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We Know How Washington Works

Our staff of seasoned, bipartisan House, Senate, and federal-agency veterans truly know how Washington works.  

Pat Jordan, Founder and Principal
Marla Livengood, Senior Associate
Kristin O’Grady, Outside Counse

Pat Jordan, Founder and Principal

Pat JordanOn Capitol Hill since 1982, Pat has developed key relationships and valuable expertise advocating for clients on issues of transportation, economic development, the environment, and water resources.

Active in every aspect of federal advocacy, she has helped public- and private-sector clients garner significant federal funding and support. For example, she secured $23.6 million for a city of 17,000 to make road improvements, ranking high on her list of client results.

Pat started out as a legislative aide for Rep. Glenn Anderson (D-CA) of Long Beach, Calif., who was then the chairman of the House Transportation Committee. She went on to work as a legislative director for Rep. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

Joining a lobbying firm that specialized in representing local governments and public transit agencies, Pat honed her advocacy skills working on a range of legislative, regulatory, and appropriations matters. While there, she helped local governments fund vital economic development and transportation projects. Representing transit agencies, Pat also actively pursued federal policy changes favorable to public transit.

A member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Pat started Jordan & Associates in 1993 with a vision to deliver effective Washington strategies for her clients to achieve measurable results.

As if her husband, two kids, three cats, and one dog don’t keep her active enough, Pat runs regularly (an occasional marathon even) and enjoys hiking.  

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Marla Livengood, Senior Associate

Marla LivengoodMarla got her start on Capitol Hill advancing through the ranks from Staff Assistant to Legislative Director in the office of Representative Richard Pombo (R-CA). She handled the Representative's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee assignment as well as his Agriculture Committee assignment. In addition to focusing on transportation and agricultural issues, Marla also focused on appropriations.

After six deep-seated years in Washington, D.C., Marla moved home to California in 2005 and went to work for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) as their Legislative Affairs Manager.  In this position, she represented RTD before policymakers, at advisory committees, and at speaking engagements.  She developed legislative policy, implemented programs and policies to comply with federal regulations, and secured funding through local, state, and federal sources.  While at RTD, Marla completed a Transit Paratransit Management Certificate Program supported by the University of the Pacific - Westgate Center for Management Development.

At Jordan & Associates, Marla proactively apprises clients of federal grant opportunities in the areas of transportation, energy efficiency/clean energy, economic development, public safety, emergency management, environment, and social services. As the firm's Grants Specialist, she offers our clients a full array of grant services. She locates lucrative funding opportunities, writes winning grant proposals, and provides targeted follow-up to the funding source. Marla's duties also involve direct client advocacy, as well as legislative and regulatory research.

She recently opened the firm's California Regional Office. There, she directs the firm's Grants Department and provides the firm's western clientele with a wide range of local support, including onsite visits and hands-on project development.

Marla is married with an adorable little boy and a dog. In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

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Kristin O'Grady, Outside Counsel

Kristin O'GradyKristin brings a persuasive Federal background to Jordan & Associates, serving in both the FTA Office of Chief Counsel and as FTA’s Regional Counsel in Denver before she returned to Washington to serve as the assistant chief counsel at APTA. 

Advocating from both sides of the table, Kristin provides rare experience in a number of specialties, including federal grant-making, administrative law, federal procurement, project management oversight, litigation, construction, contracts, personnel law, and many legal aspects of municipal infrastructure development including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

From Salt Lake City’s extensive transportation infrastructure preparations for the 2002 Olympics to the five APTA Legal Affairs Conferences she oversaw, she has advised approximately 400 attorneys who work for public agencies and private-sector suppliers in the public transit industry. 

For our clients, Kristin provides legal analysis of proposed and current federal transportation regulations, as well as drafting legislative language relating to federal transportation policy. She also provides a veteran’s insight regarding the inner workings of the Department of Transportation, which is critical to successful client outcomes. 

Fluent in transportation law, French, and multi-tasking, Kristin’s talents run deep. She is also happily married with three terrific kids. 

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