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 spent the last eight years around the state capitol where she has developed experience in public safety, 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 and 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.
With more than 14 years of government affairs, lobbying, and public policy experience at all levels of Arizona government, Sara Sparman is poised to help Compass Strategies service their clients, which include many of the most recognizable Arizona-based political figures, businesses, and advocacy groups. Sparman, a graduate of Arizona State University, has successfully assisted clients in legislative agenda development, strategic planning, coalition and grassroots development, policy negotiations, and project management. Her areas of expertise include property, casualty, health, and long-term care insurance, workers’ compensation, and other issues affecting municipal governments and professional and trade associations.
Alexandria 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, 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.
Nicolas “Nic” Gerard is an up-and-coming political consultant and lobbyist. Born in Paris, France, Nic became a proud American citizen in 2013 and often credits his passion for American Politics as an extension of being a naturalized citizen. Nic moved to Arizona in the Fall of 2014 to attend Arizona State University, where he immediately began working on political campaigns. To date, Nic has worked on a variety of campaigns in four states, on the federal, state-wide and municipal level. In 2016, Nic founded a pro higher-education Super PAC called Devils for Good, and was a 2014 national champion in High School Speech and Debate. Nic is a graduate from Arizona State University with honors, where he received a degree in global studies and a minor in political science.
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.