By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: In a relationship
While it’s not a requirement to have a 1,000-watt smile to be a top lobbyist for the American Dental Association (ADA), it sure does help. Enter Jennifer Fisher.
Fisher made her way to D.C. in the same way many do — as a congressional intern, in her case for former Rep. (and former Democrat) Artur Davis (Ala.) in 2003. She eventually became one of his top advisers and developed an interest in access-to-healthcare issues. That led her to the ADA, where she’s been for the last five years.
On the side, Fisher runs FashionDelegate.com, a website focused on the intersection of fashion and politics inside the Beltway.
“Washington used to have sort of a dowdy dress code, but I don't think it’s that way anymore,” she says. “Style can be just as important as all of the other factors that are in play in D.C.”
She practices what she preaches.
"When I lobby on Capitol Hill, you have to have some sort of a good presentation in order to sell your product,” she says.
Fisher describes her personal style as “conservative with an edge” but understands that D.C. is not New York or Los Angeles, and tailors her look accordingly.
“You can’t be completely wild with your style,” she says. “You still have to conform to the norm. But at the same time, add a pop of personality.”
She has more advice for her fellow Washingtonians.
All D.C. women should have a “simple shift dress” that fits seamlessly in the boardroom and the bar, she says.
For the guys, it’s all about the ties, Fisher says.
“Guys can have personality [with] their ties,” she says.
Whether a hack, flack or wonk, D.C. denizens need to look the part, Fisher says.
“Substance gets you in the door, [but] charisma carries the day in this town.”
— Carlo Muñoz