Susan Hirschmann

Board Member

Susan B. Hirschmann became CEO of Williams & Jensen in 2015, after having served as a Principal in the firm since 2002. Williams & Jensen is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 lobby firms and is proud to be one of Washington, D.C.’s oldest independent lobbying firms.

Professional background

Hailed as one of D.C.’s premier lobbyists, Susan has a reputation for effective advocacy and creative strategies. She has helped clients achieve success on issues ranging from health care and taxation to financial services, transportation, education, and appropriations. Whether it was working with a client to secure tax permanency for 529 education savings accounts, which was the first Bush Era tax cut to be made permanent; running the coalition to pass Medicare Part D; securing a rare Jones Act Waiver; or securing funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) after it had been removed from the President’s budget; Susan’s ability to win on tough issues is why her clients believe that there is no one better at “snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat.”

Additionally, Susan brings a breadth of expertise in third-party coalition building and grassroots organizing. Her experience in state, local, and national youth politics and her years spent working for a national activist women’s organization gave her the background to found Integrated Legislative Strategies – an organization which pairs grassroots programs with legislative strategy, and where she oversees dozens of field staff across the country and works to build successful coalitions.

Prior to joining Williams & Jensen, Susan was Chief of Staff to the Majority Whip of the House of Representatives. During her time working for House Leadership, she worked with Congress and the White House to develop and execute strategy on major trade, health care, and tax issues. This experience gave her an intimate understanding of and ability to advise clients on the intricacy of the inner workings of the Hill.

Susan has been recognized for her achievements in D.C. She has been named her one of D.C.’s top lobbyists, one of the most powerful women in Washington, and one of the top 100 most highly regarded staffers on Capitol Hill.

She is also a strong voice on behalf of women, having served as one of three U.S. delegates to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in 2005, and having written an essay for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics’ book: Skirting Tradition: Women in Politics Speak to the Next Generation, while serving as a visiting fellow. She frequently speaks and serves on panels promoting women.