Ms. Clifton focuses on healthcare, civil justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, environmental and appropriations political consulting and policy development.
Ms. Clifton has established herself as one of the top performing lobbyists in Georgia politics. She has been listed as one of the “Top Ten Independent Lobbyists” in the last ten years’ editions of James Magazine. She has also been named as a “Top Lobbyist” in the Atlanta Journal Constitution every year since 2012. Ms. Clifton is well-known for “getting results” and has an impeccable reputation among legislators and lobbyists alike as she “works harder than anybody under the Gold Dome.” Ms. Clifton easily maneuvers through the legislative process and has accomplished noteworthy goals for her clients in a variety of arenas including healthcare, judicial, child welfare, juvenile justice, transportation and the environment. Her lobbying experience exceeding 20 years is evidenced by some of her most significant successes including the re-write of Georgia’s juvenile code in 2012; passage of a constitutional amendment to development districts to enable local governments to expand their infrastructure by imposing a “user fee;” authorization of a specialty cancer hospital to operate in Georgia; negotiation of a favorable hospital fee on behalf of Georgia’s largest public hospital; and many other important legislative accomplishments too numerous to identify.
In addition, Ms. Clifton has accrued significant successes in securing appropriations for her clients. In only ten years, she obtained more than one million dollars in annual appropriations for juvenile court volunteers to speak on behalf of Georgia’s children in deprivation proceedings and more than three million dollars for child abuse and neglect prevention programs throughout Georgia. During her tenure as the lead lobbyist for Grady Memorial Hospital, Ms. Clifton has secured more than $100 million in new funding for Georgia’s largest public hospital.
Prior to joining the Taylor English Decisions team, Ms. Clifton operated a political consulting firm representing a variety of non-profit, professional association, and corporate clients. While completing her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law, she served as the Interim Executive Director for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. She also served as campaign manager and subsequent Chief of Staff to Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders.
Ms. Clifton served as the Gubernatorial appointed Chair of the Governor’s Cooperative Agreement Advisory Committee on Youth Substance Abuse Prevention in 2005. Later that year, she was honored to receive the 2005 Child Advocate of the Year by the Juvenile Law Committee of the State Bar of Georgia. In May 2006, she was appointed by Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson to serve as one of two child advocates on the House Study Committee on the Creation of Focus on our Future: A Children’s Budget.
Ms. Clifton is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, The Commerce Club, the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children, Leadership DeKalb Class of 2005. Currently, she serves as a volunteer at the Decatur Cooperative Ministries homeless shelter.
State Bar of Georgia
The Commerce Club
The Georgia Association of Counsel for Children
Leadership DeKalb Class of 2005
Decatur Cooperative Ministries Homeless Shelter, Volunteer