Mary Kate McLaughlin

Senior Government Relations Director


Mary Kate McLaughlin helps corporate clients navigate challenges and seize opportunities that emerge at the intersection of their businesses and government activity. Clients enlist her to monitor and prepare for legislative developments and advance their goals through government and policy advocacy and interactions with regulatory bodies. As a former senior operative in state government and as an in-house government and public affairs manager, Mary Kate is skilled at developing and advocating for corporate policy agendas and monitoring legislative and regulatory developments that impact clients’ businesses.

Government Experience

Prior to joining the district policy group, Mary Kate served in the administrations of Delaware Governor Jack Markell and his predecessor, Governor Ruth Ann Miner. In various roles, including chief of staff for the Delaware Department of Education, Mary Kate helped shape policy at the highest levels, worked directly with legislators to advance agency and administration initiatives and communicated with federal agencies and national organizations to monitor emerging issues.

Government Relations and Public Policy Advocacy

Mary Kate earlier served as public policy manager for a national pharmaceutical company, where she managed U.S. government affairs for the consumer health care division. In this role, she worked directly with business unit heads and executive leadership to track emerging issues, measure their business impact and develop responsive strategies.

Mary Kate also served as the government and public affairs specialist for an international energy corporation, where she monitored state-level legislative and regulatory issues to identify impacts to the company. She represented the corporation to community groups, developed strategic alliances and managed community relationships and issues.



University of Delaware
B.A. (1994)

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