Dana Weekes is a skillful strategist who represents clients with substance and creativity on legislative and regulatory matters. Ms. Weekes takes seriously knowing the priorities of clients, how their organizations work, and how they are positioned in their industries, sectors, or communities. Her approach to policy representation is greatly informed by her background in grassroots organizing and building organizational capabilities. Ms. Weekes not only keenly understands the policy and legal elements in government affairs representation, but the political dynamics and public perception.

Ms. Weekes advises corporations and nonprofits that are lead innovators in their various industries and sectors, including clients developing disruptive technologies and programs. She works closely with federal policymakers to help them understand and effectively address issues that have not been contemplated in current law or need major reform. Ms. Weekes also has been successful at positioning clients as national thought leaders and collaborative partners on important issues, particularly when clients need to shift their federal engagement from being reactive to proactive.

Over the years, Ms. Weekes has worked with industry-leading clients in sectors ranging from technology to education to food and agriculture. She has advocated on various matters, including those related to privacy, workforce development, innovative learning, tax, and trade. Ms. Weekes also has led and participated in "bet the company" legislative campaigns and rapid response crisis management efforts.

As Ms. Weekes helps to advance policy conversations, she remains committed to giving back. She serves as a mentor and teaches youth across the nation how to become zealous advocates at the federal level. She also is an ambassador of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and engages in efforts to create meaningful opportunities for historically underrepresented groups in the legal industry and politics.

Experience

  • Top private university in providing strategic advice on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and working closely with the congressional delegation to help successfully remove the repeal of the income exclusion for graduate tuition waivers in the final version of the tax reform measure.
  • Identity management technology company in drafting and advising on student authentication language in the House Education and the Workforce Committee's Higher Education Act reauthorization bill to better support the Department of Education in addressing financial aid fraud, identity fraud, and other fraudulent activity.
  • Industry-leading technology companies in advising on data privacy legislation and proposing amendments to draft and introduced bills.
  • Domestic employee-owned company in advocating before the Department of Agriculture and Department of Commerce regarding a Section 232 investigation.
  • Nationally recognized non-profit organization in advocating successfully for the House Education and the Workforce Committee to remove an enabling statute in its Higher Education Act reauthorization measure that imposes challenges to improve the operations and direction of the organization seeking to accelerate innovation in education.
  • One of the nation’s largest community colleges in providing strategic counsel and leadership in the introduction of a bipartisan House companion bill to establish an additional metric for completion rates that accurately reports such data for two-year institutions.
  • A learning science company and its university partners in providing strategic counsel and securing language in the PROSPER ACT (Higher Education Act reauthorization bill) to require remedial education services for certain Department of Education grant programs to improve college completion rates.
  • Global food manufacturer in developing and executing a strategy to repeal a Department of Agriculture rule that would result in more than $1 billion in retaliation tariffs on US products.
  • Top-tier Forbes company in securing language in a Department of Agriculture rulemaking that allows for the sale of the company’s product that was initially eliminated in the proposed rule.
  • Major STEM association in advocating for the restoration of more than $80 million through appropriations for a NASA program that the president’s budget proposed to cut.
  • Top institutions of higher education in securing two separate appointments of individuals to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the National Commission on Hunger.

Perspectives

Profile Building in Advocacy: How to Play Your Trump Card
Arnold & Porter's Insights for Nonprofit Organizations, Washington, DC
The Higher Education Act Reauthorization: The Top 10 Policy Issues Congress is Facing
Advisory
Amplifying the Urban and Metropolitan Voice in Washington and Beyond: How to Play Your Trump Card
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference, Denver, CO
Checkmate? Navigating Tax Reform in a Trump DC
BDO 2017 Nonprofit Summit, Washington, DC
Preparing for a New Administration: What Should Endowments Expect?
Arnold & Porter Seminar, Washington, DC
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Recognition

The National Black Lawyers 2016
"Top 40 Under 40"
Professional Women in Advocacy
Excellence by an "Up and Coming Advocate" – 2015 (Finalist); 2013 (Finalist)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2009
  • BA, Political Science and English, Wellesley College, 2003
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
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