Michael Best Strategies LLC (Strategies), a fast-growing national government relations firm, announced today that public affairs veteran Tami Jackson Buckner has joined as a Partner in the D.C. office. Buckner, an experienced and well-respected legislative strategist, will bring her unique understanding of federal, state, and local issues to provide strategic counsel to clients of the firm’s growing Washington, D.C. office, as well as clients throughout the United States.
Buckner has spent more than 25 years advising Fortune 500 companies, developing deep policy expertise on issues ranging from agriculture, food, and nutrition to energy and the environment. She joins Strategies from Waste Management, where she led the federal legislative and political function in Washington, D.C. Previously, Buckner held corporate leadership positions in government and public affairs at Kraft Foods Group, The Coca-Cola Company, and DuPont.
“Tami has it all – subject matter expertise, an exceptional reputation, and a deep understanding of how government works at all levels,” said Reince Priebus, Chairman of Strategies’ Board of Advisors and former U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, a member of Strategies’ Board of Advisors. “As Michael Best Strategies continues to expand, we could not be more pleased that Tami is joining our bipartisan team.”
“I am pleased to welcome Tami to our rapidly growing Federal Team,” added Rob Marchant, President of Michael Best Strategies. “Tami is an experienced, trusted voice in Washington, D.C., and our clients will benefit from her years of policy experience and consulting expertise, especially those clients looking for a coordinated approach to federal and state government relations.”
“I cannot imagine a better partner to work with than Tami, she is the consummate team player,” added Denise Bode, lead of Strategies’ federal policy practice. “I have known Tami for more than 20 years. You cannot have a better partner in solving complex government problems. Tami is one of the best lobbyists in Washington, and she brings strong personal relationships among Democrat, Independent, and Republican policymakers.”
Buckner is a native of Miami, but currently resides in Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Hampton University and a Master of Public Policy, magna cum laude, from Clark Atlanta University. She sits on the Board of Trustees at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
“In a short time, Michael Best Strategies has earned an exceptional reputation in Washington among Democrats and Republicans alike. The firm is setting a new standard for what it means to be an effective government and public affairs firm,” Buckner said. “I am excited to help our growing client base navigate Washington as they work to create sustainable value for society and their shareholders.”
Active in the community, Buckner was selected to the US-Italy Council and is also a Board Member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and Bowie State University, the Maryland Center. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Girl Scouts, serves on the Advisory Council for 131 & Counting, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.