How to Get a Job On Capitol Hill

Become a Hill Staffer


Friday, June16th , 2017

At – the law office of Nelson Mullin

101 Constitution Ave, NW.   12:00 PM- 1:30 PM








Have you always wanted to work on Capitol Hill? Are you someone who wants to make a difference and shape America’s policy and laws?  Presenters will share their extensive previous and current experiences. You will learn about;

• The hidden job seeking resources
• The importance of networking; and
• The trajectory of a career on Capitol Hill

This is a FREE and widely attended event and lunch will be served. Seating is very limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis! 

RSVP ASAP to reserve your seat.

Liberty and Access For All is leadership incubator for the next generation of leaders from under-represented and communities of color. This Lab would not have been possible but for the generosity of our sponsors at Nelson Mullins especially Christopher T. Cushing,  Managing Director, Federal Strategies Team

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Omar Ashmawy

Omar Ashmawy

Staff Director and Chief Counsel with the Office of Congressional Ethics

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Omar Ashmawy is currently the Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Office of Congressional Ethics (“OCE”), where he advises on complex legal and political issues related to public corruption and compliance with a wide range of federal and state laws and regulations. Mr. Ashmawy also directs investigations into allegations of misconduct by Members, Officers, and employees of the U.S. House of Representatives and supervises the drafting and release of related reports. Immediately prior to joining the OCE, Mr. Ashmawy completed eight years of active duty service in the United States Air Force. Assigned to the Judge Advocate General Corps, he worked as a prosecutor and defense counsel representing both the United States government and military members in a wide range of matters, to include both high-profile and complex litigation. With 100+ criminal trials, including 65+ jury trials, Mr. Ashmawy is a seasoned litigator. In addition, he has extensive experience advising executives (including C-level and C-level equivalents), supervising and training lawyers, conducting sensitive negotiations, and representing entities on a wide spectrum of legal issues including labor, contracts, and national security. His final assignment on active duty was with the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, Office of Military Commissions where he prosecuted U.S. v. Hamdan, the first litigated U.S. war crimes tribunal since World War II. Mr. Ashmawy speaking credits include such institutions as American University, George Washington University Law School, University of Chicago Law School and the University of Colorado Law School, as well as CNN, CBS News, Fox News, and ABC radio. He was included on the National Journal’s 2012 list of Washington, DC’s most powerful and influential individuals 35 and undernt goes here
Nina Smith

Nina Smith

Director of Media Relations - Megaphone Stratagies

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Nina serves as director of media relations at Megaphone Strategies, a social justice, public relations firm chaired by Van Jones, CNN Commentator and President of Dream Corps. Prior, she served as communications director for a youth-focused research and advocacy non-profit called Young Invincibles, based in Washington, D.C. Smith has an extensive political and communications background, helping to build extensive intergovernmental, faith and constituency relationships for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker — a county among the most affluent for African Americans in the U.S. Smith also served in the O’Malley-Brown Administration (from 2007 -2011), where she was Governor O’Malley’s chief spokeswoman during his second term (2014-2015). Additionally, Smith served as deputy press secretary in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration, and worked as publicist at the She’s also served as press secretary for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, under Ranking Committee Member, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). She is a proud graduate of Morgan State University.


Joe Donoghue

Joe Donoghue

Legislative Director for Senator John McCain

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Joe Donoghue is currently the Legislative Director for Senator John McCain, overseeing the development and implementation of the Senator’s legislative agenda in the U.S. Senate.  Additionally, Joe plays an active role in Sen. McCain’s work on the following Senate Committees: Armed Services, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Indian Affairs. Prior to becoming the Legislative Director, Joe served as the Senior Legislative Assistant, advising Senator McCain on a wide range of issues including the budget, the economy, appropriations, earmarks and wasteful spending, housing, gun control, campaign finance reform, and ethics and lobbying reform.  Joe has served on Senator McCain’s staff since 1987, starting when he was a young college student and began working in the Senator’s mailroom.   Joe is a native of Maryland.  He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University and holds a degree in Social and Public Policy.  Joe resides in Arlington, VA.
 Mary Elizabeth Taylor

Mary Elizabeth Taylor

Deputy Director of Nominations.- White House in the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA).

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A D.C. area native, Mary Elizabeth works at the White House in the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA). She works on OLA’s Senate team, running point on all Executive Nominations, as well as advancing the President’s legislative agenda in four Senate committees. Recently, she served as the White House’s lead legislative staffer on Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation. Before the White House, Mary Elizabeth served on U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s floor staff as the Senior Cloakroom Assistant in the Senate Republican Cloakroom. When not running between the White House and the Senate, she’s dancing ballet, traveling Spain, or enjoying a delicate cocktail.

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