WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2023) – BGR Group, Washington, D.C.’s premiere lobbying and public affairs firm, is welcoming Scott Eisner, a highly accomplished executive with over two decades of experience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as a Senior Vice President with the International and Trade Practice on November 1st. With his extensive global business knowledge, deep legislative and executive branch ties, and trade policy expertise, Scott is a powerful addition to the firm’s already robust bipartisan team.
“BGR is well known and well regarded for its international work and Scott will be a tremendous asset to the team,” BGR International Practice Co-Head Lester Munson said. “Scott’s in-depth knowledge of international market dynamics and his proven track record of strategic advocacy places BGR Group at the forefront of delivering impactful, tailored solutions to our clients worldwide, particularly in Africa. We are thrilled to have him on board.”
Scott joins BGR from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he served as a Senior Vice President and most recently, President of the U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC), the business community’s leading advocacy group aimed at strengthening U.S.-Africa trade relations. In this role, he directed the strategic activities of the Chamber’s USAfBC as it engaged with senior-level U.S. government officials, international business leaders, and African governments. He is also a former member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. Previously, Eisner was head of operations for the Chamber’s International Affairs Division and vice president, African Affairs. Before that, he was deputy chief of staff at the Chamber, where he oversaw the Executive Office and was the senior staffer to the Chamber’s president and CEO. He began his career at the Chamber as director of programs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, formerly known as the National Chamber Foundation.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Eisner had a diverse career across multiple sectors, including time in politics working on Sen. John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign and his reelection to the Senate in 2004. He worked for the International Republican Institute in Malawi, Africa, where he trained political parties on communications and campaign tactics. He was also director of business development for the Kronk Boxing Gym, home to numerous world champions, including Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns and Lennox Lewis.
In 2019, Eisner was selected to be a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a program that brings together bold and principled leaders who are committed to facing critical challenges, both at home and around the world, and who are interested in exploring lessons learned during the administrations of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Scott currently serves on the advisory board for City Year South Africa, Africa Leadership Academy USA, the Woodrow Wilson Center Africa Program Advisory Council, and The George Washington University – Elliott School of International Affairs.
Eisner graduated with a degree in political science from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two daughters.