Berton Brown

I have a keen understanding of the political landscape with over 20 years of experience in Michigan politics. I have developed a savvy for the written and spoken word from an educational background in public relations, speech-making and journalism. I am the a fresh approach to lobbying because I am about results for my client-partners.


I started my career working as an intern for Congressman Dale Kildee at 18 and have worked for Republicans and Democrats. In 2006, I was responsible for the sole Republican statewide victory in Tennessee as a field marshall for Sen. Bob Corker. In addition, since 2008 I have worked directly for Democratic political leadership in Michigan.


I most recently worked as a lobbyist with Karoub Associates, where I worked in municipal government for the County Executive Warren Evans. I was also assigned to several education vendors, where I led a team to help procure more than a million dollars in state appropriations.  


I have experience in building teams of volunteers and employees, while leading them to organizational success. I focus on goal-oriented achievements and strategies. Servicing clients isn’t a job, it is a partnership.


I have developed and implemented issue-oriented campaigns that further the creation of an Inclusive Community Partnership with long-term goals and objectives directly relating to the economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Take a look at the "my projects" page for more information.


The Team


Dr. Erin K. Coney, Pharm.D.

I am Dr. Erin K. Coney and I am a Flint, Michigan native. I achieved my Doctoral Degree in Pharmacy from Hampton University. During my pharmacy program, I developed a sense of advocacy for the City of Flint and the entire State of Michigan. I kept current on unfortunate events that ensued due to the recent water crisis. 

I strive to connect, implement new ideas, and form relationships with community members to advance systemic change. I plan on leveraging my talents in healthcare administration, marketing, public relations, brand management, and corporate communications. 


Justine Guliana

I am a junior majoring in International Relations at Michigan State University’s James Madison College with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. 

My goal is to have a career in public service, legislation, or law. My passion is helping people and I am looking forward to doing so through my future career and am proud to be doing so through my work at Brown Consulting Group, assisting clients in achieving their goals in Michigan.


Melanie Hawkins

I am a senior at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor currently studying international security and linguistics.

My current goal is to harness the skills I develop as a legislative analyst and lobbying intern in order to stay abreast of current political affairs on a local as well as a national scale.

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