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Last month, McKeon Group announced the hiring of Jessica Lawrence-Vaca as Senior Vice President.

Acquiring Lawrence-Vaca adds a level of unparalleled experience to McKeon Group. For over a decade, Lawrence-Vaca has worked in both the government and private sector in Washington, D.C. as a Capitol Hill staffer and senior government relations professional. McKeon Group is excited to have her knowledge and skills on their growing team.

Prior to joining McKeon Group, Lawrence-Vaca was a Vice President at the Podesta Group where she worked with clients in the global, defense, trade and appropriations sectors.   As a season lobbyist and government relations strategist, she has the proven ability to develop and execute tailored government relations and advocacy strategies, interface with high-level government officials, build coalitions of third party validators, and craft messaging and supporting materials in furtherance of advocacy efforts.

Lawrence-Vaca maintains a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of both the legislative and political process as demonstrated by a sustained track record of success for high profile clients including foreign sovereigns, multinational defense companies, a large South Asian diaspora organization, a US solar raw materials manufacturer, and a coalition of over 80 solar companies.

Prior to entering the private sector, Jessica worked for former Rep. Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), where she focused on foreign policy and national security issues.  She maintains extensive bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill, in both the House and Senate.

As a native of Washington State, Lawrence-Vaca graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in political science and French, and holds a MA in national security studies from The Johns Hopkins University.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Action Network. Lawrence-Vaca is married to Santiago “Rico” Vaca, a lobbyist and retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, and lives in Virginia with their three boys.

“Jessica has a great deal of experience in government relations and strategy, and brings with her an extensive network on Capitol Hill,” Howard D. McKeon, McKeon Group COO, said. “We are excited to have her join our firm and look forward to her continued success at McKeon Group.”