proposals and other initiatives necessary to work them through the federal system.
Tracy is an effective strategist, communicator and logistical coordinator. She is a recognized innovator with a reputation for creative proposals and strategies that secure federal funding and policy successes for her clients. She is recognized for her strong skills in strategic planning and legislative advocacy. These skills have helped her to achieve a solid record of federal legislative and funding success.
Prior to joining the firm, Tracy spent several years in community-based organizing that has served as a foundation for her to advocate on behalf of her clients with the federal government. She trained individuals in presentation skills, organizing, and coalition building. Her experience working for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives broadened her background in issue development and the legislative process.
In 2002, she became a partner at BTBV, making her one of the youngest individuals to have achieved senior partner status in an established government relations firm in Washington. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University and a certificate in leadership development from Johns Hopkins University.
Tony Valanzano brings unique experience to Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano from both a policy and lobbying perspective. His years at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, prior to becoming Republican Staff Director and Counsel to the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development, involved all aspects of HUD’s legislative and policy agenda — from liaison with the Office of Management and Budget and the White House to dealing with day-to-day legislative and political issues arising with Congress.
During his years with the Subcommittee, Tony was integrally involved with creation and implementation of the Community Development Block Grant program, Section 8 housing, RESPA, FHA, Flood Insurance and virtually every other program administered by HUD. He served as the main point of contact for state, city and county organizations with the Republican leadership and the Banking Committee. In addition, he served as Republican Staff Director on the mass Transit Subcommittee and was directly involved in the legislative efforts that provided mass transit operating subsidies.
He later became the Chief Counsel for Federal Relations at the American Council of Life Insurance, where he managed a large government affairs staff as well as the ACLI’s political action committee. After leaving ACLI to found his own firm, he continued to represent major insurance (both company and broker), financial services, tax and trade interests as well as others with business before the Congress, particularly with the Senate Banking and Financial Service Committees.