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Stephanie Missert is an Associate and Manager of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at The Ferguson Group. She serves as a federal legislative analyst and advocate for the firm, specializing in federal funding, policy and regulations for public, private and nonprofit clients. She is part of several TFG issue area Practice Groups, including Water Resources, Flood Issues, Environment and Sustainability, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Stephanie concentrates in the identification of federal, state and foundation funding opportunities, and is dedicated to ensuring local resources are used effectively to achieve local priorities. Stephanie has worked with TFG’s Grants Team to apply for and secure federal grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Stephanie worked with TFG’s Grants Practice to develop the TFG Grant Funding Guide, a report TFG provides to clients which evaluates potential funding opportunities for identified projects.
Stephanie also often serves as the project coordinator and lead researcher for major technical and legislative analyses undertaken for clients and TFG-managed coalitions. Stephanie has worked to develop comprehensive demographic and economic reports for TFG municipal clients, primarily based on industry cluster analysis, to inform planning and policy decisions at local and regional levels. Stephanie also has experience writing model municipal ordinances and local and federal legislation.
In addition to her role at TFG, Stephanie works as the Policy Advisor for the Agricultural Floodplain Management Alliance (AFMA), a coalition dedicated to ensuring that agricultural areas and rural communities are not negatively impacted by federal floodplain management policy, particularly communities in California’s Central Valley. She is also the Coalition Coordinator for the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC), a group of mayors from manufacturing communities across the country that is dedicated to promoting and expanding American manufacturing.
Prior to joining The Ferguson Group, Stephanie worked for United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the western New York regional office. Stephanie graduated magna cum laude from Niagara University with her B.A. in History and Minor in Economics, focusing on late 20th century American domestic and foreign policy. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.