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Former Senate Chief of Staff, Dana Gresham, Joins Mindset

Gresham brings 25 Years of Executive Branch and Hill Experience to Bipartisan Public Policy Firm

Washington, D.C. – February 24, 2021 – Mindset, a Washington, DC-based bipartisan strategic advisory and advocacy firm, today announced that Dana Gresham will join the firm as a Principal. Gresham most recently served as Chief of Staff to Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and during the Obama administration he was confirmed by the Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of Governmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Gresham will play an especially important leadership role in growing the firm’s transportation, infrastructure, and energy transition work.

“We are so proud to have Dana on the Mindset team. He has earned respect from policymakers across the political spectrum because he is substantive, effective, and a true team player. Dana will help lead our expansion into new sectors, and we are excited to grow the firm alongside him.”

Langston Emerson, Partner

As the Chief of Staff to Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), Gresham stood up the Senate Office and recruited, hired, developed, and managed a staff of over forty professionals. He was a key policy and political advisor to the Senator and helped develop and push through a comprehensive legislative agenda impacting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), financial institutions, transit authorities, healthcare workers, and military service members and their families. During his 8 years at the Department of Transportation, Gresham served as the top liaison for the department to Congress, coordinated the department’s legislative agenda with the administration, and served as senior advisor to two Secretaries of Transportation.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to join my colleagues at Mindset in welcoming Dana Gresham to our team. Dana has well over two decades of experience on Capitol Hill and served the duration of the Obama Administration. Dana’s long record of government service and far-reaching relationships will prove invaluable for our clients.”

Rick Dearborn, Partner

Gresham began his career in Washington working in the U.S. House of Representatives where he worked for three Members of Congress, including Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the New Democrat Coalition and the Blue Dog Coalition. For six years, he served as Chief of Staff to his hometown Congressman, Representative Artur Davis of Alabama. He also served as Legislative Director for Representative Bud Cramer. Gresham is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and is a graduate of Georgetown University.

“I am thrilled to join Mindset with its bipartisan approach to problem solving and advocacy. I know that our firm’s experience and expertise will help our clients navigate the complex policy issues facing their organizations.”

Dana Gresham, Principal
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