Our Principal

  • Stephanie J.  Monroe

Team Members

  • Cristin Kumar
  • Bernard Coles
Our Team

The Wrenwood Group brings more than 20 years of high-level Capitol Hill experience in the legislative, domestic policy and communications arenas.

Stephanie MonroeSTEPHANIE J. MONROE - Founder
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Stephanie is the President and founder of The Wrenwood Group, LLC, a Washington D.C. government relations firm.  An attorney with decades of Legislative and Executive Branch experience, Stephanie served as Assistant Secretary of Education from 2005 until 2009.  In that position, she was the Secretary of Education’s primary adviser on civil rights issues and responsible for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), a 600-person division in the U.S. Department of Education with twelve offices located across the United States.  

Prior to serving in the Executive Branch, Stephanie ended her distinguished 25-year career on Capitol Hill.  A veteran political strategist, Monroe served as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under the Chairmanship of Senator Judd Gregg. For more than a decade, she also served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families under the Chairmanship of  Senator Dan Coats.  

With a particular emphasis on domestic policy issues involving health, education, child welfare, individual empowerment, and community services, Stephanie has helped develop and navigate dozens of bills from policy inception to law.  Examples of legislation she has contributed to include: the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the Head Start Act, No Child Left Behind, the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, the Higher Education Act, the Workforce Development and Workforce Investment Act, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Act, Charitable Choice, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Act, Individual Development Accounts, the Community Services Block Grant, and the Low Income Housing and Energy Assistance Act.

A native of Baltimore, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore.  Stephanie has been a guest lecturer on public policy and a contributor on numerous articles addressing a variety of children, family, and social issues.



Cristin Kumar

CRISTIN KUMAR - Senior Advisor
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Cristin is a senior advisor to The Wrenwood Group, LLC, a Washington D.C. government relations firm. With over a decade of experience in policy development and analysis, Cristin has served on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide for Representative Gus Bilirakis, and more recently as the lead early childhood policy staffer with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce under the Chairmanship of John Kline. In the latter role, she led negotiations on the Chairman’s behalf for the pivotal reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. Cristin has also served in government relations roles with the American Enterprise Institute and the Council for a Strong America, where she represented her organizations’ research and advocacy efforts to elected officials and their staff.

Cristin’s expertise is social policy, such as child care, early education, child safety, runaway and homeless youth, and child welfare. Examples of legislation she has contributed to include: the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Head Start Act, the Higher Education Act and the Congressional Awards Act.

A native of Washington, D.C., Cristin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master of Education, with a concentration in Education Policy and Management, from Harvard University. Cristin has served on multiple legislative panels and published numerous articles addressing a variety of issues surrounding state politics.



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Bernard Coles - Research Assistant
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Bernard Coles is a research assistant to The Wrenwood Group.  Bernard is a 2017 graduate from Hofstra University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science cum laude with distinction.Before joining the Wrenwood Group, Bernard worked as a Research Assistant to President Margaret Abraham at the International Sociological Association where he researched and wrote literature reviews, created and maintained databases, and relayed important information and documents in preparation for the ISA's 18th World Congress event. Bernard is currently making plans to take his GRE and enroll in a PhD program in sociology with the hopes of one day becoming a professor.