Legislative and Public Policy


Given the wide range of stakeholders and policy issues in the education space, our legislative group works collaboratively and creatively to identify and execute policy solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of our clients. We apply this approach to every facet of our work including in the areas of profile building, research funding, and policy. Our team has a substantive understanding of big picture and nuanced issues affecting the education community given the diversity of our clients, which have included associations and coalitions, public and private universities, community colleges, school districts and counties, and education technology companies.

Additionally, we work directly and strategically with congressional committees and individual members of Congress, in a bipartisan manner, to advance our clients' interests during the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), America COMPETES Act, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Child Nutrition Act (CNA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Farm Bill (Title VII - Research), Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA), NASA Authorization Act, and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins or CTE), among others. Equally important, we are adept at navigating initiatives, guidance, and regulations within the Executive Branch agencies, which present opportunities and challenges for clients.

Representative Matters:

  • Secured more than $80 million through the appropriations process for a NASA research project that the President's FY 2015 budget proposed to cut.
  • Secured $8.5 million for a new Veterans Affairs clinic to be located on the campus shared by a public research university (classified as "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation) and a health sciences center.
  • Secured a $2.4 million Department of Energy grant to establish a grid simulator through an unsolicited grant proposal.
  • Established a coalition of public urban and metropolitan institutions of higher education to advocate before Congress and the Administration.
  • Provided strategic advice and guidance to a county's head start program on its renewal application to perform Head Start services.
  • Secured an appointment for a top public university to serve on a negotiated rulemaking committee impacting a vast array of federal student aid regulations.
  • Secured two clients for selection by the Department of Education as Experimental Sites for the Federal Work-Study Near-Peer Counseling Program.
  • Conducted an evaluation of a university's pre-service teaching program and created a vision planning document to reorganize the program, thereby helping to raise its profile in the area of teacher preparation and diversity.
  • Counseled clients on campus safety legislation and compliance with Title IX.
  • Counseled on an accreditation and governance compliance matter before an accrediting body and the US Department of Education resulting in a favorable decision that allowed for the institution to merge with another educational entity.


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Speaker, American Association of Community Colleges Advocates in Action Conference, Washington, DC
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Post-Election Analysis 2016: Education
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