Jay Layman

Co-Chair, Capital Associates


Jay is President of Capital Associates LLC, a subsidiary company in the McNees Strategic Solutions Group,. He is responsible for business development and client relationships for advocacy, lobbying, government relations and state grant opportunities for business and nonprofit organizations.

Jay has over 45 years’ experience in the Pennsylvania public affairs arena. He became a lobbyist in 1972 while attending law school and gained expertise in grassroots advocacy and environmental issues resulting in legislation involving air and water issues, floodplain control, pesticide use, land use and acquisition of public lands. He has successfully developed and managed additional issues in the areas of transportation, health and human services, education, professional licensure and state appropriations. Jay continues participating in many legislative and regulatory processes in support of client issues.

Jay is a member of the PA and Dauphin County Bar Associations and maintains his Attorney’s License with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Although no longer practicing law, he remains attuned to many legal issues and applies these skills to government relations issues.

He resides in Carlisle, PA with his wife, Christina. They enjoy time with their adult children, Jason, Anna, Whitney and Scott, including travel and family gatherings.


Dickinson College, B.S., 1971 (major in geology; minor in history)

The Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson Law, J.D. 1975


Pennsylvania Land Trust Association – 2016 Award for Advocacy on the 15th anniversary of the Conservation and Preservation Easements Act of 2001 (after a 12-year effort led by Jay).

Carlisle Area Health & Wellness Foundation (now Partnership for Better Health) – for service on the Board of Directors, 2007-2013.

PA Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability – awards recognizing advocacy on behalf of individuals with intellectual disability and autism and their families.

Institute on Disabilities – Temple University – 2013 award for promoting best practices in assistive technology

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