Washington, D.C. (December 2, 2021) – BGR Group, Washington, D.C.’s premier bipartisan lobbying and communications firm, today hired Col. Daniel Q. Greenwood, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) to join its Defense and Commerce Practices as Senior Vice President. Greenwood has extensive national security and government affairs experience in building bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill, across the Executive Branch, and the private sector. At BGR, he will work on issues related to national security, foreign military sales, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and unmanned systems.
“We are thrilled to have Col. Greenwood join the BGR team,” BGR President Erskine Wells said. “Dan has the unique experience of leading Marines in combat and leading government affairs teams in Washington in Congress, the National Security Council, and the White House. BGR’s clients will benefit from his broad perspective and background on issues ranging from traditional defense to emerging technologies.”
“It’s an honor to join the outstanding, bipartisan BGR team,” Greenwood said. “BGR is well known for its expertise in defense and aerospace advocacy. I am excited to work with BGR colleagues to advance the priorities of clients and help provide the perspective of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.”
“Dan is a proven leader and tremendous addition to the BGR team,” Defense and International Practice Co-Chair Ambassador Doug Lute said. “His unparalleled experience makes him an expert at communicating complex issues and analytical solutions to diverse audiences. He has worked on policy and legislative issues related to national and homeland security, defense, cyber security, technology, trade, and energy. We are excited to have him on board where he will add immediate value to our defense and international clients.”
Greenwood is retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps after 29 years of serving around the world including Japan, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Haiti. He was most recently the Indo-Pacific Strategy/Posture Director in Headquarters, Marine Corps. Prior to this, he was detailed to the White House where he served in multiple positions including Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director, White House Legislative Affairs, and as Senior Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council. From 2013-2016, he served as the Head of Congressional Affairs for the Marine Corps in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also led the Joint Staff (J-5) Middle East Directorate Iraq and Syria Teams developing strategic plans and policy for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Dan commanded Marine Corps units at every rank from Second Lieutenant to Colonel including during multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. As a Colonel during 2016-2017, he commanded the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) during operations in Libya, Somalia, and 12 countries across Africa. He commanded 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines during 2008-2010 deploying to Anbar Province, Iraq.
Dan is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was a Distinguished Graduate at the National War College earning a M.S. in National Security Strategy; he also earned Masters of Operational Studies and Masters of Military Studies degrees from the Marine Corps University Command & Staff College and the School of Advanced Warfighting.