Kate M. Merrill

Public Affairs Advisor


Kate Merrill is a public affairs advisor with Foley & Lardner LLP and supports the firm’s Government Solutions Practice Group with research, communications, advocacy and compliance work, while acting as the Foley PAC assistant treasurer. Kate has a decade of experience supporting nonprofit organizations with federal grassroots advocacy, development and event planning.

Prior to joining Foley, Kate worked at Soapbox Consulting for eight years and led successful advocacy days for over 80 non-profit organizations, trade associations and corporations on an annual or biannual basis. Just a few such organizations include the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American College of OBGYNs, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, American Academy of Neurology, College of American Pathologists, American Nurses Association, National Down Syndrome Society, Fragile X, American Physical Therapy Association and the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. She scheduled hundreds of bipartisan, bicameral meetings yearly with every member of Congress, and trained thousands of advocates on their issues, logistics and how to have a successful meeting with a member of Congress.

Kate is the President of the Marquette Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, where she represents over 2,000 alumni in the second largest alumni club operated through Marquette University. She hosts regular events at the Les Aspin Center for Government, and engages alumni through a networking program she created. She also sits on the board of the Young Alumni Leadership Council for her alma mater, where she advocates the needs of young alumni to the university.

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Beyond MU: CIRCLES – Recent Grads Cohort,” Marquette University Alumni & Friends (September 22, 2020)
  • Presenter, “Lobbying During Lockdown- Federal Advocacy During COVID-19,” National Water Resources Association (May 28, 2020)


  • Marquette University (B.A.)
    • Studied political science and French
  • Georgetown University (graduate certificate)


Relevant Highlights: Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
15 April 2021
Health Care Law Today
Understanding the Four Goals of Biden’s “American Rescue Plan”
12 February 2021
Coronavirus Resource Center:Back to Business
Federal COVID Relief Bill passed by Congress - December 2020
22 December 2020
Coronavirus Resource Center:Back to Business
Bipartisan-Bicameral Omnibus COVID Relief Deal: Top Ten Takeaways
21 December 2020
Coronavirus Resource Center:Back to Business