Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon


Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon is the face of, and driving force behind, the McKeon Group. And his in-depth political background poises the company for long-term success. McKeon represented the people of the 25th District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives for 22 years.

McKeon served as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee of the 112th Congress and the 113th Congress, where his priorities included ensuring that our troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world had the equipment, resources, authorities, training and time they needed to successfully complete their mission and return home.

Prior to serving as the lead Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman McKeon had the privilege of serving as the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He was committed to passing legislation to help our nation’s workforce and significantly strengthened career and technical education through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act.

Chairman McKeon has leveraged his wisdom and leadership abilities to create the McKeon Group, a foray into the private sector. Clients appreciate his in-depth experience and ceaseless work ethic, and are afforded the kind of opportunities and audiences that he can uniquely deliver. Chairman McKeon is poised to lead his team to the same levels of success he enjoyed in Congress for 22 years.

President | email

Howard McKeon leads the McKeon Group as President. As an accomplished private sector business development, marketing, and operations executive, he brings an unparalleled level of strategic proficiency to the firm. The group relies on his leadership and management abilities to foster significant results for clients.

Howard was a Vice President of SprintNextel where he was integral in the merger between Sprint and Nextel. As an executive for Sprint, Howard managed over 1,500 people and was responsible for $1.2 billion in revenue. His primary focus was on directing all activities in marketing, finance, operations, human resources and communications for his region. One of the most important contributions Howard made during his time at Sprint was the complete integration of the Sprint affiliates. Prior to the merger, there were independently-managed affiliates that Howard successfully united into one company.

Howard also worked as Vice President of Next Student where he led the business development team. Howard was able to introduce NextStudent to the medical and private financial industries to help with employment and recruiting.

Successfully transitioning to a third industry in his career, Howard took on the role of Chief Operations Officer of Cota Cole LLP. There he managed the growth and development of several offices within California, placing an emphasis on marketing the firm as well as on standardization of policies and procedures.

Shortly after his time at BYU, Howard entered the private sector working for America’s Bootmaker. This experience in retail is what ultimately drove him to one day start his own business and work with his father.

As he developed his career in a number of industries coupled with his time spent working for the “family business,” Howard also maintained a consulting firm where he strategized and executed business plans for both the educational and defense industries.

Howard, a native of California, resides in Washington DC with Heather Gale McKeon, his wife of nearly thirty years. Together they’ve reared four children: Carlie, Derek, Rylee, and Kirk. Howard studied finance at Brigham Young University after completing a two-year religious mission in Portugal.

David Keysor

Chief Operating Officer | email

David Keysor joins the McKeon Group as the new Chief Operating Officer. David provides a wealth of experience, vision and knowledge to the team having spent many years as an executive in strategy, operations, marketing, business development and PR for high growth companies.

Morris Thomas

Regional Director (Contractor) | email

Morris L. Thomas, JD, is a native of Alabama and a former Washington, D.C., Homicide Investigator. The McKeon Group benefits immensely from Thomas’ communications and operational management skills.

Preston Feinberg

Director | email

Preston Feinberg joins the firm as a Director working with a number of McKeon Group clients. Having worked in various capacities on Capitol Hill, Preston adds his knowledge of advocacy processes to the well-rounded and experienced McKeon Group team.

Heather McKeon

Executive Assistant | email

Heather McKeon is the executive assistant for Chairman McKeon and manages the schedule for the entire McKeon Group team. Her organizational and leadership skills have proven to be necessary in order to address client’s needs in a timely manner.

Laura Winward Kaloi

Vice President, Professional Services | email

Laura joins the McKeon Group as Vice President with an expertise in strategic planning, government affairs, grassroots advocacy, development and communications within the education space. With over twenty-five years of DC-based experience, she is an accomplished executive with keen interest and demonstrated results in Prek-16 education and health policy.

Jeff Andrade

Senior Advisor | email

Jeff Andrade joins the McKeon Group as Senior Advisor with extensive expertise in higher education; postsecondary training and workforce development; student lending, servicing and collections; medical education; disability issues; veterans education programs; as well as in financial services and federal training programs for small businesses.

Kuna Tavalin

Policy Director | email

Kuna Tavalin joins the McKeon group with over a decade of experience in public affairs, advocacy and strategic planning as Policy Director in the education and human services arenas. Her most recent client-based portfolio includes early childhood home visiting, early education, literacy, juvenile justice, American Indian education and federal research policy.

Brandon Attiliis

Executive Assistant to the President | email

Brandon Attiliis joins the McKeon Group as Executive Assistant to the President. Brandon graduated with a double-major from George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Government & International Politics from the Schar School of Policy and Government, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

Evie Unsworth

Legislative Associate | email

Evie Unsworth joins the McKeon Group as a Legislative Associate within the Education Team. She brings her enthusiasm and education policy background to serve several clients.

Reno Mahe

Regional Director | email

Reno Mahe joins the McKeon Group from Lehi, Utah. He brings with him contagious enthusiasm, a knack for creative problem solving and a genuine love for all people. His charisma and positive energy make him an asset to any team.