Hai Feng Peng

Hai Peng is a Senior Director at BGR Group where he advises clients on U.S.-China relations. Hai draws on his extensive military and civil service experience, together with his deep understanding of Chinese language, politics, and culture, to advise on global geopolitical and security issues.

Prior to joining BGR Group, Hai served as Deputy Chief – China, Taiwan, Mongolia Division in the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Joint Staff, J5, DD-Asia. In this position, Hai advised the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) in his role as the senior military advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. President by providing expert advice, information, analysis, briefings, studies, and reports on China, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific region, both within the country and in a geopolitical context. Before joining the CJCS, Hai worked as a Senior Geopolitical and Military Affairs Specialist in the Strategic Competition Branch under the Department of the Air Force. Hai’s extensive civil service experience also includes three years with the Defense Intelligence Agency at U.S. INDOPACOM.

Hai also has over eighteen years of military service. He joined the United States Army New York National Guard in March 2002 and commissioned as an Army intelligence officer through the Citadel ROTC Program in 2007. He served seven years on active duty in the U.S. Army, including one combat tour in Iraq, and as an intelligence officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). In 2014, he transitioned to the United States Army Reserves and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel.

Born in China, Hai is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He came to the U.S. at age 17 and lived in Brooklyn, NY.  He is a graduate of Columbia University holding a Master of International Affairs – International Security Policy with a focus on East Asia, and the Citadel, Military College of South Carolina, holding a Bachelor of Arts in History. Hai lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Kimberly Lucas.

Emma Vaughn

Emma Vaughn, a Vice President with BGR’s Public Relations Practice, has a decade of strategic communications and public policy experience in politics and government. She is known for excelling in high stakes environments and operating at a campaign-level pace with a proven track record of delivering results.

Emma joined BGR following her time at the Republican National Committee (RNC), where she served most recently as the Deputy Communications Director. In this role, Emma oversaw the committee’s communications strategy, working closely with RNC Members, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, elected officials, candidates, and members of the media to drive messaging and narratives in a 24-hour news cycle. Emma was previously the National Press Secretary as the RNC’s chief spokesperson, playing a pivotal role in winning a Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Emma cut her teeth in Florida, as the Communications Director and the lead on-the-record spokesperson for Trump Victory, the joint operation between the campaign and the RNC, which ultimately delivered 29 electoral votes, produced extraordinary numbers among minority communities, and flipped two congressional seats in Miami Dade County.

Emma additionally served in several communications roles in the U.S. House of Representatives for Members of Congress from Ohio and New York. During her time as Communications Director, she managed public relations outreach and organized and executed major public announcements and events.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Emma served on the 2016 Republican National Convention’s communications team in her hometown. Emma holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Anna Reese Couhig

Anna Reese Couhig is a Policy Associate in the State and Local Advocacy and Appropriations practices at BGR Group. In this role, she supports clients on a variety of policy issues by conducting research and analysis, providing regular legislative updates, developing briefing materials and reports, and drafting correspondence. Anna Reese also plays a key role in coordinating congressional meetings, assisting with fly-ins, and performing administrative duties in relation to advocacy efforts. 

Prior to joining BGR Group, Anna Reese interned with Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and worked on a variety of Democratic congressional campaigns. Anna Reese graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2023 with a B.A. in public policy leadership and a B.A. in English with an emphasis in literature, justice, and society. While at Ole Miss, Anna Reese served as Senior Class Vice President, Chief of Staff for TEDxUniversityofMississippi, and as an ambassador for the university’s English department. Additionally, Anna Reese graduated as a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College after the successful defense of her thesis examining student perceptions of COVID-19 mitigation strategies and correlation to demographics.

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Anna Reese joined BGR Group as a clerk and researcher after moving to Washington, D.C. in August 2023.

Mary Elliott

Mary Elliott has served as Accounting Manager for BGR Group since 2023. In this role, she assists the Controller in overseeing daily accounting operations.

Prior to joining BGR, Mary was Senior Accountant at the Republican National Committee, where she assisted with Federal Election Commission (FEC) compliance and reporting. She was also an intern for Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA).

Mary is originally from Great Falls, Virginia, and attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Accounting.

Skylar Rubin

Skylar Rubin is a Policy Analyst for BGR’s Public Relations Practice. With her expertise in graphic design, digital content creation, and strategic communications, Skylar manages BGR’s website and social media platforms, and provides branding and marketing support for the firm.  

In addition to her focus on internal communications, Skylar collaborates closely with other practice groups and their clients, lending her talents to develop impactful one-pagers, dynamic PowerPoint decks, and comprehensive long-form documents. Skylar’s ability to simplify complex ideas into visually engaging and easily understandable content proves invaluable to both her team and BGR’s clients.

Skylar’s creative expertise extends beyond static designs to include short video animations, enhancing viewer engagement and communication effectiveness in alignment with the contemporary preference for short-form video content.

Skylar started at BGR as a Clerk and Researcher in June 2022. Prior to BGR, Skylar interned for Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO-04), where she handled press duties. Skylar received a B.A. in Strategic Communications with minors in both Political Science and Studio Art from Elon University in May 2023. Skylar was born and raised in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and is an alumna of The Holton-Arms School. 

With a background in strategic communications and experience interning on Capitol Hill, Skylar brings a unique blend of communications skills and knowledge of policy to the team.

Scott Eisner

Scott Eisner is a Senior Vice President with BGR’s International and Trade Practice, where he brings expertise in building international business relationships, policy advocacy, and advising global leaders. Prior to joining BGR Group, Scott served as President of the U.S.-Africa Business Center and Senior Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He directed the strategic activities of the USAfBC, engaging with senior-level U.S. government officials, international business leaders, and African governments.

Eisner was also a former member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. Before joining the Chamber, Eisner had a diverse career across multiple sectors, including politics, working on Sen. John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign and his reelection to the Senate in 2004. 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. Scott currently serves on the advisory board for George W. Bush Institute,  City Year South Africa, Africa Leadership Academy USA, and  the Woodrow Wilson Center Africa Program Advisory CouncilEisner 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.

Raghav Aggarwal

Raghav Aggarwal, Vice President, joined BGR in October 2023. He helps clients identify challenges and opportunities created by today’s political and policy environment, formulate policy solutions to address them, and advocate for those solutions in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. He succeeds for his clients by relying on his significant experience as a leader in the health care policy space, strong technical expertise, and deep understanding of the policymaking process.

Prior to joining BGR, Raghav held a variety of senior roles with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) over a period spanning three different administrations. Most recently, as Senior Advisor, he helped oversee a vast array of policy and operational work related to the $400 billion Medicare Advantage and Part D programs, including implementation of the drug pricing and payment reform provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA).

Previously, Raghav served on the Majority Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, on detail from CMS as Senior Health Policy Advisor. In that role, he managed legislation and advised Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) on the prescription drug pricing, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Advantage policy portfolios, among other health care issues. Raghav most notably led the development of the IRA’s drug pricing and payment reform provisions and helped to successfully negotiate passage of the landmark legislation that he also eventually helped implement.

Raghav has received numerous honors and awards for his meaningful contributions to federal health care policy, including the HHS Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Management, one of the highest honors granted by the Department and conferred by the Secretary.

Ryan Long

Ryan Long is a Principal with BGR Group and works with clients in both the Health and Life Sciences and Commerce Practices. He has vast experience in policy areas including health, trade, technology, and veterans’ affairs. He possesses a rare combination of both policy expertise and superior knowledge of House process and dynamics after two separate tours of service on Capitol Hill.

Ryan previously served as a Principal with BGR Group from 2013 to 2017. He focused primarily on Health and Life Science clients before returning to Capitol Hill to lead the Republican staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He then served as Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel to the Speaker where his portfolio included health, technology, and trade policy.

Ryan also served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2004 to 2013 as the FDA Counsel and then as Chief Health Counsel. Prior to that he served as a Legislative Correspondent for former Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) and for former Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) from 1999-2004, first as a Legislative Assistant then as his Legislative Director.

James Day

James Day serves as Director of Intelligence & Investigations at BGR Group. In this role, James leverages his professional experience and international network to deliver discrete, individualized investigative services across North America and abroad. His robust understanding of industry-leading investigative products uniquely positions James to engineer bespoke intelligence solutions for the firm’s clients.

James joined the BGR Intelligence, Investigation, and Security team with nearly a decade of professional experience in senior-level due diligence investigations and customized research solutions, specializing in corporate/individual backgrounds, international risk assessment, and multi-jurisdictional investigative services. James has provided critical intelligence and litigatory support to Fortune 500 firms in the Legal, Financial, and Due Diligence space, offering unique insight into the operation and compliance requirements of major firms across the industry.

James earned a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies, with a concentration in Constitutional Studies, from Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

Syd Terry

Syd Terry serves as a Vice President with BGR’s Commerce and Infrastructure Practice. He helps clients navigate issues ranging from telecommunications, consumer protections, auto safety, and competition policy both on Capitol Hill and in the administration, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He previously served as the Chief of Staff for Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) where he led all legislative, policy, communications, and constituent services strategies for Rep. Schakowsky including her work as a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and as a Member on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and House Budget Committee. He first joined Rep. Schakowsky’s office in 2019 and led her policy work on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. In that role he coordinated policy relating to interstate and foreign commerce, including all trade matters within the jurisdiction of the full committee; consumer protection; regulation of commercial practices; and consumer product safety. Syd also served as the Legislative Director for Rep. Schakowsky, advising the Congresswoman on all legislative areas, including energy, and assisted in the development of policy positions and legislative initiatives.

Syd started his Capitol Hill career with Senators Ken Salazar (D-CO) and Carl Levin (D-MI). He worked on the campaigns of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and then Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), who was elected to the House in 2012 and later served as Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus. Syd joined Pocan’s Congressional office where he served as a Senior Legislative Assistant. In this capacity, he served as the primary labor, energy, and environmental policy staffer for a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Syd earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did his graduate coursework at the U.S. Army War College. He currently resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Larkin Parker, and their Scottish Terrier, Sargent Pepper.