Polaris Consulting, a leading boutique government relations and legislative strategy firm based in Washington, D.C., announced today that Jon Gans has joined the firm as a principal.
Jon has over a decade of policy experience with the Senate Republican Leadership and in the Bush Administration at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). For the past five years, Jon has worked at a large public affairs and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. where he managed a number of clients representing a broad group of Fortune 100 companies and trade associations on issues including tax, financial services, appropriations, technology, telecommunications, transportation, immigration, and energy. Jon has a proven track record of success through a strong command of the policy, politics and parliamentary rules mastered during his years on Capitol Hill.
“Jon will provide tremendous benefit to Polaris” said Polaris co-founder Bryan Cunningham. “His relationships, policy depth and experience with the inner workings of Capitol Hill at the senior leadership level will give an advantage to our clients.”
Polaris’ Founder, Dan Gans, raised a more personal benefit to Jon Gans joining the firm: “This is a special day for me and our family, not only are we bringing one of the most capable and competent government relations professionals to Polaris, but he also happens to be my brother. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work together with Jon in a professional capacity with the shared goal of providing the best services possible to our clients.”
Dan Gans further added, “I’ve always wanted to find a way to work together with my brother Jon and my current business partner, Bryan Cunningham. The time is finally right not just for us, but also for the clients we serve. The interests of all the parties affected have finally aligned in a way in which Jon, Polaris and our clients will all benefit greatly from Jon joining the firm.”
Said Jon Gans: “I’m excited about the opportunity to join a top-notch boutique firm like Polaris, where every client is a top priority. I am equally excited to team up with two of the hardest working guys in town, my brother, Dan, and Bryan. I look forward to working hard for the firm’s legacy clients, leveraging their talents for my existing clients and working together with my brother on new legislative and regulatory challenges.”
Before moving into government relations, Jon Gans spent more than a decade working at the highest levels of our government, including stints in the Senate Republican Leadership and at the White House. In Jon’s most recent government role as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director to then-Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl, he served as the Senator’s lead policy and legislative strategist. During 2011, he was Kyl’s chief policy advisor to the Biden deficit group, which led to the Budget Control Act and the subsequent Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction better known as the “Super Committee.” Jon represented Senator Kyl in December 2010 negotiations that extended the current “Bush” tax policies that were originally enacted in 2001 and 2003.
Previously, Jon served as the Deputy Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Executive Office of the President for three OMB Directors, Josh Bolten, Rob Portman, and Jim Nussle. In that role, he served as the chief OMB liaison to the U.S. Senate for all OMB-related legislation, regulations, and nominees. Prior to working at OMB, Jon was the Budget Policy Counsel under Senator Kyl when the Senator was Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. Jon also served as legislative counsel to Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.
Jon earned his law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law and did his undergraduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During law school Jon clerked for Judge John L. Kane, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Colorado. Jon is a member of the Colorado and District of Columbia Bars.