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Kyle Sanders Joins Chamber Hill Strategies | March 14, 2017

Government Affairs Firm Adds Republican Depth

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Contact: Jennifer Bell, jbell@chamberhill.com, 202-470-4944

Washington, DC – Chamber Hill Strategies, a bipartisan government affairs firm, announced that Kyle Sanders has joined the firm as a Principal.

“We are excited to have Kyle to join Chamber Hill Strategies,” said Jennifer Bell, Co-Founder of the firm. “Kyle has the pulse on the Republican Congress, and to be effective, you have to be in the know. Our clients will benefit from his broad experience at both the federal and state levels.”

Kyle most recently served as Legislative Director and Counsel for Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC), where he managed a comprehensive legislative portfolio including health care, tax, and transportation issues. Kyle previously served as legislative staff for Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), a physician and member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Kyle began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in his home state of North Carolina.

“I’m excited to be joining such a great, well-respected team at Chamber Hill and continuing to shape public policy in Washington,” said Kyle Sanders. “Each client brings a unique set of issues to the table. I have spent my entire professional career customizing solutions and getting results.”

Chamber Hill Strategies, a certified woman owned small business, offers bipartisan strategic counsel on legislative initiatives, regulatory matters and political issues. In addition to consulting services, Chamber Hill Strategies offers PolicyCrush, an issue-based subscription service that provides daily e-mail reports of the top health policy developments from the never-ending news cycle.

Eric Schmutz Joins Chamber Hill Strategies | March 8, 2017

Government Affairs Firm Brings on Senior Republican Aide

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Contact: Jennifer Bell, jbell@chamberhill.com, 202-470-4944

Washington, DC – Chamber Hill Strategies, a bipartisan government affairs firm, announced that Eric D. Schmutz, a senior Republican aide, has joined the firm as a Principal.

“We are excited to welcome Eric to Chamber Hill Strategies as we continue to grow and expand,” said Jennifer Bell, Co-Founder of the firm. “Eric has spent the past 20 years working on policy issues in both the Legislative and Executive branches, and his tremendous depth of policy expertise and political insight will be invaluable to our clients.”

Eric most recently served as Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and a former member of the House leadership. Eric previously served for nearly seven years in President George W. Bush’s administration, and worked on the 2000 Bush Presidential campaign. Eric worked as Legislative Director for former Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and began in his career in Washington as a legislative assistant for Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) during his first term in the House of Representatives.

“I am very pleased to join Chamber Hill Strategies, which has an excellent reputation for successful political strategy and advocacy,” said Eric Schmutz. “I look forward to putting my years of experience with Members of Congress, federal agencies and grassroots stakeholders to work for Chamber Hill’s current and future clients.”

Chamber Hill Strategies, a certified woman owned small business, offers bipartisan strategic counsel on legislative initiatives, regulatory matters and political issues. In addition to consulting services, Chamber Hill Strategies offers PolicyCrush, an issue-based subscription service that provides daily e-mail reports of the top health policy developments from the never-ending news cycle.

Ted Prettyman Joins Chamber Hill Strategies | June 6, 2016

Chamber Hill Strategies Adds Expertise

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Contact: Michaela Sims, 202-470-4944

WASHINGTON, DC – Chamber Hill Strategies, a bipartisan government affairs consulting firm, announced Ted Prettyman has joined the firm as an Associate.

“We are excited to have Ted on board.  Our clients expect top notch service and that starts and ends with our talented team. Ted has a great reputation on Capitol Hill and is known for his hard working, can-do attitude. Our clients will benefit from his experience and enthusiasm,” said Michaela Sims, Co-Founder of the firm.

Ted joins the firm from the office of Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) where he served as Legislative Correspondent handling health policy and issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. In this position, Ted supported Senator Carper’s work on the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Chamber Hill Strategies, a certified woman owned small business, offers bipartisan strategic counsel on legislative initiatives, regulatory matters and political issues. In addition to consulting services, Chamber Hill Strategies offers PolicyCrush, an issue-based subscription service that provides daily email reports of the top health policy developments from the never ending news cycle.

 

Michelle Nawar Joins Chamber Hill Strategies | January 6, 2016

Consulting Firm Continues to Expand with Key Talent; Adds More Democratic Muscle

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Contact:  Michaela Sims, 202-470-4944

WASHINGTON, DC – Chamber Hill Strategies, a bipartisan government affairs consulting firm, announced that Michelle Nawar has joined the firm as a Principal.

“Michelle is a brilliant strategist who understands the interplay between policy, politics and communications. Our clients will benefit from her sharp political insight and over 20 years of experience at the center of multiple legislative battles,” said Michaela Sims, Co-Founder of the firm.

As an independent consultant, Michelle worked closely with immigration groups to pass the 2013 Senate immigration reform bill and push the Obama Administration to take executive action in 2012 and 2014. Her prior experience includes serving as the Director of Legislation at the Service Employees International Union, where she led the union’s lobbying efforts with the Obama Administration and Capitol Hill, including the successful passage of the Affordable Care Act.

“I look forward to joining Chamber Hill’s strong team that has such a stellar reputation and proven results for their diverse clients,” said Michelle Nawar.

Chamber Hill Strategies, a certified woman owned small business, offers bipartisan strategic counsel on legislative initiatives, regulatory matters and political issues. In addition to consulting services, Chamber Hill Strategies offers PolicyCrush, an issue-based subscription service that provides daily email reports of the top health policy developments from the never ending news cycle.

Molly Leif Joins Chamber Hill Strategies | January 4, 2016

Boutique Government Affairs Firm Adds Hill Talent

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Contact: Jennifer Bell, 202-470-4944

WASHINGTON, DC – Chamber Hill Strategies, a bipartisan government affairs consulting firm, announced Molly Leif has joined the firm as an Executive Assistant.

“Molly has a great reputation on Capitol Hill. In the lobbying world, reputation is everything, and Molly’s hard working, can-do attitude will benefit our clients tremendously,” said Jennifer Bell, Co-Founder of the firm.

“I’m excited to join the team at Chamber Hill Strategies. I am looking forward to applying my talent and expertise in organizational support in this dynamic setting,” said Molly Leif.

Molly joins from the office of Rep. Steve King (R-IA) where she was a scheduler. She also served as both legislative correspondent and staff assistant for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA).

Chamber Hill Strategies, a certified woman owned small business, offers bipartisan strategic counsel on legislative initiatives, regulatory matters and political issues. In addition to consulting services, Chamber Hill Strategies offers PolicyCrush, an issue-based subscription service that provides daily email reports of the top health policy developments from the never ending news cycle.

Laura Holland Kemper Joins Chamber Hill Strategies | February 4, 2015

Boutique Government Affairs Firm Brings on Republican Senate-House Counsel

WASHINGTON, DC – Chamber Hill Strategies, a bipartisan government affairs consulting firm, announced Laura Holland Kemper has joined the firm as a Principal.

“Laura is a rare breed in DC – someone with substance who has worked in both the Senate and the House. A lot of people know a lot of people in this town. Laura has all that and she knows what she’s talking about. Her background in health care policy is an immediate benefit to our growing list of clients,” said Jennifer Bell, Co-Founder of the firm.

“I’ve seen policy from all sides, both as a regulatory attorney downtown and a policymaker on Capitol Hill. Clients not only want to know the latest but they want to know how the changing winds affect them specifically. Chamber Hill Strategies does it right – coming up with creative strategies and putting in the elbow grease to see those strategies through. This is the team I wanted to be on,” said Laura Holland Kemper.

Laura began her career in Washington as a health care regulatory attorney at a nationally recognized law firm. In her time on Capitol Hill, she served as Health Policy Counsel to Representative Tom Price (R-GA), now the Chairman of the House Budget Committee. From there, she went to work as Counsel for Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), now the Senate Majority Whip and second in Republican leadership.

Chamber Hill Strategies, a certified woman owned small business, offers bipartisan strategic counsel on legislative initiatives, regulatory matters and political issues. In addition to consulting services, Chamber Hill Strategies offers PolicyCrush, an issue-based subscription service that provides daily email reports of the top health policy developments from the never ending news cycle. The report goes beyond the headlines and into the policy, providing a deeper dive for clients and subscribers looking to read the tea leaves, not just the clips.

Chamber Hill Strategies Receives National Certification as Women Owned Small Business | January 23, 2014

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January 23, 2014

Contact: Jennifer Bell, 571-239-8459, jbell@chamberhill.com

Washington, DCChamber Hill Strategies, a boutique public policy and consulting firm, has received national certifications as both a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).

Chamber Hill Strategies was certified and awarded these two designations by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by women. WBENC is one of three third-party certifying organizations that the Small Business Administration works with to award the prestigious WOSB designation used in federal contracting.

Chamber Hill Strategies specializes in helping companies and organizations navigate the federal legislative and regulatory landscape with a specialty in health care and tax issues. Through strategic counsel on legislative initiatives, regulatory matters and political positioning, they assist clients in understanding and shaping the federal policy agenda to achieve their strategic business objectives.

In addition to lobbying and strategic advising, Chamber Hill Strategies also produces PolicyCrush, a daily email report that provides subscribers with the top health policy developments from the previous 24 hours.  PolicyCrush uses a proprietary search process to obtain and alert readers to difficult-to-find federal government announcements and little-reported analytical pieces from think tanks, stakeholders and policy influencers. Subscribers include health care providers and companies across the country, law firms and lobbying shops, trade associations, and health care consulting firms.

As an officially recognized women-owned small business, Chamber Hill Strategies now is able to help clients and other business partners demonstrate a commitment to fostering diversity.

Jennifer Higgins Joins Chamber Hill Strategies | November 7, 2013

Consulting Firm Expands With Health Care Expertise and Political Muscle

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November 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Chamber Hill Strategies, a bipartisan government affairs consulting firm, announced Jennifer N. Higgins has joined the firm as a Principal.

“We are thrilled Jenn is joining the firm. Few in DC can rival her combination of deep health care policy experience and political relationships. Whether it’s talking to the C-suite or to Main Street, she knows the law, she knows the regulations and puts together some of the most creative strategies we’ve ever seen. Her client successes speak for themselves,” said Jennifer Bell, Co-Founder of the firm.

“I have a passion for excellence and seeing my clients succeed. Chamber Hill Strategies is a firm that is fueled by a can-do attitude where hard work drives success. Jennifer and Michaela bring an incredible combination of energy and expertise that I am excited to become a part of,” said Jenn Higgins. Throughout the industry, Jenn is well recognized for her distinctive ability to dissect the impact of health care policy proposals and successfully execute a strategy on behalf of her clients. Her bipartisan relationships with both Members and senior staff have allowed her clients direct access to key decision makers in the health care policy arena. Prior to her extensive lobbying career, Jenn advised senior agency officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Later, as Senior Associate with the Marwood Group, a healthcare and financial services firm, her primary responsibility was to advise clients on the legislative and regulatory risk to all facility-based health care sectors.

Focusing primarily on health care and tax policy before the U.S. Senate, House and the Administration, Chamber Hill Strategies offers bipartisan strategic counsel on legislative initiatives, regulatory matters and political issues. In addition to consulting services, Chamber Hill Strategies offers PolicyCrush, an issue-based subscription service that provides daily email reports of the top health policy developments from the never ending news cycle. The report goes beyond the headlines and into the policy, providing a deeper dive for clients and subscribers looking to read the tea leaves, not just the clips.

Bipartisan Firm Chamber Hill Strategies Launches | October 2, 2012

Bell, Sims, join to form consulting firm focused on health care, tax policy

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October 2, 2012

Contact: Jennifer Bell, 571-239-8459, jbell@chamberhill.com

Michaela Sims, 202-503-8832, msims@chamberhill.com

WASHINGTON, DC — Chamber Hill Strategies, a new bipartisan government affairs consulting firm formed by Jennifer Bell and Michaela Sims, announced its formation today.

Focusing primarily on health care and tax policy before the U.S. Senate, House and the Administration, Chamber Hill Strategies offers bipartisan strategic counsel on legislative initiatives, regulatory matters and political issues. The firm’s founding partners, Bell and Sims, will put their expertise in the subtleties of policy, politics, people and process to work crafting and implementing tailored solutions that meet their clients’ strategic federal objectives.

“Among the many reasons I wanted to partner with Michaela are her impeccable reputation for hard work, her ability to translate the minutia of Washington into plain talk, and her dogged determination to succeed. From years of working in the political center for moderate Senators, she has an unparalleled network that produces key insights, reliable information and winning strategies. I’m glad she’s on my team and our clients are too,” said Jennifer Bell.

“Jennifer Bell is a triple threat – she brings substance, experience and success to the table. These qualities are especially important when clients want to win the issue, not just the day. Her vast experience in both Houses of Congress and with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will serve our clients well as they work through the politics to succeed on the policy,” said Michaela Sims.

In addition to strategic counsel and consulting, Chamber Hill Strategies is proud to offer PolicyCrush, an issue-based subscription service that provides daily email reports of the top health policy developments from the never-ending news cycle delivered to subscriber inboxes every morning. PolicyCrush includes links to difficult-to-find federal government announcements and little-reported analytical pieces from think tanks, stakeholders and policy influencers. The report goes beyond the headlines and into the policy, providing a deeper dive for clients and subscribers looking to read the tea leaves, not just the clips. Delivered before

6:30 am ET every weekday, PolicyCrush covers the hottest topics in health policy. Chamber Hill Strategies plans to expand PolicyCrush’s issue coverage in 2013. For more information, visit www.policycrush.com.

Jennifer Bell, co-founder of Chamber Hill Strategies, has a proven track record of success in impacting each major health care bill enacted in the last decade. She advises a wide variety of clients, including acute and post-acute care hospitals, dialysis providers, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, physician groups, pharmacy-related providers, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, technology companies, private equity investors, and hedge funds. Jennifer has over a dozen years of experience working on and around Capitol Hill, including serving as majority health policy advisor for Chairman Chuck Grassley on the Senate Finance Committee and as an advisor for then-U.S. Representative John Thune. A significant amount of her practice focuses on the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, in addition to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prior to founding Chamber Hill Strategies, Jennifer led numerous client strategies at two prominent law and lobbying firms as well as launched her own successful policy and advocacy consulting firm Jennifer Bell + Partners.

Michaela Sims, co-founder of Chamber Hill Strategies, is known for her keen insight and ability to use plain English when explaining complicated matters to clients. For over fifteen years, in both the public and private sectors, she has worked in numerous policy areas, though Michaela’s main area of expertise is working on health and tax policy. She has provided critical insight and strategic advice during both the development and implementation of the health reform law to many health care industry clients, including hospitals, long-term care providers, and pharmaceutical and insurance companies. On tax policy, she has successfully driven strategies to protect the business interests of clients in a wide variety of industries. For ten years, Michaela served as a senior legislative director and counsel in the US Senate for Senators Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson, playing a major role in many key legislative efforts, including the 2001 and 2003 tax laws and the enactment of enhanced Medicaid funds for states. Drawing on her strong ties to Senate centrists, she has developed a reputation as an honest broker with credibility on both sides of the aisle.