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 developed and implemented successful strategies that achieve desired policy and political results. Though she has worked in numerous policy areas, Michaela’s main area of expertise is working on health and tax policies overseen by the powerful Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committees, and key federal agencies. 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 and individual interests of clients in the adoption, aviation, real estate, and soda industries.
For ten years, Michaela served as legislative director and senior 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.
When she is not lobbying, Michaela is passionate about helping young adults begin and advance their careers in Washington. Michaela received a J.D. from Creighton University and is now coordinator of the School of Law’s Semester in D.C. program. Michaela is also a founding member and former Chair of Capital REACH, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to helping disadvantaged youth become successful in school, work and their communities.
In the News
Top Lobbyists 2016: Hired Guns
October 26, 2016
Michaela Sims and Jennifer Bell, Chamber Hill Strategies
Sims and Bell took a risk to found their own firm and now are reaping the benefits of what is rapidly becoming one of the most successful healthcare-focused shops on K Street.
The Hill: Lobbyists Raise Their Glass to Mentor
April 29, 2014
“Many of the women who have ‘made it’ on K Street have found ways to give back … Michaela Sims, who founded Chamber Hill Strategies in 2012, directs a program with her law school alma mater, the Creighton Law School, that brings third-year law students to Washington for classes and government internships. ‘I feel very strongly that it is our responsibility and my responsibility to help those who need it,’ Sims said. ‘It’s not that it can’t be done [without the assistance] — I did it. But it would have been a lot easier.’”
Omaha World Herald: Sims Receives National Recognition for Adoption Work
October 21, 2013
By Eugene Curtin
Eight days ago she [Michaela Sims] received the “Angels in Adoption” award from the Washington, D.C.-based Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of millions of children around the world living without permanent families.
When Sims received her “Angel” award Oct. 8 on the recommendation of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., it recognized more than her adoption of two boys. It recognized her work on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist for adoption issues.
“Whether at work or home, Michaela’s heart for children creates stability and opportunities that a child would otherwise never gain, and that has made her an angel to hundreds of children around the world,” Warner said in a statement. “I am pleased to recognize her dedication to improving the lives of countless children.”
National Journal: Women Lobbyists May Be Worth More
July 31, 2013
By Elahe Izadi
While it’s no secret that men outnumber women in Washington’s lobbying corps, individual lobbying contracts held by women are worth more on average than those held by men, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosures by LegiStorm.
Michaela Sims, who last year cofounded Chamber Hill Strategies with Jennifer Bell, has noticed a rise in both women-owned firms and women in leadership roles in recent years. But, particularly in the tax sector, men still noticeably outnumber women.
“It’s not unique for me to show up to a room full of 15 people, and I’m the only one wearing a dress,” she said. “It is what it is—it doesn’t intimidate me, and we’re all professionals there to do a job. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”