Ward Cormier.
Senior Director of Federal Affairs 

Ward Cormier serves as Senior Director of Federal Affairs at The Picard Group. He brings over a decade of experience on Capitol Hill and an advanced understanding of House and Senate legislative procedures and appropriations processes. Prior to The Picard Group, Cormier served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA). Cormier was responsible for all aspects of the Congressman’s policy operations and served as top advisor for legislative strategies and federal funding priorities, including his duties as Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation & Operations, and House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Additionally, Cormier was the policy lead for all Army Corp of Engineers, Energy, Environmental, FEMA, and Infrastructure issues.

Cormier moved to Washington, D.C. in 2011 to join the office of Senator David Vitter (R-LA) as a Legislative Correspondent. Before long, Cormier stepped into the role of professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, where he was responsible for briefing the Committee’s Ranking Member, developing legislative strategies, coordinating Committee hearings, and drafting public statements. In 2016, Cormier transitioned to the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship where he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman with a focus on energy production, seafood safety, and initiatives to protect environmental resources important to Louisiana.

A native of Welsh, LA, Cormier is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Mississippi College School of Law.

Our Team

Rodney Alexander.


Nick Cahanin.


Steve Cosminski.

Director of Finance

Emily Bacque Da Silva.


Curtis Erdmann.

Federal Affairs Analyst

Faith Garbett.

Director of Administration

Hunter Hall.


Caroline Higgins.

Director of Ethics and Compliance

Paige Hightower.

Director of External Affairs

Andrew Holleman.

Director of State and Federal Governmental Affairs

Chuck Kleckley.


David Koke.

Director of Governmental Affairs

Catherine Lenz.

Director of Health Policy

Mike Michot.


Tyron Picard.

Managing Partner

Nic Walts.

Director of Governmental Affairs