Prior to joining RFA, RaShawn was Senior Director, Government Relations at the American Gaming Association (AGA), where he helped advocate for casino operators, manufacturers, suppliers, and employees, speaking for the industry on a range of business, legislative, and regulatory issues, including financial services, tax, travel/tourism, and tribal governments.
Before joining the AGA, RaShawn served as former Congressman Joe Cunningham’s (D-SC) Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. In this capacity, RaShawn managed an ambitious legislative team directing the congressman’s policy agenda before the House Natural Resources and Veteran’s Affairs Committees. RaShawn also managed the congressman’s transportation, energy, healthcare, and commerce portfolio during USMCA negotiations.
RaShawn also served in key roles within the Obama Administration, in NASA’s Office of Congressional Affairs and as a Special Assistant and Advisor to the Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), responsible for overseeing a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues across a nearly $100 billion portfolio and several federal agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers civil works, the National Science Foundation, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public utility.
RaShawn also spent time at national non-profit associations, lobbying for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation. He focused on clean energy, environmental justice, and flood mitigation. In 2018, he was recognized in The Hill’s list of Top Lobbyists.
RaShawn got his start in town working for former Congressman Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL), who served on the House Ways & Means Committee and was chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
RaShawn is from Clearwater, FL, and received his B.A. in Political Science from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL.