Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) is pleased to announce Amy M. Zhou and Abdulkadir A. Sharif have joined the firm’s state government relations team for the 2020 Legislative Session.
Amy M. Zhou is a student at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, studying Political Science and Urban Studies. She is currently taking a semester off of school to serve as Lockridge Grindal Nauen’s Legislative Assistant for the 2020 Legislative Session. Previously, she was a part of the Citizens League Capitol Pathways program as an intern for Minnesota Housing Finance Agency during the 2019 Legislative Session. Ms. Zhou was also a part of the Urban Scholars program, where she worked for the City of Minneapolis in the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department. Most recently, she was a fellow for Mayor Jacob Frey’s Office, where she handled constituent services and supported the policy team.
As a student, she was a part of Model UN, served as a board member on the Student Legal Services Board, and worked in public schools as a History Day Mentor for the Minnesota Historical Society. Ms. Zhou hopes to pursue a career in politics and government after graduating with her Bachelor of Arts.
Abdulkadir A. Sharif is part of the Citizens League Capitol Pathways program and a senior at Augsburg University, studying Political Science and International Relations. He has specialized in public policy, international development, and conflict resolution. Mr. Sharif has participated in multiple leadership opportunities that have allowed him to gain a wide range of skills.
At Augsburg University, he has been involved with the pan-African student union, student government, and residence life. He is also a Bonner Leader Scholar where he has interned with the Minneapolis Public Schools, Trinity Lutheran Congregation, Pan-African Center, and the Environmental Stewardship Committee. Mr. Sharif was awarded the 2018 Student Leader of the Year at Augsburg University. Additionally, he was awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Tanzania and is a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to South Africa and Namibia. While in Namibia, he interned with the Namibia Institute for Democracy as a research assistant focusing on civic engagement and anti-corruption mechanisms in the country.
Most recently Mr. Sharif was a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He hopes to one day pursue a career in international development focusing on economic advancement.
About Lockridge Grindal Nauen
LGN’s government relations professionals have over three decades of experience representing clients of all types and sizes throughout the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. In addition to our Minnesota-based state government relations team, LGN co-owns and operates Primacy Strategy Group – a multi-state advocacy, communications, and coalition-building firm serving clients across the region. LGN is also one of only a few Midwest-based firms to have a federal relations office, the LGN Federal Relations Group, in Washington, D.C.
Additionally, LGN’s legal practice focuses on complex business litigation, health care law, employment law, environmental law, and campaign finance law.