Diane Evans

CEO/Founder

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Leveraging a lifetime in politics, finance, and accounting, Diane founded Evans & Katz LLC in 1996 to build a more responsive campaign compliance business model and to create a more flexible workplace for people who love politics. She has extensive experience in crisis management and has worked closely with a number of leading law firms, the FEC, the FBI, and the Justice Department in developing strategies for defense and prosecution matters related to campaign finance and ethics laws.

Diane’s day-to-day activities involve keeping her eye on the big picture and advising clients on their most sensitive political and financial matters. Together with E&K’s Special Projects Division—a reputable team of former FEC auditors—she counsels clients on crisis management, FEC and state audit representation, fraud audits, and forensic compliance.

Prior to joining E&K, Diane served 15 years in senior leadership positions for three Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and has been involved in the campaign strategy and fundraising efforts for a host of incumbents and challengers at all levels of government. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Labor and Industrial Relations with a minor in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and has completed extensive coursework in Non-Profit Development at The George Washington University.

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Diane managed her first successful class officer campaign at age nine, and she managed her first successful city-wide race at the age of 21.

Jan Balkin

Business Manager

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Jan brings more than three decades of analytical and auditing skills to her role as financial advisor at E&K, where she works on contracts and internal policies and manages the general financial operations of the business. Prior to joining E&K, Jan spent more than 40 years honing her analytical and auditing skills in the commercial transportation industry–the perfect training ground for the business operations role she plays today at E&K. Jan has been a devoted friend and fan of E&K since its inception, and she has been involved in many of the firm’s successes over the years.

Christine Brewer

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Christine performs complex reconciliations for E&K, advising clients on how to improve their internal accounting and compliance procedures and manuals. Her superb organizational, managerial, and writing skills have been a tremendous asset to E&K and its clients.

Before joining E&K, Christine served as an auditor with the FEC, as well as finance consultant and assistant treasurer and controller for the Mondale for President and Mondale/Ferraro Campaign. She has also worked as an accountant and management consultant for Ross, Langan & McKendree in Virginia, and Ernst & Young in Washington, D.C. Christine holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Georgetown University as well as a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Dayton.

Beth Eder

Client Manager

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Beth works closely with Rick Halter and his team in the Special Projects Division to perform reconciliations and represent committees being audited by the FEC. She is E&K’s reigning expert on issues relating to FEC compliance and reporting for labor, corporate, and leadership PACs.

Prior to joining E&K, Beth worked as the director of asset management for a real estate investment firm in Chicago, IL, where she negotiated client contracts, conducted due diligence for acquisitions, and managed the firm’s portfolio of investments. She holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and she received her Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Rick Halter

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Rick leads all E&K work related to FEC audit representation, internal fraud audits and operational reviews, complex past-cycle financial reconciliations, and other matters requiring the highest levels of sensitivity and understanding of FEC rules and regulations. Rick and his team have identified and documented instances of criminal activity within a variety of organizations and shared findings with the FBI and Department of Justice resulting in numerous indictments, convictions, and plea agreements.

Prior to joining Evans & Katz, Rick served 23 years as the deputy assistant staff director in the FEC’s Audit Division. He has also completed an additional 3 years with the FEC and the US Senate’s Office of Public Records. All told, Rick has more than 40 years of experience with the Federal Elections Campaign Act. Rick graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

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