WHERE STRATEGY MEETS RESULTS

WHERE STRATEGY MEETS RESULTS

WHERE STRATEGY MEETS RESULTS

WHO WE ARE
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WHAT WE DO
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ABOUT US
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INSIGHTS

 

WHO WE ARE


Know Where You Stand; Stand Where You Know

Our clients testimonials reflect our reputation. We represent non-profits, associations, businesses, and organizations of all sizes, including individuals. You have the right to be heard and represented in the policy making process. We are partners with you in the business of lobbying and government relations. We deliver your agenda professionally, effectively, and comprehensively. With a unique cultural and political experience, Cris Balzano built a firm that provides comprehensive government relations services, strong partnerships between clients and public officials, and is committed to a legacy of service for New Mexico.

See what our clients are saying about us…

CEO of a New Mexico health corporation


“They value their client partnerships and ensure they respond to client requests in a timely manner. The BGR team respects company budgets and maximizes Government Relations and PR buys through their excellent relationships within legislative and executive branches. I would recommend BGR as a strategic government relations partner.”

CEO of a New Mexican logistics company


“The BGR team uses critical analysis, technological processes, and crisis management solutions to effectively and successfully deliver our business development and legislative strategy in New Mexico.”

President of a New Mexican Chamber


“BGR is our full-service government relations department. They’ve served our Chamber and business community for almost four years and while we’re 300 miles apart, it’s as if they are in the office next door. Bottom line is they’re smart, efficient, talented thinkers and problem solvers. Everything’s always buttoned up with BGR.”

Superintendent of Education


“I am impressed with Mr. Balzano’s work. He is organized and has up to date information on bills and legislative developments. Most everyone in the New Mexico State Capital knows Mr. Balzano by name all the way down to support staff. He knows the legislative process very well and he knows all the key players.”

President of a Southwest Fast Food Chain


“Proactive and effective; that’s the words I think when I’m with Cris Balzano. He has a creative and diverse team supporting him. Their proactive approach to client service is unsurpassed, enabling us to develop collaborative solutions to some of our most demanding PR and Government Relations challenges”

President of a Professional Association


“We have been working with BGR for only a few months, and our experience has been better than the previous Lobbyist. Our BGR Team is reliable, care about each project we work on together and overall make my life easier. We know that each campaign we run with BGR will be done right.”

WHAT WE DO

 

Full-Service, Bipartisan, Lobbying Firm

Operating as a complete team and a unique business model we advocate and lobby on your behalf to address your specific needs. We are proud to provide you with our expertise, experience, and relationships in government affairs.

We are a fully integrated government relations firm bringing an innovative and collaborative campaign approach to our clients. Balzano Government Relations is committed to making sure that our clients are heard in today’s political climate. We do so by using our expertise, talent, and experience navigating the state Capitol’s complexities.


 

Lobbying, Government & Public Relations Services

 

POLITICAL & STRATEGIC
PROBLEM SOLVING
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
AND LOBBYING
POLICY, ISSUE &
CRISIS COMMUNICATION

STRATEGIC
COMMUNICATION SERVICES

Issue
Management
Quantitative & Qualitative
Research Management
Coalition
Management

REGULATORY
AFFAIRS

Association
Management
Political and Public
Affairs Campaigns
Messaging
Creation

RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT
AND MANAGEMENT

AREAS OF PRACTICE


Lobbying, Advocacy, and Policy

 

Balzano Government Relations team offers the experience in strategic political and legal problem solving, media and public relations work, public policy initiatives, and campaign consulting. We have a customized solution for your business, association, organization, or campaign.

 

Aerospace

Budget and Appropriations

Education

Cyber & National Security

Capital Outlay

Chamber of Commerce

Defense & Intelligence

Energy and Environment

Financial Services

Fortune 500

Homeland Security

Health Care & Human Services

Non-Profits

Tax Policy

Trade

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Tribal

Technology

Transportation and Infrastructure

OUR CLIENTS


Merging Relationships with Research to Accomplish Your Goals

 

Our clients include many of the most reputable corporations, public agencies, and organizations in the country and state.  We are honored to serve as the government relations experts for these entities. Because their interests touch so many issues that are important to the future of our state, Balzano Government Relations is at the center of most major policy issues that come before local and state government leaders. Our clients are integral to our success, and many of them have been with us for years.

We highly value our relationships with clients. For this reason, we choose not to publish a list on our website. However, we would be happy to provide a list of our current clients to prospective clients.

Our team exercises great care in accepting new client engagements. We agree to take on new clients only when we are confident that we have a clear understanding of the client’s objectives, can meet or exceed the client’s expectations, and can zealously and ethically advance the client’s interests without reservation. Additionally, we take on clients after we have ensured that there are no material conflicts of interest with our work for existing clients.  Our team strictly adheres to quality service and consistently maintains the highest ethical standards in its work.

When you retain Balzano Government Relations, you entrust us with your confidence.  We will honor that trust by:

  • Developing a thorough understanding of your organization’s goals and interests, then designing and implementing practical solutions to address your public policy needs effectively and efficiently.
  • Respecting that you are unique and tailoring our services, staffing, communications and billings to meet your needs and expectations continuously throughout our relationship.
  • Informing you of all material developments affecting the work that we perform for you in a timely and professional manner.
  • Assuring our accessibility through teamwork and technology so that we are available when you need us.
  • Displaying integrity and civility in all aspects of our work, recognizing that our professionalism reflects on your reputation.

 

OUR CORE VALUES


Creative Solutions, Results-Oriented, Low Profile

 

Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. This is a new age in government advocacy and traditional methods to solve problems no longer work. We understand and work with you to solve the toughest issues in major areas. Whether you’re looking for a simple customized plan, or you’re dealing with increasingly complex regulation, we can help!

 

RESULTS

Provide strategic counsel and creative solutions for our clients big and small. Serving as trusted and integral partners, we work to produce results that directly and positively impact your business.

TRANSPARENCY

Based on superior industry knowledge with genuine understanding of issues, our culture & philosophy provide a low-profile, results-oriented approach to lobbying & government relations.

STRATEGY

Utilizing a broad array of policy expertise and government experience, we build partnerships with you to implement customized, platforms through a proactive and comprehensive approach.
MEET YOUR TEAM


Multi-Cultural Background, Diversity, Creative Minds, Pro-Active Attitude

 

Our ability to deliver outstanding results for our clients starts with our team. We come from a diverse set of experiences, background, and culture. As unique as we are individually, we share a mutual passion for policy and doing excellent work for our clients and partners. We pride ourselves on our strategic and analytic integrated approach to lobbying and government relations and the results it delivers

Get to know your Balzano Government Relations Team below.

 

ABOUT CRIS

With over 10 years of experience in diplomacy, public policy, and government relations, Cris Balzano has built a reputation as an artful negotiator and top-notch government relations strategist. During law school Cris interned in the White House for the Executive Office of the President and the U.S. State Department. Prior to creating his firm he worked for the NM House of Representatives as a bipartisan analyst for the Judiciary Committee. His areas of expertise include, public financing, education, energy, public safety and economic development, criminal justice and tribal regulations. He has been heavily involved in government relations campaigns in the four corners states.

Recognized for his thoughtful and mature approach to solving complex issues; clients appreciate his composed and calm manner in the face of political adversity, and value the successful outcomes he has achieved whether traversing New Mexico state capitol, county seats, city halls or tribal councils. Cris built a reputation as an artful consultant by working under the mentorship of top advisers in federal and state government on numerous issues involving constituents, law, policy, non-profits, and business relations, both domestic and international. 

As a millennial, Cris shares, a dynamic social and cultural background with diverse insight that promotes great opportunities for success. The blend of mentorship by top lobbyists and former senior government officials provides the perfect expertise to develop winning government relations campaigns.

ABOUT RANIME

Ranime Oueis is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. She has an undergraduate degree in business and accounting. Prior to joining Balzano Government Relations, Ranime worked as a law clerk for a local civil defense litigation firm. Additionally, Ranime has several years of experience in the higher education industry. Her professional experience repeatedly proved invaluable to stakeholders, candidates and the clients she represented.

Ranime is personally dedicated to educating New Mexico’s youth. During law school, she volunteered several hours teaching constitutional rights to local under-served high school students. Ranime’s varied legal coursework and practical experiences have provided her with the skills necessary to advocate for clients in various industries. Her legal, communication and critical thinking skills have helped Balzano Government Relations better serve the needs of our clients, stay ahead of political trends, and lead out on important issues in the 2019 legislative session. She has been hard at work bringing together stakeholders from across the state and country on successful government relations campaigns.

 

ABOUT DOMENICA


Domenica Romaniello is the go-to person for crisis communications, public relations, strategic planning and coalition management. Her experience working and living throughout Europe and the U.S. contributed in sparking an interest in government relations and its dynamics, both on a domestic and international level. Domenica’s ability to reach key audiences is only furthered by her mastery of the four languages she speaks. That and her experience working in different countries creates a meaningful pathway to connect with diverse audiences. Domenica is able to speak directly to key constituency regardless of their background, garnering a better understanding of a wide variety of complex issues, from taxes to school funding to business development. Domenica is an International Management graduate from the Anderson School of Management at The University of New Mexico. Her coursework during her undergraduate years included Business Law, Business Strategy and International Entrepreneurship, along with Intercultural and Technical Communication. 

Her experience managing accounts in such varied sectors is priceless for our clients; Higher Ed, public education, domestic and international business, retail and nonprofit. Prior to joining Balzano Government Relations, Domenica served as support staff for a local investment firm. Domenica is like the Solar Probe Plus when the heat is on, she’s there, excelling in conditions others can’t. That’s what makes her the go-to crisis management. Her ability to think outside of the box and rapidly delivering management crisis strategies that effectively positioned the organization to its key constituencies. 

 

ABOUT MICHELLE


Honorable Michelle Brown-Yazzie is our Ex-Officio team member. Judge Brown-Yazzie experience encompassed beyond government and public relations. Judge Brown-Yazzie is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and is also of Salish and Kootenai and Oglala Lakota descent. Judge Brown-Yazzie has served in the judiciary since 2011 and currently serves as Chief Judge of the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court in Mescalero, New Mexico.

Judge Brown-Yazzie practiced law as Staff Attorney and Senior Prosecutor for the Navajo Nation, Prosecutor for the Gila River Indian Community, State of New Mexico Assistant District Attorney for McKinley County, and was partner at Smith & Brown-Yazzie LLP. During her career, Judge Brown-Yazzie also served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department appointed by then NM Governor Bill Richardson, Executive Director of the Navajo Nation’s Washington (D.C.) Office appointed by then Navajo Nation President Kelsey Begaye and Legal Counsel to the Navajo Nation’s Office of the President and Vice-President also appointed by President Begaye.

Judge Brown-Yazzie received her J.D. in 1999 from the University of Iowa College Of Law, her B.A. in English and Political Science in 1995 from the University of New Mexico and is licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico and on the Navajo Nation. Judge Brown-Yazzie is also a mother of four amazing children.

 

ABOUT CRIS

With over 10 years of experience in diplomacy, public policy, and government relations, Cris Balzano has built a reputation as an artful negotiator and top-notch government relations strategist. During law school Cris interned in the White House for the Executive Office of the President and the U.S. State Department. Prior to creating his firm he worked for the NM House of Representatives as a bipartisan analyst for the Judiciary Committee. His areas of expertise include, public financing, education, energy, public safety and economic development, criminal justice and tribal regulations. He has been heavily involved in government relations campaigns in the four corners states.

Recognized for his thoughtful and mature approach to solving complex issues; clients appreciate his composed and calm manner in the face of political adversity, and value the successful outcomes he has achieved whether traversing New Mexico state capitol, county seats, city halls or tribal councils. Cris built a reputation as an artful consultant by working under the mentorship of top advisers in federal and state government on numerous issues involving constituents, law, policy, non-profits, and business relations, both domestic and international.

As a millennial, Cris shares, a dynamic social and cultural background with diverse insight that promotes great opportunities for success. The blend of mentorship by top lobbyists and former senior government officials provides the perfect expertise to develop winning government relations campaigns.

ABOUT RANIME

Ranime Oueis is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. She has an undergraduate degree in business and accounting. Prior to joining Balzano Government Relations, Ranime worked as a law clerk for a local civil defense litigation firm. Additionally, Ranime has several years of experience in the higher education industry. Her professional experience repeatedly proved invaluable to stakeholders, candidates and the clients she represented.

Ranime is personally dedicated to educating New Mexico’s youth. During law school, she volunteered several hours teaching constitutional rights to local under-served high school students. Ranime’s varied legal coursework and practical experiences have provided her with the skills necessary to advocate for clients in various industries. Her legal, communication and critical thinking skills have helped Balzano Government Relations better serve the needs of our clients, stay ahead of political trends, and lead out on important issues in the 2019 legislative session. She has been hard at work bringing together stakeholders from across the state and country on successful government relations campaigns.

ABOUT DOMENICA

Domenica Romaniello is the go-to person for crisis communications, public relations, strategic planning and coalition management. Her experience working and living throughout Europe and the U.S. contributed in sparking an interest in government relations and its dynamics, both on a domestic and international level. Domenica’s ability to reach key audiences is only furthered by her mastery of the four languages she speaks. That and her experience working in different countries creates a meaningful pathway to connect with diverse audiences. Domenica is able to speak directly to key constituency regardless of their background, garnering a better understanding of a wide variety of complex issues, from taxes to school funding to business development. Domenica is an International Management graduate from the Anderson School of Management at The University of New Mexico. Her coursework during her undergraduate years included Business Law, Business Strategy and International Entrepreneurship, along with Intercultural and Technical Communication.

Her experience managing accounts in such varied sectors is priceless for our clients; Higher Ed, public education, domestic and international business, retail and nonprofit. Prior to joining Balzano Government Relations, Domenica served as support staff for a local investment firm. Domenica is like the Solar Probe Plus when the heat is on, she’s there, excelling in conditions others can’t. That’s what makes her the go-to crisis management. Her ability to think outside of the box and rapidly delivering management crisis strategies that effectively positioned the organization to its key constituencies.

ABOUT MICHELLE

Honorable Michelle Brown-Yazzie is our Ex-Officio team member. Judge Brown-Yazzie experience encompassed beyond government and public relations. Judge Brown-Yazzie is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and is also of Salish and Kootenai and Oglala Lakota descent.  Judge Brown-Yazzie has served in the judiciary since 2011 and currently serves as Chief Judge of the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court in Mescalero, New Mexico.

Judge Brown-Yazzie practiced law as Staff Attorney and Senior Prosecutor for the Navajo Nation, Prosecutor for the Gila River Indian Community, State of New Mexico Assistant District Attorney for McKinley County, and was partner at Smith & Brown-Yazzie LLP.  During her career, Judge Brown-Yazzie also served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department appointed by then NM Governor Bill Richardson, Executive Director of the Navajo Nation’s Washington (D.C.) Office appointed by then Navajo Nation President Kelsey Begaye and Legal Counsel to the Navajo Nation’s Office of the President and Vice-President also appointed by President Begaye.

Judge Brown-Yazzie received her J.D. in 1999 from the University of Iowa College Of Law, her B.A. in English and Political Science in 1995 from the University of New Mexico and is licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico and on the Navajo Nation. Judge Brown-Yazzie is also a mother of four amazing children.

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