Our Team

Meet the Team

Hoboken Strategy Group is a team of diverse public affairs experts with a deep understanding of the ins and outs of New Jersey’s government and politics at the local, state, and national level. As seasoned professionals, we work tirelessly to craft the right strategy, connect our clients to key decision-makers, and provide value-driven results to guarantee our clients are at the forefront of public policy decisions.

We pair our broad range of capabilities in public relations, business development, and real estate development with our unwavering commitment to help clients successfully navigate the tumultuous waters of government and meet their business goals and objectives. Through our proven process, pragmatic counsel, industry expertise, and renowned network of connections, we will attain the right results you need. 

Kay LiCausi

President & CEO

Kay LiCausi

Kay LiCausi is a highly sought-after government and public relations strategic advisor and issues advocate. A creative and dynamic business leader with almost 30 years of experience in government and politics at the local, county, state, and federal levels, Kay knows how public policy, politics and process intersect to craft and deliver personalized strategies to achieve client objectives.

As the founder and President of Hoboken Strategy Group, a boutique government and public relations firm and certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Kay has led HSG since its inception in 2008 and, to date, has more than doubled the size of the organization. HSG represents a diverse client-base including Fortune 100 companies, pharmaceutical interests, brownfield developers, national associations, and government entities. HSG works with organizations in New Jersey to increase their business presence, solve regulatory challenges, or champion legislative issues. Kay has bipartisan reach and has guided her clients through five gubernatorial administrations.

Kay serves on the New Jersey Committee of the Regional Plan Association and was selected by Governor Murphy to serve on the Government Technology and Innovation Transition Team.

Kay is a determined advocate for women and children. She believes that business and government entities are stronger when a diverse array of voices collaborate, which is why she dedicates her time to ensure the placement of women in key governmental positions and on boards and commissions. Kay serves as the co-lead of the Democratic Task Force of the Bipartisan Coalition for Women’s Appointments; the former Co-Chair and current Board Member of PAM’s List, a New Jersey fundraising network for democratic women legislators; the board of Latina Civic PAC; and as the Treasurer for Girl Scout Troop 10370. Additionally, Kay provides mentorship and networking opportunities with one college student each year through the Jamie Foxx Scholars Program at TCNJ.

Prior to forming her first lobbying firm, KL Strategies in 2002, Kay was the New Jersey Chief of Staff to then-Congressman Bob Menendez and ran his New Jersey issues portfolio which included transportation and infrastructure, dredging, environmental protection, and federal funding. She was the primary New Jersey liaison with federal agencies, elected officials and community leaders across the State. In her political career, Kay has served in a variety of positions from field organizer to finance director to campaign manager on several campaigns including Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Governor Jim McGreevey, and U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli. Kay served as the Vice-Chair of the powerful Hudson County Democratic Organization from 2002-2005. 

In January 2020, NJ Monthly profiled Kay and her husband Matt McDermott, who held senior leadership positions under Governor Chris Christie, on their bipartisan marriage and their belief that government is stronger when both parties work together. In 2013, Kay lectured at the Eagleton Institute of Politics Public Leadership Education Network series. In 2010, Latinas United for Political Empowerment gave Kay the “Amiga Award” at the Power of Women event. In 2009, Kay climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with the Love Hope Strength Foundation and raised funds to build the first children’s cancer center in Tanzania. In 2007, NJBiz named her one of the state’s forty most dynamic leaders under 40.

Kay earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and American Studies from Rutgers University in 1993. Kay is a proud single mom-by-choice to her daughter Lily. The LiCausi-McDermott family resides in Monmouth County.

Michael J. Comba

Senior Vice President

Michael J. Comba

Michael J. Comba serves as the Senior Vice President of Hoboken Strategy Group (HSG).  Michael represents clients on the federal, state and local levels and oversees the firm’s operations. With nearly twenty years of experience as a public affairs professional, Michael successfully leverages his expertise in critical thinking and strategic problem-solving to shepherd numerous legislative and grassroots outreach campaigns on behalf of HSG’s clients. With a results-oriented approach to client service, Michael has advanced numerous client projects through state and federal appropriations advocacy in addition to assistance with permitting and project completion. 

Known for his creative and innovative approach to public relations, Michael effectively leads HSG’s website content development practice, as well as the development of social media marketing and messaging. He takes into account each client’s goals to create the ideal social media strategy that will drive guaranteed results and grow a client’s network.  

Michael began his political career at the age of 13, volunteering in local political campaigns in 1993. After working with local campaigns, Michael deepened his already profound passion for government and politics by interning with a State Assemblymember in high school. In college, he worked on Capitol Hill for then-Congressman Menendez and upon graduation served as legislative director for a member of the State Assembly in 2002. Michael began working in the private sector in 2003 and helped found HSG in 2008. 

Michael believes in making an impact wherever possible. With deep knowledge and experience in all levels of government and politics, Michael understands how federal appropriations intersect with public policy and the impact these funding opportunities have on the public. He always shows his sons, Nicholas and Michael, how hard work can have lasting results for the community, which is why he dedicates his time to serving in local government.  

Active in his local community of Edison, Michael has served as a member of the Township of Edison Zoning Board of Adjustment since 2015, currently serving as Chairman. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. In 2014, Michael was a fellow with the New Leaders Council-New Jersey and now serves on their Advisory Board. 

Michael is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University where he earned a master’s in Public Affairs and Politics. 

Outside of work, Michael manages his sons’ recreational and travel baseball teams. If there is time beyond that, he enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife, Maria, and sons.

Jess Murray

Vice President

Jess Murray

Jess Murray serves as Vice President at Hoboken Strategy Group, bringing with her a deep understanding of the legislative process and a reputation on both sides of the aisle as an effective and reliable partner in policymaking. 

Immediately prior to joining HSG, Jess served as Chief of Staff to State Senator Linda R. Greenstein (LD14). In this role, she established the Senator’s legislative priorities, built consensus among groups of wide-ranging stakeholders, and executed strategies for advancement. As Chief of Staff, Jess worked extensively to develop and pass legislation across a spectrum of issue areas - including the environment and clean drinking water, public safety and victims’ rights, access to healthcare, labor, and business development - all while managing and strengthening the Senator’s working relationships with legislative stakeholders, advocacy organizations, and governmental colleagues. 

From 2019 to 2021, Jess worked in a number of roles for then-Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (LD18). Starting as a Legislative Aide in 2019, she was quickly promoted to Policy Director, then again to Deputy Chief of Staff. During her time with the Assemblywoman, Jess honed her policy skills working on legislative matters related to climate change, clean energy, and healthcare. 

In 2023, Jess was named to both Senator Loretta Weinberg’s and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter’s “Women’s Power Lists.” She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and Political Science from Rutgers University, and regularly visits the Political Science department to share professional advice with the undergraduate class.

Currently, Jess resides in Princeton, New Jersey. When she’s not working, she’s either reading (with her tuxedo cat, Charlie, nearby), taking care of her always-growing array of plants, or finding a new experience (glassblowing, knitting, pottery) to try with friends. 

Jason Bergman

Director of Government Relations

Jason Bergman

Jason Bergman serves as a Director of Government Relations for Hoboken Strategy Group. Jason is a highly skilled and accomplished political professional with extensive experience in campaign and political strategy. He has a demonstrated history of achievement in formulating and implementing effective plans and a reputation for strategic and imaginative problem-solving in intricate matters. His expertise has been sought after by numerous national, state and local boards and organizations.

Jason previously served as the Chief of Staff to Assemblyman William B. Sampson, IV in Legislative District 31, where he gained valuable experience in the inner workings of state government and the legislative process. In this role, he worked closely with elected officials and community leaders to advance legislative priorities and improve the lives of constituents in Bayonne and parts of Jersey City.

From 2019-2022, Jason worked as a Legislative Aide for Senator Joe Lagana, Assemblywoman Lisa Swain, and Assemblyman Chris Tully in the 38th Legislative District Office. In this role, he worked on a variety of policy issues and gained a wealth of knowledge on legislative matters, including healthcare, education, transportation, and the environment. Jason also played a crucial role in managing the day-to-day operations of the office, which ensured that the elected officials in District 38 were able to effectively represent their constituents and advocate for strong policies in the community. Jason’s experience as a Legislative Aide equipped him with a deep understanding of the legislative process and the issues that matter most to the residents of District 38. 

Jason began his political career as a field organizer at Parano and Associates, where he learned how to target, build, and strategize political campaigns from start to finish. He has been involved in over 20 campaigns across New Jersey, helping elect representatives from school board to Governor, and every office in between. 

Jason's passion for public service and civic engagement is reflected in his involvement in leadership positions with the Young Democrats of America, the New Jersey State Young Democrats, and the Bergenfield Democratic Committee. He has also servers on both the Planning and Zoning Boards in Bergenfield, where he has helped to shape local policies and initiatives that have a meaningful impact on the community.

Jason earned his B.A. in Political Science with a Public Policy and Philosophy minor from Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he developed a strong foundation in political theory and policy analysis. He has continued to build on this establishment throughout his career.

Jason enjoys playing hockey, reading, and trying new foods. He resides in Bergenfield, NJ in Bergen County where he is an active member of the community and works to improve the lives of those around him. 

Nadya Khan

Government Relations and Communications Associate

Nadya Khan

Nadya Khan serves as Government Relations and Communications Associate with Hoboken Strategy Group, facilitating the administrative and legislative operations of a diverse clientele. With a keen eye for detail, Nadya prepares comprehensive briefings, meticulously monitors legislative developments, and devises strategic frameworks to ensure favorable outcomes for clients. Nadya also leverages her expertise to advance clients’ public relations and digital communications objectives by crafting compelling and innovative content to enhance their visibility and engagement in the public sphere. 

While in college, Nadya developed a passion for policy and, particularly, the ability to enact meaningful change through grassroots activism and legislative channels. Nadya directed this passion into action by helping organize the Rutgers University-New Brunswick Planned Parenthood Generation Action chapter for reproductive freedom through educational and action-oriented events, campus outreach, engagement of key stakeholders, and collaboration and coordination between partner organizations representing intersectional issues.

Motivated to build a career dedicated to public service, Nadya completed an internship program with Hoboken Strategy Group as a junior and senior in college, where she deepened her understanding of the legislature and legislative process. In January 2023, Nadya graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a B.S. in Public Policy and a minor in Economics. 

After early graduation, Nadya worked at Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey as Public Affairs Manager. With a specific focus on central and southern regions, she spearheaded community and volunteer engagement efforts while advocating for legislation supporting reproductive freedom. Nadya played a pivotal role in organizing various events, including rallies and fundraisers, to amplify awareness around reproductive rights and generate funding to sustain the organization’s invaluable services and advocacy efforts. 

As a first-generation American with roots in Poland and Pakistan, Nadya values diversity and is dedicated to promoting youth and women’s political engagement. She is actively involved in her community by mentoring young women, conducting voter registration drives, and volunteering with Planned Parenthood. She is also a member of the New Jersey Young Democrats. 

Residing in Piscataway, New Jersey, Nadya finds solace in spending quality time with loved ones and indulging in a fictional novel.