\ The Team : Ian Reid


Keenan Hale
Senior Director
Federal & Congressional Affairs

A native of Georgia, Keenan has built a solid reputation both on Capitol Hill and within the public policy community to offer superb service to his clients. As Senior Director, he helps clients develop their federal legislative and regulatory agendas and use his long-standing relationships to achieve their policy goals. Prior to joining Ian Reid, Keenan worked for a Florida-based law firm in their Washington, DC office as a government affairs professional.

Keenan started his public policy career on Capitol Hill, serving on the legislative staff of U.S. Representative Al Green of Texas, a senior Member on the House Committee on Financial Services and Committee on Homeland Security. He is the former president of the Congressional Black Associates and an active member of the Young Black Lobbyists association and the Washington Government Relations Group.

Keenan is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he played wide receiver on the football team. While at Syracuse, he was an All-Academic Team honoree, two-time bowl winner, and Big East Conference Champion.

Daraka “Doc” Satcher
General Counsel & Advisor
Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

Doc Satcher oversees all legal matters at Highland and advises clients on federal legislative and regulatory affairs related to their business growth and sustainability.

An Atlanta native, Doc is a highly regarded legal advisor to federal, state, and local leaders and business executives in agriculture, healthcare, and trade.

In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed him to the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. In this role, Doc was the primary advisor to the Secretary of Commerce on matters related to Capitol Hill and state and local governments. His portfolio included twelve bureaus, with a concentration on the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Before his presidential appointment, he worked in the United States Congress for nearly a decade as a chief of staff, a legislative director, and as a policy advisor to a U.S. Senator.

A graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014, he holds degrees from Emory University School of Law and Morehouse College. Doc currently serves on the Fulton County Board of Ethics and on the Georgia District Export Council and Voorhees College board of directors.

Brett Scott
Senior Consultant

As Senior Consultant, Brett works closely with both U.S. and international clients on engaging and navigating the Federal government. He spent 20 years in government, beginning with the Department of Justice as a litigator in the tax and civil divisions. Brett later joined the staff of former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) as general counsel and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) as legal counsel.

Brett has formed and negotiated several joint ventures between U.S. and global companies in South America and Asia. A recognized thought leader on homeland and national security, his legal expertise is in demand from both world and corporate leaders interested in supply chain protection.

He holds a degree in Accounting from University of Mississippi as well as a JD from the University of Idaho.


Joi Sheffield
Senior Advisor and Counsel

Joi provides strategic counsel and corporate strategy to CEOs and business leaders across all Highland Poe business verticals. She has specific expertise in matters related to banking, financial service, and fintech issues.

For more than 20 years, Joi has built a distinguished career in Washington as a legislative counsel to a U.S. Senator, a banking regulator, a trade association executive, and a policy consultant. Joi is also the founder of Sheffield Brothers, a woman-owned public policy advisory specializing in public affairs and corporate strategy.

Her public service experience includes serving as Democratic Staff Director and Counsel, Financial Institution Subcommittee to the former Chairman, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson. As a professional staff member, she played an integral role in the passage of FDIC Reform, co-authored the National Insurance Act of 2006, Pension Reform, and Data Security. She is also a former senior attorney at the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

Joi’s private sector and trade association background include public policy positions at the Community Financial Services Association, Independent Community Bankers of America, and Bank of America.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Joi holds degrees from Howard University Law School and James Madison University. She is a member of the State of Maryland Bar.

Jarvis Stewart
Founder and Managing Partner

As managing partner, Jarvis is the principal advisor and strategist to the firm’s clients. He also serves as managing partner and chief strategist at IR+Media LLC, a public affairs and strategic communications agency specializing in crisis and corporate communications. Jarvis has built a national and global reputation for his government affairs advocacy and impact investment consultancy. He has advised small, medium and multi-national enterprises on geopolitical issues related to their growth expansion and brand protection.

His attention to details and relationship building has attracted the attention of policymakers, corporate and global investors who often solicit his advice to help shape their organization’s future. Jarvis’s clients have included FedEx, Genesis Motor America, Hyundai, SCL Health Systems, Shell Oil Company, Toyota, Verizon, Walmart, 1784 Capital Holdings and the Williams Capital Group LP. He also advises RussellCar Inversora, a Latin American private equity firm and their micro and credit lending platform. Jarvis is also an active member of the American Business Chamber – Dubai.

Jarvis is the former Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Harold Ford, Jr. and served on the senior staff to Clinton Labor Secretary Alexis Herman. A native of Texas, he is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University and currently lives in the Washington, DC area.