Stacey Barrack recently joined California Strategies as an associate with more than 10 years of campaign management and government affairs advocacy experience. For more than a decade, Ms. Barrack has worked in campaigns and public affairs, focusing on grassroots mobilization, public policy and legislative advocacy.
Ms. Barrack assists clients throughout the legislative and rule-making process, focusing on IT infrastructure, technology & cybersecurity issues, health care policy and the biopharmaceutical & life sciences industries. At California Strategies, she applies this experience to help clients effectively navigate the legislative process – through direct and indirect advocacy – as well as develops and executes public affairs strategies to assist clients with coalition building and grassroots advocacy, focusing on advancing legislative priorities and public policy. She manages a range of programs, from federal and international collaborations to local event management, message development, government relations, strategic communications, and issue advocacy.
Ms. Barrack began her career in political campaigns, where she gained invaluable knowledge of the importance of market research, strategic message development and grassroots advocacy to shape political discourse and advance public policy. Her campaign experience ranges from local candidate campaigns to nationally targeted federal races to state-wide issue and ballot initiatives.
After a decade working on political campaigns, Ms. Barrack pivoted to the public policy arena, where she served as the Senior Director of Public Policy for the Internet Security Alliance, working with the White House, Department of Homeland Security and both Chambers of Congress to develop guidelines and partnerships to advance market-based approaches to cybersecurity and technology issues. In this role, she worked closely with regulatory agencies and the private sector to establish guidelines for effective public-private partnerships in data analytics and cybersecurity, as well as collaborated with the National Association of Corporate Directors, the private sector and international non-profits and governments to produce corporate guidance for boards of directors on how to address cybersecurity and data privacy concerns at the board level. Ms. Barrack also worked with educational institutions, such as Carnegie Mellon and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, to develop cybersecurity and risk mitigation and management courses for corporate boards.
Ms. Barrack then joined Howard Consulting Group, Inc. as its Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, where she expanded her issue portfolio to include biopharmaceuticals, life science and healthcare issue advocacy. She developed and implemented strategic advocacy and communications campaigns to support highly visible clients. She mobilized multiple grassroots initiatives to conduct outreach to Congressional, Senatorial, gubernatorial, and state legislators in support of client public policy agendas while successfully driving team development and growth internally.
Ms. Barrack received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and her Master’s in Political Management & Public Advocacy from The George Washington University. She also holds a certification in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon University and has been invited by The Leadership Institute to be a guest trainer on grassroots mobilization, campaign field operations and fundraising, providing insight on effective community outreach strategies. She currently resides in Washington, DC.