Our Team

About J.K. Belz & Associates

J.K. Belz & Associates was established in 2000 to provide a variety of professional consulting services for private and public organizations and individuals. The company was founded by Jeanette Belz who still guides the firm as president today. 

J.K. Belz & Associates leads the way in Nevada-based legislative advocacy by providing customized contract government relations and lobbying services. 

We bring our years of lobbying experience and legislative and government contacts in Nevada to help you achieve your objectives in Carson City.

Jeanette Belz graduated from the State University of New York (Albany) with a B.A. in Economics and attended Union College (Schenectady, New York) where she earned a Master’s in Business Administration.  She is a trained mediator and blogged for several years about conflict resolution through The Olive Branch.

In 1995, Jeanette moved to Nevada to accept the position of President/CEO for the Nevada Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.Three years later, she joined Wadhams & Akridge as Director of Government Relations.

Jeanette took the leap in 2000 and started her own government relations consulting business and has never looked back. She loves strategizing with clients and helping them achieve their legislative goals.

In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys the great outdoors, doing agility training with her rescue pup and mentoring.

Nevada Chapter Associated General Contractor’s presented Jeanette Belz with their highest award recognizing her Skill, Integrity, and Respect (SIR Award) in February 2016.

Lea Cartwright joined J.K. Belz & Associates in July 2015 after interning with the Associated General Contractors during the 2015 Legislative session. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in social work in 2013 and a Master’s in public policy and administration in 2014.

Lea received her certificate in mediation and conflict resolution in April 2018 and is always looking for new skills classes for work and fun.

Prior to her work in policy and politics, Lea worked as a caregiver for older adults, people with developmental disabilities, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and in hospice care for those at the end of life. These early jobs heavily influenced her research in graduate school which focused on caregiver turnover rates, American health care policy, and the greying of Americas workforce.

When not working on client issues Lea can be found at home with her family, their dogs and the cat who help make life complete.

Chaz Fernandez is a first generation Nevadan from a New York family. Born and raised in Las Vegas, he lived in Northern Nevada while studying political science at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2015 until graduating in 2018. He has always been captivated by public policy and completed internships in state and federal politics while in school.

He returned to Southern Nevada after graduation and joined J.K. Belz & Associates in September 2019. He is now finishing his master’s at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a focus in international relations. He is also a soldier in the Nevada Army National Guard and will be commissioned as an officer in late 2019.

In his free time he enjoys running, reading, hiking, and spending time with his friends and family, including four siblings and three dogs.

NVSRT Testimonial

Jeanette is competent, professional, and passionate. She is able to explain and navigate the complex system of Nevada politics exceptionally well. The respect she and her team have garnered in the legislature is clearly evident which made it easier to lobby our cause. They have continued to advocate for us even after the successful passing of our bill. Thank you!

 

Chad Hensley, M.Ed. R.T.(R)(MR)

Legislative Chair

Nevada Society of Radiologic Technologists

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