FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Schuyler Baab Opens Washington Office of Pathfinders Government
To: National Desk
Contact: Kirsten Fedewa of Kirsten Fedewa and Associates, 703-684-3339, or Wendy O'Kane of Pathfinders Government Relations, LLC, 202-478-7858
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 / -- Schuyler Jungen Baab, who served as Wisconsin's chief federal lobbyist under four-term Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, and worked as a senior administration official at the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Transportation (Bush/Reagan), as well as with the U.S. Congress and in politics, is spearheading a new government relations and political consulting practice, it was announced today.
Baab's new firm, Pathfinders Government Relations, LLC, is a full-service consulting operation based in Washington, D.C. that leverages his 30 years of experience -- including 17 years in intergovernmental affairs -- at the highest levels of government, politics and in the business sector, he said.
The firm is in the process of creating strategic alliances with well-known lobbyists at the state and federal levels to provide its growing roster of clients with additional coverage. Baab said he will draw upon this "extensive network of senior- level contacts to create strategic business alliances and provide superior client support."
"Pathfinders' goal is to offer a range of professional services to help individuals, corporations and associations identify and maximize business opportunities through direct representation, issue management, grassroots, and the media," Baab said. "We're excited at the prospect of delivering the best possible service, which builds upon our collective areas of knowledge, contacts and expertise -- especially in the fields of health care and education policy."
Baab's last assignment was working for five years as vice president of federal and state government relations for Bridges Learning Systems, Inc., an $8 million, for-profit education company founded by former Reagan Labor Secretary and U.S. Senator Bill Brock (R-Tenn.) in 1996. There he headed up teams of local lobbyists in 12 major states -- including Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas -- and managed the company's federal affairs program, which included substantial work to address literacy among prison inmates and on the landmark "No Child Left Behind" education reform bill in 2001.
Baab also created several innovative, federally-funded pilot programs for at-risk youth through the U.S. Departments of Labor and the U.S. Navy, and in Virginia, for adults in ten community colleges throughout the state.
He was twice appointed Federal-State Government Affairs Director for then-Gov. Tommy G. Thompson (Wis.) from 1998-2000 during Thompson's tenure as chairman of the Amtrak Reform Board of Directors, president of the Council of State Governments, former chairman of the 50-state National Governors Association; co-chairman of the 2000 Republican Party Platform Committee, and numerous other positions.
Baab served in the Office of Presidential Personnel for President-elect George H.W. Bush before moving to HHS as deputy under-secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1989-1993. In that position, he directed the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business, the Departmental Appeals Board, Veterans Affairs and ten regional HHS offices. He had a staff of 70 people and was the department's principal liaison for all state and local officials.
Baab's introduction to national Republican circles came in 1975 as a Congressional staff aide. He became a field director at the Republican National Committee in 1976 and later, he served in a similar capacity at the National Republican Congressional Committee (1977-80). He was national coalition director for Reagan-Bush '84 (with a focus on outreach to "Reagan Democrats") under Lee Atwater -- and served as the regional political director for the Midwestern region for the Bush-Quayle '88 presidential campaign.
Baab also served as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and held senior staff positions on Capitol Hill. He joined forces with Secretary Brock in 2000.
Said Senator Brock: "Sky Baab delivered impressive results in the education arena for our customers, and more than 200,000 disadvantaged children in 20 states, during his tenure with the company. These results would not have been achieved without his talent, experience and contributions, not only in the public policy arena but throughout the entire process. He outperformed, and I expect he will do the same, and more, for his new clients."
Pathfinders Government Relations, LLC, is located at 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 828, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-478-7858. Fax: 202-478-7854. www.pathfindersgr.com
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