Areas of Expertise and Client Services

Federal legislative and government affairs advocacy

  • Coalition building/grassroots coordination
  • Working effectively with Congress
  • Drafting legislation and advocacy materials
  • Coordination with Executive Branch offices
  • Mastery of the legislative process – from bill introduction to House-Senate conference 
  • Regulatory matters – across a broad spectrum of federal agencies


Federal funding and assistance

  • Grant writing assistance
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Congressional appropriations
  • Securing government technical assistance
  • Relationship-building with federal agencies
  • Identifying grant opportunities – competitive and discretionary

Team members previously served for House and Senate Appropriations Committee and Budget Committee members.

Involvement with White House programs

  • My Brother’s Keeper
  • Promise Zones Initiative
  • White House Rural Task Force
  • Let’s Move! – obesity prevention initiative
  • White House Community College Initiative
  • Urban Waters Federal Partnership Program
  • Joining Forces –  veterans & military families


Rural Communities

  • Rural education projects
  • Funding for agricultural research
  • Rural development
  • Food security programs
  • Rural Promise Zones


International Initiatives

  • International relief
  • Foreign agriculture programs
  • International tourism marketing
  • International language training programs
  • International women’s leadership programs


Nonprofit Organizations

  • Youth and family service programs
  • Faith-based initiatives
  • Foster care initiatives
  • Health and welfare funding
  • Library and museum funding
  • Women’s leadership programs
  • Philanthropy

Prior Federal Service

Expertise and Professional Services

Affiliated team members all have prior senior federal service

  • Three team members served in the White House, and several served as political appointees in Executive Branch agencies, handling domestic as well as international matters
  • Former Rep. George Hochbrueckner of New York is a key team member
  • Team members have served 11 Members of Congress and six Senators – with three serving as Congressional Chiefs of Staff
  • Team members have served as professional staff for the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation, and House Oversight & Government Reform Committee

Federal Executive Branch Advocacy Experience

  • The White House*
  • Office of the First Lady
  • Office of the Second Lady
  • Office of the Vice President
  • Office of Public Engagement
  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Department of Homeland Security*
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation*
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Agency for International Development*
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency*
  • General Services Administration
  • Institute for Museum and Library Services
  • Maritime Administration*
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Smithsonian Institution 

*A team member has served with this federal agency.

​Parks, Recreation, Wildlife, Natural and Historic Resources

  • Watershed restoration programs
  • Urban Waters Federal Partnership Program
  • Protection of open space and wildlife habitat
  • Historic preservation funding and designations
  • Park land acquisition funding and boundary adjustments
  • National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and Heritage Areas



With their wide-ranging backgrounds in federal service, the professionals of Downs Government Affairs know how to navigate all areas of the federal government in order to solve complex public policy issues.