The Public Affairs team has worked at the highest levels of local, state and federal government and politics. We offer unparalleled expertise and leadership in lobbying, communications, public affairs, media relations, crisis management, political advising, and much more. Compass Strategies has a diverse list of clients including public entities, non-profits, trade associations, and major corporations. We have addressed complex and controversial policy issues ranging from education, economic development, transportation, water, environment, taxation, healthcare, and election law. With more than 60 years of combined experience, we have helped our clients manage their government and public affairs needs regardless of the political landscape.
Kelsey B. Lundy
Kelsey Lundy has over 20 years of government relations experience at all levels of government. She has successfully navigated her clients through difficult and controversial legislative and regulatory issues relating to banking and finance, state budgeting, health insurance, labor/management, healthcare and healthcare professions and public pension systems. Her practice areas include health insurance, health care, higher education, tax policy, state budgeting, public pension systems, and law enforcement. She previously served as a senior government relations advisor with Williams & Associates for 10 years in Phoenix. Lundy has also served as director of legislative relations with the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce and as director of community affairs with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Lundy served as an intern for the Arizona House of Representatives, the Office of Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, and the Office of U.S. Senator John McCain.
Jessie Armendt has lobbied at the Arizona State Capitol since 2010 and her areas of expertise include education, healthcare, liquor law, and animal welfare issues. She is a graduate from Rice University where she received a bachelor of arts in philosophy. Armendt began her lobbying career as the government relations coordinator at Williams & Associates, where she spent two years before moving to Arizona Governmental Affairs as a director. Before entering into the policy realm, she spent a year in a philosophy Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland and then returned to Arizona to work as a behavioral therapist for children with autism.
Mendoza found her passion for politics volunteering for Governor Doug Ducey’s winning 2014 campaign. She worked for two years at the Arizona House of Representatives as a legislative page before joining the Compass Strategies team. Mendoza has worked on three successful statewide campaigns in Arizona and spent time in Washington, D.C. as a Capitol Scholar while also working for DC London. Mendoza is a graduate from Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors college, where she received a degree in political science and a minor in public service and public policy. She distinguished herself during her college career as a Dean’s Investments Scholar, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences student leader, and New American University Scholar.
Mackenzie was raised in Scottsdale, AZ and graduated from Saguaro High School in 2017. With a passion for social studies and civic engagement, Mackenzie pursued her interests by becoming involved in political campaigns before her freshman year of high school. For the last seven years she has worked on local and state campaigns while being engaged with various youth political groups to spread awareness about the importance of being informed and involved at an early age. She has also worked for small businesses in Arizona and hopes to maintain a strong advocacy for small businesses and their owners across the state. She will be graduating from the W.P Carey School of Business at ASU in Spring of 2021 with a degree in Global politics.
Before joining Compass Strategies, Denise Stecker spent more than 20 years working in Arizona as a legal administrator. Her work in that area involved assisting attorneys in all aspects of their cases, including preparing for trials and working closely with law firm clients, Arizona government employees, and members of the public. During a legal hiatus, Denise worked for a large lighting company in the Phoenix area for three years, managing the customer service department. Within a year, Denise was instrumental in increasing their JD Power customer service rating from 46.5 percent to 98 percent. Denise has three children, and in her spare time she likes to exercise, hike, and bake. Most of all, she loves to spend time with her family.