Riley is a native Kansan and a founding partner of Parallel Strategies with George Stafford and David Kensinger.
In addition to Parallel Strategies, Riley is the sole proprietor of Scott Consulting, LLC, which is a full service public affairs firm that represents both business and nonprofit organizations in all aspects of lobbying, administrative relations, and strategic communication.
After graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Agriculture and a minor in Leadership Studies, Riley moved to Washington, D.C. to begin his career in the office of U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS). Working as a legislative staffer, Riley handled several issues for Senator Brownback, including agriculture, energy, banking, and appropriations. At the time of Senator Brownback’s retirement from the Senate, Riley was his Deputy Chief of Staff and served as a senior policy and political advisor, including fundraising and advising Senator Brownback on his successful gubernatorial run in 2010.
Upon Senator Brownback’s retirement, Riley began working for U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) as his Deputy Chief of Staff and State Director. After helping Senator Moran set up his Washington office for the first six months of his term, Riley moved back to Kansas to manage Senator Moran’s five offices across the state. Riley continued his focus on Senator Moran’s political activities, including fundraising and management of his political action committee (PAC).
While in Washington, Riley earned his Master of Arts in Government degree with a concentration in Political Communication from The Johns Hopkins University.
Riley lives in Lawrence with his wife, Julia, an emergency room physician, and their three children: Olivia, Benjamin, and Elliana.
David is a 1993 graduate of Williams College [Williamstown, MA], having completed one year of undergraduate study at Oxford University.
From 1999 to 2001, David was the Executive Director of GOPAC, Inc. – the nation’s premier training ground for Republican activists and candidates – working under GOPAC’s chairman, U.S. Representative David Dreier [R-CA]. In 2001, David returned to Senator Brownback’s office, this time as his Chief of Staff. He founded Kensinger & Associates in 2004.
In 2008, David took a leave of absence from his firm to manage Senator Pat Roberts successful re-election campaign. On Election Night; November 4, 2008 Senator Roberts said the following, “The true Machiavelli of Kansas, David Kensinger, our pitbull without lipstick, whose expertise in this new and very different world of political campaigns is unrivaled. David mounted the parapets, waved the flag, fired the first and last shots and led our troops to victory.”
David next embraced the challenge of managing then Senator Sam Brownback’s successful campaign for Governor of Kansas. Governor Brownback chose David to serve as Chief of Staff for his administration.
In 2012 David decided to return to his private firm and begin the next chapter of Kensinger and Associates. Shortly thereafter, David formed Parallel Strategies with partners Riley Scott and George Stafford.
David lives in Topeka with his wife Elisabeth and their three children: Thomas, Grace and Sam.
George Stafford’s work as a lobbyist draws on more than 14 years’ political experience and consensus building (1996-2010) derived from his service as a senior member of former U.S. Senator Sam Brownback’s staff, primarily in the role of Deputy Chief of Staff in Kansas. George served as a key political advisor and conduit between the former Senator and business and civic organizations, chambers of commerce, and municipalities from across the state. He also managed and coordinated federal appropriation requests submitted by diverse entities, and worked with these organizations when the acquisition of such federal dollars was deemed appropriate.
George previously served as Brownback’s Director of Commerce and Industry. In this capacity, he represented the Senator throughout the state, while building strong coalitions of public and private groups that informed the Senator about key industry issues and concerns.
The seeds of George’s political and legislative journey that led him to Kansas are rooted in Washington, D.C., where he had a stint as a post-university intern for Amnesty International, followed by a legislative cycle with the Republican National Senate Committee (RNSC), wherein he honed his skills as an adept fundraiser. In 1996, coming off Phil Gramm’s presidential primary campaign, he joined the staff of then-Congressman Brownback as a legislative assistant, before moving to Kansas to manage fundraising and help run the campaign for Brownback’s U.S. senatorial race.
Throughout his career, George was a chief political fundraiser and advisor during Brownback’s subsequent elections. Prior to the Governor’s inauguration in early 2010, he finished his tenure as a member of the transition team to help support the Governor’s newly formed administration. He worked directly with the transition team to help implement Brownback’s “Roadmap to Kansas” into effective legislative policy.
Along with forming Parallel Strategies with David Kensinger and Riley Scott, George is the sole proprietor of Stafford Consulting, LLC, serving clients in utility, telecommunications, healthcare, gaming, finance, technology, and education industries throughout private and public sectors.
George’s strong political and state legislative experience is an important asset to Parallel Strategies’ current and prospective clients. He also offers federal lobbying capabilities, with strong relationships among the federal delegation from Kansas and their staffs.
George holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH). He and his wife, Clare, a Topeka native, live in Johnson County with their elementary-aged children – Owen and Helena.