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 25 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 issues, healthcare and healthcare professions, and public pension systems. Her practice areas include health insurance, healthcare, higher education, tax policy, economic development and workforce, state budgeting, public pension systems, and law enforcement. Kelsey has been recognized for her lobbying prowess multiple times by the Capitol community. Most recently, she was selected by her peers for the Arizona Capitol Times’ Best Lobbyist award in both 2020 and 2021 and was honored by the Arizona Capitol Times in 2019 as one of its leading Women Achievers of Arizona. Kelsey is a proud mother of two boys, devoted wife, and graduate of the University of Arizona.
Jessie Armendt has lobbied at the Arizona Capitol for over a decade and thrives on securing legislative victories for her clients. Her areas of expertise include liquor law, education, healthcare, maternal and infant care, and election issues. Jessie was selected by her peers for the Arizona Capitol Times’ Best Lobbyist Under 40 award in 2019, 2020, and 2021. She is a graduate of Rice University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Before entering 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. Jessie lives in Phoenix with her husband, son, and spoiled cat.
Cheyenne Walsh has represented a wide variety of corporations, non-profits, trade associations, and governmental entities before the Arizona State Legislature, Governor’s office, and state agencies, as well as city and county governments since 2006. She has effectively lobbied on clients’ behalf in nearly every major policy area, and has particular expertise in water and environmental issues, transportation, and insurance. Cheyenne has been recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times as a Best Lobbyist under 40, and she was honored to be an inaugural "Breakout" award recipient, selected by the Arizona Capitol Times as one of the "sharpest political minds in the state." She has also been recognized among the top lawyers in the state as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star annually since 2014. Cheyenne received her bachelor’s degree and law degree from University of Arizona and holds a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University. She serves as President of the Arizona Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs and on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Heritage Alliance. She is a Valley Leadership alumna of Class 36 and a Flinn-Brown Fellow. Cheyenne enjoys the Arizona desert from horseback with her two horses, Rippy and Miles Davis.
Alexandria Mendoza joined Compass Strategies in 2017 and quickly established herself as one of the most tenacious young lobbyists at the Capitol. Her areas of expertise include law enforcement, transportation, health insurance, housing, and banking and financial services. Alexandria found her passion for politics volunteering for Governor Doug Ducey’s winning 2014 campaign and she worked for two years at the Arizona House of Representatives as a legislative page before joining the Compass Strategies team. Alexandria 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. Alexandria is a graduate of 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. Alexandria lives in Phoenix with her fiancé and their dog, Teddy.
Laddie Guy Shane
Laddie Guy Shane joined Compass Strategies in 2017. While attending Arizona State University, Laddie fell in love with activism and worked on many political races at the local, state, and federal levels. He has worked at all levels of political campaigns including in 2014 as the Statewide Field Director for Mark Brnovich for Attorney General and 2016 as Statewide Field Director for Yes on Prop 123. Laddie assisted in the Arizona Governor-Elect Doug Ducey transition and subsequently served in the Ducey administration from 2015 to 2017. During that time, Laddie worked in many roles in the areas of policy and public relations and in 2017 served as the Director of Constituent Engagement and Appointments, overseeing over 2,000 appointments as well as outreach and services provided to the public by the Governor’s Office and state agencies. Laddie serves as president of the Friends of Saint Patrick Arizona, a non-profit built from the Good Friday Agreement of Northern Ireland that promotes education, tourism, and cross-community relations as well as chairman of The Arc of Tempe, which supports full inclusion while promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Mackenzie Shane joined Compass Strategies as an intern in 2019 and quickly proved her to be asset to Compass Strategies’ clients due to her organizational skills, attention to detail, and knack for policy. She supports the Compass Team with bill tracking, scheduling, event planning, research, reporting, and monitoring all legislative activity and meetings of relevant public bodies. Mackenzie has a passion for social studies and civic engagement and has worked on numerous political campaigns. She also enjoys working with various youth political groups to spread awareness about the importance of being informed and involved at an early age. Mackenzie graduated from the W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in the 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.