Washington, D.C., (September 15, 2021) – BGR Group, Washington, D.C.’s premier bipartisan lobbying and public relations firm, today announced that Justin Rzepka has been named the new Co-Chair of the firm’s Commerce Practice and Robin Colwell will be joining the practice full-time as Senior Vice President. The bipartisan Commerce Practice represents clients in the broadband, semiconductor, and transportation sectors. Team members work in Washington and state capitals advocating for clients on a range of issues including expanding high-speed internet and communications service; upgrading transportation networks; protecting consumer data and privacy; advancing science, technology and engineering research; and oil and gas markets.
“Our bipartisan Commerce Practice is an outstanding group of policy experts across multiple industries,” BGR Group President Erskine Wells said. “Justin is a true leader, and Robin is one of the most respected tech and telecom professionals in town. We are thrilled to announce these changes to the team.”
Justin joined BGR in 2018 after 17 years of policy and political work on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. He spent nine years working at NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. During his time at NCTA, Justin worked with Association members on a wide swath of policy areas to help advance the legislative and business priorities of its member companies. Prior to NCTA, Justin spent several years on Capitol Hill working in several policy areas: foreign policy, telecommunications, transportation, and taxation. He worked at the Congressionally mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, developing policy on the U.S.-Sino relationship for their annual report.
Prior to being named Commerce Practice Co-Chair, Justin was voted to be a firm Principal in January 2021.
Earlier this year, Robin joined BGR as Of Counsel. She previously served at the White House National Economic Council, developing Administration policy and leading interagency implementation of priorities including 5G deployment, security, and innovative network architecture; spectrum allocation; rural broadband deployment; data privacy and security; and domestic supply chain security. Robin also served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Michael O’Rielly at the Federal Communications Commission, as Chief Counsel to the House Energy & Commerce Committee for Communications and Technology, as Legislative Counsel for Senate Commerce Committee members including Senators Tim Scott, Jim DeMint, and Peter G. Fitzgerald, and as Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee for Tourism, Competitiveness, and Innovation.