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. Kristy is 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, Medi-Cal and California’s transformation of the program through California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), and everything in between. 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 of 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 between two publicly traded companies, 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, counsel on coalition building, grassroots and grass tops 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. Prior to her experience in state government, Kristy was the Public in-house lobbyist for one of the state’s largest non-profit, grassroots organizations, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC).
Kristy completed her undergraduate work at San Diego State University and holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Beyond the time that she invests in work, Kristy focuses her energy on supporting organizations that build community. 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 to support and strengthen families. Kristy lives in East Sacramento with her husband, Kasey, and two young children, Emily, and Jack.