Matthew Celentano is the Executive Director of The League and a Government Relations Specialist with Funk & Bolton, P.A. He joined the Firm in December 2017, following 16 years as the Deputy Director of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, an organization focused on the interests of health care consumers.
As a member of the Funk & Bolton government relations team, Mr. Celentano’s responsibilities include outreach to Maryland government officials to advance the interests of the insurance industry and their policyholders. In addition to communicating directly with State legislators and their staff on pending legislation, Mr. Celentano works closely with the Maryland Insurance Administration on matters relating to the regulation of insurance in Maryland. He serves on policy workgroups to ensure that the industry’s interests are understood and taken into account by policymakers. He helps manage and advise the State trade associations that the Firm represents, including The League and the Alliance of Maryland Dental & Vision Plans.
Mr. Celentano is a Baltimore native and graduated with honors from the University of Vermont. He currently lives in rural Baltimore County with his wife Katie and their three children. In a previous life, Mr. Celentano was head wrangler, rodeo amateur, and fly fishing guide at a guest ranch in rural Wyoming.
Eddie L. Pounds is a Principal with Funk & Bolton’s Local Government & Government Relations Practice Groups. Capitalizing on nearly 16 years of experience in both the private sector and government, Eddie has a keen understanding of how to navigate the complexities of state and local government and works with regulators and legislators to better serve client needs. His practice also involves representing small to mid-sized companies in general corporate and corporate governance matters. Eddie is a trusted advisor to corporate clients on a broad range of corporate and regulatory matters in a variety of industry sectors including medical cannabis, alcoholic beverage licensing, health care, and business licensing.
Eddie was previously general counsel for the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, an experience that refined his pragmatic approach to serving clients. Eddie currently serves in leadership roles for several nonprofit boards and is very active in his community.
Neal is well-known in Annapolis and has cultivated several key relationships over the years in committees with jurisdiction over insurance issues as well as with members of leadership on the Senate Judicial Proceedings and House Judiciary Committees. He possesses a strong knowledge of the political process in Annapolis and has expertise in various healthcare issues through his previous work representing providers and consumers.
Neal earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as well as a Masters of Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
Philemon Kendzierski provides support to Funk & Bolton’s Government Relations team as they represent clients before the Maryland General Assembly. Philemon works closely with the Government Relations team to effectively communicate with clients and State legislators on pending legislation.
Philemon has previous experience interning with Congressman John Sarbanes, Delegate Jared Solomon, and on the campaign of Senator Ben Cardin. Most recently, Philemon served on the staff of the Maryland Democratic Party and was a Federal Fellow at the University of Maryland.