Who We Are

We are a full-service government relations firm based in 

Washington, D.C.  

We specialize in understanding the needs of our clients and helping them achieve their legislative 

and regulatory goals.

Our expertise is in helping clients navigate the inner workings of the federal government.

Chief Strategist

Paul A. Brathwaite

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.  In 2016 and 2017, he was named to The Hill's "Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns" list and he 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.       

Practice Areas

Financial Services


Health Care

Education & Non-Profit

Food & Nutrition


"I call him 'Mr. Connection...'"

Contact Us

Federal Street Strategies, LLC

1220 L Street NW, Suite 100-401, Washington D.C. 20005-4018