TRENTON, N.J. (October 10, 2017) – Public Strategies Impact (PSI), one of the leading legislative advocacy organizations in New Jersey, recently announced the promotion of William Maer and Joseph Simonetta to senior partners. Throughout the years, PSI has attracted talented veterans of government from both the democratic and republican parties with decades of experience in not only public service, but in the political arena – Maer and Simonetta are no exception.
“Our firm’s three-decade history of being a premier bipartisan state and federal lobbying firm best serves our clients through both republican and democratic administrations. With the New Jersey gubernatorial election right around the corner, we are best positioned to continue to represent our clients unimpeded by changes in the political party that runs the State House,” said Roger Bodman, PSI managing partner. “Both Bill and Joe have distinguished themselves as proven leaders throughout their professional careers. Bill has worked in both the governmental and political arena for three governors, members of Congress, and the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly. Bill’s Democratic credentials make him a true asset to our firm and client base.”
As a top democratic strategist, Maer is a well-respected lobbyist and political operative with a career spanning more than 25 years. He served in several government positions, including aide to former Governor James Florio, chief of staff to Congressman William J. Pascrell, Jr., associate executive director of the Assembly Democratic Legislative Leadership Office, and senior advisor to Governor Jon S. Corzine and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s 2009 statewide campaign. Bill is a leading Democratic political consultant, having worked on dozens of campaigns at virtually every level of New Jersey politics. Currently, Maer is the top advisor and strategist for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and serves as chief spokesman for the Passaic County Sheriff.
Since its inception, Maer has consecutively been named one of NJ’s top political insiders as part of PolitickerNJ’s Power List, finishing 23rd in 2016. Appointed by two governors, Maer served on the New Jersey Building Authority, the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees, and as a Democratic National Committee (DNC) member of the credential committee for the 2016 Democratic National Committee Convention.
“Joe Simonetta’s knowledge and relationships in New Jersey State Government makes him a player in almost every major public policy discussion,” said Bodman. “In his three decades at the firm, he has shown great leadership, and I look forward to him serving in a management position in the firm as a senior partner.”
Simonetta, who joined the firm in 1991, has worked in political advocacy and association management for nearly 40 years, starting with his first role as campaign chairman for the Mayor of Phillipsburg in 1973 and chair of volunteers for Congresswoman Helen Meyner in 1974. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as legislative director, followed by chief of staff, at the mayor’s office in Trenton and legislative liaison for Assemblyman Francis McMannimon and Assemblywoman Helen Szabo.
Considered an expert in public policy and legislation, Simonetta was appointed chair of the Advocacy Committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) IgCC Task Force in 2012 and currently chairs the Advocacy Subcommittee, creating a strategy for the AIA’s state and local components. Simonetta has received awards for his success in association management, including Association Executive of the Year and the 1991 New Jersey Society of Association Executive.