Change is Here

Are you ready?

Today, navigating and achieving any legislative outcome requires a new way of thinking and a fresh approach. The City of Chicago reflects the diversity of the world and so, too, do the City's elected officials. They bring new ideas and intend to usher in a new era of leadership: by and for the people.

Navigating change can be difficult. It's the reason we built the Consensus Group. Let us be your partner and your guide.

To say that Chicago government has gone through a seismic shift in recent months would be an understatement. We are in the midst of a transformation that will ultimately affect every business, every resident and even every visitor. Lobbyists today need to be more than problem solvers. They should be strategic. They should recognize the power of the Mayor but understand that all 50 aldermen in Chicago will influence and ultimately drive the agenda.

Recent elections ushered in a new Mayor, an outsider by all measures. They also brought to power a new group of independent aldermen. Strong willed, progressive, confident and eager to prove that voters have a voice – and that voters' voices should be heard.

The wave of change promised by the new guard has already been realized in measurable respects; and has changed the way government lobbyists and consultants must operate to attain results for their clients. Achieving success will require them to operate with integrity. Build alliances. Engage stakeholders and respect the dynamics at play. Indeed, there is a big difference between saying, "you need 26 votes" – and actually getting 26 votes. Gone are the old days and the old ways.

How will you navigate?

Are you
ready?

Today, navigating and achieving any legislative outcome requires a new way of thinking and a fresh approach. The City of Chicago reflects the diversity of the world and so, too, do the City's elected officials. They bring new ideas and intend to usher in a new era of leadership: by and for the people.

Navigating change can be difficult. It's the reason we built the Consensus Group. Let us be your partner and your guide.

To say that Chicago government has gone through a seismic shift in recent months would be an understatement. We are in the midst of a transformation that will ultimately affect every business, every resident and even every visitor. Lobbyists today need to be more than problem solvers. They should be strategic. They should recognize the power of the Mayor but understand that all 50 aldermen in Chicago will influence and ultimately drive the agenda.

Recent elections ushered in a new Mayor, an outsider by all measures. They also brought to power a new group of independent aldermen. Strong willed, progressive, confident and eager to prove that voters have a voice – and that voters' voices should be heard.

The wave of change promised by the new guard has already been realized in measurable respects; and has changed the way government lobbyists and consultants must operate to attain results for their clients. Achieving success will require them to operate with integrity. Build alliances. Engage stakeholders and respect the dynamics at play. Indeed, there is a big difference between saying, "you need 26 votes" – and actually getting 26 votes. Gone are the old days and the old ways.

How will you navigate?

Olivia Pantoja

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Olivia Pantoja

Olivia Pantoja

Olivia Pantoja is an experienced government relations and public affairs professional, active in Illinois and Chicago politics for fifteen years. She has led critical advocacy and strategy campaigns for a diverse portfolio of clients. Her expertise includes identifying impact on diverse stakeholders, building dynamic partnerships, and collaborating with client leaders to isolate initiatives and tackle emerging issues and challenges. She has also led multiple fundraising efforts for individuals and political organizations.

Olivia brings personal passion to support her clients, working on important issues ranging from the environment and healthcare to criminal justice reform, representing organizations such as of the National Resource Defense Council, AirBnB, Illinois Primary Healthcare Association, the Small Business Association and Women's Federation of Contractors. She has advocated for issues she feels strongly about including supplier diversity, social justice, the sharing economy and small businesses.

In 2018, Olivia co-founded a hospitality-focused A.I. tech start-up currently operating in Chicago and Los Angeles. She serves on the Advisory and Government Relations boards of the Illinois Restaurant Association and on the Women's Justice Institute Task Force Civic Engagement Leadership team.

Olivia holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from National-Louis University, where she served as an adjunct professor and served as a research assistant for Urban Tourism and Urban Change: Cities in a Global Economy.