Leslie Hafner is the Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs for OMNIA Partners. In this role, Mrs. Hafner will support OMNIA Partners with specialized expertise in lobbying, government affairs and executive leadership.
Mrs. Hafner is a tested professional who joined OMNIA Partners after serving at the Nashville office of Butler Snow as a Senior Government Relations Advisor. There she provided a myriad of clients with consulting and advisory services designed to improve each one’s opportunity for success throughout Tennessee.
Mrs. Hafner has had an extensive career in and around state and local government with proven successes in the administrative, legislative, and regulatory arenas of government. Having staffed campaigns in various positions since she was 11, she has a comprehensive background in political insight, election analysis, and issue advocacy.
Beginning in 2017, Mrs. Hafner served the Speaker of the House of Representatives as her Chief Policy Officer focusing on reform of the Juvenile Justice System and steps to address the growing Opioid crisis.
For the six years prior, she served as Senior Advisor and Chief Lobbyist to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. She maintained a 95% passage rate of all Administration legislative initiatives, recruited and trained a network of departmental liaisons and coordinated the daily agenda for the Governor’s Senior Staff during that time.
Mrs. Hafner was a principal at HafnerAlexander Government Relations where she was a part of overseeing all aspects of business development, marketing and revenue growth.
She also served in the administration of Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist. Mrs. Hafner held positions on the Governor’s communications, legislative and special projects teams before moving to the Department of Finance and Administration as the commissioner’s executive assistant and lead lobbyist.
In 2006, Mrs. Hafner was recognized by Business Tennessee as one of the state’s “Next Wave of Influential Lobbyists,” by Nashville Post Magazine as “In Charge” in Government and Politics from 2012 to 2017, and as a state-wide elections analyst for the Tennessee Lobbyist Association for four election cycles.