No. 96: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

96. Shari McHugh

McHugh Koepke & Associates — made up of Shari McHugh, spouse Gavin, and partner Dawn Koepke — is a small but potent lobbying firm. They have a  lengthy client list that includes a number of insurers: Hartford; the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors of California; and the Pacific Association of Domestic Insurance Companies. McHugh has a history with the insurance industry. She served as senior vice president of the Coalition of California Insurance Professionals and senior vice president of the Professional Insurance Agents. But MKA also counts UBER, CCPOA, the American Beverage Association, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and the Shell Oil Company among their many clients. The firm was started in 2000 by Gavin McHugh; spouse Shari joined in 2003. Together, they contributed a section on small lobbying firms to a new book on the lobbying profession, A Practitioner’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy in California, which was published in 2020.

Updated Aug. 25, 2o21

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