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Paul brings more than a decade of government relations experience to clients in financial services, health care, food and nutrition, transportation and infrastructure, media and telecommunications, and the education and non-profit fields. With his extensive knowledge and high-level relationships, Paul has a proven track record of helping clients work with Members in the House and Senate, on both sides of the aisle.
Paul is a widely known and well-regarded fixture in the halls of Congress, both for his consummate professionalism and his ebullient spirit. He has received numerous awards including the 2014 Washington Government Relations Group "Lobbyist of the Year" award. He was named to The Hill's "Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns" list for the past four years, and was selected numerous times to Roll Call's “Fabulous Fifty” staffers on Capitol Hill.
Paul began his lobbying career after serving for six years as the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) under three CBC chairs: Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Melvin Watt (D-NC). As executive director, Paul worked for all 43 members of the CBC and coordinated both domestic and foreign policy legislative initiatives for the CBC. He also worked for Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), who was then a member of the House, Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) and Governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY).
During the Clinton administration, Paul served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment Standards Administration under Secretary Alexis Herman. Paul also worked in the Department of Transportation’s General Counsel’s Honors Program.
A Washington, D.C. native, Paul earned his bachelor’s degree from Delaware State University and earned both a law degree and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.
Derron brings to the firm a wealth of government relations experience, having worked for some of the world’s largest technology and health care companies. From cybersecurity and trade, to telecommunications and health technology, Derron helped create strategies to address complex issues with Members and staff of the U.S. House and Senate.
In addition to his private sector experience, Derron was a top staffer in the U.S. Senate, serving as Democratic Staff Director for two U.S. Senate Committees, including the Senate Special Committee on Aging. As staff director, he advised then-Ranking Member Claire McCaskill and led a staff of policy experts, investigators and communications professionals focusing on issues affecting older Americans. He also served as legislative counsel for health care, labor and judiciary issues during the debate and passage of the Affordable Care Act. A tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in Congress, Derron helped move the ball forward on new initiatives designed to ensure a more equitable hiring process in the United States Senate.
Derron has run numerous political campaigns at the state and local level, and has served as a political consultant to national party committees, progressive organizations, and labor unions. A former prosecutor, his awards include the National Bar Association’s President’s Award and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Corporate Leadership Award.
A native of Michigan, Derron earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
René is a seasoned Capitol Hill veteran, having spent nearly twenty years working in and around Congress helping Members and companies navigate policy and politics. His experience and deep understanding of the legislative process has produced results and has earned René the respect of Members of Congress and his colleagues.
René began his career working for his hometown Congressman, Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), former Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He has served as Chief of Staff to Reps. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) and Pete P. Gallego (D-TX) and as Legislative Director for Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX).
René also served as the primary liaison with various committees and caucuses including the House Appropriations, Energy and Commerce, Armed Services, Homeland Security as well as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, New Democrat Coalition and Blue Dog Coalition. Additionally, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the House Committee on Homeland Security under then-Ranking Member and now Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
During the Obama administration, René served as Deputy Assistant USTR for Congressional Affairs under Ambassador Ron Kirk and later served at the Department of Commerce as the head of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Census Bureau. He also worked as the Director of Government Affairs for Univision Communications Inc., the leading Spanish language broadcaster in the country, where he managed the company’s outreach and advocacy to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
A native of El Paso, Texas, René graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. He also earned a Graduate Certificate from Air University, the U.S. Air Force’s Center for Professional Military Education (PME).
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