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Kara Beem

Kara BeemKara Beem

Senior Associate
Greenlee Partners

Beem joined Greenlee in 2007. In the last two decades, she has marshaled several public affairs campaigns, resulting in the passage of legislation that previously had limited support.

She received her Juris Doctor from Dickinson School of Law in 1993. Soon after graduating she turned her attention to lobbying.

After lobbying Congress for legal aid funding out of law school, “I realized I could use my advocacy skills to help clients pursue or defend their legislative objectives,” Beem said. “… I found a position at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association that offered me the opportunity to tackle a rewrite of (the state’s) Right to Know Law. It was an uphill endeavor … but the challenge … confirmed my desire to be a lobbyist.”

She explained that legislative activity at the state level is increasingly relevant to the nonprofit and business communities. “The policies advanced … can have far reaching impact on our clients. Furthermore, the political makeup of the General Assembly, with more extreme leaning members in both parties, has made coming to a compromise more challenging.”

Being willing to accept a scaled back proposal in order to achieve compromise isn’t easy, Beem added. “However, I have learned over time that it is better to take the half a loaf with the understanding that you live to fight another day for the rest.”

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