Issues & Advocacy

Meet the Lobbyists

The National Guard Association of the United States is the voice of the National Guard on Capitol Hill to advocate for the highest level of readiness, modernization, and quality of life for our National Guard family. The NGAUS legislative staff carries out that mission by helping transform resolutions into reality.

Mike Hadley
Legislative Director


  • Consultant, Chesapeake Solutions
  • Principal Deputy for Reserve Affairs in Army Office of Chief of Legislative Liaison
  • House Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Legislative Affairs.
  • Congressional Liaison Officer (Aviation Programs), Army Office of Chief of Legislative Liaison
  • Defense Fellow, Office of Senator Barbara Mikulski

Mike Hadley comes to NGAUS with a breadth of experience in both government and industry. After completing 23 years in the Army and the Army National Guard, Hadley worked as a consultant within the defense industry assisting companies with marketing, business development and strategic planning primarily within the aerospace sector. During his Army career, Hadley has served in a myriad command and staff assignments in aviation, strategic planning and legislative affairs. His extensive legislative liaison experience includes serving in the Office of Legislative Liaison for the Secretary of the Army and the Office of Legislative Affairs for the Secretary of Defense as well as working as a Defense Fellow for Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Hadley worked closely with Congress on aviation system procurement, research and development as well as operations and maintenance accounts. He also served as the primary advisor to the Army Chief of Legislative Liaison on Army plans, programs and policies as they relate to the Army National Guard and Army Reserve and developing strategies for advancing the Army’s legislative objectives on Capitol Hill. He holds a B.S. degree in Communications from Ohio University, and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and Federal Aviation Administration commercial helicopter and multi-engine fixed-wing ratings.

Matt Pincus
Deputy Director

Areas of Expertise: Leverage Cost Effective Guard | Preserve an Operational Force | Equipment & Modernization | Representation in Defense Reviews

Matt Pincus serves as deputy director. He creates and advances legislative initiatives and priorities for the Air National Guard in Congress and with NGAUS’ industry partners. He also handles joint issues.

Prior to joining NGAUS, Pincus worked as a legislative assistant for Rep. John Carney, D-Del., focusing on issues related to the National Guard, as well as those concerning foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, veterans and homeland security. While in Carney’s office, he drafted numerous legislation and amendments to appropriations and authorization bills, including furthering efforts to modernize C-130 aircraft.  

PIncus holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from Skidmore College and a Master’s Degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.


Elle Ross
Legislative Counsel, Manager, Army Legislative Programs

Areas of Expertise: Leverage Cost Effective Guard | Preserve an Operational Force | Equipment & Modernization | MILCON

Elle Ross serves as legislative counsel and legislative affairs manager for Army National Guard programs. Ross worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., in 2014, while participating in a pro bono legal program at a local law firm, prior to joining the office of Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas.

She served Sessions, the chairman of the Rules Committee, as legislative counsel and handled the legislative portfolios on military and defense.

Ross earned a master of laws degree in national security and U.S. foreign relations law before starting a career in Washington, D.C., at Harris Corporation in the government relations division. She worked at the McChrystal Group LLC consulting firm before passing the bar in 2014. She earned her juris doctorate degree from New England School of Law in Boston in 2012.

Ross is a judge advocate in the Army Reserves.  

Mark Malizia
Legislative Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Leverage Cost Effective Guard | Preserve an Operational Force | Personnel & Benefits

Mark Malizia serves as legislative analyst.

Malizia, a former staffer for Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., has a background focused on appropriations and defense issues. Malizia comes from a background that commonly involved veteran issues as Long Island is home to one of the larger veteran populations in the United States.

Malizia has experience in local government and politics. For nearly four years, he served in the Suffolk County Legislature in New York working on environmental, public health, and community relations issues.

Malizia received a master of arts in political science from Fordham University, as well as a bachelor of arts in political science and history from the State University of New York at New Paltz. 

J.C. Cardinale
Legislative Affairs Manager, Joint Programs

Areas of Expertise: Personnel & Benefits | Leverage Cost Effective Guard | Preserve an Operational Force

J.C. Cardinale, a former National Guardsman now in the Reserves, joined the NGAUS staff in Jan. 2018, as the legislative program manager for joint and personnel programs. Cardinale most recently worked as a legislative aide for Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, focusing on defense and foreign relations policy.

During eight years in the Army Guard in California, Florida and North Carolina, Cardinale deployed to Iraq in 2009 and Afghanistan in 2014. He joined the Army Reserves in 2015 where he is the commander of a civil-affairs company.

Cardinale, who earned a master of public policy degree with a national security concentration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, also worked with legislative affairs at the National Guard Bureau. He earned a political science degree from George Washington University.