Michaela Sims, President of Sims Strategies, is known for her keen insight and ability to use plain English when explaining complicated matters to clients. For over twenty years, in both the public and private sectors, she has developed and implemented successful strategies that achieve desired policy and political results. Though she has worked in numerous policy areas, Michaela’s main area of expertise is working on health and tax policies overseen by the powerful Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committees, and related federal agencies. Named one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists each year since 2016, Sims has provided critical insight and strategic advice during the development, implementation, dismantling and now rebuilding of the Affordable Care Act to many health care industry clients, including hospitals, physicians, long-term care providers, and pharmaceutical and insurance companies. On tax policy, she has successfully driven strategies to protect the business and individual interests of clients in the adoption, aviation, real estate, and soda industries.
For ten years, Michaela served as legislative director and senior counsel in the U.S. Senate for Senators Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson, playing a major role in many key legislative efforts, including the 2001 and 2003 tax laws and the enactment of enhanced Medicaid funds for states. Drawing on her strong ties to Senate centrists, she has developed a reputation as an honest broker with credibility on both sides of the aisle.
When she is not lobbying, Michaela is passionate about helping young adults begin and advance their careers in Washington. Michaela received a J.D. from Creighton University and is now coordinator of the School of Law’s Masters in Government and Semester in D.C. program, which includes facilitating numerous internship placements throughout the government each fall semester. Michaela is also a founding member and former Chair of Capital REACH, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to helping disadvantaged youth become successful in school, work and their communities. Most recently, Michaela serves as her church’s COVID-19 Crisis Coordinator to plan for and operationalize the effort needed to sustain the enormous surge their food pantry has seen since the COVID-19 crisis began.