Lizzy O’Hara started O’Hara Federal Strategies in 2011 with her father, Bartley M. O’Hara. With nearly 20 years of public policy experience (including over a decade on Capitol Hill), Lizzy brings to the table a positive reputation on both sides of the aisle and strong knowledge of the inner workings in Washington.
Most recently she was a Senior Advisor at The Mizeur Group where she worked with clients on health care, financial services, and energy issues. From 2005-2009, she was the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In that capacity, Ms. O’Hara worked on public policy matters including the 2008 Farm Bill and transportation policy. She also acted as liaison with all federal agency Federal Preservation Officers.
During her tenure on Capitol Hill, Ms. O’Hara served from 2000-2005 for Congressman Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO), former House Democratic Leader, first as a Legislative Assistant then as his Legislative Director. As Legislative Assistant, she advised Mr. Gephardt on policies issues pertaining to energy, environment, foreign affairs, and tax. During that time she also participated in weekly Democratic Leadership and Policy meetings. As Legislative Director, Ms. O’Hara supervised Mr. Gephardt’s Washington office and advised him on all legislative issues and procedural matters.
Before joining Mr. Gephardt’s office, Ms. O’Hara was a Senior Counselor at communications management group and a Legislative Specialist for a law firm, both located in Washington, DC.
Ms. O’Hara’s experience with health care issues developed when she was a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Thomas J. Manton (D-NY) from 1993-1999. During that time, she was his lead staffer for health care and food safety issues when Mr. Manton was a senior member of the House Energy Committee and Commerce Committee. In particular, she counseled the Congressman throughout the development of the Medicare Preservation Act of 1995, the Health Coverage Availability and Affordability Act of 1996, the Patient Right to Know Act of 1996, the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 1997 and the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. She also served as Mr. Manton’s liaison to the House Ad Hoc Committee for Irish Affairs, of which he was a Co-Chair, during the 1998 Good Friday Northern Ireland Peace Process.
Ms. O’Hara is active in District of Columbia politics and is a former elected member of her neighborhood’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission. She received a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on American Politics, from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland where she has guest lectured about the connection between the environment and politics.