anita estellAnita’s achievements at the national level are unparalleled. As a pioneering principal of the top independent lobbying firm in Washington, DC (Van Scoyoc Associates) and equity owner of the fastest growing law firm in the US (Polsinelli PC), and now President & CEO of the Estell Group, Anita is considered a master operative and continues to reliably demonstrate her bona fides as a tested and successful attorney and federal relations executive.

Estell has been on and around Capitol Hill for more than 30 years, beginning her policy career as a staffer on the House Appropriations Committee appointed by former Congressman Louis Stokes (D-OH). In that role, she managed $1 trillion in congressionally-funded accounts and programs for the District of Columbia, Departments of Energy, Labor, Education, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans’ Affairs, and much more. Following her work on the Appropriations committee, Estell went on to serve in the

Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant to former Education Secretary Richard Riley. As a proven C-suite relationship management executive, Anita enjoys extensive bipartisan relationships, and a comprehensive understanding of the federal policy and procedures most relevant to executive-level leaders and organizations seeking to maximize ROI.

Anita focuses on relationship management, creative strategic counsel, policy development, and foster- ing the important connections that breed client success. Her background as a former appropriations committee staff person and presidential appointee provided the technical skills and platform needed to differentiate her in a competitive marketplace. This experience also prepared her to assist clients with complex policy matters which require a keen understanding of process and policy. Drafting legislative provisions and report language are a particular forte.

Anita has served as lead consultant on teams that helped secure more than $1 billion in funding for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the model light rail system in the US; $2.5 billion in mandatory funding for a coalition of minority-serving institutions; the authorization of disease-specific legislation; enactment of the Civil Rights Congressional Gold Coin Act; the placement of a statue honoring the late Rosa Parks in Statuary Hall of the US Capitol; and $3 million for a Harvard teaching hospital’s acquisition of research equipment. She has helped clients secure more than $20 billion in direct and categorical funding over the course of her career. She is a team player and appreciates collaboration. Anita served as a senior team member working on behalf of Softbank when it acquired 80 percent ownership of Sprint. The deal was valued at $21.6 billion and was designated the Global M & A Deal of the Year by American Lawyer magazine.

Anita is a graduate of the University of Missouri Schools of Journalism and Law, where she is a member of the Order of the Coif and received the Merit of Citation in 2018, the highest honor awarded by the law school.