The newest addition to The Madison Group's leadership team, Ari has more than 20 years of international and domestic political and advocacy experience.
Ari began his career in the service of the Government of Israel, working on behalf of four different Israeli Prime Ministers in various roles, first as the as the Public Relations Officer at the Consulate General of Israel in Miami for the Shamir and Rabin governments and then as the Congressional Affairs Aide at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, for both the Peres and Netanyahu administrations.
After leaving government service, Ari applied his years of international and policy experience to more domestic concerns. First, as the Political and Congressional Affairs Director for the National Jewish Coalition (now the Republican Jewish Coalition), and subsequently at Cassidy & Associates, the nation's then largest federal lobbying firm. While with Cassidy, he simultaneously worked at their strategic partner National Strategies, Inc., which manages multi-state government relations strategies.
After a stint as Vice President of the Rhoads/Weber Shandwick Government Relations firm, Ari co-founded Artemis Strategies in 2003, a firm that was recognized as one of the most effective government affairs firms in Washington, DC. In 2009, while still Co-Chairman of Artemis Strategies, Ari co-founded Chrysalis Energy Partners, a unique business-consulting firm with a focus on building bridges between government and the clean energy sector.
In his 25 years of government affairs work, Ari has led lobbying teams on behalf of foreign countries, industry leading companies and start-ups alike. Some of his clients have included behemoths SAP, H&R Block, HJ Heinz, and Teva Pharmaceuticals; associations like the American Retirement Association, the International Association of Plastics Distribution, the Alliance for Connected Care, and the Wireless Internet Services Providers Association; to start-ups like Omada Healthcare, Scrips American, Qteros, Pivot3, and Hydrovolts, as well as a multitude of other interests in Washington.
Ari has spent over a decade as an active member of the Republican Governors Association's National Finance Committee and is also the past Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Next Generation Campaign. Ari has been an advisor on four United States Presidential Campaigns as well as numerous candidates for the United States Congress and governors' mansions. In 2001 Ari was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.
Ari is married to his college sweetheart (they met while attending Penn State University) Kelly and together they have three children: Jacob, an aspiring Navy Doctor currently attending the University of Colorado as a pre-medical major and a Midshipman 4th Class in the Navy ROTC program; and twin teenage daughters Ryann and Jordan.