Scott Laster – Managing Partner
Scott Laster has been serving the clients of Kairos Government Affairs since 2013. Beyond his expertise in lobbying, he provides clients with an unprecedented understanding of political giving, polling and campaigns in North Carolina.
Scott began his work in North Carolina as the House Campaign Director for the North Carolina Republican Party. Prior to Scott’s arrival in the state in 2010, the House GOP caucus was in a state of perpetual minority, having held a majority for only four years in the state’s history. As the Campaign Director, Scott led the caucus to a historic victory in 2010 that saw Republicans pick up 16 seats – and claim a 68-52 majority in the House for the second time in history. Following his groundbreaking success, Scott was chosen as Executive Director for the NCGOP to lead the charge for the 2012 elections. Following the 2012 elections, Republicans held a supermajority in both the House and Senate.
Scott holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of South Florida and a graduate degree in Political Science with a focus on campaigns from the University of Florida.
Scott and his wife, Kristen, live in Fuquay Varina with their two sons and daughter.
Betsy McCorkle – Partner
Betsy McCorkle has served the clients of Kairos Government Affairs since 2015. Beyond expertise in lobbying, she provides a unique understanding of the policy process with extensive experience navigating complex issues and diverse stakeholders.
Before joining the firm, Betsy directed the government affairs work for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, a non-profit membership organization, where she gained extensive experience in leading diverse coalitions of businesses and other non-profits toward legislative goals. Betsy also has experience in workforce development, economic development, agricultural policy, and has been responsible for policy analysis and communications for political campaigns across the southeastern United States.
Betsy received a Master Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, and she holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Economics from the University of Georgia (UGA), where she graduated magna cum laude. Betsy was a 2013 Recipient of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Young Alumni Achievement Award and the 2012 Recipient of the J.W. Fanning Distinguished Young Professional Award.
Betsy and her husband, Ben, live in Cary with their daughter.
Sarah McQuillan – Government Affairs Associate
Sarah McQuillan has served the clients of Kairos Government Affairs since 2015 and brings both political and public relations expertise to the firm. Sarah bolsters the firm’s advocacy efforts by meeting with lawmakers and key staff, tracking legislation and monitoring committee activities. Her constant presence at the legislature paired with her deep understanding of the legislative process enables the firm to act upon new information immediately and arm clients with legislative updates as they occur.
In addition to her lobbying efforts, Sarah has extensive experience planning and coordinating events, including fundraising efforts on behalf of political action committees and 501(c)(4) organizations. She also organizes grassroots advocacy days at the legislature on behalf of clients and helps them plan legislative briefings and receptions.
Sarah also manages communications for the firm and is well-versed in both digital and traditional medias. Her experience includes coordinating a social media campaign for a candidate for federal office, and she uses this expertise to complement the firm’s advocacy efforts as well as craft original content for clients.
Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Journalism with a Second Major in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.