Our Team

Sustainable Strategies helps its clients achieve their objectives and increase their clout by banding them together in coalitions with other organizations across the nation.

First & Main is a national coalitions of mayors, city councilors, town leaders, county executives and commissioners, tribal leaders, and other local elected officials from across America who are calling on the federal government to support and partner with their local communities. The FIRST & MAIN BLUEPRINT has been developed by local elected leaders from around the country. The Blueprint is about 1) protecting and improving a range of federal government programs that give local communities the resources they need to prosper, and 2) extending these proven ideas and strategies that work to other localities through a larger national agenda.


Climate Communities is a national coalition of cities and counties that is educating federal policymakers about the essential role of local governments in developing new approaches to create livable communities, reduce energy use and curb greenhouse gas emissions.  Climate Communities hosts weekly webinars on sustainability topics of interest to local governments.  

The Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC) is a national organization of government leaders that seeks to promote policies and resources to keep American manufacturing strong, and to ensure that there is a solid infrastructure to support the this job-generating sector.  The MAC hosts a monthly webinar series on issues important to manufacturing communities.  

Sustainable Strategies DC is a government affairs & strategic consulting firm helping clients obtain resources for revitalization & tools for success in the green economy.

About Us



In our 18 years together, the Sustainable strategies team has secured more than $4.5 billion for local governments. This includes Over $311 million in grants and other resources for 37 cities, towns, counties, and states across America since 2012.

Matt Ward


Before co-founding Sustainable Strategies DC, Matt Ward was a partner and leader of the Green Practice Group at The Ferguson Group. Matt is also the owner of the Ward Washington Law Firm. He previously served as a partner and government affairs advocate at Spiegel & McDiarmid. He is a co-founder of the National Brownfields Coalition and the Brownfield Communities Network, and he has served as national policy director to a number of organizations including the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals, the National Association of Towns and Townships, the Mayors Automotive Coalition, and the American Waterfront Revitalization Coalition. 

Andrew Seth


Prior to his role as the President of Sustainable Strategies, Andrew Seth was a partner and the Director of Coalitions at The Ferguson Group. He is the Executive Director of the Climate Communities coalition and directed the American Waterfront Revitalization Coalition. He previously served as a project manager on environmental issues at the International City/County Management Association, where he directed the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network. Prior to joining ICMA, Andrew was a member of the government affairs team at Spiegel & McDiarmid. He began his environmental career at the conservation non-profit American Rivers.

Randy Hannan

Midwest Practice Manager

After a dozen years as a top city executive and chief advisor to the mayor of Lansing, Michigan, Randy Hannan recently joined S2 as manager of our Midwest practice, where he will coordinate the delivery of S2’s government affairs, grant writing and strategic advocacy services to our municipal clients in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. As deputy mayor, chief of staff and communications director for then-Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Hannan managed a broad portfolio including municipal administration and budgeting, strategic planning and policy development, economic and community development, state and federal relations, and media relations. A seasoned political and communications strategist at the local, state and federal levels, Hannan also served 14 years as a legislative aide, policy director and chief of staff in the Michigan Senate. He earned his B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University with a concentration in international relations.

Ashley Badesch


Ashley Badesch serves as a Senior Associate and Project Director and Deputy Director of the Climate Communities coalition. She received her Master of Public Policy with a focus in Environmental Policy from the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She is currently a J.D. candidate in the evening program at Georgetown University Law Center.

Matthew Popkin

Senior Associate

Prior to joining Sustainable Strategies DC as an Associate, Matthew Popkin worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Maryland Energy Administration. He received his Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he worked closely with the City of College Park to help initiate the city’s sustainability planning and to support transportation policy, public safety, and community development efforts.






Sustainable Strategies DC is a government affairs and strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC, that helps clients secure resources for community revitalization and tools to succeed in the green economy. Sustainable Strategies DC primarily represents local governments, green technology companies and non-profit organizations across the nation, with a focus on sustainable economic development, clean energy, brownfields revitalization and smart growth, community revitalization, clean air and clean water projects, and infrastructure improvements. We provide project funding guidance, grant writing services, congressional and federal agency advocacy, consulting on community revitalization and green technology deployment, and environmental legal counsel. We have helped communities across America succeed on innovative local projects, and have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in resources for those projects.

Coalition Advocacy