Jack Fields, CEO
Jack Fields represented the 8th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1980 to 1997. Jack served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce from 1982 to 1997. In 1995, when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, Jack became the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance. At that time, the Subcommittee had jurisdiction over interstate and international telecommunications, the Federal Communications Commission, and the telephone, cellular, cable, and broadcast industries. The Subcommittee also had jurisdiction over the Securities and Exchange Commission, the mutual fundindustry and the activities of investment bankers, stockbrokers, investment advisors, and stock exchanges.
As Subcommittee Chairman, Jack led the effort in the House to enact the first comprehensive reform of the Communications Act of 1934. The Telecommunications Act of 1996, designed to promote competition in all telecommunications-related industries and create an environment in which new telecommunications technologies could flourish, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in February 1996.
Jack also spearheaded passage of the National Securities Markets Improvements Act of 1996, which protects investors while also promoting greater efficiency and capital formation in the financial markets. He played a critical leadership role in enactment of the Securities Litigation Reform Act, which reformed the Federal civil justice system relating to private securities litigation.
Jack was deeply involved in national maritime, fisheries, energy, and environmental policy while serving as the Ranking Minority Member on the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. He served on the Committee from 1981 until 1995. He was actively involved in legislation related to oil spill liability legislation, passed after the grounding of the EXXON VALDEZ in Alaska; safety of the cruise ship industry; endangered species and wetlands; fisheries and wildlife refuges; promotion of American ports and merchant marine; shipbuilding; and the Coast Guard.
Jack has built and maintained a wide network of personal friendships and professional relationships among government officials of both parties.
Jack earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1974, and his J.D. degree from Baylor Law School in 1977. For nine years, Jack served as a trustee of Baylor University. Jack now sits on the Board of Directors of AIM Mutual Funds, the eighth largest mutual fund company in the United States, and Administaff (NYSE: ASF), a premier professional employer organization with clients nationwide. In addition, Jack sits on the Board of the Discovery Channel Global Education Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational resources to people in need around the world through the use of technology.
Allen Boyd, Senior Advisor
Former Congressman Allen Boyd is a Senior Advisor at Twenty-First Century Group, a bipartisan government affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. Allen joined the firm in February 2011, after serving 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently offers strategic advice and planning to the firm’s various clients in the telecommunications, transportation, and healthcare fields, among others
Allen represented the 2nd Congressional District of Florida in the U.S. House of Representative from 1997-2011. In 1999, he was appointed to the highly-coveted Appropriations Committee where he worked to ensure fair funding to the priorities of North Florida, to protect Florida’s military community, and to bring much-needed aid to the agriculture industry. Allen served on the Financial Services Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, as well as on the Subcommittee on Defense and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. In his role on the Committee, Allen oversaw the budgets of multiple agencies, including the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Judicial branch, and worked to provide funding for a safe food supply and a healthy agricultural economy in Florida and throughout the nation.
A leading voice on fiscal responsibility during his time in the House of Representatives, Allen joined the House Budget Committee in 2007. As a member of the Budget Committee, he was actively involved in every aspect of the nation’s fiscal policy.
In the 111th In addition to the Subcommittees on Defense and Financial Services, Boyd continued to serve on the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee where he works to provide funding for a safe food supply and a healthy agricultural economy in Florida and throughout the nation.
Throughout his tenure in Congress, Allen was a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of Democratic members in the House who advocate fiscal responsibility in the federal budgeting process. He was instrumental in the successful efforts by Congress to reach the historic 1997 balanced budget agreement, and as the Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration in the 110th Congress, Boyd led the Blue Dog charge for the return to pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules in the House. In 2009, he was appointed Chairman of the newly-established Blue Dog Budget and Financial Services Task Force. This 15-member group worked to promote policies and strategies that reflected Blue Dog priorities through sustainable and responsible fiscal reform.
Prior to his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Allen served in the Florida House of Representatives. While in the State House, he was known as an articulate voice for consensus building and reasonable compromise. As Chairman of the Florida House Democratic Conservative Caucus, he helped build bridges between diverse interests on such difficult issues as public education, healthcare, and welfare reform.
A fifth generation farmer, Boyd graduated from Florida State University in 1969 and served his country in Vietnam. To this day, he continues to oversee the family farm operations on land that has been in his family for five generations.
Jocelyn R. Hong, Principal, Vice President for Corporate Development
Jocelyn R. Hong has worked in Washington since 1986 and has extensive legislative experience. She was instrumental in the passage of a landmark Federal law to clean up radioactive materials, which passed in a record three days.
Ms. Hong was part of President Clinton's 1992 presidential transition team. She has been involved in numerous Presidential and Congressional campaigns. As an advisor to the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Institute, she worked very closely with Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. Her congressional experience includes working as a legislative aide to both U.S. Senator John Glenn and Congressman Dennis E. Eckart. For Congressman Eckart, she worked on passage of the 1992 Energy Policy Act and on the staff of the Small Business Subcommittee on Privatization and the Impact of Deregulation.
She has also been successful in numerous projects, including:
Activating a Congressional Oversight Committee to initiate a controversial General Accounting Office inquiry resulting in a strong report;
Obtaining several policy initiatives in appropriations bills;
Obtaining both an authorization and an appropriation for a flood control project in the same calendar year;
Obtaining a large Federal grant for public housing;
Striking a balance on new environmental standards for a refined products pipeline while creating broad congressional support for the environmental study.
Born and raised in Honolulu, she has cultivated her organizational and management abilities as a leader in several national charitable organizations representing Asian American and women's interests. She was spokesperson for a coalition of Korean merchants victimized by violent crime in the nation's capital, she is a founding board member of the Asian American Action Fund which is dedicated to supporting Asian Americans for elected office. She has also served as a board member of the Washington Coalition on Comfort Women Issues as well as a founding board member of the Korean American Coalition, Washington, D.C. Chapter. Ms. Hong joined the Twenty-First Century Group with over a decade of lobbying experience.
Lisa Rulli, Principal
Lisa D. Rulli is Principal for the Twenty-First Century Group. She brings over 17 years of congressional affairs experience to our firm.
During her time on Capitol Hill, Lisa gained invaluable knowledge of the legislative process. She began her career working on the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. As a staffer on the Committee, Lisa was exposed to a variety of issues ranging from the Marine Mammal Protection Act to the Cargo Preference Act.
In 1995, she went to work for the House Committee on Resources. She continued to work on environmental issues involving areas such as endangered species, fisheries, and wetlands.
Lisa has experience dealing with state legislatures as well. She dealt with all levels of state government while working on issues related to healthcare, employer practices, alcohol and tobacco, and transportation. Additionally, Lisa developed a working knowledge of a number of state Medicaid programs.
Lisa graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science.