Patricia Mackavage, a former legislative aide to the last three Pennsylvania governors, is Executive Director in the Harrisburg office of DMGS. Patty manages the day-to-day operations of the Harrisburg office. In addition, she represents clients' issues before the legislature and local governments throughout Pennsylvania. The client issues she advocates are very broad, but her area of expertise is the state budget process and public finance/economic development. On behalf of a major developer, Patty was a successful advocate for various brownfield projects in the state, including passage of legislation to permit Wegmans to sell craft beer in their store located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and securing millions of dollars in grants and loan commitments from government sources.
Patty is a seasoned veteran who served as deputy secretary for legislative affairs for Governor’s Rendell and Schweiker. She also served as a liaison between members of the state general assembly and the governor’s office in negotiating legislation, capital budget projects and constituent issues. Patty consulted with state House and Senate leaders on legislative agendas, and coordinated the development and introduction of legislation for 15 departments and agencies of the executive branch, including the Liquor Control Board, the Department of Transportation, Turnpike Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Public Welfare (now the Department of Human Services) and the Department of Labor & Industry. From 2001 to 2003, Patty served as acting secretary and deputy secretary for legislative affairs under Governor Mark Schweiker. During the Ridge administration, she served as both legislative director and assistant legislative director for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Patty was also a senior lobbyist for another government relations firm, where she lobbied the Pennsylvania General Assembly and developed legislative/procurement strategies for clients in industries such as transportation, financial services, gaming, liquor and healthcare, as well as for municipal and county governments.