PSG Team

Meet the Group at PSG.  No one is going to out-work us.


John Hawkins

President & CEO

As the Founder of PSG, John draws on more than 25 years experience in the Greater Philadelphia public policy arena to get great results for his clients. Prior to launching PSG in January 2019, he was Vice President for City Relations at Wojdak Government Relations, one of Pennsylvania’s premier lobbying firms. John oversaw all issues in Philadelphia’s City Hall and successfully represented large corporations, developers, regional associations, universities, and non-profits for fourteen years.

Before Wojdak, John served as a legislative assistant and drafted and analyzed municipal and state legislation over six years for then-Councilman Jim Kenney and the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee. In the 1990s, John worked on various city and state political campaigns, and spent three years as the Research Director for the Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia’s “government watchdog” organization.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, where for thirteen years he was an instructor on urban politics and municipal government at Penn’s Fels Institute of Government. He lives in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia, where he serves on the executive board of the East Falls Development Corporation. He swears he is much better at lobbying than he is at dyeing his youngest daughter’s hair (although he is getting pretty good at that too).


Brett Nedelkoff

Research Director

Brett currently fills many roles at Philadelphia Strategies Group, including lobbying in City Hall, research on behalf of clients and elected officials, and organizing the finances and lobbying registration of the new company. She previously served as a governmental relations intern at Wojdak Government Relations.

Brett came to Philadelphia from Austin, Texas, where she worked for the City of Austin in their Planning, Zoning, and Development Services Departments. Brett also served as an Outreach Coordinator for the City of Austin as part of the AmeriCorps Vista Program. She was directly involved with the policy development process for the City and the gathering of data and research and analysis to guide informed decisions for the Fair Chance Hiring ordinance.

Brett received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Texas in 2014. She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Public Policy at Temple University and plans to graduate in June of 2020. Brett has really been enjoying Philadelphia, but there are still a couple things she misses about Austin, like her dog Spinach and all the tacos.