Lobbyist. Lawyer. Oxford-educated scholar. Arizonan. Mother. Gretchen Jacobs is all those things, and then some. With a degree in political science from USC and a law degree from Santa Clara, Gretchen spent the first part of her career in civil courtrooms, then shifted from the courtroom to the political arena in 1998. Ever since, her lobbying career has been defined by a few key points: Trust, Determination, Focus and Relationships.
From clients whose interests relate to healthcare to education to technology, Gretchen's approach combines aggressive smarts and dogged coalition building to get results. What's equally important is that Gretchen pursues your goals in a way that flies in the face of Ivins' rules: she's comfortable not getting the spotlight and not making much noise, so long as she gets done what your business needs done. If what your business needs is political success without grandstanding, then Arizona Governmental Affairs is for you.
Samuel Richard recently joined Arizona Governmental Affairs as Principal. Sam is known for his strategic thinking and development of complex government affairs, communications, and media plans. He approaches every problem with an open mind, patience, and empathy. Sam has a degree in nonprofit leadership and management from Arizona State University's College of Public Service and Community Solutions and is a Fellow of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy and holds certificates from both Valley Leadership and the Center for Progressive Leadership.
Sam was recently recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times in its inaugural Breakouts Award highlighting "the sharpest political minds in the state," and has previously been recognized in the Phoenix New Times' Best of Phoenix as Best Lobbyist and by the Phoenix Business Journal as a member of the 2013 class of Forty under 40. Sam currently serves as a Governing Board Member for the Osborn Elementary School District and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Local First Arizona, YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix, and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. He and his wife, Kim, live in Central Phoenix with their two children, Harlow and Holden.