Staff

Joe Foley

Mr. Foley, Senior Associate and President of the company, was Legislative Floor Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for a Member of Congress who chaired the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which annually funds the US Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.  While on Capitol Hill, he worked on various energy, environmental, transportation, trade, and defense-related programs with Congressional Leadership and their staff on the House Floor.  In this position, Mr. Foley devised a unique parliamentary strategy that overturned and then amended a Conference Report on Amtrak appropriations.  That tactic added $60 million to the transportation budget that year for national rail transit needs. 

From this position in the US Congress, Mr. Foley joined the Executive branch as a member of a White House Congressional Affairs team.  He lobbied for Administration initiatives before the U.S. Senate and House such as the oil back-out allowance to advance national energy independence and measures related to military readiness in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  Later at the Federal Emergency Management Agency - now part of the Department of Homeland Security - he successfully promoted bills in Congress on fire safety, hazardous materials accident mitigation, disaster assistance, and the contracting-out of Federal services for private sector bid.  One of his projects was a successful amendment that added $150 million for greater purchases of copper and other critical materials for the nation’s strategic resources stockpile during US Senate debate on the annual Treasury Department Appropriations Bill. 

Mr. Foley holds a Master of Arts degree in International Trade and Development from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C.  His Bachelor of Arts degree is in History from Elon University, North Carolina.  He has given lectures on Congress, the Presidency, and the legislative process as an Adjunct Professor at American University and at several other colleges and universities, including the Universities of Maryland and North Carolina.  Mr. Foley was also a candidate for the Maryland State Legislature in Annapolis.

 

Natko Vlahović

Mr. Vlahović is the Founder and Managing Director of Vlahovic Group LLC, the first specialized government relations and lobbying firm in Croatia.  Mr. Vlahović is also a Co-founder and Managing Director of the Croatia-EU Business Council, the first Brussels-based organization advocating and promoting Croatian business interests in the EU.  Currently, Mr. Vlahović is the vice president of the Croatian Lobbying Association and a governor at the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia.

Mr. Vlahović co-wrote the first book on professional lobbying in Croatia known as “A Professional Lobbyist – An Interest Advocacy Manual”.  He is also an External Member of the European Affairs Committee within the Croatian Parliament. In 2015, he was re-elected to a second term as the President of the Croatian Lobbying Association (HDL), an NGO advocating for the regulation of lobbying and mandatory registration for those who wish to influence the executive or legislative branches of government.  Prior to starting his own business, Mr. Vlahović led the Brussels office of the Croatian Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises and acted as their chief advocate in relevant EU institutions for seven years.  In 1999, he started his professional career at the Croatian Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he worked on various trade promotion and investment relations projects.  Throughout his professional career, he has initiated and led many national and international high level government projects.  Mr. Vlahović has been an associate of Foley Federal & International Affairs since 2015.

 

Bruce Bordner, Ph.D.

Dr. Bordner, a current Government Relations Consultant to Foley Federal & International Affairs and an associate of the firm for more than a decade, is a past Legislative Assistant in the California State Senate and the United States House of Representatives, including for the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  While in Washington, Dr. Bordner worked on defense, foreign affairs, trade, and veteran affairs issues. Since he left government for the private sector, he has worked with Foley Federal & International Affairs in the development and implementation of political and legislative strategies on numerous governmental relations projects. Some of these past projects included a survey of Los Angeles County municipal airports, the protection of corporate water and aquifer interests in the California deserts, processing land development projects through the municipal entitlements processes, and developing Federal legislative authorization and appropriations strategies for Defense Department contractors. 

Dr. Bordner received his Doctorate in Government from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he wrote his thesis on the enforcement of Federal campaign finance law by the Federal Election Commission.  He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the Claremont Graduate School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Government from Claremont McKenna College. He and his wife, Christine, a San Bernardino County Public Defender, reside in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  He travels to Washington routinely on client related projects. 

 

Dean Stoline

Prior to becoming General Counsel to the firm, Mr. Stoline was Legislative Assistant from 1977 to 1983 for a Member of Congress who chaired the Commerce, State, Justice Appropriations Subcommittee.  He also served as a Professional Staff Member on the Agriculture Committee and as an Assistant Investigator on the Government Operations Subcommittee on Transportation.  Mr. Stoline has practiced law in the private sector since 1987.

Mr. Stoline has recently been promoted to Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, a Master’s in Public Administration from Iowa State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the Antioch School of Law.  Mr. Stoline was a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994.  In additions to his legal assistance contributions to Foley Federal & International Affairs, Mr. Stoline's primary legal work is now start-up company incorporation and promotion.