"People think in pictures," is a common reminder from New Frame Managing Partner Brian Lewis when discussing New Frame's political communications style, which combines his extensive political and policy experience with his talent for telling the stories of New Frame's clients.
As one of four lobbyists for the firm's clients at the General Assembly, Brian leads the firm's work on strategy, messaging, and engaging clients to move legislators. Brian has worked in state politics and policy since 1996 and holds a master's degree in public affairs and bachelor's in political science from UNC Greensboro. He is a veteran lobbyist at the General Assembly and has been involved in some of the state's most high profile political discussions, communications campaigns, and policy debates over the last decade. Brian is also a frequent guest on Capital Tonight, a nightly public affairs show on Spectrum News, where he gives political communications analysis for viewers.
New Frame is not just any firm. It is Brian's vision of lobbying and advocacy that is focused on finding common ground, putting aside partisanship, and making good public policy for North Carolina. Brian's social media is a constant reminder to #DoPoliticsBetter and has been used from political leaders on both sides of the political aisle in North Carolina.
Brian lives in Cary with his wife and family, but can be found surfing Tower 6 at Carolina Beach at sunrise whenever his schedule and the surf forecast allows it. Brian is also an accomplished IRONMAN athlete, marathoner and is the starting shortstop on his senior baseball team.
Contact: Brian@new-frame.com | 919-413-2580
It was a rainy day in the fall of 1996 when Jason Joyner’s 3rd-grade class was disappointed about losing a precious recess. However, Jason revealed in Mrs. Pindell's announcement that the class mock presidential debate would be extended, and he would have an extra hour representing the Bob Dole/Jack Kemp presidential banner to his fellow 9-year olds.
It’s also the day Jason made history as he picked up 92% of the popular vote in his class - losing only two votes to student stand-ins for President Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. Jason proudly secured the White House for the Republican Party, although Senator Dole would not hold on in the actual election weeks later, a reality that still bothers Jason to this day.
Twenty years later, Jason remains as passionate about politics as the 9-year old standing in for the oldest nominee in Presidential politics. Jason graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in political science, with a focus in public administration and municipal management.
Jason is a Partner at New Frame and serves as the firm's lead lobbyist at the General Assembly, with a focus on lobbying Republican legislative leaders.
Jason also serves the Town of Wendell as a Town Commissioner and brings an understanding of local government, data, budgets, and communication strategies that campaigns and advocacy groups must-have in this political environment.
When he’s not reading budget spreadsheets or campaign finance reports, Jason can be found on his front porch with his beautiful wife Meghan, their infant daughter Emerson Kate, and their two dogs Wags and Paisley.
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Skye David first got her start in politics in high school during her junior and senior years when she served as the chairperson of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Committee. In this role, Skye was a member of the State Board of Education and worked on an important legislative project that eventually became law in Illinois. From that point forward, Skye was hooked on politics and policy.
Skye went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she served on the Student Council as well as the Educational Policy Committee for the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. In addition to earning academic accolades, Skye remained active in college life while working her way through school. Skye's academic work on domestic violence led to an Orville Bentley Undergraduate Research Award for her work and served as the foundation of her future work at the North Carolina General Assembly.
In law school at UNC-Chapel Hill, Skye remained passionate about policy and domestic violence and took her desire to shape public policy to the legislature. In addition to Skye's generous pro bono work to those in need, she also earned the Steve Smith Aspiring Activist Award for her domestic violence work.
At New Frame, Skye works on policy, legal and regulatory issues affecting all the firm's clients, with a focus on the policy, lobbying, and legal needs of the New Frame's clients. During her tenure at New Frame, Skye has built a reputation of trustworthiness, coalition building, and a strong work ethic. The effects of her work have been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, and NBCNews, among other outlets.
In Skye's free time, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, serves on the Council for the Government and Public Sector of the North Carolina Bar Association, volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Meals on Wheels, Legal Aid of NC, and Partners Read.
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Christy cannot think of a time when she did not dream of becoming a teacher. Not only is she nurturing and patient, Christy wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and families in her community, so while raising three young children she went back to obtain a degree in elementary education. She continued her pursuit of educating all children by receiving her master’s in special education with a concentration for children with behavioral issues. After two decades in the classroom, Christy found she could lift up communities on a broader scale by working with agencies like the NC Head Start Association as their Operations Manager, Fairgrove Resource Center as Parent Facilitator helping parents learn techniques to strengthen their parenting skills, as well as other New Frame Clients.
And while she may be a registered lobbyist at the General Assembly, Christy remains a teacher at heart as she organizes events, helps clients think through their communication needs and is able to research a complex question within the hour. Christy loves to interact with clients and takes pride in thorough customer service going above and beyond expectations.
Christy is a strong advocate in her community as well where she serves as President of Thomasville Tourism and Winding Creek Golf Course and serves as a board member for God’s Will, Inc a back-pack healthcare program for low-income students.
When Christy is not walking the halls of the General Assembly or problem-solving with New Frame clients, she can be found playing corn hole, gardening, kayaking, or hanging out with family.
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