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Based in Washington, DC, we help clients achieve their goals in the areas of advocacy, government relations, communications and fundraising.

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Why we’re different

We are not your traditional government relations and public affairs firm. Our team brings together a diverse set of skills.

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How we can help

We provide our clients innovative and creative approaches to their issues. We have a smart array of services to achieve your goals.

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Where we’ve succeeded

We have delivered significant results to our clients. Read a few examples of how we applied our skills to solve their complex problems.

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About Us

The VENG Group is not your traditional government relations and public affairs firm. Our team brings together a diverse group of individuals that has experience in almost every workplace sector—state and federal government, public interest/not-for-profit, corporate/private, and academia. Our varied backgrounds provide an unparalleled multi-disciplinary and technological driven approach to problem solving to achieve our clients' goals.

Our team has a proven track record as the “go to” and the “in the know” professionals in Washington, DC. Whether if it’s legislation on the hill, government reform and regulation, developing coalitions, organizing grassroots and grasstops campaigns, working with Republicans or Democrats, or even staffing a client’s communications department, we provide the intelligence, strategies, and resources for our clients to succeed.

We are currently recruiting for a Communications Associate

News

Obama's Judge Picks Advance in Post-Filibuster Senate

14th January 2014

Vincent Eng quoted in The Recorder

Lobbyists Dish on Where They Like to Woo Clients

29th January 2013

Vincent Eng quoted in Eater

Asians Face ‘Bamboo Ceiling’

5th July 2012

Vincent Eng quoted in SHRM.

Firm’s niche: Lobbying for federal judges

10th June 2012

Read our firm's profile in The Washington Post and the ABA Journal.

George Wu Joins the VENG Group as a Partner

11th April 2012

Read our Press Release and additional coverage in The Hill, National Journal, and Politico.

Press Mentions in National Journal and Politico

26th October 2011

The VENG Group was mentioned in National Journal and Politico.

Press Mention in The Hill

25th October 2011

The VENG Group was mentioned in The Hill's Lobbying World.

Team

Vincent focuses on creative and strategic approaches to public policy and communications, including on executive and judicial branch nominations, technology and broadband, health, social justice, and matters of importance to the Asian American community. For over a decade, Vincent has been a leader in the Asian American and civil rights community. He served as the Deputy Director of the Asian American Justice Center, Co-Chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Committee on Language Rights, and on the steering committee of Americans for a Fair Chance.

Before founding The VENG Group, Vincent was at The Raben Group, a leading government affairs firm in Washington, DC, where he led the Asian American practice. He also served as the managing editor of a large government clearinghouse of statistical information, where he directed editorial, production, acquisition, and marketing efforts.

Vincent started his career at the U.S. Department of Justice. He currently teaches at Columbia Law School and at Howard Law School. Vincent has written and edited over ten books on various legal and political matters—including a law school casebook on sentencing, sanctions, and corrections—and he has served as the editor-in-chief of the Almanac of the Executive Branch.

George has over 10 years’ experience in non-profit management, organizational development, and coalition building and social justice advocacy. Previously based in Washington, DC, George was most recently the executive director of OCA and chairperson of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. George also taught at the University of Maryland, College Park and served on the Board of Directors of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund, Equal Justice Works, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.

Prior to joining OCA, George was a staff attorney in the Immigration and Immigrant Rights Program of the Asian American Justice Center and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Partners and In-house Counsel Community Law Fellow. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University, George began his career at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center. George is also a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he received the Justice Thurgood Marshall Civil Liberties Award for outstanding performance in the field of civil rights and civil liberties. George is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland. Born in Taiwan, George speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese and basic Taiwanese.

Nicole brings more than a decade of Washington journalism experience to the VENG Group. A veteran of Capitol Hill, Nicole most recently was executive editor of National Journal Daily and managing editor, Congress for National Journal. Prior to that, Nicole was a reporter for several Capitol Hill newspapers and Washington bureaus, including The Deal, Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly.

In addition to her journalism career, Duran spent three years as an independent communications specialist, writer and editor. She used her financial services expertise, honed while working for the American Banker, to serve as the editor of the quarterly reports to Congress from the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

She also helped the Asian American Justice Center elevate its profile by launching media campaigns around the group’s efforts on behalf of immigration reform and a full-count census. She penned numerous op-eds and letters to the editor published around the country on the issues of immigration, judicial nominees and health care.

Duran began her career at the Muskegon Chronicle in her hometown of Muskegon, Mich. after graduating with a journalism degree from Marquette University. Before coming to Washington, she covered local, state and national politics for the News-Dispatch in Michigan City, Ind., and the South Bend Tribune in South Bend, Ind.

Leonie is a leader in nonprofit communications. With nearly two decades of experience in strategic communications, branding, social media marketing, crisis management, media relations and media diversity, Leonie brings a wealth of expertise to The VENG Group, where she focuses on strategic communications and issues of importance to minority communities.

Prior to joining The VENG Group, Leonie served as the director of communications at the Asian American Justice Center. In that role, Leonie oversaw all aspects of AAJC’s communications efforts, including strategic planning and the development and management of the organization’s website. She also led AAJC’s media diversity program. Leonie also served as a public affairs specialist at District of Columbia public school system, where she was responsible for coordinating communications strategy, serving as spokesperson, and overseeing the day-to-day communications operation. Leonie holds a master’s degree in mass communication from Towson University, along with a bachelor's in public relations from Delaware State University.

With a background in law and experience in public policy, Amina provides her clients with substantive policy analysis, grassroots and grasstops coalition outreach and direct lobbying. Combining content expertise with communications, Amina develops strategies that help her clients navigate external communications, message their policy portfolios and accomplish their goals in and out of DC. She provides direction and guidance to the firm’s policy, outreach and government affairs clients on health policy matters and beyond.

Prior to joining the VENG Group, Amina was a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy/Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). While at APIAHF she worked as a core part of the organization’s policy team on issues including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence and legislative advocacy on Medicaid.

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Services

The VENG Group provides its clients innovative and creative approaches to their issues. We have a smart array of offerings and services to achieve your goals:

  • Public Policy Advising

  • Government Relations / Federal and State Lobbying

  • Coalition / Community Building and Outreach

  • Multicultural Outreach and Advocacy

  • Political / Nominee Counseling

  • Innovative Technological Solutions for Advocacy

  • Technical Project Management

  • Grassroots / Grasstops Outreach and Campaigns

  • Public Relations / Message Development

  • Strategic Communications

  • Day-to-Day Communications Operations

  • Brand
    Development

  • Fundraising

  • Conferences and Events

Successes

Political / Nominee Counseling

Situation

The wait for a nominee to be confirmed to the Federal Judiciary can be long and contentious.

Solution

We led the confirmation strategy and nationwide outreach on dozens of federal judicial nominations, including Goodwin Liu, nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit and Edward M. Chen, nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Our work spanned from engaging thousands of individuals to lobby the Senate to ensure the President’s judicial nominees received a floor vote to briefing the Senators on the merits of the nominee.

Grassroots / Grasstops Outreach and Campaigns

Situation

Comcast/NBCUniversal was negotiating Memorandums of Understanding with various communities as part of the forthcoming merger. A cable television content provider needed visibility in the MOU merger discussions to gain nationwide carriage to successfully implement its business model.

Solution

We worked with key stakeholders and the cable and telecommunications industry to position our client as the premier cable television content provider for carriage. Upon the Comcast/NBCUniversal merger, our client was selected as the single cable content provider that would receive carriage as part of one of the negotiated MOUs.

Fundraising

Situation

The U.S. Congressional Tri-Caucus—Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus—each have their individual Political Action Committee except the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Solution

We worked with Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to establish the CAPAC Leadership PAC—the first PAC governed by U.S. Congressional Members in support of federal candidates that are supportive of the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.

Coalition / Community Building and Outreach

Situation

Lack of diversity and glass ceiling issues continue to be a problem in the law enforcement community.

Solution

We worked with the leading national African American, Asian American, Latino, and Women law enforcement associations to launch the National Council of Law Enforcement Organizations (NCLEO). Since its formation, NCLEO members have testified before Congress and been an invaluable resource to key stakeholders in Washington, DC.

Day-to-Day Communications Operations

Situation

Having a fully staffed media and communications department can be out of reach for many nonprofits.

Solution

The VENG Group successfully provides day-to-day operations of media and communications departments for a number of nonprofit advocacy organizations, as well as providing strategic communications planning. Our work has included every task from press releases, website maintenance and development, to op-ed drafting and placement.

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