For three decades, Alexander & Cleaver has been a leader in Maryland’s lobbying corps, known for its long-term success on behalf of a roster of loyal clients and its prime location on State Circle in Annapolis.
As the firm enters decade four, it is bringing new energy to its government affairs team – with high-profile additions from the Hogan Administration and statewide reach from the Maryland Association of Counties. They join a roster of Annapolis and county government stalwarts.
“In this business – like most – people come and go. But the key to long-term success is constantly improving service and continually building a team that is committed to winning for our clients,” said Founding Partner Gary Alexander. “I love the team we have right now. They’re talented, experienced, diverse and motivated to get things done.”
This week, Richard Reinhardt joined A&C’s Government Relations team from his position as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Division of Workforce Development at the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation. He is a familiar face in Annapolis, having previously served as Director of Government Affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and, prior to that was Director and Government and Community Relations for Towson University.
Reinhardt joined two other recent hires. Barbara Zektick is known across Maryland as the former Associate Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO). Prior to MACO, Zektick was General Counsel for the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, representing the Department before the Maryland General Assembly. She also served as Baltimore’s Acting Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Operations.
Like Reinhardt, Emily Tocknell is a Hogan Administration alumnus, joining (A&C) from the Governor’s Commerce Department where she helped lead the policy and government affairs shop. Previously, she was a legislative officer for the Maryland Department of Planning.
Reinhardt, Zektick and Tocknell join an experienced team. Davion Percy is entering his third year with the firm as one of the top lobbyists in Prince George’s County – and he as expanded his reach to work on procurement and legislative issues throughout the state. Robin Shaivitz, a longtime A&C leader, has come back to the firm as a consultant, along with returning procurement specialist Lyle Fowlkes. And former House Speaker Cas Taylor and Alexander continue in their supporting roles to the Government Relations team and clients.
“We’re gearing up for session and serving clients all over the state,” continued Alexander, “with the balance to be a full-service firm in Annapolis and every county, while continuing to offer great procurement, legal and strategic counsel.”