Kristy Wiese, a partner with Capitol Advocacy, brings over twenty five years of experience in both public and private interests to her diverse array of clients. She co-chairs the Firm’s significant healthcare practice. An expert in policy impacting the healthcare delivery system and associated issues, ranging from hospital operations to provider scope of practice, reimbursement, government and commercial coverage, and everything in between, Kristy’s ability to tackle complex issues gets results for the firm’s clients. Additionally, her experience and relationships within the Legislature and State government enable her to combine access with strategic advice that enables organizations to advance their policy objectives.
Kristy’s deep-rooted knowledge of clients’ issues and keen understanding of what drives California’s political structure has proven successful as she has navigated some the state’s most challenging issues in the past decade. In 2020, Kristy successfully led a coalition of over 80 organizations advocating for a landmark change in how nurse practitioners practice in California, which after being signed into law by Governor Newsom will expand access to healthcare throughout the state. She also successfully navigated a corporate merger, a transaction which required both regulatory and legislative approval. Partnering with the client’s legal team, Kristy helped lead the advocacy strategy to secure support of the transaction, working on parallel tracks engaging the Legislature and key stakeholders while supporting the team that was negotiating legal agreements as conditions of approval.
Kristy’s unique and intuitive approach provides clients with strategic advice that gets results. Along with developing public affairs strategies for clients, many of whom are Fortune 500 companies, her analytical, problem-solving and communication skills and counsel on coalition building, community-level grassroots outreach, and strategy for facilitating bipartisan relationship building with policy makers is a winning combination for the firm’s clients.
Kristy’s experience as a key official and decision-maker within former Governor Gray Davis’ administration provides unique insights to clients seeking experienced advocates to lobby on behalf of regulatory issues at every level of government. Along with her expansive network within Sacramento’s political landscape, she also has advocated for clients before local governments, including the City of Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties.
Prior to her experience in state government, Kristy was the Public Affairs Director for one of the state’s largest non-profit, grassroots organizations, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC). At PPAC she was responsible for developing and supervising the grassroots advocacy efforts of the organization, candidate endorsements, lobbying the Legislature and the Executive Branch of government, and representing the organization in a number of statewide coalitions.
Kristy completed her undergraduate work at San Diego State University and holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Kristy serves on the Board of Directors for Fairytale Town, one of Sacramento’s most beloved institutions, a commitment that reflects her passion for the organization’s mission of promoting the imagination, creativity and education of children. She also serves on the Board of the Friends of the Crisis Nurseries, an auxiliary of the Sacramento Children’s Home. The auxiliary works to enable the work of the crisis nurseries and the families they support. She lives in East Sacramento with her husband, Kasey and two young children, Emily and Jack.