Who We Are

We’re not your average public affairs agency

We have had many titles in our careers…

journalist, lobbyist, attorney, campaign manager, field operative, communications expert, PR professional, political advisor, fundraiser, policy analyst, citizen advocate, board member, parent.

This collective experience has shaped how we engage and communicate with the people who matter most. We are strategy operatives who you can lean on for your biggest permitting challenge, that press conference to unveil a new product, that speech, that lawsuit that threatens your business. You get partner-level service without the overhead of a sprawling entity.


Kevin Ellis | Partner

An award-winning former journalist, Kevin Ellis provides strategic counsel to companies and nonprofits nationwide in message development, crisis management, PR and social media.

Kevin co-founded Ellis Mills after 22 years at KSE Partners, LLC, Vermont’s leading government affairs firm. While at KSE, he led campaigns and counseled companies and non-profits in government strategy, public relations and crisis communications.

At KSE, he helped lead the firm from three employees to 35, extending its reach into national government affairs consulting and strategic communications. The firm directed the government and communications strategy that led to Vermont’s historic passage of a same-sex marriage law in 2009.

Kevin led initiatives in virtually every industry advising clients in telecom, transportation, health care, farm-to-plate agriculture and education.

Kevin was an award-winning newspaper reporter, including stints as the Washington correspondent for The Tennessean in Nashville and as the environmental reporter for the Burlington (VT) Free Press.

He serves on the board of directors of Chelsea Green Publishing, a leading environmental and sustainability publisher and the Green Mountain Film Festival in Montpelier, VT.

Kevin lives with his family in Cambridge, MA and East Montpelier, VT.


Bryan Mills | Partner

Bryan Mills is an attorney and nationally recognized expert in grassroots public affairs. In his nearly 20-year career, Bryan has designed and executed dozens of land-use permitting, zoning, and community engagement campaigns around the country. He is also a registered lobbyist in Vermont and works closely with Ellis Mills’ lobbying partners across the region and the country.

Bryan’s expertise range widely, from marijuana legalization and labor policy at the state level, to local zoning issues and municipal permitting in towns and cities. His skills include campaign development, strategy, management and budgeting: the “trains run on time” and projects stay on budget. He has also led many primary and general election campaigns and initiative/referendum campaigns, spearheading grassroots organizing, fundraising and GOTV activities.

Prior to founding Ellis Mills, Bryan spent more than 12 years at The Saint Consulting Group, most recently as the vice president of east coast operations, where he worked on dozens of controversial land use and development projects in more than 40 states and Canada. He started his career with Kevin at Kimbell, Sherman & Ellis practicing law and lobbying.

Bryan is a graduate of Hamilton College, and received his J.D. from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. He and his wife have two children and divide their time between Sudbury, MA and Royalton, VT

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