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Monique C. Field-Foster

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Biography

Monique Field-Foster concentrates her practice on all facets of government affairs, including policy strategy and development, analysis and drafting of legislation, legislative events, state procurement and other advocacy initiatives. An experienced lobbyist and policy analyst, Monique has nearly 20 years of experience in government affairs.
 
Her experience includes five years as the Assistant Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Office of Governmental Affairs, where she designed and implemented programs to educate and inform MSU constituencies, encouraging state and local officials to invest in MSU higher education initiatives; as director of government affairs for the Department of Management and Budget, as deputy director of legislative affairs for the Office of the Governor and as a legislative policy analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives. Most recently, Monique served as Deputy Legal Counsel for the Whitmer Transition Team and provided legal counsel for all aspects of the transition and legislative agenda. Her work included:

 

  • Helping to implement policy agenda and initiatives
  • Advocating for support of minority and women owned businesses
  • Crafting executive directives
  • Forging relationships with state department directors
  • Providing feedback regarding the legal implications of policy initiatives
  • Interviewing potential cabinet directors and staff
  • Helping shape state procurement policies to benefit businesses located in Opportunity and HUB zones

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School J.D. 1996
  • Michigan State University B.S. 1992

Admitted

  • 1997, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Former Member of the Michigan State Bar Representative Assembly

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School - Created and taught course on legislative process

Experience

  • Negotiated over $40M in Capital outlay renovation and maintenance projects through addition of Jackson community college in Joint Capital Outlay budgets two out of three years in a row
  • Planned legislative event for NY private equity firm to promote public private partnership relationships in MI and to educate and develop relationships with Department Directors, the Governor’s office and the Legislature
  • Negotiated $120M multiple year contract with Department of Management and Budget for Accenture
  • Negotiated $100M contract extension for Ingenix United Healthcare with Department of Management and Budget and developed strategic plan to position client for winning bid in data warehouse contract
  • Worked with Governor’s office, Legislature, Attorney General’s Office and State Departments on joint projects, legislative proposals and programs that impact DMB’s priorities; Responsible for legislative and legal oversight of DMB’s agenda to promote and implement projects, draft legislative analysis, review contracts, and create and implement policy for the Department, its Agencies, Boards and Commissions, including the Michigan State Fair, Office of the Children’s Ombudsman, Veteran’s Memorial Commission and the Law Enforcement Memorial Commission
  • Worked with Legislature, Governor’s Legal Counsel and various interests groups to craft legislation enabling transfer of Michigan State Fairgrounds from Department of Agriculture to Department of Management and Budget
  • Successfully developed and implemented strategy for legislative approval of construction of the new Michigan State Police Headquarters
  • Mediated landlord contract disputes between Department of Management and Budget Real Estate Division constituent landlords and key state officials
  • Responsible for relationship development between Department of Management and Budget staff and Legislative members of Joint Capital Outlay committee

Honors & Awards

  • Council of State Government Henry Toll Fellow
  • Big Ten Academic Alliance Leadership Fellow

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