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Langston Emerson


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Anyone can make DC seem too complex. The real skill lies in understanding the landscape so well that you can make it simple. That's where our team comes in—we know policy and politics so well that we know what is really important and how to deliver results.

Langston is a dedicated policy strategist and advocate with a long track record of success in advancing business goals for clients and particular experience in private equity, venture capital, real estate, and insurance.

Langston is widely known as a fierce advocate who doesn’t back down from tough challenges, and his approach is informed by his wide-ranging background in government, trade associations, corporate, and entrepreneurial settings. Langston’s deep substantive expertise across our clients’ issues is matched only by his political acumen, honed over two decades in and around government. Among his other roles at Mindset, Langston also leads the firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, both internally and externally.

In his previous role at Signal Group, Langston led the financial services practice and represented clients on a wide variety of complex legislative and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Signal Group, Langston was a lead advocate for the private equity industry at the American Investment Council (formerly, Private Equity Growth Capital Council). In this role, Langston was responsible for tax and financial services policy affecting private investments. Prior to that, at TIAA, Langston led company efforts around the Dodd-Frank Act, and was instrumental in safeguarding the company’s interests. Langston also advocated before Congress on behalf of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) as an in-house strategist for the REIT and commercial real estate industry.

Langston began his career in policy work on Capitol Hill, and has held senior positions in the House and the Senate, including for Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI). Additionally, he served as a senior aide to Representative Mike Capuano (D-MA), and led the Congressman’s work on the financial services committee. Before his time as a senior congressional aide, Langston worked in the banking practice of a law firm and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Langston graduated magna cum laude from Howard University and earned his law degree from the George Washington University Law School.

Langston’s hidden talent: He has mad skills as a DJ.


  • JD, George Washington University
  • BA, Howard University
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