Barbara Sutton is recognized as one of the most accomplished lobbyists in Washington, D.C., having achieved outstanding success on behalf of some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious universities, hospitals, health systems, foundations and municipalities. Ms. Sutton has over 20 years of combined experience working in the federal government and in government affairs. At Cassidy & Associates, Ms. Sutton excels in navigating the intricacies of the federal government both in Congress and within the executive branch agencies. Over the years, she has effectively leveraged this experience on behalf of some of the firm’s most important and longest standing clients by successfully identifying creative opportunities and solving problems related to her client’s strategic planning needs and goals. Ms. Sutton’s accomplishments are grounded in the kind of first-hand experience that comes only from working at the highest level of Congress in the office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Sutton served as Director of Scheduling for the late Speaker of the House, Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr., (D-MA) until 1987 when she joined Cassidy & Associates. In the Speaker’s office, she was responsible for negotiating and implementing the Speaker’s legislative and political calendar. She also served in that capacity as a liaison to House and Senate leadership offices, Congressional committee chairmen, foreign government officials, Administration officials, and members of the national press corps. Her Congressional experience allowed her daily or weekly interaction with nearly every office in the House of Representatives, Senate and the executive branch, providing her with access to a diverse and bi-partisan political and legislative network in Washington. A native of Boston, Ms. Sutton is a graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.