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Creighton Lawyer Magazine: GOAL Adds a Mentorship Program

Creighton University students participating in the JD/MS in Government Organization and Leadership (GOAL) joint-degree program spend the fall semester of their last year prior to graduation living and working in Washington, D.C.

The centerpiece of the program is a practicum with a federal agency, congressional committee or office of a member of Congress. And starting this fall, a mentorship program has been added. It pairs current students with School of Law alumni living and working in the D.C. area.

Michaela Sims, JD’96, founder of the consulting firm Sims Strategies in Washington, D.C., is the coordinator of the D.C. portion of the GOAL program. She and Michael Kelly, interim dean and program director of GOAL, have been aiming to have a mentorship program in place for several years.

“GOAL is a great program, and we assess and try to improve upon it each year,” Sims says. “A driving force behind the mentorship program is to have more mentors in place to help the students throughout their semester, both with the quality of their externship experience and with their networking for potential post-graduation employment.”

Source: Creighton Lawyer Magazine

POLITICO Influence: Chamber Hill Co-Founder Launches New Firm

Chamber Hill co-founder departs to launch new firm

With David Beavers and Aubree Eliza Weaver

CHAMBER HILL CO-FOUNDER LAUNCHES NEW FIRM: Michaela Sims, a co-founder of Chamber Hill Strategies, has left to launch her own firm, Sims Strategies. Sims decided to strike out on her own after a conflict of interest between two clients at Chamber Hill that couldn’t be resolved, she said in an interview. “It just made sense to split off,” she said. Sims is also a veteran of the Bockorny Group and before that worked for former Sens. Ben Nelson and Bob Kerrey, both Nebraska Democrats. Ted Prettyman is also leaving Chamber Hill to join the firm as a director.

— Sims is bringing five Chamber Hill clients with her, most of them in the health care sector: the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care, WellCare and GlaxoSmithKline. The firm plans to focus on health and tax clients at the outset. (She’s lobbying for the American Academy of Adoption Attorney on preserving the adoption tax credit, among other issues.) “I would say our sweet spot is issues that will go through the [Senate] Finance Committee” and the House Ways and Means Committee, Sims said. She’s undaunted by the prospect of launching a Democratic firm — Prettyman previously worked for Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) — in Trump’s Washington. “The party that’s not in power is always going to be relevant — particularly in the Senate,” Sims said. “I would be saying the same if it was a Democrat in the White House and a Democratic-controlled Congress.”

Source: POLITICO Influence

POLITICO Playbook: Transitions

TRANSITIONS —  Michaela Sims is launching a new lobbying firm, Sims Strategies, and is registering for five mostly health and tax-related clients. She most recently was co-founder and partner at Chamber Hill Strategies and has also worked as counsel and LD for former Sens. Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson. Her firm has also hired Ted Prettyman as a director.

Source: POLITICO Playbook

Health and Tax Policy Firm Sims Strategies Launches; Announces the Addition of Ted Prettyman as Director


Contact: Michaela Sims, 202-503-8832

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sims Strategies, a boutique government relations firm led by Michaela Sims, President, is pleased to announce its launch with the registration of five clients: AMAG Pharmaceuticals, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, GlaxoSmithKline, the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care, and WellCare.

Sims Strategies specializes in health and tax policy. Serving as President is Michaela Sims, a 20-year veteran in the government affairs arena, including ten years as counsel and legislative director in the U.S. Senate and ten years as a consultant to multiple organizational interests. Named one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists in 2016, Sims is known for her keen insight and ability to create successful strategies that achieve desired results.

In addition, Sims Strategies is pleased to announce that Ted Prettyman has joined the firm as Director. Prettyman comes to the firm with experience both on Capitol Hill and in the lobbying world. Prettyman served on the staff of Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and supported his work on the Senate Finance Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on which Senator Carper served as Chairman. In the lobbying world, Prettyman has worked to provide research and analysis on political and policy issues to clients.

Sims said, “I am really excited to be working with such esteemed clients, especially at a time when the policy agenda in Washington is so robust, and I’m equally thrilled to have Ted on my team. Ted and I are problem solvers by nature who appreciate the importance of clear communication – both with clients and in advocating for their interests – and are eager to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”

Sims continues to lead Creighton University School of Law’s Government Organization and Leadership (GOAL) Program in Washington, DC. Learn more about Michaela, Ted and Sims Strategies at