Begich to Focus on Alaska Projects, Help Serve Clients.

Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska is joining Hilltop Public Solutions as special counsel, helping the national public affairs firm increase their presence and identify strategic partnerships with Alaskans in The Last Frontier.

Begich, who owns his own consulting firm called Northern Compass Group, will work with Hilltop Partner and Director of Western Operations Barrett Kaiser, who said the former Senator “brings common-sense leadership and years of experience as a solution-oriented public servant to our growing practice.”

Nationally recognized campaign manager and political strategist Nick Baldick founded Hilltop Public Solutions in 2006, building a renowned practice that now includes offices in Washington, D.C., Boston, New York City, Denver, Portland, Ore., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boise, Billings and Missoula, Mont.

Hilltop specializes in running political and issue campaigns and providing public relations, grassroots and grasstops organizing, and public affairs services. The firm has a diverse roster of clients that includes leaders in the technology, health care and energy sectors as well as non-profit organizations and American Indian tribes. Hilltop is not a lobbying firm.

“I look forward to working alongside Hilltop’s talented team because they know what it means to deliver real results,” said Begich. “As an Alaskan, I am especially excited to help Hilltop form strategic partnerships here at home so we can work together on key Alaska issues.”

Begich joins Hilltop with a distinguished career in public service. He served Alaska in the U.S. Senate from 2009 to 2014. Prior to his tenure on Capitol Hill, Begich was the mayor of Anchorage from 2003 to 2008.

Quickly rising to leadership positions, Begich was Chairman of both the Steering and Outreach Committee and the Oceans Subcommittee. He also served on influential committees including Appropriations, Commerce, Veterans, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Armed Services, and Indian Affairs.

Begich, his wife Deborah, and their son Jacob live in Anchorage.