Marina Taft Hardy is Senior Counsel at Imperium Global Advisors, leading the firm’s state and local government relations and political strategy practices. Marina’s public sector and private sector experience at the state and local level lend a deep understanding to agency and legislative processes. As a political strategist, Marina has helped start and lead winning political and grassroots campaigns. Prior to joining Imperium, Marina founded and directed Taft Hardy & Associates, a boutique government relations and political advisory firm. While running her own business, Marina successfully lobbied on major healthcare, economic development and transportation issues. She also has experience advising clients in the financial services, real estate and energy industries.
She has held positions at leading companies such as Southeast Toyota Distributors, Southwest Airlines, and Clear Channel Outdoor. As a political strategist, Marina is best known for her work as the co-founder of Change Maryland alongside now Governor Larry Hogan. She utilized her experiences and relationships to build a platform advocating for small business, economic growth, fiscal responsibility and government accountability. Marina served as Finance Director for Hogan for Maryland, the first successful publicly financed gubernatorial campaign in Maryland state history, where she was instrumental in qualifying the campaign to receive public financing. Marina then founded and ran the state’s first successful super PAC, whose summer Gonzalez poll is considered the “game changer” of the 2014 gubernatorial election of Governor Larry Hogan.
Marina has served as a Board Member of many leading organizations, including the BWI Business Partnership, the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore and the Greater Washington Urban League. Marina graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honor’s Program at Mount St. Mary’s University and earned her Juris Doctor at Nova Southeastern University. She is admitted to the bar in the State of Maryland.