Melissa Moody

Melissa MoodyMelissa co-founded CAPITOL PARTNERS after a varied and distinguished career of more than 14 years in public service. Most recently, Melissa served as Chief of Staff to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. In that role, she had oversight of all aspects of the Attorney General’s legislative priorities, communications, public affairs, and community relations agenda.

During her tenure as Chief of Staff, Melissa managed the legislative team for the Attorney General, including directing more than twenty attorneys in analyzing, advocating, and monitoring the daily activities of the Arkansas General Assembly, as well as ensuring the successful execution of the AG’s legislative priorities. She monitored legislative activity year-round for possible impact and effect on the AG’s office, and served as liaison between the AG’s office and government officials, advocates and constituents, meeting with external parties to resolve grievances and advance positions.

Additionally, Melissa established and oversaw the communications, public affairs, and community relations strategy for the AG’s office, including an extensive seventy-five-county outreach effort. Prior to being chief of staff, Melissa served as McDaniel’s campaign manager on his successful campaign to be Attorney General in 2006. Prior to her joining McDaniel, Melissa served as executive assistant to U.S. Senate Mark Pryor. She has also worked for Sen. Pryor in a number of capacities, beginning in his Attorney General’s office and then on his first campaign for U.S. Senate in 2002.

Melissa is a member of the Arkansas Bar and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. She also serves on the board of the Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyists.

Contact Melissa at, or by phone at (501) 231-3363.

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