Connie's BioConnie LaRossa joined the firm in June of 2019. She brings significant experience working with Capitol Hill and the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense, as well as the Intelligence Community.
Connie most recently served as a national security principal for General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), where she supported business development efforts within the homeland security and defense business areas. She brought strategic executive branch insight to the GDIT proposal teams to win new work and position the company to expand their client services within both departments.
Connie spent over a decade working in various roles within DHS and DoD. As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Affairs at DHS, Connie coordinated the legislative priorities of the Secretary and advanced significant legislative initiatives, including the authorization of the Border Joint Task Forces and the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.
Connie also served as legislative director for the Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A), and managed the DHS congressional response following the Boston Bombing and the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. Connie was instrumental in securing annual authorizations and appropriations for I&A.
As the DoD Counternarcotics and Global Threats legislative director, Connie secured an annual $1.2B authorization and appropriations bill. She managed the Hill and media message for the office during a time of growth and capacity building in Afghanistan and Colombia.
Her time at DHS and DoD afforded her the experience of navigating the legislative branch authorization and appropriations processes, as well as executive branch interagency policymaking at the highest levels of government. Connie managed rapid response teams and messaging during national security emergencies and continues to maintain robust relationships with committee members and staffers across the aisle on Capitol Hill.
Connie earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and a Master in Policy Management for Georgetown University. She is an active member on the Board of Directors for St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth & Families.
Connie lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three kids, but loves to escape to the Eastern shore whenever they can.