Our Mission

The Washington Government Relations Group Foundation (WGRGF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation established to administer and promote the charitable and educational activities of the Washington Government Relations Group (WGRG). WGRGF is charged with generating funding and support resources for minority undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in public policy, public administration, political science, community engagement or other advocacy disciplines.


JOHN C. CHAMBERS, to whom we pay tribute during our golf tournament, and David E. Warr were co-founders of the Washington Government Relations Group. John served as WGRG's first President. Before his untimely death in 2000, John was a partner with the law firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin, & Kahn. His practice involved litigation, counseling, and lobbying on such environmental issues as hazardous waste management, remediation, recycling and corrective action; Clean Air Act permitting; and environmental justice. John frequently lectured at environmental forums and appeared as a television and radio commentator. He was featured in the 1994 International Corporate Law Magazine’s “Guide to Leading Environmental Lawyers.” John received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his juris doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law.


TERRI GRIER served as Secretary of WGRG from 1998-2001. She worked as a legislative analyst for the American Public Transportation Association, representing ATA at both the federal and state level on legislative matters for 13 years.   Additionally, she served as President of the Employee Association and was well respected in the field of government relations.  Terri was a native of Cleveland, Ohio and was a devoted wife and mother.  She attended Smith College and would later graduate from Howard University in Washington, D.C