Full Name
Melissa Schakowsky
Job Title
Director of Government Affairs
Ambassadors Group
Speaker Bio
Serving as the Director of Government Affairs at The Ambassadors Group, Ms. Schakowsky is responsible for the management and day-to-day oversight of ongoing advocacy-related projects. Working alongside members, she supervises the legislative agendas to further advance government relations strategies and ensure skilled nursing facility operators can continually provide patients with proper long term care.

Ms. Schakowsky previously worked at noted Chicago government affairs firm, S4 Group, joining in 2014 as the Director of Government Affairs, and swiftly rising to the role of Director of Operations. She interacted with elected officials, regulators and providers, while overseeing the policy research process, the creation of policy memos, and the drafting of legislation.

As Chief of Staff to a former Illinois state legislator, Ms. Schakowsky oversaw the office’s legislative agenda and staff while regularly meeting with constituents and advocacy groups. She worked on a variety of legislation during her time in this role including a bill to strengthen protections for sexual assault survivors seeking medical services and legislation to streamline behavioral health resources statewide.

Ms. Schakowsky holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Miami, and a Master’s of Arts in Public Administration and Public Policy (MPPA) from Northwestern University. She resides in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago and is an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Melissa Schakowsky