Kai Anderson: 40 Under 40

The young lobbyists with the most influence in Washington

Name: Kai Anderson
Firm: Cassidy & Associates
Age: 39

It’s only logical that a geology PhD from Stanford would sign Tiffany & Co. as one of his first clients. He has handled mining and conservation issues for the jewelry giant since 2005.

Anderson, who worked on a host of land-use matters as deputy chief of staff for Nevada Democratic senator Harry Reid, is also a valuable resource for energy companies that need an advocate on the Hill and at the Interior Department to help them get power facilities built. Anderson’s knowledge of the environmental-permitting process allows him to pinpoint ways for his clients to save money and time.

This article appears in the June 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.

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Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She was previously a reporter for Legal Times and the National Law Journal. She lives in Northeast DC with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.