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At the intersection of federal policy and higher education, WashNav empowers universities, colleges, and nonprofits to navigate Washington’s ever-shifting political winds, take strategic advantage of opportunities, manage crises, and respond to federal action. As passionate advocates for the value and importance of higher education. Our clients benefit from our extensive university experience.


  • Extensive experience inside universities and Capitol Hill
  • Team with diverse experience across issues impacting higher
  • Successfully steered clients through Congressional and agency investigations
  • Track record of success with increasing federal funding for clients and influencing legislation of consequence to the higher ed community


  • Provide direct and effective federal advocacy tailored to your specific needs.
  • Illuminate the federal legislative process and provide access to the key players.
  • Elevate your institution’s mission and brand to align with your strategic goals and interests.
  • Position leadership and faculty as influential advisors on key topics both before Congress and agency advisory committees.
  • Guide clients through federal investigations and oversight.
  • Work with leadership to develop and execute a research development plan.
  • Provide grant writing and grant review expertise.


Policy Advocates

  • Increased client’s national voice on issues by securing an opportunity to testify and represent the sector at important Congressional hearings.
  • Established the university as an industry leader in best practices in academic research security.
  • Drafted and successfully pushed into law legislation to improve federal student financial aid programs and access for underserved populations.
  • Stood up a new international nonprofit focused on national competitiveness through collaboration and shared best practices.
  • Managed a C-suite policy steering committee supporting a multimillion-dollar program that developed major policy reports on advanced manufacturing and cyber security.
  • Ran a multi-year congressional briefing series on science and innovation policy issues

Political Experts

  • Secured more than $100m for a research facility new-start in FY24
  • Gained Congressional support for increasing and extending a client’s energy research program.
  • Secured community project funds to innovate client’s nursing facilities.
  • Secured multimillion-dollar federal appropriations for an academic training facility.
  • Developed strategy for raising university profile on research capabilities in critical technologies with key federal R&D funding agencies.
  • Secured committee report language to achieve client’s strategic goals.
  • Represented universities and nonprofit organizations on complex tax issues.
  • Successfully translated science, technology, and innovation policy reports into legislative language and built coalitions to support congressional action.

Trusted Partners

  • Negotiated multimillion-dollar federal cooperative R&D agreements.
  • Negotiated industry-university partnerships to manage national research and development facilities.
  • Developed strategic partnerships and participated on proposal teams for several federal RFPs for multidisciplinary research efforts, including DOE hubs and national lab competitions.
  • Developed Community Commitment Plans and engagement with state and local stakeholders for federally funded projects.
  • Directed a major public-private partnership on the role advanced computing plays in driving. 
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