About Us

About Clifton Government Relations, LLCtn flag

Clifton Government Relations represents, consults with and trains nonprofit organizational clients and their staff, board and volunteers.

The range of services we provide includes:

  • Advocating at the state level regarding the public policy concerns of the nonprofit client. Many of these concerns are on behalf of the organizational client while others impact the clients those organizations serve.  Advocating includes passing helpful legislation and defeating unhelpful legislation and also advocating with the executive branch.
  • Planning long and short-term public policy agendas for the organizational client to undertake, with varying degrees of hands-on help from Clifton Government Relations depending on the client’s needs.
  • Monitoring and reporting on legislative and administrative developments.
  • Training staff, board and volunteers in basic and advanced public policy advocacy on the state or local level.
  • Consulting with nonprofit organizational clients on specific problems and questions regarding government actions and possible actions.
  • Presenting a one-time talk or a series of presentations for staff, board, volunteers and supporters. This service can be provided to groups who are not clients in a legal or lobbying sense, as well as to those organizations which are clients.
  • Lobbying for the nonprofessional lobbyist

– Tips for in-person visits to decision-makers
– Basics of Tennessee state government and the policy-making process
– Basics of Metro Nashville local government and policy-making process
– Basics of Tennessee nonprofit law relating to advocacy and electoral activity
– Law regarding electoral political activities as opposed to advocacy activities for nonprofits

If you would like to consult with us regarding our services, please contact Stewart Clifton at (615) 305-2946 or stewart@stewartclifton.com.

Stewart Clifton

Attorney, Registered Lobbyist, Consultant


Stewart Clifton is an attorney and registered lobbyist with a practice focused exclusively on nonprofit organizations.  He provides advocacy and/or monitoring services for several health, social welfare, equal justice and environmental groups. See Our Clients for additional information.

Stewart received a BA in political science from Vanderbilt and is also a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School. He has been a member of the Tennessee Bar since 1977.  He has served as executive director, legal counsel and public policy director for Tennessee nonprofit groups, prior to establishing a government relations practice.

An elected member of the Metro Council, Nashville’s local legislative body, from 1987-1999, he chaired the Budget & Finance, Health, Hospitals & Social Services and the Planning & Zoning committees.

Stewart is engaged in a number of volunteer efforts. After leaving the Metro Council he served on the Historic Zoning Commission and since 2000 has served as a member of Metro’s Planning Commission, currently serving as its Vice Chair.  He serves as a Trustee of the Baptist Healing Trust, a committee member and former chair of the TN Bar Association Government Affairs Committee, member of Nashville Bar Association and Advisory Board member of TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Advisory.

Stewart has participated in the public policy process as an interested citizen, a lawyer representing clients with issues being addressed by the state and local legislative and administrative bodies, a registered lobbyist for persons and nonprofit groups normally without access to the process and as an elected local official.  He regularly speaks and presents workshops on the policy-making process and plans and delivers substantive workshops on public issues to a variety of groups.

Stewart is married to Louise Clifton, retired librarian and technology coordinator at Glendale K-4  elementary school and other Metro Public Schools. They have two sons, Jeff and Phillip.

Colleen Gill

Legislative and Operations Coordinator

Colleen is responsible for monitoring legislative committees on behalf of clients, crafting weekly legislative reports throughout the legislative session, assisting with administrative and legislative lobbying for clients as needed, facilitating and managing intern work, enhancing the website and social media presence of the firm, representing the firm at select client events, providing advocacy training to clients, and responding to client questions regarding legislative process and strategy.

Colleen completed a Bachelor’s in Science in Women’s & Gender Studies and Cognitive Studies from Vanderbilt University in May 2019. As an intern at the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Colleen became involved in Tennessee’s legal and legislative communities, and cultivated a passion for advocacy. She is committed to making meaningful change in Tennessee through her work at Clifton Government Relations.