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Heather Podesta + Partners is a cutting-edge government relations firm providing strategic advice to companies, trade associations, non-profits, and individuals on how to make Washington, D.C. work for them.

Legislative and regulatory processes are like never-ending games where the field of play, the rules, and the players themselves are constantly changing.  You have to be able to anticipate and act proactively.  That is where we excel.

We work where and when we have to, whether that’s in the halls of Congress, at the White House, or wherever we need to go in the Executive Branch departments and agencies.  We do that because it is necessary to give your day-to-day government relations effort the best possible support.

Our professionals have substantive experience on a range of issues and at every level of government.  We have worked for Members of Congress, congressional committees, and federal agencies and know what makes these policymakers and institutions tick.  We know how to craft effective policy messages and when to deliver them to officials so they have the most impact.

Beyond decision makers, political players, and their staffs, HP + P has relationships with think tanks, non-profit organizations, and academic organizations that we put to work for our clients. These groups play an increasingly critical role in defining the debate in Washington. Our relationships with these groups enable us to put our clients’ issues in front of a diverse coalition of outside validators, who can assist in shaping the public debate.

Precision

Whether it’s advancing policy goals, responding to an investigation, or simply halting bad legislation from moving forward, HP + P has the team and talent to make things happen.

Most legislative and regulatory processes require a long-term focus on the substance of the issues at hand.  That is why we don’t have a “one size fits all” approach.  It’s important for the people who represent you not only to know the people they need to know but also to know your deepest business concerns and goals as well as you do.  We listen to our clients, master the details of their issues, and then with our knowledge of public policy and our relationships with decision makers, we craft a targeted plan of action. Washington’s policies and personalities require precise, tailored strategies.

We have experience in every aspect of the legislative and regulatory arena, from negotiating policy language and securing federal funding to assisting with business development opportunities and monitoring legislation. Effective Washington advocacy is more than just arranging meetings.  It’s knowing who to see, when to meet, what to say, and which solutions to offer.

Persuasion

HP + P’s professionals have worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the Executive Branch. We know how to navigate Washington, we know the rhythms of its institutions, we know what messages will be effective and resonate, and we know what words will fall flat.  We know how to persuade policymakers and how to develop arguments designed to advance our clients’ objectives.

Modern multi-faceted businesses often face threats on a number of fronts.  It could be a tax bill, an investigation, an EPA regulation, all of the above, or something completely new, perhaps generated by the CFPB.  These require nimble, intelligent, and efficient responses.  We can help you develop and execute effective plans that will expand and multiply your influence and impact your team’s reach.

Our decades of experience with Congress and the agencies are harnessed to help our clients answer these questions and navigate Washington to get the results they want.

People

We know people. HP + P has long-standing relationships with Members of Congress and their staffs, as well as members of the Executive Branch.  Our high level contacts span virtually every congressional committee and administrative agency.

Beyond decision makers, political players, and their staffs, HP + P has relationships with think tanks, non-profit organizations, and academic organizations that we put to work for our clients. These groups play an increasingly critical role in defining the debate in Washington. Our relationships with these groups enable us to put our clients’ issues in front of a diverse coalition of outside validators, who can assist in shaping the public debate.

heather podesta + partners | 901 7th Street, NW | Suite 600 | Washington, DC 20001 | 202.742.1932