Staff Profiles

Todd H. Vandervort, President and CEO

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TODD H. VANDERVORT, President and CEO of The Vandervort Group, LLC, has more than 30 years of experience providing legislative, regulatory, and procurement services to a broad-based client list, including large and small businesses, and trade associations.  The Vandervort Group is a second-generation firm with solid roots in New York State government and extensive experience with state agencies, county and local governments and within municipalities.  Todd specializes in health care, Information Technology, fire service, and small business policies and initiatives.  Prior to working at The Vandervort Group, Todd worked for three years for the James E. Strates Shows, a family-owned traveling carnival midway.

Todd serves on the President’s Council of the Business Council of NYS, Inc., he is the Chair of The Business Council Contract Procurement Committee, and Vice Chair of The Business Council’s Information and Telecommunications Committee.  In addition, he serves on several key committees of the Business Council, including the Government Affairs, Environment, Transportation, and Small Business.

Todd also serves on the Government Affairs Committee of the Empire State Society of Association Executives.  The goal of the committee is to review legislation and regulations to identify issues of greatest relevance to their membership, comprised of association executives in New York State.

Todd previously served on the Capital District YMCA Board, and is one of the founders of YMCA’s Circle of Champs program to help kids with life threatening diseases to lead a normal life.  In addition, Todd has been a member and Past President of the Sarah Wells and William Bull Stone House Association in Orange County for the past 22 years.

Todd was raised in Guilderland, NY and Fayetteville-Manlius, NY (Syracuse) and graduated from Hartwick College with a degree in Political Science. Todd is the father of two children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, as well as golfing on the weekends, and skiing in Vermont.

Margaret L. Vandervort, Legislative Director and Business Manager

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Margaret joined the firm in September, 1989 and plays an integral role in legislative and business operations of the firm.  She ensures that the firm and its clients are in full compliance with legislative and procurement lobbying laws, and she monitors and reports on relevant activities at all levels of state and local government through a communications tool, “New York News”, which she created more than a decade ago. New York News was the winner of the Empire State Society of Association Executives’ 2013 Award for Excellence in Government Relations.

Margaret is a member of the Empire State Society of Association Executives, and serves on their Government Affairs Committee.  The goal of the committee is to review legislation and regulations to identify issues of greatest relevance to their membership, comprised of association executives in New York State.

Margaret also brings association management skills to the firm. Her many years of business experience, coupled with an enthusiastic approach to her work have enabled her to successfully guide associations to achieve their goals in membership strategies, enhanced communications, and personal connections.


Margaret holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SUNY Fredonia, and currently serves on the Board of the Voorheesville Community and School Foundation, and volunteers for the St. Matthew’s CYO Basketball League.

 Lauren Quirk, Professional Administrative Assistant


Lauren Quirk joined The Vandervort Group, LLC in February, 2016.  Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge in events management and is instrumental in planning and executing Lobby Days and meeting planning.  In addition, Lauren has helped shape and brand the firm’s grassroots mobilization efforts on behalf of its clients.  Her expertise in event coordination has given her the tools to deploy successful and effective grassroots campaigns.  Lauren is also responsible for working closely with clients and the firm’s lobbyists to ensure that the firm’s tradition of providing a full-service lobbying experience is met and exceeded.

Lauren graduated from Siena College where she studied Marketing and Management with a concentration in Marketing.