Political communicator. Democratic leadership navigator. Steadfast hand during a crisis.
Nadeam Elshami served for 25 years in Congress, beginning his career in the Senate mailroom and departing as chief of staff to former House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He successfully negotiated historic legislation on behalf of Democratic leadership by developing sound policy and deft messaging, and by leveraging his bicameral, bipartisan relationships. Today, Nadeam serves as the managing director of the firm's Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the Government Relations Department. He remains front and center in the nation’s most pressing policy debates, navigating complex caucus politics to thread the needle on issues related to health care, emerging technology, energy, transportation and infrastructure.
Understanding that no policy issue occurs in a vacuum, Nadeam deploys strategies that capitalize on the pressure points that exist between Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue, and he works to activate key legislators who influence White House policy. He builds diverse coalitions of support for clients among committee chairs and party leaders in Congress and with senior political appointees in the Biden administration, many of whom are former colleagues. He often calibrates advocacy and public relations strategies, partnering with Inside the Beltway think tanks and media organizations to create echo chambers of support that reverberate back to key policymakers.
Nadeam previously served as former-Leader Pelosi’s communications director. Prior, he served as senior communications advisor to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), deputy chief of staff and communications director to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and deputy press secretary to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).