Jim Leahy




As Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Association Management, Jim brings 30 years of experience in lobbying, non-profit association management and political organizing to Liberty Square Group as he joins the firm in 2017.


An expert in building strong grassroots organization, Jim has worked with clients in a wide variety of sectors in his career, including healthcare, environment, consumer protection, budget, gaming, government procurement, public safety, arts & culture and development.  His resume as an advocate includes several high profile wins, most notably the following:

  • First in the nation law to require labeling of genetically modified foods
  • Secured $5 million in state funding, as part of $30 million effort to renovate historic Westport Country Playhouse into a state-of-the-art producing theater while preserving its original charm and character.
  • First in the nation law to require labeling of small parts that pose choke hazards to children under three.  Served as model two years later for federal legislation to extend protection to kids across the country.

A seasoned lecturer, Jim has worked with students at Northeastern, AIC, Springfield, University of Hartford, UConn, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart University, Bay State College, and the University of Rhode Island as well as with professionals at state, regional and national non-profit associations.  The most popular subjects include Communicating with Public Officials” and “Keys to Effective Grassroots Advocacy.”

Jim is also a Certified Association Executive, a designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).  This is the highest level of professional achievement available from the Society. CAEs must demonstrate a high level of knowledge, ethical fitness, and leadership to earn and maintain the designation.

Jim is a graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. A native of Milford, CT, he lives in Tolland, CT with his wife Mary Jo and their children, Hannah and Tommy.