Meet the Board
The Washington Government Relations Group Foundation (WGRGF) is governed by a 13 person Board of Directors with varied backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to ensure that WGRGF is taking innovative and comprehensive approaches to achieve its mission. To read more about the Board members, see their biographies below.
DAVID E. WARR
David E. Warr, Principal/CEO of the Warr Consulting Group, is a Senior government affairs and public policy professional with a proven track record in government and regulatory relations. Mr. Warr possesses extensive experience including general management, strategic planning, crisis management, advocacy and outreach to both domestic and foreign governments, and coalition building with industry associations and third party stakeholders. Prior to assuming the role of Chief United States Representative for the International Trademark Association (INTA) in February of 2011, Mr. Warr had amassed over 20 years of experience in corporate government affairs-both federal and international at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Prior to Mr. Warr’s tenure at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, he served within the U.S. House of Representatives.
One of Mr. Warr’s most rewarding experiences was his involvement in the launch of SECURE THE FUTURE-an innovative, comprehensive, public-private initiative designed to fight HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. When this initiative was launched, it was the first and largest corporate commitment of its kind to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. He is noted as an accomplished musician and holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University.
Yvonne McIntyre is Vice President of Federal Affairs for Calpine Corporation. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing, managing and implementing the federal legislative and regulatory strategies for the Company. She lobbies Members of Congress, the Administration, regulatory agencies, and their perspective staff on various issues, with a particular focus on energy and environmental issues. Ms. McIntyre has worked in the field of government relations for over 22 years and in the power industry for 27 years as a Director of Federal Affairs for Mirant Corporation, and a lobbyist for Kansas City Power and Light and for DTE Energy.
Ms. McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and a Master of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in International Business from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
H. MONTEE WYNN, JR., ESQ.
Montee Wynn is Senior Principal and Counsel for Legislative Advocacy for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which represents over 900 electric utilities involved in distribution, transmission, and generation activities. Since becoming NRECA’s lead federal energy advocate in 1998, he has continuously achieved NRECA’s core legislative objective of maintaining the provision of affordable and reliable electricity.
Prior to joining NRECA, Mr. Wynn was the lead conservation policy advocate for the National Wildlife Federation and practiced corporate and administrative law at Bayard, Handelman, and Murdock. Mr. Wynn was also employed as a Legislative Assistant to Senate Majority Whip Alan Cranston and House Small Business Committee Chairman Parren Mitchell.
Mr. Wynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University, a Masters of Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia.
David E. Youngblood has held a variety of political, legislative, and legal positions in the Federal Government and in the private sector. As a licensed attorney and consultant in private practice, David has managed litigation for small and medium sized corporations and has appeared as counsel on matters before most state courts in North Texas.
Mr. Youngblood has advised Pharos Capital Group, a Dallas based private equity fund that invests in undercapitalized businesses in urban and underserved regions across the United States. He also serves as Country Manager for Philippine Family Health & Dental Plan, Incorporated and is responsible for multi-lateral negotiations between the Philippine government, multi-national corporations, end users and U.S. based financiers.
Mr. Youngblood is a graduate of the University of Houston and Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he was a member of Law Review.
Adam Hunter is a founding partner of Hunter & Johnson, PLLC, a D.C. boutique litigation law firm. He specializes in criminal defense, civil litigation, and small business development. A large portion of his practice is dedicated to representing District of Columbia residents in criminal cases through the Criminal Justice Act. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Law (J.D.) and Howard University (B.A.’s Economics and Political Science cum laude). Adam is barred in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and New York.
Prior to forming Hunter & Johnson, Adam was Of Counsel with Harden & Pinckney, PLLC in the District of Columbia with a primary focus on criminal defense and civil litigation. He clerked in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey for the Honorable Lorraine Pullen in the Criminal Division. Along with his membership on the WGRG Foundation Board, he is currently a member of the board of directors for D.C. Law Students in Court and the New Jersey Orators.
Melanie Avery is a leader with over 13 years of experience in the fields of project management, change management, IT and business strategy, and public policy. Most recently she worked as the Director of Philanthropy and Public Affairs for Veterans On The Rise a non-profit, 501(c) 3 providing, transitional housing, rapid rehousing, housing first, and mentoring solutions for homeless veterans in the DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Ms. Avery also served as a mentoring coordinator for VOTR.
Melanie is an active member of the University of Virginia and University of Maryland alumni associations. She is a youth and young adult mentor, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has also served on several advisory boards throughout the Northern, VA community. Melanie is a graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She earned a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia with coursework in engineering and a Spanish minor. She also has an MBA from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business. Melanie is a certified project management professional, PMP. In 2014, she received an executive certificate in Non-Profit Management at Georgetown University.
George Bradford is a Financial Advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, George was a Professional Golfer and Veteran Member of PGA Tour Canada. He has competed on the PGA Tour, Web.Com Tour and various Mini-Tour’s over his 17 year professional career. As one of the few African-American members of the PGA Tour network, George often lectured about the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Game of Golf. While not competing, he often donated his time to the First Tee Program and the Boys and Girls Club of America promoting the game of golf by providing free instruction and exposing kids to the opportunities that exist in the Golf Industry.
Mr. Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from University of Maryland in College Park. He and his wife and their two daughters reside in Columbia, Maryland, where he enjoys playing golf, gardening, and the arts. George serves as a board member of Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, The Washington Government Relations Group Foundation and Cristata Cares Inc.
Georgette Sims Chambers is a senior staff pediatrician with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP). She began her career with Johns Hopkins on the East Baltimore Campus and now practices in Odenton, MD. She is a physician consultant for the JHCP Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program which serves to improve the culture of safety while providing medical caregivers with the tools and support they need to identify and manage hazards may that threaten their patients at the clinical level.
As a pediatrician she has mentored medical students and pediatric residents. She is an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Ms. Sims received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine.
William Clyburn was confirmed, unanimously, by the United States Senate and served from December 1998 until December 31, 2001. He served on the Board during the STB Ex Parte No. 582 Decision, Public Views on Major Rail Consolidations, and the implementation of the current railroad merger rules, STB Ex Parte No. 582 (Sub-No. 1) Major Rail Consolidation Procedures. He voted on numerous cases before the STB critical to efficient operation of North American railroads, as well as oversight proceedings for past mergers and acquisitions such as UP/SP, Conrail, and CN/IC.
Prior to his appointment to the STB, Mr. Clyburn served as staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, commerce counsel to U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia, and law clerk to South Carolina circuit court Judge Rodney Peeples. Commissioner Clyburn received his undergraduate degree in ceramic engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina, and is a member of the South Carolina Bar.
LaQuita V. Honeysucker is the Senior Legislative Representative at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, the largest private sector union in America. She lobbies members of Congress on general labor issues, including minimum wage and paid sick leave, flexible and fair scheduling, food safety and nutrition as well as immigration.
Prior to UFCW, Ms. Honeysucker served as a Legislative Counsel in the office of Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott. She functioned as his staff representative for the Committees on Education and the Workforce and Judiciary. She provided counsel to the Congressman on pending legislation and policy initiatives related to fair housing, church and state, civil rights, telecommunications, transportation, immigration and healthcare.
Ms. Honeysucker received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. She graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and is a member of Corporate Counsel Women of Color.
MARC C. LITTLEJOHN
Marc C. Littlejohn is Senior Manager for Corporate Affairs-Stakeholder Engagement at Walmart Stores Inc. He serves as their liaison to the African American community, and advises and influences the development of Walmart's reputation and national philanthropic giving strategies.
Mr. Littlejohn previously served as an appointee in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the Secretary at the U.S Department of the Interior. Prior to that role, Marc served as the Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Diversity Initiatives for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
A community relations and strategic partnerships expert lauded for his strong interpersonal and effective communication skills, Mr. Littlejohn is passionate about helping organizations reach and communicate effectively within the African American community.
Anthony R. Quinn is the Director of Public Policy and International Trade for ASTM International. His role is to maintain and build relationships with representatives of government institutions, trade federations, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders on issues involving product and consumer safety, standards and competitiveness. Prior to joining ASTM International, he was the Senior Government Relations Representative for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and he also worked as a Legislative Aide to late United States Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH-11) covering healthcare, homeland security, telecommunications, and technology issues.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University where he was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and his Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Public Policy and Health Policy.
Phillip Wallace has amassed nearly a decade of public policy engagement experience at the local, state, & federal levels of government. With previous (manager-level) lobbying roles that include Hyundai Motor Company, AHRI (national trade association representing 300 HVAC manufacturers), & the Black Chamber of Commerce, it’s easy to understand why he has such a seasoned perspective on public policy, government relations, & politics in general. Phillip currently manages federal government affairs & political relationships for Intellectual Ventures LLC, a venture capital and private equity firm based in Bellevue, WA. The $6 billion start-up firm invests in innovative technologies, primitive research, and intellectual property. Its investment funds includes Global Good, a collaborative effort with Bill Gates to provide life-saving technology to developing countries.
Mr. Wallace earned a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. He continues to reside in Washington, DC.