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.

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.

Sarah Hoyt

Senior Account Executive

Hailing from the great Pacific Northwest, Sarah began her career in public service as a campaign manager and field director during the 2008 campaign cycle, helping Oregon Democrats regain a supermajority in both the House and Senate.

Since moving to Maryland to attend grad school, Sarah transitioned from politics to policy as Legislative Director for Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Committee Assistant to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and most recently as the State’s Director of Opioid Response for the Maryland Department of Health.

Her extensive and proven track record of coalition building, complex project management, strategic analysis and policy development fuels Adeo’s work with clients seeking to communicate and connect nuanced policy debates with the needs of their customers, constituencies and influencers. Consecutively, her energy and attention to detail leaves those engaged in even the most intense battles feel confident and supported.

When not working or cheering her beloved Oregon Ducks onto victory, Sarah enjoys embarking on outdoor adventures with her family and discovering new ways to bring the Pacific Northwest to life here in Maryland.

Afua Owusu

Junior Account Executive

Afua is a communications professional with a set background in familial anthropology and public health. Prior to joining Adeo, she worked as an Operations and Communications Associate at the Alzheimer’s Association, where she developed social media marketing strategies and oversaw complex communication and engagement projects from initiation to close. Afua’s previous internships include notable organizations such as the Association of Public Health Laboratories and the American Public Health Association where she worked as a reporter and editor.

Afua served as a Program Assistant for three years at the University of Maryland, where she co-planned social and informational programs attended by 2,500 – 5,000 current and prospective students and families. With an especial background in cultural competence-based communications, Afua is skilled in cultivating safe communicative spaces for diverse audiences and maintaining sponsor relationships.

Afua graduated from the University of Maryland – College Park with a degree in Family Science. When she’s not travelling around the world, you can find her honing her American Sign Language and Twi skills, working on her latte art or spending time with her family.

Drew Tildon

Adeo Apprentice

Drew is a law student at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law with a background in politics and government relations. Most recently, she served as a government relations intern at Harris, Jones & Malone, LLC. There her work included client acquisition and legislative outreach.

She also worked as a Baltimore City Mayoral Fellow under Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. In that position, she created an internal communications plan for the Mayor’s Grow Baltimore: 10,000 Families initiative, which aimed to increase Baltimore’s population by 10,000 families by 2020. The project’s final product was an expansive strategy linking city agencies with targeted city non-profit and for-profit organizations to foster responsible and sustainable population growth.

Drew holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University, where her areas of focus were urban and racial politics. Between her undergraduate and professional studies, she spent three years working in musical theater. Most notably, she spent a year singing and dancing aboard a Disney cruise ship.

A Baltimore native, Drew is happy to be back in the city with family, friends, and her very cool dog named Ralph, who is often tuckered out because it’s exhausting being such a good boy.

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).