At Babbage Cofounder, we pride ourselves on connecting people and ideas.

Our goal is to turn the courage of our clients’ convictions into effective policy achievements, communications strategies, and long-lasting positive relationships with government, corporate, higher education and civic leaders.

Whether your goal requires an effective lobbying strategy, crisis management solutions, business development tools that lead to revenue generation, or more, Cofounder can be your partner in success.

Learn a little more about our team at Babbage Cofounder

Bob Babbage

Managing Partner

Bob is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (journalism and political science) and holds master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and Lexington Theological Seminary (social ethics). He completed the Harvard University Senior Executive Program.

Joining top state and regional leaders and Kentucky’s prominent congressional delegation, Bob is recognized as the “architect” of the award-winning DC Fly-In, managed by Commerce Lexington. He received a “Washington Influential” honor in 2012.

Bob is a frequent platform and boardroom speaker and workshop facilitator. He is a sought-after political analyst and commentator providing twice-weekly insights on WVLK Radio (Fox) and election coverage analysis for WLEX-TV (NBC).

  • When @bobbabbage walks down the aisle in Metro Council chambers, you know legislation is about to pass.

    Joe Sonka, @joesonka
  • Bob Babbage brought us the regional DC Fly-In​.  Bob is the architect.  We needed someone who knows Washington, who knows the process and is known by Washington leaders.  So Bob is architect of this success.

    Bob Quick, President & CEO, Commerce Lexington
  • Babbage is the one that convinced me that the art of lobbying can be a noble profession. Bob refers to his profession as being an advocate for a cause and using strategic planning to help that cause achieve its goals.

    Don McNay, The Voice-Tribune

Julie Babbage

Principal, COO

Julie Babbage joined the Cofounder team in 2016. Prior to joining Cofounder, Julie worked as a Business Analyst for Deloitte in the Washington D.C. federal practice. She has also served in a number of internship capacities, ranging from the United States Senate to the U.S. Embassy in London, England.

Julie is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with Honors, studying International Business, Human Development, Philosophy and Spanish.

“Kentucky has always been home and it has long been my goal to work for a leading public affairs firm. To have the chance to do both of those things, alongside my mom and dad no less, is a dream come true.”

Julie interviewing U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Lauren Hogan

Advocacy and Media, Director

Lauren joined Babbage Cofounder full-time in 2017 after interning during the legislative session. As Project Manager for State Affairs, Lauren’s focus is the Kentucky statehouse and all Babbage Cofounder causes in the Commonwealth. A native of Frankfort, her deep knowledge of, and passion for, Kentucky politics stems from her upbringing in the capital city and a family history of involvement.
Lauren received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in Political Science, with minors in Communications & Writing and Rhetoric & Digital Studies.  While at UK, Hogan interned for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington, D.C., Congressman Andy Barr in Lexington, and the Republican Party of Kentucky office in Frankfort.  Her passion for politics has also led to her work on local, state, and federal campaigns.  During her time at UK, Lauren was also active in the College Republicans organization and Kappa Delta sorority.

Jacob Jansen

Legislative Intern

Jacob Jansen is Babbage Cofounder’s 2019 Legislative Intern. Born and raised in Nicholasville, Kentucky, Jacob has always been interested and active in government. In December 2018, he earned his H.B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and the Public along with a B.A. in Economics from Xavier University.

While at Xavier, Jacob was a member of the Xavier Mock Trial Team, served with the Student Government Association, and interned abroad for Andrew Stephenson, a Member of the British Parliament, in London.

Jacob is excited to join the Babbage Cofounder team and continue to grow his knowledge of politics.

Rebecca Hartsough

Senior Policy Advisor 

Rebecca Hartsough joined the Cofounder team in the fall of 2018. Before joining, Dr. Hartsough worked in healthcare, higher education, and legal and government sectors.

Dr. Hartsough earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in political science at Emory University. Her research focuses primarily on American politics, the separation of powers among federal branches, local and state policy implications, and quantitative methods. Her dissertation examined the variation and delay in the federal judicial nomination and confirmation processes. She has taught courses in American politics, comparative politics, and constitutional law at several colleges and universities.

While an undergraduate at Emory University, Dr. Hartsough served as an intern for multiple government agencies, most notably for the White House as a correspondence intern to First Lady Laura Bush. She still considers her time at the White House as one of the most surreal and pivotal experiences of her life.

Dr. Hartsough is thrilled to join the Babbage Cofounder team. “I grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky and always hoped I would positively impact my home state. To work alongside a group of dynamic individuals who share similar goals and consider every client a cause is nothing short of motivating and inspiring. I look forward to our work every day.”

Ayten Mirzoyeva

Senior Policy Advisor, Global Affairs

Ayten is VP of Business Development and Partner at Vasconi Architects International. In this role, she draws on twenty years of business development experience to manage major industrial projects – such as hospitals, hotels, and public buildings – in North America, Europe, and Asia. She actively works with stakeholders across the international community, including UNESCO, embassies, healthcare ministers, and foreign dignitaries.

In addition to her expertise in international business and government, Ayten’s passion for public health makes her a great fit for Babbage Cofounder. Ayten is very involved in Youth Diabetes Action (YDA) in Hong Kong. She also works with United International Architects (UIA) in the Public Health Group, which represents members from 60 countries with an interest in the planning and design of health facilities.

Working in the intersection of international affairs, marketing, and tourism, Ayten has served in leadership roles with the Conrad Hilton International Istanbul; The Pierre New York; Melia Hotels; and Eurostar Hotels, where she oversaw the opening of 24 hotels and acted as the company’s official representative in the United States. Having served in many key capacities throughout the tourism industry, Ayten was appointed by the President of her home country of Azerbaijan to serve as Vice President of Tourism.

Ayten received her Bachelor of Science in Management and International Economics at Texas A&M University and her postgraduate degree from the Oxford University’s School of Management. She is fluent in English, Russian, Azerbaijanian, Turkish and French.

Willard Adkins

CFO, Director of Administration

Willard is CFO and Director of Administration for CoFounder. With an MBA and over 20 years of experience in an office environment, Willard’s extensive background in hospitality, customer service, human resources, software development, general computer applications, graphic art and desktop publishing enrich the many and various government relations and business development initiatives undertaken by the Cofounder team.

A native of Pikeville in Eastern Kentucky, Willard was a Governor’s Scholar and attended the University of Kentucky. During his college career, he served as the State President of his fraternity and represented Kentucky at an international council of thirteen countries. He currently serves on the boards of a number of organizations in the Lexington area. Those include the Kentuckians Chorus, the Lexington chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, where Willard has been singing for a number of years.

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