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Stephanie Baucus

Stephanie Baucus
Vice President of Government & Public Affairs
General Counsel

Stephanie Baucus is the Vice President of Government & Public Affairs and General Counsel for Perennial Strategy Group. Ms. Baucus advises the firm's clients in their external affairs, manages relationships with government officials, assists clients with their corporate communications and public affairs, develops strategic community affairs and social responsibility programs for clients, builds strategic coalitions, and coordinates philanthropic events. Ms. Baucus represents clients in their work with the federal government, state and local leaders, community partners, industry groups, corporate peers, and the nonprofit community. As an attorney, Ms. Baucus brings to Perennial Strategy Group over a decade of experience in community and government affairs, public engagement, legal representation and advocacy, legal representation and advocacy, compliance and human resources, public policy and government service, political and issue campaign work, event development, and nonprofit service. Ms. Baucus also leads the firm’s work in human resource and diversity training, particularly in teaching courses on unconscious and implicit bias.

Prior to joining Perennial Strategy Group, Ms. Baucus served as an Associate Director at the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on intergovernmental relations and public engagement. At the Department, Ms. Baucus supported the White House and agency leadership through outreach, relationship building, and advocacy efforts with state and local governments, other federal agencies, external constituency groups, and the public. In particular, Ms. Baucus served as the Attorney General's principal representative to state legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and to county officials and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Further, Ms. Baucus worked closely with a number of national groups like the American Bar Association, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In her work with these and other external constituency groups, Ms. Baucus worked on a number of key federal policy issues, including civil rights, immigration, judicial nominations and executive appointments, attorney client privilege, juvenile justice, human trafficking, federal sentencing and corrections policy, indigent defense, wrongful convictions, mental health care, federal grants, and federal diversity initiatives.

Before serving with the federal government, Ms. Baucus practiced law in Washington, DC for more than seven years, where she focused on corporate criminal investigations and litigation, corporate compliance planning, international civil litigation and appeals, regulatory affairs and proceedings, and legislative matters. Ms. Baucus represented corporate, individual, foreign sovereign, municipal, and pro bono clients in matters involving government contracts, international trade, banking, healthcare, energy trading, insurance regulation, mortgage lending, bankruptcy, antitrust, disability benefits, transportation and aviation, criminal and civil fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the FCPA) and other securities laws, and food and product safety.

Ms. Baucus brings bipartisan federal campaign, political, grassroots, and nonprofit leadership experience to Perennial Strategy Group, having served as a volunteer for U.S. Senator Max Baucus’s (D-MT) reelection campaign, as an intern on Capitol Hill for Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), as an intern on the local staff for U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN), and as a grassroots coordinator in Virginia with the Obama for America Campaign. Following the 2008 election, she helped to transition the DC for Obama organization into a service and advocacy organization, as a Co-Chair of the group’s Organizational Structure Committee.

Ms. Baucus is actively involved in the DC and Montana philanthropic communities. She has served as a leader and fundraiser with a number of national and local nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping at-risk children and adolescents, reducing homelessness, supporting victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, fighting heart disease, providing access to the arts, celebrating Montana’s history, and cleaning up the National Mall. She actively participates in Montana politics as well, helping an election observer, supporting civic organizations, and hosting fundraising events for Governor Steve Bullock, Forward Montana, and Carol’s List.

Ms. Baucus received her B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Emory University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was honored with a national Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service in her junior year. She later earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Ms. Baucus was raised in Texas and Tennessee, and she lives with her husband Zeno and daughter Isabella in Billings, MT and Washington, DC.