Our Story

States Strategies was started in the fall of 2014 by Ab Basu, who has decades-long experience of managing legislative, regulatory, state and local ballot campaigns and public affairs issues for a variety of individual companies, mid-sized and large trade associations. Ab spent many years leading state and local government relations efforts for the agribusiness, chemicals and biotechnology industries. He and his partners have worked extensively across the country on sustainability, environmental, water, chemicals, energy, biotech and agricultural issues.

Experience rests in both defensive as well as multi state proactive bill placement strategies.  We have supported passage of proactive laws in targeted states, including a domino-like effect of multiple passages of positive copy-cat legislation.

Latest Press

State Strategies Welcomes Leader in Science & Regulatory, Impact & Sustainability, and Rural Policy - Dec 2019

State Strategies Welcomes Aboard New Leader in Legislative & Regulatory Affairs - Sept 2018

Our Team

Ab Basu

Ab Basu, Founder and Managing Partner


Ab Basu has worked for the biotechnology and chemical industries for the past 18 years, often planning strategies in support of risk-based policies to regulate new and cutting-edge technologies. He has directly managed issues in almost every state in the country.  States Strategies works through an extensive partnership of professionals in most states and many localities.

Ab Basu has been quoted in national newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and the NY Times, and many other local and regional news outlets.

Dr. Carolyn Orr

Dr. Carolyn Orr, Senior Scientific and Regulatory Advisor

Dr. Carolyn Orr has operated a diversified family farm for over three decades, which produces cattle, forages, shrimp and produce in a hydroponic greenhouse. For the last 18 years she has served as the Executive Director of State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, working with elected officials from across North America on agriculture and rural development policy and legislation. Previously, Dr. Orr was Professor and Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, where she taught college students how to farm, both in the classroom and as the only labor on 2500 acres of diversified farm and forest. She holds certification for ISO 14001 Environmental Management System auditing, and has worked as a private consultant with the Kentucky Divisions of Water and Conservation, developing and presenting training programs for Kentucky livestock producers in Nutrient Management Plans and CAFO regulations. A Certified Professional Animal Scientist, Dr. Orr holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, a M.S. from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. from Ohio State University.

Randy Steinman

Randy Steinman, Vice President for Coalitions and Grassroots


For nearly 30 years, Randy has built coalitions & consensus for clients on a broad variety of issues. He has created programs to empower farmers, workers, patients, small business owners and appropriate community and civic leaders to communicate with elected officials in a constructive and meaningful manner in order to demonstrate broad-based support for clients’ positions.

As a starting point, Randy specializes in harnessing a client’s business relationships and turning them into the constituent human faces that helps an elected official understand how his or her vote impacts the lives of ordinary people in their home district.

Over the past few decades, Randy has worked in over 30 states on both federal and state issues ranging from taxation to patients-rights, regulatory acts & international trade.

Sarah Thorn

Sarah Thorn, Senior Advisor

Sarah Fiedler Thorn has over 20 years of corporate government affairs experience managing a broad range of issues in the states and nationally. Her policy expertise includes biotechnology, seed, crop protection, grain, biofuels, environment, international trade, and general business issues. Sarah also has experience partnering on successful economic development projects. 

Sarah provides clients strategic advice and delivers practical assistance in implementing outreach and advocacy projects. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, her clients include large corporations, small businesses, associations, and non-profit organizations.

Prior to starting her consulting business, Sarah worked for DuPont Pioneer in their government affairs group. Much of her work at the company was focused on biotechnology acceptance in the states, at the national level, and in Canada. Earlier in her career, she worked in Washington, DC for a member of Congress and for a national agricultural association.

States Strategies Locations

Home Office: Northern Virginia / Washington DC

STATES STRATEGIES / P.O. Box Box 953, 202 Mill Street, Occoquan, Virginia 22125