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

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.

Areas of Expertise and Client 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