CULTURE COMMUNITY COMPASSION
Named for a group of social justice reformers in the late 18th century in England that included William Wilberforce, who worked to abolish the slave trade in his country, The Clapham Group represents and consults clients working to address modern-day injustices and promote the common good. We operate in marketing, think-tank, and consultation spaces. Whether through social marketing, public relations, or political and policy consulting, The Clapham Group believes that renewing the culture, confronting injustice and promoting the common good must be undertaken together if anyone is to succeed in shaping the conversation and, ultimately, improving the lives of individuals and families.
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PUBLIC RELATIONS & MESSAGING
Mark Rodgers is the Principal of The Clapham Group a company that seeks to influence culture upstream of the political arena. Mark served as the third-ranking Republican leadership staffer in the U.S. Senate for six years overseeing strategic planning and strategic communications. He also served as a high profile chief of staff to Senator Rick Santorum, working on Capitol Hill for a total of 16 years. He was known on the Hill for his work on such issues as poverty alleviation and global AIDS, as well as protecting life at its most vulnerable stages.
Mark is a published writer and a speaker at large and small gatherings on the topics of faith and public life, culture and caring for the least of these. His work over the years included an outreach to “culture creators,” and he has worked closely with artists such as Bono, Patty Heaton and The Fray. He still collects pop culture artifacts, as the walls of his office attest.
Mark is a social entrepreneur, and enjoys finding ways to help people “do good while doing well.” In the 1980s, Mark worked at the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, a faith-based organization committed to addressing the social needs of Pittsburgh from a Christian perspective. He also founded the National Institute of Lay Education (NILE), which developed adult education curriculum to encourage reflecting Christian involvement in public life. He earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Penn State, and attended Trinity Episcopal School for ministry. He is currently a Policy Fellow with the American Conservative Union Foundation. Mark is married to Leanne, and the proud father of four children.
For The Clapham Group, Caroline works on projects relating to pop culture, Millennial movements, advocacy, cause marketing and faith. Before joining The Clapham Group, Caroline worked in development for the Trinity Forum. She has worked in professional theatre in DC as an actor, master teaching artist, house manager, production manager, and designer with venues such as Young Playwrights’ Theater, Artisphere, Source Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Synetic Theater and Adventure Theatre. Before moving to DC, Caroline worked as an elementary school teacher, urban farm manager, and Catholic Worker. Caroline is a graduate of Bethel School of Ministry in California and Harvest School of Missions in Mozambique. Caroline holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Bethel College in Indiana, where she graduated <i>summa cum laude</i>.
Molly Connolly is an Associate at The Clapham Group whose work currently revolves around project development, community outreach and event planning for clients such as the College Board, Humane Society of the United States and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, among others.
Molly graduated magna cum laude from Gordon College where she double majored in Linguistics and Spanish. She took part in a great books honors program and spent a semester living in Alicante, Spain improving her language skills and exploring the Iberian Peninsula, where she hopes to return one day to complete the rest of the Camino de Santiago.
Molly cares about people and sustainable food and is most joyful when the two are combined. She has other various passions including yoga, film and photography and also moonlights as a touring member of the Cleveland, OH based band The Lighthouse and the Whaler, where she plays violin and keyboard.
Branden S. Polk, MSW, LGSW is the CEO and Founder of Arrowhead Advising, LLC, a
passionate personal coaching, leadership development, and consulting business that helps leaders and
organizations exact the most beneficial and transformative influence on society and culture.
Branden is committed to being an advocate for the most vulnerable through his work as a licensed
social worker, counselor, personal and organizational leadership coach, and as a creative
Before founding Arrowhead Advising, Branden served with a community-based
nonprofit organization that provided behavioral health, mental health, case management, and advocacy
services to underserved children, adolescents, and families. He spent most of his time providing
therapeutic services to children and families who had been impacted by traumatizing experiences
and advocating for behavioral services in the realms of juvenile justice, education, and child
welfare. Prior to working with the Clapham Group, Branden provided consulting services to Child Welfare
Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau and Health and Human Services, in the areas of
public health, adoption, foster care, and child abuse neglect prevention.
Branden received his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Theater from the College of
William &amp;amp;amp; Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is also a graduate of George Mason University
where he received his master’s degree in Social Work. During that time he founded a mentoring and professional
group for men, The Arrowhead Society, that focuses on developing leaders and creative movements.
The Clapham Group
6551 Loisdale Court, Suite 330
Springfield, VA 22150
Phone: +1 (703) 425 2404