Gregg Hartley serves as Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Husch Blackwell Strategies with forty years of insider experience at all levels of government and politics. He’s been recognized as one of the “Top Hired Guns” in Washington by The Hill newspaper in its exclusive list of the best lobbyists in D.C. His success and proven leadership includes managing a House leadership office, guiding one of Washington’s premier lobbying firms, devising political tactics, shepherding political campaigns and deploying successful legislative strategies.
Gregg provides his clients with a connection to a broad number of key Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate. He was the senior staffer and advisor for eighteen years to U.S. House of Representative Roy Blunt (R-MO), the former Republican Whip of the US House of Representatives. As Chief of Staff to the Whip, he was part of the leadership staff who worked for the then Speaker, Majority Leader, Conference Chair, and seven other leadership offices. From the Republican Whip Office, Gregg directed coalition efforts, working with outside groups in “grow the vote” activities.
Gregg founded the federal lobbying firm Cloakroom Advisors LLC in 2014 after serving for over a decade as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Cassidy & Associates, one of the oldest and largest federal lobbying firms in the United States. At Cassidy, Gregg directed the efforts of thirty-five government affairs professionals and oversaw the professional services rendered to the firm’s many clients. He led teams serving commerce, transportation and financial services clients, including organizations such as The Walt Disney Company, AT&T, Verizon, Bell South, Eagle Picher, Expedia, Cerner, Emerson Electric/Liebert Power, American Airlines, and The Doe Run Company. He was highly involved in representing the firm’s international and foreign affairs clients including One Laptop Per Child, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Equatorial Guinea, the Economic Ministry of the Federation of Russia, and a range of clients in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Russia. He remains of counsel to Cassidy & Associates.
Gregg holds a degree in Economics and Urban/Regional Planning. He has also studied public administration, planning and business at the graduate level.
Gregg worked in then-Governor John Ashcroft’s Administration, as Blunt’s senior political aide in the Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, and in the first term of the Reagan Administration for a quasi-public agency, the Legal Services Corporation, as Director of Field Services. He also has worked in the banking, mortgage and securities sectors for local and national institutions. Early in his career, he led programs for Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri, Southwest Missouri Office on Aging and the Springfield Missouri Police Department.