Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2021) – BGR Group, Washington, D.C.’s premier bipartisan lobbying and public relations firm, today announced that Patrick Dolan is joining the firm as a Senior Director for State Affairs. In this role, Patrick will help to advance the firm’s clients’ state policy priorities and lead BGR’s outreach to Democratic governors, mayors and legislators.
“We are excited to add Patrick to our growing bipartisan lobbying team that had one of our busiest years ever during the pandemic,” BGR Principal and State Advocacy & Appropriations Practice Head Loren Monroe said. “Patrick’s extensive policy background on key issues like energy, infrastructure, and economic development, as well as his work with governors and mayors, will be particularly useful as states and localities play a leading role in policy development and innovation.”
Prior to joining BGR Group, Patrick served as the Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Immigration Hub, a project of Emerson Collective, where he worked closely with governors, mayors, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in support of DACA and other pro-immigrant policies. Patrick also served as Associate Director of State and Local Government Affairs at the Center for American Progress (CAP), one of the nation’s most influential progressive public policy research and advocacy organizations, where he played an integral role in building out CAP’s new state and local government affairs program.
BGR Group Chairman and CEO Bob Wood commented, “BGR’s history is steeped in state and local government. Our lobbyists travel where needed to personally advocate with our clients before decision makers. From implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act to Medicaid coverage policies to incentivizing business expansion, BGR’s state team helps our clients engage on the front lines. Patrick will be a valuable addition to our bipartisan team.”
Previously, Patrick served as a Legislative Associate at the National Governors Association (NGA), where he worked to advance governors’ bipartisan federal priorities on energy, environmental, and economic development policies. While at NGA, Patrick collaborated with governors’ offices to secure passage of the FAST Act, a $305 billion federal highway and public transportation bill that provided long-term certainty and additional flexibility for states. He also helped organize trade briefings for governors’ offices featuring trade ministers from the embassies of Japan, Mexico, India, Germany, Israel, United Kingdom, Brazil, Singapore, and Australia. Patrick is originally from Englewood, Colorado and he is a graduate of Roanoke College.