Michael Best Strategies has partnered with Wes Skiles, former director of government relations for managed healthcare leader Kaiser Permanente Colorado, to expand the firm’s service offerings in Colorado.

As a senior advisor at Michael Best Strategies, Skiles will offer expertise in lobbying, strategy, research, and will assist clients with legislative and regulatory issues, which may involve Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, as well as state and federal health policy issues that impact Colorado.

“Wes’ passion for politics and public policy is contagious,” said Jeff Thormodsgaard, partner at Michael Best Strategies in Colorado. “He does the hard work to see new regulations through, from ideation to reality. Wes thrives off of the challenge and ultimately the reward of making a positive impact on Colorado.”

Before working with the team at Michael Best Strategies, Wes worked for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, serving more than four years as the Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, and three years as their in-house lobbyist. From 2005 to 2010, he served as the Legislative Director for the House Minority Office, at the state capitol. Before beginning his work at the state capitol, Wes worked as a copy editor for ColoradoBiz, and as a Political Analyst at CBS News4 in Denver.

In addition to working with others at Michael Best Strategies, Skiles will work closely with Jeff Thormodsgaard and Kristine Seymour in developing strategies for healthcare-related organizations in Colorado.

“Michael Best Strategies is leading the way in government relations and business consulting,” said Skiles. “I look forward to joining this highly-respected and unmatched team as we work to bring great ideas to fruition for our clients.”

Outside of the office, Skiles is heavily involved in the community. He serves as the board president of the National Alliance on Mental Health (Arapahoe/Douglas Counties) and has helped a number of well-respected organizations in the past such as Coloradans Protecting Patient Access, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and Colorado Association of Health Plans, just to name a few.