Santarsiero to join MAD Global’s growing Trenton lobbying operations

MAD Global Strategy, the public affairs firm founded by Mike DuHaime, on Wednesday announced that New Jersey Department of Transportation legislative liaison Nancy Santarsiero has joined the firm as a director.

Santarsiero will be part of MAD Global’s Trenton lobbying operation.

“We are so pleased to welcome Nancy to our growing team,” DuHaime said. “She has a proven track record in state government from her time in the (Gov. Phil) Murphy administration, and her expertise will drive meaningful change for our clients.”

“Nancy brings meaningful, firsthand experience in government and politics that will help our clients navigate the ever-changing public affairs landscape here in New Jersey,” Laura Matos, partner, MAD Global, said.

While at NJDOT, Santarsiero coordinated closely with legislators and legislative staff, advancing the department’s legislative initiatives and other interests relating to New Jersey Legislature.

Prior to NJDOT, Santarsiero served as policy coordinator for education, labor & workforce development for the Governor’s Office, where she oversaw Murphy’s policy priorities and department initiatives while also working closely with the communications team on external messaging. She served as political coordinator on Murphy for Governor 2021. Prior to Murphy’s reelection campaign, Santarsiero worked as policy director for former Hudson County Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti.

“Nancy is a great addition to the team,” Justin Braz, managing director, MAD Global, said. “During our time at NJDOT and in the Governor’s Office, Nancy was a true professional who effectively worked with legislators and stakeholders, skillfully navigating the complexities of government. We are excited to have her on the team, and we look forward to leveraging her skills as we continue to advocate for positive change.”

Santarsiero is also well-established in Pennsylvania politics, particularly in Bucks County and the greater Philadelphia area. She has a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Boston University and served as the president of Boston University College Democrats.