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.