Tyler Deaton, President
Tyler is President of Allegiance Strategies, a D.C.-based public affairs consulting firm focused on helping clients achieve a freer, safer, and stronger world. Tyler oversees conservative and Republican engagement on a range of issues on behalf of several non-profit organizations, and he serves as the Senior Advisor to several Allegiance clients. Tyler has worked on bipartisan issue advocacy campaigns in the areas of LGBTQ freedom, healthcare, immigration, criminal justice, transportation, and education.
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.
Diliman Abdulkader, Director of External Relations
Diliman comes from a foreign policy, national security background where he was previously the Director of the Kurdistan Project at a DC policy shop, he invested his time on Capitol Hill, educating lawmakers, staffers on the plight of the Kurds. Diliman frequently publishes articles, his work can be read at The Jerusalem Post, The National Interest, The Defense post among others. Diliman received his MA at the American University in Washington DC in international peace and conflict resolution and his BA at the University of Washington in politics, philosophy and economics with a minor in human rights. Diliman was born in Kirkuk and along with his family spent seven years at a refugee camp in Syria following the first Gulf War.
Daniel Benitah, Executive Assistant
Daniel manages scheduling, office functions, and executes various administrative tasks at Allegiance Strategies. Prior to joining Allegiance, Daniel worked for the U.S. State Department, including a tour in Israel as an Office Manager at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. Daniel graduated from the Israeli University, the Inter-Disciplinary Center, in 2015 with a double major in Counter-Terrorism & Homeland Security and in Foreign Affairs. Daniel is fluent in six languages and enjoys travel. He currently resides in Arlington, VA.
Tiffany Howard, Political Counsel
Before moving to Washington, DC, Tiffany was a civil litigator specializing in catastrophic injury and products liability. Tiffany obtained her B.A. in History and Political Science from Wellesley, J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and LL.M. in National Security & Foreign Relations Law from George Washington University Law School. She is currently barred in California, California State Bar Number 288974. Tiffany spent three years working at the House of Representatives for Republican Members before moving into the government relations field for the United States African Development Foundation.
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.
Torrey Shearer, Senior Director
Named by the D.C. GOP as one of the Most Influential Republicans Under 35, Torrey provides years of public affairs experience lobbying before the U.S. Congress and delivers a comprehensive understanding of the legislative process through analysis of complex and rapidly evolving policy issues. Prior to joining Allegiance, he was a public affairs advisor in the Government Section at Holland & Knight and represented a broad portfolio of corporate, association and tribal government clients. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Torrey became one of the first members of a team selected by T. Boone Pickens to organize and run a $50 million campaign to turn America’s attention to reducing dependence on foreign oil. Prior to joining the Pickens Plan, he served as a legislative assistant in the federal government affairs office of BNSF Railway Company. He is actively engaged in the national political process and has worked on numerous campaigns at the state and federal level.