Elshami, Nadeam A.

Chief of Staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Communications Director and Senior Advisor for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Senior Communications Advisor for Assistant Democratic Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Deputy Press Secretary to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

A formidable voice in the most important policy debates of the last decade, Nadeam Elshami leverages his insights on policy, politics, communications and navigating Washington in crafting legislative solutions for his clients.

Formerly chief of staff for then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), his 25-year career on the Hill is punctuated by a collection of achievements fueled by his expertise in negotiating policy on behalf of Democratic leadership and in forming the bipartisan relationships that helped move key pieces of legislation through a gridlocked Congress.  During his time with Leader Pelosi, Nadeam oversaw every aspect of policy, communications, operations and member relations. He previously served as her communications director and senior advisor working on messaging around the successful passage of the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and other historic legislation.

Prior to joining Brownstein, Nadeam was an executive vice president at a D.C.-based public affairs firm. He was named a spring 2018 fellow at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, is included in Politico’s Playbook Power List of the 30 most powerful people and groups in Trump’s Washington and is a regular CNN contributor.

Previous Experience

Chief of Staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Communications Director and Senior Advisor for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Senior Communications Advisor for Assistant Democratic Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Deputy Press Secretary to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Representative Matters
  • Provide strategic political communications advice to a top hospitality company on a variety of issues that resonate with Congress. These issues range from the efforts to stop human trafficking to sustainability.

  • Represented a major healthcare company facing intense scrutiny from a senior senator and subcommittee chair sitting on committees of jurisdiction in the House and Senate. This action threatened the reputation of the company and posed the real possibility of future congressional hearings. Brownstein deployed a strategic and targeted education campaign to mitigate the crisis and helped draft messaging for engaging members of Congress.

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Board Member, Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition

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Education
    • B.A., University of Evansville