Mara Sheldon

Mara Sheldon 

The woman who spoke for Jared Polis during his rise to governor's office last year, Mara Sheldon, has a new role: senior policy advisor in the Denver office of the powerhouse firm Squire Patton Boggs.

Squire Patton Boggs is a law firm that works heavily in public policy, with 1,500 lawyers in 47 offices in 20 countries.

Sheldon is a veteran of more than 20 years in strategic communications and public policy. At 21, she was one of the youngest press secretaries ever to work in Congress. She served as communications director for several members, including Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., who was the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Sheldon also worked for Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., the current chair of the House Committee on Small Business.

Sheldon worked on "several marquee pieces of health care, environment, and water issues, and banking and financial services, legislation," Squire Patton Boggs said in a press release Monday morning.

“We are delighted to have Mara join the team and put her legislative expertise and deep relationships to good use for our clients here in Colorado and across the U.S., ” Peter Gould, the managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs’ Denver office, said in the statement.

Sheldon also has represented major corporations and nonprofits.

Polis endorsed his former spokesperson in her new role.

“Mara was campaign staffer No. 1 on my gubernatorial race and a key member of my senior staff team," he said in a statement Monday. "Her expertise and experience working on the campaign trail and with federal, state and local governments will be huge assets in her new role.” 

In her new role, Sheldon will work closely with the cannabis and hemp industries on policy issues.

Sheldon commented, “In this new role I have the opportunity to combine previous experience gained throughout my career and delve deeply into policy issues affecting Coloradans on both a state and national level.

"I look forward to joining the diverse and dynamic team of some of the most well-respected legal and political minds at Squire Patton Boggs."

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