LEADERSHIP TEAM

Tyler Deaton, President

Tyler Deaton is a leading center-right political strategist who runs bipartisan campaigns at the national, state, and local levels. As President of Allegiance Strategies, Tyler advises numerous high-level donors and manages political operations on a wide range of issues, including LGBT rights, healthcare, immigration, criminal justice, and education. Tyler serves as Senior Advisor to American Unity Fund and American Unity PAC, the preeminent organizations on the right advancing the cause of freedom for LGBT Americans. A Georgia native, Tyler studied political science at Wheaton College (Illinois) and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. Tyler and his husband James live in Georgia.

Nathan Parsons-Schwarz, Executive Vice President

Nathan is a partner and Executive Vice President of Allegiance Strategies. He oversees operations, compliance, and finance for Allegiance and several clients. Nathan is a native of Kentucky and graduated from Transylvania University with a degree in political science. He has served as a political appointee in the office of former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and has worked as a Republican field operative, including work for the College Republican National Committee and the Republican Parties of Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Sharon Kerr, Controller

Sharon oversees the daily accounting and tax reporting functions of Allegiance and many of Allegiance’s clients. Sharon has more than 25 years of experience as a CPA and financial advisor. For much of her career, she has worked with providing financial and accounting services for family offices. Sharon holds her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Accounting from California State University, Northridge, is a CPA (Inactive Status) and currently resides New Hampshire.

Devan N. Patel, Counsel and Senior Director of Legal Affairs

Devan oversees advocacy efforts, coalition building, and legislative matters for a variety of causes including LGBT rights, religious liberties, immigration and refugee policy, and women’s empowerment. He received his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. Following law school, Devan was a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in D.C. His op-eds and scholarly articles can be found at The Hill, the Journal of Legislation, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Devan is admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland as well as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In addition to his work at Allegiance, Devan works in a similar capacity at American Unity Fund, a center-right pro-LGBT organization.

Kate Possehl, Senior Director of Public Affairs

As senior director of public affairs, Kate oversees political and policy engagement strategies and campaigns. She previously advised a network of business and philanthropic leaders on their political and policy giving, and worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee and for Congressman Sean Duffy.