Who We Are
Our organization’s 50 years of collective experience encompass the following areas: children’s health and mental health, education/special education, and child welfare, among others.
Capitolworks leadership and associates include clinical social workers, attorneys, former Hill staff and business and medical professionals.
Each team member has dedicated her career to working with and representing a diverse group of non-profits nationwide.
Brooke Lehmann, MSW, Esquire, Partner
Brooke Lehmann is a clinical social worker and public interest attorney whose professional expertise is in the areas of children’s health, education, and child welfare. Ms. Lehmann has spent two decades providing direct clinical and advocacy services to children and families while simultaneously working to improve the systems that administer these services through policy development and legislative advocacy. As the Founder and President of Childworks, LLC, Ms. Lehmann has managed multi-million dollar local, state, and federal advocacy campaigns, providing legislative analysis and strategy expertise to clients serving vulnerable populations of children, youth, and families. As a national expert, Ms. Lehmann provides consultation on the design, development, and reform of pediatric health/mental health services and special education and child welfare systems. Ms. Lehmann’s work is both domestic and global. She initiated the development of relief efforts aimed at meeting the health and mental health needs of children and families in post-earthquake Haiti. These efforts brought several hundred volunteers from around the world to Haiti in order to deliver psychosocial services in both medical and non-medical sites. Additionally, Ms. Lehmann formerly served as Acting Director of Healthshare Global. Ms. Lehmann is consulting with government and non-government organizations both in the U.S. and abroad to develop health care systems that address the needs of both children and adults, using innovative community-based models of care. Ms. Lehmann received her B.A. from Indiana University and her M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a clinical fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center and was a Bush fellow at Yale University’s Bush Center for Child Development. Finally, Ms. Lehmann graduated cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law and is licensed to practice law in DC and Maryland.
Megan S. Zuckerman, Esquire, Partner
Megan Zuckerman received her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. in Communication and Art History from Tulane University. Ms. Zuckerman served as Health and Education Legislative Assistant for the senior Senator from Louisiana, Mary L. Landrieu. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Ms. Zuckerman collaborated on drafting the health and education sections of the ensuing hurricane relief legislation. She also worked with the local governmental authorities in re-establishing Louisiana’s health care and education systems. Prior to joining Senator Landrieu’s staff, Ms. Zuckerman clerked for Congressman John Conyers on the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary primarily working on First Amendment issues and bankruptcy reform. In addition, Ms. Zuckerman advocated on behalf of long-term residential substance abuse and mental health treatment organizations while serving as Legislative Associate at Therapeutic Communities of America. During her studies at Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Zuckerman clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, representing the Government in immigration and Social Security cases. Ms. Zuckerman became a certified mediator, earning her practice hours at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – Mediate Art, representing artists in property and copyright disputes. In addition, Ms. Zuckerman clerked for the civil rights law firm, Stacey M. Gray P.C., working on employment, gender, and housing discrimination suits as well as First Amendment claims.
Janis Guerney, Esquire, Senior Associate
Janis Guerney received her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School in 1984, and her B.A. from Penn State University in 1978. Between college and law school, she served as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer in Houston, Texas, where she worked as a community organizer for the Houston Welfare Rights Organization and as an advocate for individuals seeking public assistance. She then worked as a staff assistant for U.S. Congressman Edward R. Roybal from 1980-1981. Following law school, Ms. Guerney worked as an attorney at Baker & Hostetler and at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, where she specialized in health care law and did policy work for the National Association of Public Hospitals, among other clients. Ms. Guerney then worked on health policy issues on Capitol Hill. In 1989, she joined the professional staff of the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care (the Pepper Commission), a congressional commission charged with developing recommendations for covering the uninsured and providing long-term care. From 1990 to 1993, she served as a Health Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she was responsible for developing legislation related to Medicaid and the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. In 1993, Ms. Guerney became an Assistant Director in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Department of Federal Affairs, where she worked for nine years on a variety of issues, including child abuse and neglect, early childhood care and education, mental health, nutrition, pediatric emergency medicine, Native American child health, and injury, poison, and violence prevention. Since leaving the Academy of Pediatrics in 2002, Ms. Guerney has been a government relations consultant for several nonprofit organizations. As the Washington Representative for Prevent Child Abuse America, she worked primarily on appropriations matters. As the Washington Representative for the Autism Coalition on Research and Education, which became Autism Speaks, she worked on federal appropriations and authorizing legislation, as well as state insurance coverage matters. As a consultant for the AAP, she worked to protect the interests of children on Medicaid as Congress developed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. Ms. Guerney was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and is currently an inactive member of the DC Bar.