A team of bipartisan leaders from across the region has formed DMV Strategic Advisors LLC, “to assist the private sector, non-profits, and local governments advance projects and policies aligned with the overarching goals of our region, goals that we helped define and advance over decades of service to the region,” according to its press release.
Roger Berliner of Montgomery County and Jay Fisette of Arlington County lead the firm. Berliner and Fisette were both awarded with the region’s highest honor for “outstanding regional leadership.” Berliner served as president of the Montgomery County Council. Fisette served as chair of the Arlington County Board. They are joined by a team of advisors, all of whom have a track record of serving the region, including:
- Susan Bell, former director of Arlington’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development;
- Caroline Cunningham, former founding president of the Trust for the National Mall and vice president for Partnership, Greater Washington Board of Trade;
- David Harrington, former state senator and Prince George’s County councilmember, and current Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce president;
- Thomas Himler, former deputy chief administrative officer for Prince George’s County;
- Mary Hynes, former Arlington County Board member;
- Tom Rust, former Virginia delegate and mayor of Herndon;
- Bob Sweeney, founder and president of the DC 2024 Olympic bid and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance;
- Harry Wingo, former senior policy counsel for Google and former president and CEO of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce.
According to Berliner and Fisette: “What sets our firm apart is that we know this region and we know how to get things done. We know how to successfully engage the multiple levers required to make positive change happen. And we are committed to doing so for our extraordinary region.”
The firm also offers services to its clients through its Strategic Partners, two national firms with expertise in the areas of transformative leadership and affordable housing: Healthy Companies and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.