Converge Government Affairs of Florida has added Mario Bailey to its growing roster of top tier government affairs professionals, the firm announced.
As a Senior Government Affairs Advisor, Bailey will strengthen the firm’s footprint in Tallahassee and South Florida.
“As we grow Converge in Florida, we are looking for proven lobbyists who are impact players for clients—every conversation came back to Mario Bailey,” said Jonathan Kilman, the chairman of Converge Government Affairs. “Mario will be able to immediately play a leading role on behalf of our clients. That makes this a great move for him and for our firm.”
Bailey is well-known in the corridors of the Capitol and in South Florida business, political and civic circles. He brings to Converge over a decade of public policy and advocacy experience working on behalf of local governments, school districts, universities and businesses.
Known for his prowess especially in the appropriations process, Bailey successfully secured millions in state funding for clients.
In addition to advocating on a wide range of regulatory matters, he has worked behind the scenes on high profile civic issues such as the historic legislation adding a statue of educator and civil rights leader Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune to Congress’ National Statutory Hall in Washington, D.C.
Before joining Converge Government Affairs, he served as a Senior Government Relations Consultant at the law firm of Becker and Poliakoff, where he worked for eight years. Bailey also served on the campaign of former Congressman Joe Garcia and as the legislative aide to former state Rep. Dwight Bullard.
Bailey currently serves on the board of directors of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.
Outside of lobbying, Bailey demonstrates a passion for serving his community. He serves on the executive committees of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and of Leadership Miami. Gov. Rick Scott twice appointed him to the South Florida Regional Planning Council, for which he currently serves as treasurer. Bailey is a Leadership Florida Connect Class IX Graduate.
He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and was named to their Division of Community Affairs Board of Advisors in 2019.
Converge Government Affairs is a multidimensional lobbying firm that crafts and influences policy on behalf of some of the world’s largest brands, emerging innovation companies and public sector clients. Headquartered in Miami, Florida Converge also maintains Florida offices in Orlando, Jacksonville and the state capital of Tallahassee.