Hamilton Goodman Partners, LLC
Bipartisan Government Solutions


Who We Are


Deborah A. Hamilton

Deborah has over 30 years of experience providing lobbying, government relations, and communications counsel, both in the private and the public sectors. She began her career working in Delaware government under Republican Governor Pete DuPont, serving in the Governor's Energy Office.  Deborah then moved to the private sector, working as Director of Communications for PJM/Philadelphia Electric Company. She then gained expanded government relations experience with Getty Oil, and added investor relations experience working for Noxell (maker of Cover Girl). The energy industry is the cornerstone of her private sector experience, gained during stints with both Texaco and Shell. Deborah left the private sector after 20 years in senior and executive management at Texaco, subsequent to the Chevron acquisition of Texaco in 2001. She then returned to government, serving as the Assistant Director for the Governor’s Economic Development Office, and Director of  Delaware's Federal office in Washington, D.C., under Democratic Governor Ruth Ann Minner.  Since 2004, Deborah has represented clients in government relations services, media communications, and advocacy for government funding. She has done so both independently, and most recently with Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies. 


  • American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, former Board Chair

  • Wilmington Women in Business, former President

  • Elwyn, former member of DE Advisory Board





Lisa B. Goodman

Lisa is a Delaware attorney, and was formerly a partner in one of Delaware's largest law firms, where, for over two decades, she represented clients in the areas of government relations and infrastructure entitlements. Lisa obtained governmental entitlements for much of both the original mobile telephone infrastructure and the wireless emergency response system throughout Delaware. She also obtained entitlements for the largest residential redevelopment project in Wilmington's history, and for the first new commercial high-rise and private residential high-rise buildings in Wilmington in a generation.  Lisa also has extensive experience in government relations, media strategy, community relations, and political and grassroots campaigns. In addition to her work representing clients in Dover at the Delaware General Assembly, she has deep relationships with Delaware’s federal delegation, and represents local and national interests in front of numerous local governments. Lisa is a former member of the Democratic National Committee, the former Vice Chair of the Delaware Democratic Party, and has served in various campaign functions for both federal and state political candidates. She is the founding President of Equality Delaware, Inc., and led the statewide strategy that resulted in passage of Delaware’s civil union law in 2011 and Delaware’s marriage equality law in 2013.


  • Order of the First State, 2016

  • Women's Leadership Award, Delaware State Bar Association, 2015

  • Widener University School of Law, Martin Luther King Service Award, 2014

  • ACLU of Delaware Kandler Award, 2012

  • Delaware Stonewall Democrats LGBT Pioneer Award, 2012

  • H. James Conaway Pro Bono Award, 2011

  • Chambers USA – Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2006-2013

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, recognized since 2006

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair, Delaware State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

  • Chair, Governor's Task Force on Firearm Suicide

  • Equality Delaware, Inc., President

  • Democratic National Convention, Delegate 2012 and Super Delegate, 2016

  • United States Pony Clubs, Graduate A


Elizabeth (lizzie) l. zubaca

Elizabeth joined Hamilton Goodman Partners in January 2018. She has nearly ten years of experience in government relations and the public sector at both the federal and state level. Before becoming a lobbyist with Hamilton Goodman Partners, she was a Budget Analyst at the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, where she specialized in expenditure projections for the State’s Medicaid program. Elizabeth also has experience as a Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst in Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget, where her portfolio included budgeting for the State’s higher education institutions, the Department of Education, and Delaware’s K-12 education system. Prior to her work in Delaware, she served as a Legislative Correspondent on Capitol Hill for Senator Thomas R. Carper. There, she assisted Senator Carper on issues and legislation related to the energy, environment, transportation, agriculture and education. Elizabeth returned to Delaware after achieving her master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public finance and budgeting at the George Washington University (2013). In addition to her work in the public sector, Elizabeth has experience working for non-profits and political campaigns, where she gained knowledge in grass-roots organizing and policy implementation. As a native Delawarean, Elizabeth is a proud Blue Hen, graduating from the University of Delaware (B.S., 2010) in human services with a concentration in administration and policy.