Founder and Principal,
Lincoln Policy Group
On November 3, 1998, Senator Blanche L. Lincoln made history when she became the youngest woman ever
elected to the United States Senate at the age of 38 — a milestone that still exists today. She made history again
on September 9, 2009 when she became the first female ever to serve as Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition,
and Forestry Committee since its inception 184 years ago.
During her 16-year career in the U.S. Congress — first as a two-term member of the House of Representatives and then
as a two-term member of the U.S. Senate — Lincoln built a reputation as a results-oriented, bipartisan legislator. She served on the several Committees in Congress, including the House Committee on Agriculture, House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, the Senate Committee on Energy
and Natural Resources, the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and the Senate Finance Committee. She continues to
be recognized as a national leader in the areas of agriculture, anti-hunger, aging, healthcare, international trade,
taxes and energy policy.
As one of the Finance Committee’s top-ranking Democrats, Lincoln was named the first woman Democratic Senator
to lead a Finance Committee Subcommittee. During her time on the Finance Committee, she went on to Chair two Subcommittees and helped develop and pass legislation reducing taxes, improving healthcare, and expanding trade.
A senior member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Lincoln worked to produce bipartisan legislation, improving energy efficiency and enhancing domestic energy supplies — including, nuclear and renewable sources.
In her fight against hunger, she founded the Senate Hunger Caucus and used her Chairmanship of the Senate
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee to author and enact the largest investment in child nutrition programs
in history. The new law was deficit neutral, established nutritional standards for school lunches for the first time,
received strong bipartisan support, and was signed into law by President Barack Obama.
As a farmer’s daughter, she became known as a champion of production agriculture who fought to ensure that producers were able to continue to provide the safest, most abundant, and affordable supply of food to meet the global needs of
the 21st century.
Today, she is the Founder and a Principal of Lincoln Policy Group, a consulting firm that assist its clients in successfully navigating the legislative and regulatory bureaucracies of the federal government.
Senator Lincoln is a Helena, Arkansas native where her mother, Martha Kelly Lambert, still resides. She received a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She and her husband, Dr. Steve Lincoln, are the proud parents of twin boys, Reece and Bennett. In her spare time, she enjoys duck hunting and fishing with
Co-founder and Principal,
Lincoln Policy Group
Robert Holifield is the former Staff Director of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. In this role, he served as the principal advisor to Chairman Blanche Lincoln and managed a staff of 35, which carried out the legislative and oversight responsibilities under the Committee’s jurisdiction. During his tenure, Mr. Holifield helped develop multiple legislative proposals passed by Congress and signed into law.
Among these successful legislative efforts were Title VII of the Dodd/Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection
Act relating to financial derivatives, and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, (which provided the first increase in the federal reimbursement for school lunches since 1973 and for the first time requires nutritional standards for all meals served
During his career, Mr. Holifield also served as the Staff Director of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness. In this role, he attended classified briefings conducted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative relating to ongoing international trade negotiations. Mr. Holifield accompanied several U.S. delegations to multilateral and bilateral trade discussions; including two World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerials.
Before his tenure in the Senate, Mr. Holifield worked for three Commissioners at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Chairman Gary Gensler. In this role, he attended classified market surveillance meetings and advised the Chairman on all matters coming before the Commission and pertaining to the duties of his office.
Additionally, Robert worked on the staff of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid where he led Rural Outreach efforts at
the staff level for the Democratic Caucus. During the Presidential election of 2008, he was involved on the Presidential Transition Team where he assisted U.S. Department of Agriculture Agency Review Leader Bart Chilton. Mr. Holifield also assisted in the Presidential Transition by serving as co-lead on the confirmation team for CFTC Chairman Gensler.
Today, Robert is the co-Founder and a Principal of Lincoln Policy Group. a consulting firm that assist its clients
in successfully navigating the legislative and regulatory bureaucracies of the federal government.
Robert received a BA from Arkansas State University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Lincoln Policy Group
Hannah Lambiotte Smith joined Lincoln Policy Group as Vice President in February of 2014.
Mrs. Smith previously served in multiple leadership roles for Walmart Stores, Inc., including positions of increasing responsibility in both goods-not-for-resale sourcing and international corporate affairs for the global retailer with annual sales of more than $450 billion and operations in 27 countries.
Mrs. Smith most recently served as Director of Trade and Supplier Development in Walmart’s Global Sourcing Division, responsible for leading a team dedicated to applying strategic trade and supplier relationship insights to goods-not-for-resale category sourcing processes with the objective of risk mitigation and leveraging Walmart’s global capital and operating expense portfolio. In this role, Mrs. Smith was also responsible for providing Walmart’s Global Sourcing Division with recommendations on source country-of-origin optimization, trade preference program utilization, duty mitigation and new market access strategies.
During her tenure at Walmart, Mrs. Smith also served in various roles within the International Corporate Affairs Division, including positions responsible for developing the guidelines, structure and process to administer more than $70 million in annual philanthropic and in-kind resources provided by Walmart International. She also led cross-functional development of new corporate responsibility platforms for the company, including the international components of Walmart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative announced in September 2011.
While in Walmart International Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Smith also contributed significantly to government relations and stakeholder engagement strategies for Walmart’s international M&A portfolio, including the company’s acquisition of D&S S.A., Chile’s leading food retailer, and Massmart Holdings Ltd., the leading African retailer of general merchandise, home improvement equipment and supplies.
Prior to Walmart, Mrs. Smith served as Legislative Assistant for Senator Blanche L. Lincoln, responsible for advising the Senator on policy issues related to agriculture, international trade, telecommunications and housing.
Mrs. Smith received a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in government relations from The George Washington University.
Director of Operations,
Lincoln Policy Group
Michaela Sinclair joined Lincoln Policy Group as Director of Operations in August of 2013. Prior to her work with the Lincoln Policy Group, Michaela has undertaken leadership roles in both the public and private sector.
She has served as Director of Scheduling for Senator Lincoln's campaign office, as Central Virginia Fundraising Director for Jody Wagner's campaign for Lieutenant Governor in Virginia and as a member of the Finance and Political staff for the Mike Beebe for Governor Campaign in Arkansas. Additionally, Michaela served as the Chief of Staff for Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe.
As a consultant, Michaela implemented the lead role in the planning and execution of the Delta Regional Authority's annual conference in 2011, coordinated nationwide press and political events around the one year anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act, and served as as a Research Consultant for the Democratic Party of Virginia.
She began her political career while in college interning for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Following graduation, Michaela accepted an internship with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation.
She is graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in political science with an emphasis on economic disparity. Michaela and her husband Bruce are residents of Northern Virginia and the proud parents of daughter Amelia.