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Dwayne Bolton

Principal

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Dwayne helps clients navigate the complex federal regulatory and legislative environment in the energy and environment, transportation and infrastructure, defense, national security, and agriculture sectors. His strategic counsel enables clients to advance their policy priorities in Washington D.C.

Mr. Bolton draws on more than two decades of Washington, D.C. experience spanning Congress, Corporate America, Trade Associations and Nonprofits.  Prior to joining Mindset, Dwayne worked for theGROUP, a multi-client firm where he focused on building their energy, transportation and defense sectors.  Bolton also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary in the Office of Congressional, Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy(DOE). In that role, he shepherded legislative, budgetary and regulatory priorities for both Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Dan Brouillette.  Bolton’s accomplishments at the DOE include setting up an Artificial Intelligence Office, hardening DOE’s cyber security capabilities for the electric grid and oil and gas pipelines, engaging in DOE/interagency work on a range of national security matters, promoting nuclear power, modernizing the nation’s nuclear stockpile, and driving America’s energy renaissance.  

Also, at DOE, Bolton held roles as Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary for House Affairs, Senior Advisor in the Office of Environmental Management, and Senior Advisor in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.

Before working in the Administration, Bolton served as Principal Advisor for Los Angeles, CA based Edison International, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.  In this role he provided strategic political and policy advice to Edison International’s executives and business units.  Dwayne previously worked as Manager of Global Government and Corporate Affairs at global manufacturer Caterpillar Inc.  In that role, he worked on a number of domestic and global issues pertaining to market access, energy, surface transportation, the Export-Import Bank and trade agreements.

Bolton also worked for the Association of American Railroads(AAR).  At AAR, he worked on an array of issues, including agriculture, energy, balanced regulation, tax, and cyber security, while tapping into numerous stakeholder groups to advance transportation policy.  Bolton started his career on Capitol Hill as a senior aide in the Office of U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL), where he was responsible for providing political and policy advice for the congressman’s agriculture policy.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Bolton grew up in Bloomfield, CT, earning a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Central Connecticut State University.  He also holds a master’s degree in Transportation Policy from George Mason University and an MBA from Strayer University.  Bolton has resided in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for more than 20 years.  

Hidden Talent: Percussionist and drummer

Sector Experience

  • Energy and Environment
  • Defense
  • National Security
  • Transportation and Infrastructure 
  • Agriculture 

Education

  • BA, Central Connecticut State University
  • MA, George Mason University
  • MBA, Strayer University 
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