Danielle McBeth, Alcalde & Fay Partner, has over a decade of government affairs and media relations experience advocating on behalf of corporate, public, and education clients. After only five years with the firm, she became the youngest African-American woman to become a partner in an established independent government affairs practice. She has substantial experience working with the Administration and Congress on behalf of the firm's many local government and education clients.
Ms. McBeth has worked on behalf of a portfolio of clients with issues related to transportation, economic development, infrastructure, education, technology, and immigration. She has successfully led the lobbying efforts of coalitions and organizations before Congress to amend and promote broad national policies. Her achievements include securing Federal grants and legislative appropriations for educational institutions and local governments for water and wastewater infrastructure, roadways, law enforcement technology, and marine science research. Ms. McBeth has also been active in the firm's grass-roots communications and education campaigns.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McBeth served as press secretary for the Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability where she was responsible for coordinating media relations between campaign and media entities statewide. She also served as the information specialist for Florida State University's Center for Professional Development, coordinating publicity and promotions at the state, national, and international levels. Ms. McBeth began her career working for several newspapers including the New York Times Regional Newspapers, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and the Tallahassee Democrat.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida A&M University where she received the "Outstanding Senior in Newspaper Journalism Award" for her work at The FAMUAN from the Dean of Journalism and her professors. While continuing her career as a lobbyist, Ms. McBeth also obtained a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law. She currently serves as Vice President of the Washington Government Relations Group and is a member of the American League of Lobbyists.