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Welcome to the Washington Government Relations Group (WGRG).

he Washington Government Relations Group (WGRG) is the premier organization dedicated to the enrichment of African-American government relations professionals. As a non-partisan, independent, volunteer association our members represent a diverse cross section of corporations, financial institutions, law firms, trade associations and non-profit organizations on various policy matters in the state, federal, and international arena. This organization seeks to increase dialogue between our members and key senior-level policy makers in order to help shape the development of superior and well-vetted public policy solutions. The WGRG helps foster both professional and social advancement amongst its membership through a variety of regularly scheduled educational programming and events that bring together stakeholders and key leaders from the public and private sectors. These individuals provide insight into the priorities and direction of various officials and staff of the Administration, Congress and government agencies of interest.

Additionally, the WGRG has a non-profit charitable giving arm, the WGRG Foundation, which, among other efforts, helps fund the Terri Grier Memorial Fellowship Program for African--American students in their final year of undergraduate or graduate study in political science or public/government affairs. If you are not yet involved with the WGRG, now is the time to learn about our member benefits, and join this rapidly expanding organization.

Sincerely,

Marcus Sebastian Mason
President

ealizing the value of networking and the need to share experiences and knowledge amongst themselves, African-American lobbyists in our nation’s capitol, formed the “The Second Wednesdays Group”. During the sixties, seventies, and eighties, this group was instrumental in providing educational seminars and events for its membership that promoted professional advancement in the public affairs arena.

Acknowledging the changing face of politics in the nation’s capitol, many members decided that it was time to establish a more formal structure to ensure longevity and continued growth and progress. In an effort to do just that, in February 1997, the group reorganized its structure to become the Washington Government Relations Group (WGRG).

WGRG is a non-partisan, independent, volunteer association founded to enrich the careers and leadership abilities of African-American government relations professionals, including lobbyists, policy analysts, and Political Action Committee (PAC) Directors. Members represent corporations, financial institutions, law firms, trade associations and non-profit organizations on a broad range of policy areas in the state, federal, and international arenas. The goal of the organization is to increase the dialogue between our members and key senior-level policy makers to aid in crafting superior public policy solutions.

WGRG schedules programs featuring senior-level speakers who provide insight into the priorities and direction of various officials and staff of the Administration, Congress and government agencies of interest.