Carter is AGG’s Director of Government Relations and Communications and is responsible for bringing comprehensive federal and state government relations and communications services to the firm’s clients. He has more than 25 years of consulting and federal government service, including more than eight years in the U.S. Senate, nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and nearly five years at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has held senior leadership roles including chief of staff to U.S. Senator John Warner and general deputy assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations for two HUD secretaries.
Carter has served with leaders in the U.S. Congress and two administrations, and he has worked with business, public sector, and nonprofit policy leaders. His leadership on policy and strategy initiatives has enabled him to build effective communications and government relations strategies and plans for clients of all sizes and in a broad range of industries.
Working with the firm’s attorneys from numerous practices, including healthcare, housing, privacy, corporate, litigation, and transportation and infrastructure, Carter draws on his unique government experience, broad-based relationships, and a deep understanding of the policy and regulatory process. He brings to our clients creative insights that help them identify important opportunities and address their specific challenges which, on occasion, will require the attention of government officials. He has unique experience in crisis communications and response (planning and strategy) – in particular, related to natural disasters and white-collar crime. In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, while leading HUD’s congressional relations office and serving as a key contact point for Gulf state governors and local officials, Carter was instrumental in working with multiple stakeholder and constituent groups to guide and inform Congressional conference committees writing the public law that brought federal disaster assistance and recovery funds the region needed to rebuild.