Our Team

Jamie Fontaine

President & Founder

A speaker, corporate advisor and advocate for women executives, Jamie is a twenty-year veteran of advocacy communication across disciplines, platforms and mediums including political, issue, corporate, non-profit and regulatory. Launching Adeo Advocacy comes after eight successful years as President of Fontaine & Company, a niche, grassroots advocacy firm and two years as Managing Partner at KOFA Public Affairs.

At the forefront of grassroots’ emergence at the nexus of public affairs and traditional lobbying, Jamie and her team have delivered wins on major land use, legislative and regulatory battles for Fortune 100 clients, national organizations and state and local issue advocacy groups.

With Adeo, Jamie endeavors to create a unique experience for clients – one that is relatable, collaborative, honest and measurable. Coupling her disciplined approach to this work and decades of leadership in grassroots advocacy with a fierce competitive spirit, she has developed a process that leverages data and prioritizes the narrative to deliver honest and meaningful communication that matters to targeted audiences and decision-makers.

She is also a student of women’s leadership development, gender bias and the evolution of corporate programs that prioritize gender balance and build pathways to not only promote but grow women leaders in the workplace. She brings this passion to Adeo, both in practice and as a service to emerging and current women leaders.

Jamie spent the first half of her professional career managing candidate and issue campaigns across the country, including for Maryland Senator Ben Cardin and the election of Wendy Davis to the Texas Senate, defeating a 20-year incumbent Republican in a solidly Republican district. She was also National Political Director at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the country’s largest funder of gay and lesbian candidates for elected office.

With deep roots in the community, Jamie has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Maryland NARAL, the Democratic Women’s PAC of MD and the Baltimore County Commission for Women. She is a member of 2014 LEADERship Baltimore’s best class ever, the Women Presidents Organization and the Women’s Advisory Board of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

Jamie and her wife, Jamie, live in Baltimore with their twin boys and four dogs. While once a college soccer player and coach, avid runner and dedicated foodie, she now lists her primary hobbies as chasing toddlers around the house and drinking wine after chasing toddlers around the house.

Mary Urban

Senior Account Executive

Mary is a public affairs professional with a diverse background in earned and paid media, public relations, legislative advocacy and fundraising. She guides corporate and non-profit clients in advocacy programs at the local and state levels.

Mary is Adeo’s resident “people whisperer.” Excelling in stakeholder coalition-building and relationship management, she is expert at identifying shared need and facilitating meaningful connections with constituents, residents, stakeholders and elected officials. Her unique style has engaged and motivated various, diverse audiences on a wide range of issues.

She also brings tremendous talent in the development of creative earned and paid media programs across communication mediums.

Prior to her entry into public affairs, Mary spent more than a decade in non-profit fundraising, event and program management. She has a bachelor’s in business administration from Loyola University, where she played Division 1 basketball, and a master’s in public administration with a health care policy focus from the University of Baltimore.

Claire Markham Guzdar

Account Executive

Claire has immense experience designing and implementing targeted, innovative, and successful advocacy campaigns that connect non-traditional audiences in a shared vision. Prior to joining Adeo, she worked for the Center for American Progress, where she delivered communication strategies for grassroots advocates, grasstops leaders and partner organizations in the faith and other allied communities. In this role, Claire advanced progressive public policy, countered harmful narratives about vulnerable communities and successfully prevented legislative and regulatory attacks on LGBTQ people, women and religious minorities.

With a background in both theology and social justice movements, Claire is uniquely skilled at relevant and honest communication with a wide variety of audiences and ideologies. Helping faith-based and secular organizations hone authentic and strategic narratives, she is an accomplished facilitator of influence and relationship-building with key stakeholders, elected officials, and key decision makers to achieve client goals.

Claire previously worked for NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, the group responsible for ‘Nuns on the Bus.’ With a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Boston College and a Master’s in Theology focused on medical and sexual ethics from the Catholic Theological Union, she spent her early career teaching in Catholic schools.

Sophia Silbergeld

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Sophia is a veteran of Maryland business and politics, having counseled hundreds of elected and business leaders on policy, industry trends, capacity building, donor cultivation and B2B solutions. She brings to Adeo a unique adeptness in identifying and connecting individuals and organizations with shared aspiration to facilitate meaningful collaboration for clients and partners.

She most recently served as Director of Membership for the Greater Baltimore Committee, the region’s leading business advocacy organization. In addition to shepherding record membership growth during her tenure, she was responsible for the evolution and management of the organization’s diverse programmatic offerings. Most recently, she led the creation and implementation of the #bwomen Initiative and Next Up program, quickly establishing both at the forefront of best practices in two of today’s most recognized and publicized spaces for business improvement: gender diversity and millennial leadership training.

Prior to that, Sophia spent 10 years at Maryland’s premier political fundraising firm, ending her time working for candidate and issue campaigns as the firm’s COO. She began her work in government and politics as a Legislative Assistant in the Government Affairs office of then- Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith, Jr.

A native Baltimorean with a strong commitment to the City, Sophia serves on numerous Boards including WYPR, the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership and the Creative Alliance. When she’s not busy exploring the city’s newest hot spot, you’ll find her supporting the literary career of her pug Bunk, who endeavors to follow in the footsteps of his once internet-famous brother, Omar.

Paul Bianco

Senior Art Director

Paul Bianco knows the importance and appreciates the nuance of bringing vision and mission to life through art. He brings 15 years design experience and a unique devotion to visual storytelling to bear for clients on corporate branding and advertising, advocacy and political communication, artist portfolios and event marketing.

His approach to design is as versatile as it is strategic. A collaborative partner with agencies and clients alike, he is as flexible on vision as he is rigid on process to define and illustrate a narrative that delivers for a diverse portfolio of industries, platforms and marketing/advocacy objectives. From brand conceptualization to one-off creative deliverables, Paul’s focus is always on delivering for clients in whatever capacity is required within their business, strategic and creative teams.

Paul and his team think out-side of the box (or right inside – depending on the client/project) on print, digital, website development, brand evolution and expansion, political advertising, illustration and more. An entrepreneur himself, he knows that creating a simple logo can be just as transformational as conceiving an overall brand and narrative package. Fueled by innovation and evolution, their responsive and driven ethos set them apart.

Paul graduated from the Art Institute of York, PA with a degree in Graphic Design. He founded ORANGEHAT in 2012 after a decade in agency. When he’s not on the clock, you can find him knees in the breeze on his motorcycle or climbing a (small) mountain before kicking back with a craft beer (as stereotypical for a designer as that may sound).