Jill Allen Murray
Jill brings more than 15 years of experience on Capitol Hill, political campaigns and nonprofit advocacy to her work as Managing Director at The Sheridan Group. As the leader of the client services team at TSG, Jill is responsible for managing day-to-day operations within the firm, ensuring that client deliverables are achieved and client satisfaction is maintained. In addition to setting the firm’s strategic path, Jill is responsible for her individual client portfolio. Covering issues that range from education to economic development to healthcare to the environment, Jill develops strategy and implements agendas on both the Hill and within the administration. During her time at The Sheridan Group, Jill successfully advocated for funding the Regional Innovation program – the FY2014 Omnibus included this grant line item for the first time ever – and led education groups’ advocacy which garnered an additional criteria in President Obama’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waivers.
Prior to joining The Sheridan Group, Jill served as Congressman Dan Maffei’s (NY-25) Chief of Staff, his senior advisor on legislative affairs, personnel, constituent relations and the advocacy community in Washington DC. During her tenure, the Congressman successfully strengthened and championed the Credit Card Holders’ Bill of Rights; enacted a law ensuring that millions of plastic gift cards would not become waste; adjusted the medical device tax contained in the health care reform law, protecting jobs in Upstate New York; brokered a compromise with leaders on both sides of the aisle to ensure that auto dealers were treated fairly as US auto companies reorganized; and brought home millions in congressionally-directed resources. Jill was also the Congressman’s key staff person covering his work on the Financial Services Committee as Congress enacted an historic and sweeping regulatory reform law.
Prior to her time in Maffei’s office, Jill served on Congressman Russ Carnahan’s (MO-03) legislative staff as Policy Director, covering a wide array of domestic issues that included the Committees on Science and Transportation & Infrastructure. Jill advised Carnahan while he successfully enacted a law permitting land access for local economic development projects and created a new line of national funding for multiple sclerosis (MS) research – both achievements followed a strategic effort to influence the appropriate committees of jurisdiction and the corresponding chairmen.
Jill served on the John Edwards for President Campaign from 2003 to 2004 in Iowa, Tennessee and Ohio and on the Russ Carnahan for Congress campaign in 2004 in Missouri. She worked for NARAL on both the legislative staff, where she lobbied Congress, and political staff, advising on PAC contributions in key races throughout the country.
Jill holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a BA from Colgate University.
Jill is an active participant in the combined efforts of Foundry United Methodist church and Washington Interfaith Network to expand supportive housing in Washington DC to find housing for the chronically homeless. She is also a former reading mentor for EverybodyWINS! DC Power Lunch program.