About us

IMG_1122Amanda Leigh Butler is an attorney.  She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, twice, with a B.A. in English and a J.D.  Prior to joining IJM, she was an associate from 2009 to 2014 with the law firm of Kaye Scholer, where her practice focused on antitrust law.  She is a proud native of Baton Rouge, LA; twice lived in Hyde Park in Chicago, IL; served in the Peace Corps in Arys, Kazakhstan; was twice-resident in Pasadena, CA; and has most recently relocated from Washington, DC.

Soren Dayton spent eleven years in Washington, D.C. in a variety of political and communications roles. Most recently, he was a Senior Vice President at Rasky Baerlein | Prism (previously Prism Public Affairs), a strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C. and Boston that focuses on crisis and litigation communications and public affairs issues. There and in other capacities, he has advised companies, trade associations, non-profits, and candidates. Soren has worked more directly in politics on John McCain’s campaign for President and as a foreign policy advisor to a Member of the U.S. House’s International Relations Committee.

Soren has been regular commenter on politics in the U.S. and abroad, and his writings have appeared in Roll CallPoliticoThe Hill, and other outlets.  He has appeared on CNNBBCNPR, RTE (Irish national TV and Radio), Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle,  Sirius-XM, among others. (most of these are at Soren’s site)

Prior to moving to Washington, Soren helped found a software start-up in Chicago, where he grew up. Soren graduated with an A.B. from the University of Chicago in Anthropology and Mathematics.


IMG_0971 2We met in 2005 at a University of Chicago alumni event in Washington, DC.  Near the end of Amanda’s time in law school, we were married in December 2009 at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC, where we have been members since 2006 and served in a variety of leadership roles.


August is our cat, who is not joining us in South Asia, and who resides temporarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   He’ll be poking his head up in the photos from time to time.