Meet The Victory Group Principals
Stephen G. Roche, Esq.
President & CEO
As President & CEO of The Victory Group, Attorney Stephen Roche oversees the day-to-day operations of the consulting practice, while also managing client consulting projects with other key personnel. The firm was established over 12 years ago and is located in the heart of Boston’s Government Center, just steps from the State House.
Mr. Roche is a successful lawyer-lobbyist who has just completed work on his 30th state budget. Mr. Roche has developed extensive working relationships with federal, state, and local officials in Massachusetts and elsewhere. He is the former Director of Legislation for the Massachusetts Secretary of State and the former Director of Public Records for the Commonwealth. As Director of Legislation, he was responsible for the annual filing and monitoring of 35-40 agency bills and lobbying the passage of an $8 million annual budget. As Director of Public Records for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he was responsible for enforcement of the State's public records (FOIA) and the state’s lobbying laws. While with the Secretary of State's office, he co-authored Lawmaking in Massachusetts, a publication about the state's legislative process.
Mr. Roche has held elected and appointed offices at the local level and has also been active in politics on the federal, state, and local levels during the past 30 years, as well as being involved in a variety of civic associations. He is a member of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the Public Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association and serves on the Public Affairs Committee of the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Roche is a graduate of Gettysburg College and a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School where he concentrated his studies in administrative law and legislation.
His experience and training enable him to bring legislative analysis and drafting capabilities to any project. Recent legislative successes include lobbying for passage of Massachusetts’ new $1Billion Life Sciences Initiative (LSI), winning millions of new public dollars for rate increases for the state's child care industry, increasing the fees for municipal finance officials, and state budget increases for higher education institutions and public safety officers. Current projects include work on health care and biotechnology projects, corporate taxation, and early education initiatives. Mr. Roche also has a track record of success in community organizing and has assisted clients in securing zoning and licensing approvals at the municipal level.
Joseph D. Feaster, Jr., Esq.
Senior Vice President
Mr. Feaster has a strong background in government service and community affairs and is a successful contract and real estate attorney. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and Northeastern University School of Law, and is a member of the Black Lawyers Association. Mr. Feaster previously served as Interim Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority.
Joseph Feaster is a former President of the Massachusetts Community and Banking Council and served as Acting Director of Real Estate at the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He also served as Assistant Secretary and General Counsel in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance, as an Associate Counsel with the Prudential Insurance Company of America, and as an Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board.
City of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino previously appointed Mr. Feaster to serve as Chairman of Boston's Empowerment Zone Steering Committee and as the Chairman of the Boston Board of Appeal. He was also appointed by Mayor Menino to manage the successful referendum campaign to retain the right of the Mayor to appoint members of the governing board of the Boston Public Schools.
Mr. Feaster has served two terms as President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP and was a Steering Committee Co-Chair of the Boston Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He is a founding member of the Minority Developers Association, served for ten years as Chairman of the Dimock Community Health Center Board of Directors, and served for many years on the Stewardship Committee for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay.
Mr. Feaster currently serves as a director of the National Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under the Law, and as vice chairman of the Neighborhood Health Plan Board of Directors. He previously served as the Speaker of the House of the National Association of Community Health Centers, and as a director of the Whittier Street Community Health Center.
Kristine Glynn, MA
Ms. Glynn has an extensive background in government relations, community organizing and political consulting as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University. She served for four years as Legislative Director for two Senators where she managed, researched and drafted legislative and state budget matters as well as acting as liaison to the press and district community leaders relative to all legislative and policy matters while overseeing constituent services.
In addition to her work in the State Senate, Ms. Glynn served as community and government liaison for the Beacon Hill Civic Association and worked for Roche Government Services, a lobbying firm that merged with The Victory Group several years ago.
Ms. Glynn managed several political campaigns including offices in the House, Senate and Boston City Council. She continues to work on local campaigns in her spare time. She has also run for statewide office herself and serves on the Board of several non-profit organizations.
Ms. Glynn served as Treasurer of the Massachusetts NARAL PAC Board and was elected to the Board of the GIFT Foundation (Giving Inspiration For Tomorrow), a non-profit organization that coordinates social fundraising events to support local charitable organizations. She presently serves as the Co-Officer of Event Planning.
Ms. Glynn founded the Suffolk University Masters in Professional Politics Alumni Association and she organizes bi-annual networking meetings. For the past 11 years, Ms. Glynn has been a member of the Ward 5 Democratic Committee.
Ms. Glynn earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth and an M.A. in Professional Politics from Suffolk University. She has served as an adjunct professor for 10 years at Quincy College where she taught American Government, State and Local Politics and Women’s Studies courses and 4 years at Suffolk University where she teaches Introduction to Democracy, PR & Lobbying and Women in American Politics.
Peter Chisholm, MPA
Peter Chisholm comes to The Victory Group after thirty-four years of service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Most recently, he served as an Assistant to the President at Framingham State College. In that role, he established the College’s external relations program.
Mr. Chisholm has also served as a staff member for former Massachusetts Speaker of the House George Keverian and former State Senator David Magnani. He was the Director of Government Affairs for the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education and the Board of Higher Education. Prior to that, Chisholm was the Legislative Affairs Director for Paul Guzzi, the former Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Mr. Chisholm presently serves as the government relations representative for Mass Bay Community College and Framingham State College. He also serves as the spokesperson for Framingham State College.
Peter received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and later earned his MPA from Suffolk University.