Lara M. Mbayed

Assistant Vice President , State Government Relations

Chicago, IL

+1 312 750 2757


Lara is an assistant vice president with the Illinois state government relations group where she provides in-depth policy analysis and research for clients, and manages the office’s legislative bill tracking system.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods Consulting, Lara worked as a legislation liaison at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. In that capacity, she assisted the executive staff with the formulation and execution of the Department’s policy ideas through the state’s legislative and administrative processes.

Her previous experience also includes working as a James H. Dunn Fellow in the Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs, which provided her with first-hand experience in the political process and allowed her to develop relationships with policymakers and government stakeholders.


Member, City Year Chicago Alumni Board

Member, ChildServ Auxiliary Board 

Lara Mbayed