Raleigh, NC – Michael Best Strategies is expanding its Government Relations team in North Carolina in advance of the state legislative session. New hires Kari Barsness and Anna Scott Marsh have joined the team as Principals to provide a broader base of support for government relations clients.

The team is led by Former Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina and Michael Best Strategies Senior Advisor, Dan Forest, who offered this statement, “We are committed to building a team to expand influence in key government sectors for the benefit of Michael Best clients. Kari and Anna Scott are strong additions who will advance our client’s interests and initiatives among decision makers in Raleigh.”

With more than 20 years of experience in public policy and government relations, Kari Barsness will employ her bipartisan relationships to advise Michael Best clients on how best to achieve their objectives in key industry sectors including healthcare, environment and natural resources, and education.

In addition to leveraging her experience in North Carolina politics and fundraising to help clients achieve their objectives, Anna Scott Marsh will bring her expertise across a broad range of sectors including agriculture, food and beverage, environment, healthcare, tax, technology, law enforcement, and local governments.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our government relations practice in North Carolina,” said Michael Best’s North Carolina Managing Partner, Andy Jones. “Kari and Anna Scott bring outstanding experience and industry expertise that will translate into results for our clients. We are pleased to expand our ability to solve problems and create value for our clients in North Carolina through this bi-partisan, full-service government relations team.”

Michael Best is a full-service law firm with more than 350 lawyers and technical professionals who work in collaborative, interdisciplinary practices to serve clients around the world. An affiliate of the firm, Michael Best Strategies, helps clients navigate the intersection of business and government by providing a full range of services across four primary areas: Governmental Affairs, Public Affairs and Communications, Business and Community Solutions, and cultivation of Strategic Political Relationships.

In addition to the client service offerings of Strategies, the NC Government Relations team provides expertise specific to the North Carolina market, leveraging extensive experience, knowledge, and local connections to help clients achieve their objectives.

Michael Best Strategies (Strategies) helps companies accelerate their success through a combination of strategic business consulting, lobbying, government relations, public affairs, and communications. The firm has thrived by providing a diverse team of professionals with the experience, skills, and relationships necessary to help each client achieve their goals more quickly and fully.
Bio Link Kari has more than 20 years of experience in public policy and government relations in North Carolina. Throughout her career, she has represented state agencies, private companies, trade organizations, and not-for-profits before the North Carolina General Assembly. She has experience across many industry sectors, including healthcare, environment and natural resources, and education, among others. Expertise: Government Relations, Policy Advocacy, Legislative and Regulatory Process, Relationship Building, Stakeholder Engagement
Bio Link Anna Scott is a Principal on Michael Best Strategies’ Government Relations team. Based in Raleigh, Anna Scott leverages her experience in North Carolina politics and fundraising to help clients achieve their objectives. Expertise: Agriculture Food & Beverage, Energy & Environment, Healthcare, and Tax