Patrick Cave: 40 Under 40

The young lobbyists with the most influence in Washington

Name: Patrick Cave
Firm: Cypress Group
Age: 39

While getting his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Cave made an observation about the lobbying industry that came to define his career. He realized that lobbyists were great at sourcing information and managing relationships with policymakers, but they weren’t equipped to provide clients in federally regulated industries with smarter corporate strategies.

From that idea, he developed the business plan for the Cypress Group, which he founded in 2005 and which gives financial-services clients both traditional lobbying and corporate-strategy expertise. It also includes a research arm that conducts political intelligence analysis. This one-stop-shop model has allowed Cave, a former acting assistant secretary at the Treasury Department, to attract clients such as Citi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Managed Funds Association.

This article appears in the June 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.

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Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She was previously a reporter for Legal Times and the National Law Journal. She has recently written about the Marriott family’s civil war and the 50-year rebirth of 14th Street, and reported the definitive oral history of the Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt case. She lives in Northeast DC with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.