Charles McFadden

Charlie McFadden joined Becket in June 2022 as communications associate. He supports Becket by drafting articles and producing other media related content.

Before coming to Becket, Charlie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science. At Notre Dame, Charlie was a Sorin Fellow with the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. Throughout his time in school, Charlie contributed to various media outlets on campus, including Scholastic Magazine, NDtv and WVFI radio. His freshman year, Charlie was also an announcer at WSND, an FM radio station that plays classical music. He also acted in several productions on campus, including his dorm’s annual Keenan Revue and as King Creon in an abridged production of the Greek tragedy AntigoneIn the summer before his senior year, Charlie was an intern at the Becket Fund as research assistant to the executive director. 

When he is not spending time with his brother Sean and sister-in-law Keenan, Charlie enjoys cooking meals from various cuisines and playing the guitar. 

Madeline Hartman

Maddie joined Becket’s communications team as Graphic Designer in 2019. Now, as Graphic Designer & Visual Brand Manager, she continues to create visual content and graphics that support the broader communications strategy while managing the visual identity of Becket and ensuring consistency across media types and platforms.

Before moving to Washington, D.C., Maddie graduated from the University of Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in studio art, focusing in printmaking. Before joining Becket, she worked as a digital media designer and brand manager for a northern Virginia startup, and part-time as a freelance graphic designer.

In her free time, Maddie enjoys trying new coffee shops and exploring the Shenandoah valley with her family.

Sara Buckley

Sara Buckley joined Becket in 2018 as a communications assistant. Now as Associate Director of Communications, Sara plays an active role in telling our clients stories, especially in social and digital media.

Before joining Becket, Sara interned at an advertising agency in Salt Lake City. Sara graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in communications, advertising emphasis and a minor in business management. Her capstone research project required conducting demographic research for a global publication to create an online platform for new readers. While at BYU, Sara worked for a BYU Ad Lab, a student-run advertising agency. She also worked as the communications manager for the university library, which under her direction won five social media awards including Best Campaign in 2017.

Sara enjoys traveling and checking national parks off her bucket list.


Ryan Colby

Ryan Colby joined Becket in May 2014 as a Communications Assistant shortly after completing an internship with the Heritage Foundation. Before moving to D.C., Ryan attended the College of Charleston, where he earned a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Political Science.

As the Director of Communications, Ryan helps oversee the communications strategies for clients and cultivate Becket’s institutional reputation in the media.

If he’s not in D.C., Ryan is likely somewhere in a golf cart in Charleston, South Carolina, with two clumber spaniels riding shotgun.