Michelle Kussow spent 25 years as an executive in a statewide retail trade association, while also founding and managing an association management and legislative consulting firm. As the Executive Vice President for the Wisconsin Grocers Association, Michelle served as the association’s chief lobbyist and also managed many of the association operations. In this capacity, Michelle was responsible for numerous legislative victories, creating a strong grassroots network and raising a significant amount of political action funds.
In addition to her role at the Wisconsin Grocers Association, Michelle was a founding partner in The Capitol Group, a “hands-on” consulting, lobbying and public relations firm. Since 2002, The Capitol Group has provided numerous services to hundreds of clients including: monitoring statutory or regulatory changes or problems on behalf of their clients; drafting and reviewing legislation; legislative intelligence gathering; strategic and political guidance; assisting clients develop and manage grassroots campaigns; securing public funding and maintaining day-to-day contact with legislators, government leaders and staff.
Prior to becoming a lobbyist, Michelle worked with the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) on the Wisconsin Business Network (WBN), a comprehensive legislative tracking service; and worked at the Wisconsin Department of Commerce in the Bureau of Business Finance. Kussow’s legislative experience came from working in the Wisconsin State Legislature as a legislative aide and as a consultant on a statewide U.S. Senate race.