Profile of Sarah Strong-Belisle - Cook Girard - Government Affairs, Lobbying and Grassroots Management

Sarah Strong-Belisle - Director of Government Affairs
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Sarah Strong-Belisle joined Cook Girard Associates in late 2000, fresh from earning her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duke University. Strong-Belisle has exhibited a natural talent for effective legislative advocacy and has worked her way up the government affairs ladder to her current position. 

Strong-Belisle has significant experience crafting legislative strategies and legislation, especially in the areas of commerce, workforce development, and information privacy. Over the last decade she has gained a working knowledge on a variety of business and governmental issues, frequently leading ad hoc coalitions on complex issues. She is also known for her ability as a tough negotiator on behalf of clients, working tirelessly to achieve consensus among diverse groups on controversial issues. Strong-Belisle is also a gifted writer – her updates combine her with a unique political insight and are a favorite among clients.

A proven leader both inside the capitol and out, in April 2011 Strong-Belisle was named “#1 Rising Lobbyist” in a Politics in Minnesota survey of a bipartisan group of legislators, lobbyists and staff. She is wrapping up eight years of service on the Minnesota Government Relations Council Board of Directors, where she was selected by her peers to serve in a variety of leadership roles, including Board President in 2014.While in MGRC leadership, Strong-Belisle was the point person for the lobbying community on the significant Capitol renovation project and worked to ensure continued public access to the legislative process during construction. Strong-Belisle also had the honor of serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Violence Center, a Twin Cities’ crisis assistance and advocacy organization for victims of sexual violence. A proud Youth in Government (YIG) alum, she has also served on the YIG Alumni and Communications Committee.
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