Jay Kaprosy is a seasoned lobbyist and public affairs expert with more than 20 years of lobbying experience at the Arizona State Capitol. Jay also leads the Veridus team in running statewide ballot campaigns, issue and public affairs efforts, and independent expenditure campaigns. In his work with clients, Jay has excelled at developing comprehensive strategies that advance defined objectives and protect the client’s brand. He has a genuine passion for the legislative process and enduring relationships with elected officials, policy makers, and other stakeholders.
Before joining Veridus, Jay had built a strong career in government relations and public affairs. He worked for two years at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he joined with Wendy Briggs and Jeff Sandquist. As vice president of public affairs and chief lobbyist for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC), Jay represented member businesses on a diverse array of business issues and managed the Chamber’s extensive political and election-related activities. Stints as the legislative liaison for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan and the Arizona Department of Education gave Jay invaluable firsthand experience in school finance, curriculum, teacher development, charter schools, and student assessment.
Jay graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in business and earned his Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University.
An accomplished gearhead, Jay’s current projects include a 1937 Cadillac LaSalle hot rod and a 1963 International Scout. He and his wife, Elli, have two children, Bremer and Maija. In his spare time, Jay spends time with his family travelling, hiking, and visiting museums.
Areas of Expertise
Jay has developed extensive experience in policy areas including tax, budget, education, school finance, retail, general business, and financial services. Additionally, Jay has campaign expertise in campaign consulting (including message development, targeting, and delivery), polling, coalition building, and fundraising.
2005: “Forty Under Forty,” Phoenix Business Journal
2004: “Valley Influential” in the Young Guns category, Phoenix Business Journal