Live Event

Bloomberg Government & Prime: Chief of Staff Event

February 4, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bloomberg Government 1101 K Street, NW Floor 5

On February 4 join Bloomberg Government & Prime for a panel discussion with some of DC’s most impressive Chiefs of Staff for a discussion on their former roles serving in unique and challenging capacities with some of the top political leaders in the US, to their transition to becoming leading executives in the the private sector.

What were some of the biggest challenges that they faced while serving as Chiefs of Staff and how did they overcome them? How did they know when to leave their COS role and transition to the private sector? What are their top pointers on translating the skills of the Chief of Staff to an organization hiring for a multi-functional executive (COO, CFO, General Counsel, etc)?

We hope to answer all these questions in this unique panel discussion.



Matt Butler
Chief Operations Officer
DC Bar Association

From 2015 to 2016 Butler served as chief of staff for the Democratic National Convention Committee, overseeing the convention’s communications, political, logistics, arena, technology, and legal departments. In that role, he managed a 300-plus staff to produce one of the most innovative and accessible conventions in the nation’s history. Butler also has worked as deputy campaign manager for the presidential runs of Chris Dodd (2008) and John Kerry (2004), and managed the 2006 reelection campaign of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. Butler has more than two decades of executive leadership experience, including as CEO of Media Matters for America and as principal at the D.C.-based BCT Consulting Group, LLC As COO of the DC Bar, Matt is  responsible for driving member engagement and value performance; maintaining effective business and operating capabilities; leading strategy design efforts; overseeing expense management, revenue growth, and joint ventures; and directing an extensive portfolio of departments across the Bar.

Monica Dixon
Chief of Staff and Senior VP
Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Current Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff To Ted Leonsis at Monumental Sports and Entertainment. Monica spent her career providing strategic and management consulting for high-profile individuals and institutions, including the White House, national advocacy organizations, and candidates for federal office.  Monica has been a top strategist to the Vice President, CEOs, Corporations, Board of Directors, and campaigns and issue-based organizations on matters of management, strategic communications, and public affairs. Those who Monica has advised include the Clinton White House, where she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore and as an Assistant to the President; the U.S. House Democratic Caucus, for which she served as Chief of Staff; as a Strategic Consultant to the Senate Democratic Leadership, as a Voter Communication’s Director of the leadership political committee; Americans Coming Together, a national advocacy group; and for Forward Together, a committee chaired by Senator Mark Warner, for which she was Executive Director.

Pablo Carillo
Of Counsel
Squire Patton Boggs

Pablo Carrillo served until recently as Chief of Staff to US Senator John McCain, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former US presidential candidate. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the Senator's legislative and congressional oversight strategy. Pablo previously served as Minority General Counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he advised the Ranking Member and other Republican Senators on the annual National Defense Authorization Act and the Minority's oversight and investigative activities, as well as defense acquisition and contracting policy. Pablo has advised on some of the most high-profile Senate oversight investigations. As Majority Chief Investigative Counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, for example, he advised on a public corruption case with respect to a multibillion Air Force procurement program. He then went on to become Chief Investigative Counsel to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, where he conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct that ultimately uncovered evidence of public corruption that led to 17 guilty pleas and convictions.

Caroline Pugh
Chief of Staff
Care Journey

Caroline Pugh is the Chief of Staff at CareJourney, a healthcare data analytics company based in Washington D.C. She is the Chief of Staff to Aneesh Chopra, the former Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Pugh is currently an advisor to Prime Chief of Staff, where she has helped build a national network of Chiefs of Staff and also the Senior Advisor to the Africa Rising Foundation, a non-profit focused on youth empowerment and leadership in Africa started by Ndaba Mandela. Caroline was previously the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of VirtualU, a tech startup that developed 3D human scanning technology, that she started while an undergraduate at Virginia Tech. Pugh was the former Global Director of Partnerships and the Washington, D.C., President of Kairos Society, one of the world's largest student-run nonprofit organizations for entrepreneurship. She was also a contributor on health and entrepreneurship for the Huffington Post and a public speaker, where she has been invited to speak at international events like the Ambrosetti Forum, Milken Global Conference and the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit.  She was recently named "15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch" by Entrepreneur magazine and  "master networker"  in Forbes. Pugh has also been cited in the Washington Post, Fox News, NBC, TechCrunch, USA, Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal for her work.