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.

Anica Choi

Anica Choi is a Policy Analyst on the State and Local Advocacy and Appropriations teams at BGR Group. In this role, she assists firm principals and clients on a broad range of policy issues by tracking legislation and the federal appropriations process, providing in-depth research and analyses, flagging funding opportunities for clients, and producing weekly reports for clients across all sectors.

Anica first joined BGR as a research clerk in 2021 and focused on energy and infrastructure policy. Prior to joining BGR, Anica became familiar with the lobbying industry as an intern for Crossroads Strategies after working for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) during the 2020 Georgia Senate runoffs. She also interned for her home district Rep. Drew Ferguson’s (GA-03) office.

Before her entrance to politics, she worked as a court translator for the Troup County Superior Court in her home state of Georgia, where she worked closely with the District Attorney’s office. Anica earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Mississippi, where she was a Haley Barbour Center for the Study of American Politics student. Anica is a native of Daegu, South Korea.

Erskine Wells

Erskine Wells is the President of BGR Group. He joined BGR in 2011 after serving on Capitol Hill for more than a decade. At BGR, Erskine represents clients with interests in defense, telecommunications, transportation, financial services, and appropriations before Congress, the administration, and state and local governments.

Erskine also has extensive experience leading coalitions in Washington. Working with Fortune 50 firm Caterpillar, he was instrumental in the successful launch of the Alliance for American Competitiveness and served as its Executive Director. Collaborating closely with Alliance members Honeywell, Dow, BNSF and UPS, Erskine led efforts to improve freight infrastructure throughout the United States by engaging policy makers at the local, state and federal levels. Through his efforts, the Alliance briefed the White House, Senate and House of Representatives on the role infrastructure plays in economic competitiveness.

Erskine works closely with clients ranging from wireless and hardware manufacturers to national security manufacturers and global shipping companies. Erskine is known as a substantive policy expert with connections throughout government, who quietly delivers results for his clients.  

Prior to joining BGR, Erskine served in the office of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) in various capacities, including deputy chief of staff and military legislative assistant. Earlier, Erskine managed appropriations accounts for then-Rep. Roger Wicker’s office in the House of Representatives. In these positions, Erskine advised the Senator and Congressman on national security, defense, foreign policy, transportation, financial services and telecommunications, working closely with Committee staff and Administration officials.

During his time on the Hill, Erskine collaborated with the intelligence community and Congressional committees to create and fund the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Mississippi, which prepares students for careers in intelligence analysis.

A graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, Erskine earned his master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He lives in Northern Virginia.

Bill Viney

Bill Viney, a Principal at BGR Group, leads the firm’s Appropriations Practice and assists clients in impacting federal policies and securing funding through the legislative process. He helps clients raise their issues to the level of national concern and makes them a priority for championing members. He then helps clients position themselves against competing national concerns and guides them through the legislative process.

Bill joined the firm in 2004 after years of public affairs, campaign and federal government experience. An appropriations expert, Bill is responsible for overseeing appropriations initiatives for BGR’s clients and has built a reputation as a leading advocate for municipalities as well as nonprofit and corporate clients.

Bill previously served as Director of Federal Policy for public affairs firm Broydrick & Associates, where he directed the Washington office and oversaw the entire federal practice. His experience also includes participating in various campaigns and serving in a Congressional office.

Bill graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in political science.

Loren Monroe

Loren Monroe, a Principal at BGR Group, serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Board as well as one of the firm’s spokesmen. He co-chairs the firm’s bipartisan State & Local Advocacy Practice while lobbying on behalf of energy, health, financial services, technology and trade clients. Loren has more than 25 years of experience in Washington’s political, business and public policy arenas.

In his role, Loren helps clients at the state and federal levels achieve policy solutions and secure business opportunities in Washington and state capitals across the country through direct lobbying before Congress, governors, state legislators and attorneys general. He is skilled at helping clients align federal and state advocacy strategies as well as enlisting state and local leaders to support clients’ federal priorities. He also helps clients to obtain grants and appropriations from federal and state agencies. Due to the quality of service and results that are consistently delivered, Loren has represented many of his clients for more than 20 years. 

Loren frequently serves as the campaign manager for complex lobbying efforts that require coordinated state and federal outreach across multiple states and involving several lobbying and public relations firms. Highlights of his lobbying successes include securing federal permitting approval for the nation’s first large scale offshore wind project, Congressional appropriations for new research buildings on a university campus, legislation to carveout scrap recyclers from the Superfund program, state funding for digital skilling programs as well as discretionary economic development incentives by governors.

Prior to joining BGR, Loren served at the public affairs firm Cassidy & Associates. He served on the legislative staff of former Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) when he served as Chairman of the Budget Committee and as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. Loren previously served on the Finance staff of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as well as on the President George H.W. Bush reelection campaign.

Loren currently serves on the Finance Committees of the Republican Governors Association and the Republican State Leadership Committee. He is often invited to speak before audiences on the political and legislative outlooks at the federal and state levels.

Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown is a Senior Policy Analyst working with the firm’s State and Local Advocacy and Appropriations Practices. She joined BGR in 2018. She provides comprehensive legislative and political reports and analyses while working alongside state and local governments, Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and political committees. Her research helps clients understand the implications of proposed policies and legislation. 

As a member of several women’s political groups, Ellen leads the team’s women in government outreach. She also represents BGR at various events with state and local officials. Drawing on her past involvement in political campaigns, Ellen provides insightful analysis and valuable guidance to clients throughout each election cycle.

Before joining BGR, Ellen worked as a Legislative Aide in the Virginia General Assembly and as Director of Operations for a Virginia legislative campaign. She managed communications and coordinated local field activities for statewide races in that capacity. Ellen began her career in political media and digital marketing, composing and editing numerous political newsletters for distribution to millions of registered voters nationwide.