Michael Best is pleased to announce that Andrea Riccio has joined Michael Best Strategies as a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office. Riccio will be a member of the Government Relations Group. Prior to joining Michael Best Strategies, Riccio served as a Vice President at S-3 Group, a full-service policy and government relations firm.
“Andrea is a seasoned Capitol Hill veteran and has impressive experience working alongside members of Congress,” said Congressman Steve Israel, Senior Counselor to Michael Best Strategies. “Her breadth of experience and legislative network in D.C. and nationally will support our key players and clients in the market.”
At S-3 Group, Riccio counseled a variety of trade associations, corporations, and nonprofits, utilizing over a decade of experience in government, public affairs, and consulting. While on Capitol Hill, she served as Deputy Director to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, under then-Chairman, and current member of the Board of Advisors at Michael Best Strategies, Steve Israel, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. As Deputy Director, Riccio headed House Democratic messaging during the 2016 election cycle and led multiple targeted campaigns using parliamentary tactics available to the minority.
Prior to that, Riccio was the Director of Member Services and principal leadership staffer for then Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). In this role she advised Congressional offices on best practices, led Caucus-wide programs for Chiefs of Staff, Press Secretaries, and District Directors, and served as floor staff.
“Andrea has worked alongside government officials in some of the highest branches of government,” said Robert Marchant, President of Michael Best Strategies. “She is an accomplished government affairs and communications professional and will be an asset to the team as we continue expanding our capabilities.”
Riccio’s addition to the firm comes just weeks after Michael Best Strategies announced the addition of Steven Rowe to the Government Relations group in Salt Lake City. Ranked among the top lobbying firms by Bloomberg Government this month, Michael Best Strategies has recruited Riccio during a period of progress and growth.
“I’m delighted to join Michael Best Strategies, and am excited to be working with Steve Israel again,” said Riccio. “I look forward to collaborating and putting in the work on behalf of our clients as the firm continues to build its esteemed reputation as a destination for government affairs and public policy experts.”
Andrea received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science and Government from the University of New Hampshire.