Government Relations Consultant
"With extensive experience in the private and public sector, I’m thrilled for the opportunity to use those skills to continue to advance the excellent work of Alexander & Cleaver."
— Emily E. Tocknell
B.A., University of Maryland College Park
Board Member, Maryland Government Relations Association
Member, Maryland Economic Development Association
Emily Tocknell joins Alexander & Cleaver as a Government Relations Consultant. Known for her ambitious drive and detail-oriented execution, Emily has a proven record of successfully advocating in a quickly changing legislative environment.
Most recently, Emily served as the Assistant Director of Policy and Government Affairs at the Maryland Department of Commerce. In this role, Emily navigated the legislative process, analyzing, highlighting and developing legislation of utmost importance to the agency on topics including economic development, tax credits, tourism and the arts. Actively engaged in the community, Emily collaborated extensively with important stakeholders, sister agencies, and county and local governments. Before the position with Commerce, Emily served in a similar capacity at the Maryland Department of Planning.
Prior to her return to State Government, Emily served within private and public sector entities focused on Capitol Hill federal advocacy. As a Legislative Assistant at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, Emily’s established experience of Capitol Hill and demonstrated communication skills was instrumental in outreach to hundreds of Congressional offices.
Following graduation from college, Emily had the privilege of working for Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), focusing on issues of immigration, judicial reform and government oversight.
Outside of politics, Emily volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association after experiencing firsthand the pain the disease has had on her grandmother and family. Emily graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics with a focus on Domestic Policy. Emily resides in Baltimore and is a proud, lifelong resident of the state of Maryland.