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HPS Announces New Director Hires, Welcomes Back Stephanie Dodge Bigley As Senior Director

February 1, 2022
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Today, Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS) announced Alaina Monismith, Maura McDonough, and Rustin Finkler will be joining the firm as directors and Stephanie Dodge Bigley, previously a director at HPS, will be returning to the firm as a senior director.

“At an exciting time of growth for the firm, it is great to welcome Alaina, Maura, and Rustin to HPS,” said HPS Partner Matt McDonald. “They each bring a depth of experience which will benefit both our clients and internal teams. We are also excited for Stephanie to be back at HPS. She is a great colleague and will be an asset to the team as she leads the firm’s expanding portfolio of legal work.”

Stephanie Dodge Bigley returns to HPS from Davis & Santos where she practiced complex commercial litigation and white-collar defense. Stephanie specializes in legal strategies, advising clients on how to use public affairs to advance their legal position and minimize reputational risk. Stephanie previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable David A. Ezra, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas. Before going to law school, Stephanie worked as an associate and a director at HPS. Stephanie is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Prior to joining HPS, Alaina Monismith served as Senior Manager of Communications & Media Relations at the Public Affairs Council. Previously, Alaina worked in communications at the Alliance of Community Health Plans and as an editor of a trade publication in the D.C. metro area.

Rustin Finkler comes to HPS from Village Capital where he managed strategic communications for a non-profit with an affiliated venture fund. Rustin holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Maura McDonough was previously an account executive at Edelman, where she managed public awareness campaigns in the healthcare, workforce development, and environmental sustainability spaces. Maura previously worked in the office of Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA). 

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