Jessica Lawrence-Vaca joins the McKeon Group as Senior Vice President. She brings unparalleled experience and knowledge to the team having worked as a Capitol Hill staffer and senior government relations professional with over a decade of experience in government and the private sector in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining McKeon Group, Jessica was a Vice President at the Podesta Group where she worked with clients in the global, defense, trade and appropriations sectors. As a seasoned 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.
Jessica 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, Jessica 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. Jessica is married to Santiago “Rico” Vaca, a lobbyist and retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, and lives in Virginia with their three boys.