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Husch Blackwell Strategies: Matt Hauser and Rachel Vander Wiele join Husch Blackwell Strategies

Madison, Wis. – Husch Blackwell Strategies Wisconsin (HBS WI) today announced the addition of Matt Hauser and Rachel Vander Wiele to the company’s Government Affairs team. Matt joins the office as Director, bringing over two decades of experience in public policy, lobbying and executive leadership. Rachel Vander Wiele will assume the role of Client Services Associate. Rachel is a Capitol veteran, having served ten years on the staff of the Senate and Assembly.

Matt will continue his role as President and CEO of the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (WPMCA), a statewide association, where he worked on public policy and state regulatory issues. and the federal government for more than 500 independent petroleum traders in the state.

HBS President Andy Blunt said, “HBS is heavily invested in Wisconsin, which is why we are proud to have the addition of Matt and Rachel to the team and the valuable skills they bring. Matt and Rachel join a talented team that includes Mike Rogowski, Nathan Halbach and Annette Cruz.

Matt said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the HBS team. I look forward to being part of a company that does innovative work in government affairs for its clients, while increasing value-added services for the WPMCA and its members.

Prior to joining WPMCA and becoming President and CEO in 2008, Matt served on the political teams of two Governors. Matt maintains an active involvement with numerous professional and service organizations, including the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists (2018 President), Conference of Retail Associations, Tourism Federation of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Civil Justice Council.

Rachel worked on a variety of issues while at the capital, including staffing a senator and a representative through four biennial budget cycles. She has taken the lead in developing and guiding complex policy initiatives throughout the legislative process by collaborating with other legislators and staff and various state agencies and stakeholders.

Matt and Rachel join Mike Rogowski, Nathan Halbach and Annette Cruz at the Madison HBS office.

“Matt brings with him an in-depth knowledge of association management, as well as tax and regulatory expertise at the local, state and federal levels of government. It also excels in its ability to build and strengthen coalitions with other organizations serving small businesses,” said Mike Rogowski, Managing Director of HBS WI. “Matt and Rachel’s experience and connections at Capitol Hill will greatly benefit our clients in achieving their goals.”

In addition to its Wisconsin office, Husch Blackwell Strategies has offices in the state capital in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and a federal practice group in Washington. , DC