Michelle Nawar

Michelle Nawar

Michelle Nawar, Principal at Chamber Hill Strategies, is known for her ability to turn her sharp political analysis into fully integrated lobbying campaigns that involve the intersection of politics, policy and communications.  She crafts legislative, media, digital, grassroots and grass top strategies to successfully implement policy agendas.  Michelle has spent 20 years working for non-profit organizations and organized labor.  While she has worked on a wide range of issues, her primary focus has been on health care, immigration and economic issues.

As the Director of Legislation at the Service Employees International Union, she was the union’s chief lobbyist for the Affordable Care Act and worked closely with the White House and House and Senate Leadership to shape the landmark legislation.  In particular, she focused on affordability and ensuring that the ACA tax credits were available up to 400% Federal Poverty Level.  She also led the Union’s efforts on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Medicaid, and various tax issues.  She worked closely with the Union’s political and communications team, including drafting op-eds for union leaders, to ensure those efforts advanced the Union’s policy agenda.

Michelle’s prior professional experience includes a senior position at the American Nurses Association where she developed the Safe Needles Save Lives Campaign, which led to state and federal needlestick prevention legislation.  She also co-authored a book on federal occupational health and safety laws for health care workers.

Most recently, Michelle has worked as an independent consultant providing political, communications and legislative strategy to various clients including organized labor and immigration groups.  She worked closely with immigration groups to pass the 2013 immigration reform bill and encourage the Obama Administration to take executive action.

Michelle received a MPH in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health and a MA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Michelle mentors young women interested in politics and is a volunteer tutor with the Grassroots Education Project’s Reading All Stars program, which helps struggling readers at DC’s HD Cooke Elementary school.

In the News

POLITICO Influence | March 2, 2016

By Isaac Arnsdorf

Chamber Hill Strategies hosted a Super Tuesday party last night to welcome Katie Zirkelbach, Michelle Nawar and Molly Leif to the firm. Spotted: Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), Rep. Brett Guthrie (Ky.), and Rep. Jackie Walorski (Ind.). Also attending were Jill Kozeny, Sen. Chuck Grassley; Todd Novascone, Sen. Jerry Moran; Susie Quinn, Sen. Bill Nelson; Brendon Plack, Sen. John Thune; Jeremy Hekhuis, Sen. Sherrod Brown; Elizabeth Falcone, Sen. Mark Warner; Adam Buckalew, Rep. Markwayne Mullin; Ben Falkowski, Rep. Jackie Walorski; Jordan Stoick, Rep. Kristi Noem; William Schuyler of GSK, Todd Thorpe of News Corp., Ashleigh de la Torre of Amazon and Jeremy Allen of AHIP.

Politico Influence | January 8, 2016

By Isaac Arnsdorf

Chamber Hill Strategies hired Michelle Nawar, formerly director of legislation at the Service Employees International Union during the Affordable Care Act years.

Michelle Nawar Joins Chamber Hill Strategies | January 6, 2016

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


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.