Jack O’Meara focuses his work on direct advocacy, strategy, message development, and alliance-building. He works directly with clients on a daily basis.
With more than 30 years experience in Wisconsin government and politics and experience working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jack has strong relationships with key people throughout state government, the Wisconsin congressional delegation, local governments, and fellow advocates. Jack has a keen understanding of the processes and players involved. He works effectively with people who have varying perspectives and from both sides of the political aisle.
Jack has particularly strong writing skills. He is very effective at preparing concise documents for policymakers. He has written and prepared many direct-mail pieces along with articles that have been placed in major newspapers and newsletters. He effectively advocates on behalf of clients through social media.
Jack has received high marks as a speaker on advocacy and on various issues of concern to clients. He also provides pro bono work to causes that have limited resources.
Prior to starting his firm, Jack served as a senior legislative and press assistant in both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature, and for Congressman Tom Barrett (now Milwaukee Mayor) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He has organized and advised many political campaigns.
A Milwaukee native, Jack is a graduate of St. Robert Grade School, Shorewood High School, and UW-Madison, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. He began working as a page at the State Capitol while in college. He also worked for the Wisconsin State Journal Sports Department and helped cover Milwaukee Brewer home games for the Associated Press.
In his free time, Jack gets out on the tennis courts as much as possible. He served several years as coordinator of the Madison Rising Stars multicultural youth tennis program. He also plays some basketball and helped coach his kids’ basketball teams. Jack and his wife, Bridget, have three grown daughters. They adopted Hoolie, a rescue dog, in March 2020. Hoolie, believed to be an American Eskimo-Pomeranian or “Eski-Pom,” has been keeping Jack and Bridget busy with aggressive walks during the pandemic!