Meghan Malloy brings nearly a decade of experience with state government in both Maine and Iowa. She serves as a lobbyist and General Counsel of Heartland Strategies, LLC. She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Iowa (BA, Journalism and Mass Communication) and a 2014 graduate of Drake University Law School with certification in legislative practice and public service.
Previous to joining Heartland Strategies, she was a student attorney for the Drake Legal Clinic, representing small Des Moines-area non-profit organizations. She has also worked as a law clerk for Disability Rights Iowa, where she assisted on an accessibility audit of the Iowa State Fair, and Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, where she drafted a manual to be used between military installations and civilian centers serving sexual assault victims. She also has experience at the Iowa General Assembly and Maine General Assemblies as both a news reporter and later a legislative intern and lobbying intern for the Iowa Environmental Council, focusing on energy tax credit incentives with solar panel installation on residential and commercial properties.
Prior to returning to Law School to study public policy, she also covered the Iowa and Maine General Assemblies as a Statehouse reporter.
Mr. Grant has held a variety of public affairs and public policy positions during the past 25 years.
Most recently, as a partner at Heartland Strategies, he has helped a variety of clients navigate the legislative process to secure funding following natural disasters, and change policy in the areas of mental health services and a variety of other areas.
He also served as Vice President for Accounts for Public Affairs Company, a nationally recognized St. Paul, MN-based government relations firm. In that position he was responsible for providing strategic and tactical guidance to corporate clients conducting issue campaigns in the state of Iowa.
In 2007 he helped create the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) campaign in Iowa to inform and engage the public and policymakers on the impact that chronic disease has on our health care system. He led an effort that recruited more than 60 partners from interests as diverse as labor unions and businesses, as well as the Republican and Democratic Parties of Iowa. (One highlight of the campaign was when Governor Chet Culver designating January 3, 2008 as PFCD day-which coincided with the date of the Iowa Caucuses) The PFCD campaign was named by the Iowa Independent Blog (August 24, 2007 edition) as one of the three most influential campaigns in helping to shape the national healthcare debate.
Prior to joining Public Affairs Company, Mr. Grant served as District Director to US Congressman James A. Leach where he provided policy analysis and advice to a progressive senior member of the United States Congress on a wide range of domestic, economic, national security and international issues. Mr. Grant also served as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Leach where he conducted legislative and grant research and provided policy input and analysis on a variety of legislative matters including veteran, military, agricultural, environmental, and trade- related issues. Additionally, Mr. Grant served as Congressman Leach's campaign advisor for four re-election campaigns.
Mr. Grant has an associate's degree from Kirkwood Community College and a bachelor's degree from Cornell College. He is a past member of the History Center Board of Directors as well as Cedar Valley Humane Society. He currently serves as the Chair of the Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Commission, and serves on the United Way of East Central Iowa Public Policy Committee. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Larry Murphy brings more than 30 years of experience working at the state Capitol, and has a prominent history of public service. In addition to representing a rural Northeast Iowa Senate for 12 years (1984-1996), Mr. Murphy served on the Fayette County Board of Supervisors (1978-1984) and as the Mayor of Oelwein (2002-2014). As chair of the Senate Appropriations, he worked with the Republican Speaker of the House and with Republican Governor Terry Branstad to solve systemic budget shortfalls in the 1990s. Following his decades of public service, he formed a consulting/lobbying group, representing a range of clients, including former Governor Branstad when the former Governor was president of Des Moines Osteopathic Medical School. As a consultant, he additionally served as campaign director for local, state and federal candidates and issue campaigns. As a consultant, some of Mr. Murphy's advocacy accomplishments include: garnering more than $200 million for local governments ravaged by flood damage, securing in excess of $165 million for flood mitigation projects and strategies, and raising more than $750 million in local taxes for schools, community colleges and local communities.
Jean Logan, Project Manager for Heartland Strategies, brings nearly two decades to the team. She has worked in the Iowa General Assembly with then Senator Larry Murphy as administrative assistant while he was Appropriations Chairman and joined him after he left the Senate with his consulting business. She is responsible for facilitating all communication between clients and the team, support work regarding filing of all reports, declarations regarding legislation and IT functions for the team.
An organized and motivated individual who has assumed numerous leadership positions in her community, she acts as the stabilizing force when the normal chaos of Legislative Sessions challenges clients and lobbyists at various points of the process.