Ed is a 30-year veteran of Washington politics, Congressional affairs, and foreign policy and international elections. During that time, he has represented diverse interests of major corporations, trade associations and sovereign governments. His focus is on strategic advice and daily advocacy on complex business, trade, foreign policy, and political matters.
Areas of Expertise
International affairs and U.S. foreign policy, global trade, franchising, small business, food and
restaurants, intellectual property, labor, retail, appropriations and federal tax matters
Within the U.S., he specializes in assembling and managing inter-disciplinary teams and coalition partners that blend legislative, political, message, media and third-party experts to effectively influence the policy-making process at the highest levels.
Internationally, he has spent significant time working in some of the most challenging political environments in the world. He has worked on-the- ground in more than 25 nations, managing programs in complex and rapidly changing political conditions. Ed's global experience has centered on complex international issues, such as free trade agreements – notably AGOA, TPP and USMCA, treaties, and other international accords. In addition to successfully defeating legislation regarding bilateral economic sanctions affecting U.S. exporters, he has also devised and executed a multi- year lobbying campaign to enact a bilateral treaty. He has been involved in multinational legal cases involving corporations and sovereign governments, represented governments on international border disputes, worked on developing a client's posture on UN- sponsored peace talks, and helped clients understand the political and policy dynamics of foreign governments and leaders.
Originally from east Tennessee, Ed has a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from the University of Kentucky and a BA in History and Government from Wofford College. He is on the board of directors of the Institute on Religion and Democracy and the Wofford Alumni Association. A passionate proponent of Scouting and the outdoors, he lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, daughter, son, and spaniels.