Steve Butler has established himself as a key player in both legislative and electoral politics in Georgia. Butler has demonstrated the ability to produce results in several capacities, including External Affairs Specialist for Georgia Department of Education, Government Affairs Director for Grady Memorial Hospital, Southeastern Director of Government Affairs for DaVita and Chief of Staff for the Chairman of Fulton County. Since 2004 he has served as president of Connect Public Relations (CPR). CPR is a full-service public relations firm in the areas of government affairs, public affairs, media consulting and policy development. CPR has extensive experience in healthcare, education, energy and local government issues.
CPR represented Grady Health System during its historic turnaround from 2009 to 2011. Butler’s efforts helped increase Grady’s bottom line by over $60 million in a three-year period. In 2010, Grady was “in the black” for the first time in many years due to the efforts of CPR and the entire Grady team. CPR has also represented the Mayo Clinic and currently represents Piedmont Healthcare. Butler started his lobbying career in 2002 at the Georgia Department of Education and remains active in the education community. CPR has represented McGraw-Hill and the fastest growing education company in the U.S., Curriculum Associates.
CPR also specializes in creating and managing advocacy groups to impact policy. Some of our successes include Georgians for Immigration Reform, Georgia Energy Forum and Conservatives for Clean Energy. We specialize in connecting policy makers, advocacy champions and the media to create a winning synergy. Our philosophy is to build coalitions that win!
Fatimot Ladipo has over 20 years of experience in government and community affairs, including several years focused on local, state and federal legislative matters. Her extensive knowledge and experience can help clients through difficult policy analysis, complicated budget scenarios and government affairs solutions for state, local and federal government. She has worked extensively with higher education, healthcare, state and federal budget matters, telecommunications and a variety of other local government issues. Over her years of service, Ladipo has become a trusted voice with legislators and local government officials in Georgia.
During her years focused on education policy, she worked for Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Student Finance Commission and Kennesaw State University. Ladipo was the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) in the Mayor’s Office, City of Atlanta where she managed the IGA team and was lead lobbyist on local, state and federal legislative issues for the city of Atlanta until August of 2020. Prior to joining the City of Atlanta, Ladipo was Regional Director for External Affairs for AT&T. She was responsible for advancing AT&T’s legislative and regulatory agenda at the local and state level as well as working with the AT&T Foundation, administering local grants. She also worked as director of government affairs for the Georgia Dental Association. Her federal experience includes working as an associate analyst for the Congressional Budget Office and a management analyst for the Department of Commerce. She has also held positions with other state agencies and in city government, including serving as director for policy and legislation for the Lieutenant Governor of Georgia.
Ladipo graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies and earned a Master of Science in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also an involved member of the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy Advisory Board.