Paul A. Brathwaite | Principal

Paul A. Brathwaite | Principal

  • Dover, DE
  • BS, Delaware State University | JD and MPP, Duke University
  • Administration, Tri-Caucus, Senate Democratic Leadership
Work
  • Connects the dots between the interests of members of Congress, client goals and third party partnerships to achieve both legislative and optical successes

  • Understands the issues on which policymakers will be most receptive and positions client priorities to meet those preferences

  • Served as the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), where he coordinated the group’s domestic and foreign policy initiatives

  • During the Clinton administration, Paul served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment Standards Administration

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  • Winner of the 2014 Washington Government Relations Group Lobbyist of the Year award and the first Brenda Pillors Award from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

  • One of Roll Call’s “Fabulous Fifty” staffers on Capitol Hill

  • Got to hang alongside Halle Berry when he was cast as Omar Epps’ double in the movie The Program

  • An avid Phillies and Duke Blue Devils fan

With a vault of experience in Congress and two cabinet departments, Paul Brathwaite provides invaluable strategic counsel to Podesta Group clients on financial services, health care, food and nutrition, energy and telecommunications issues. A valued member of the firm’s senior leadership team, Paul also advises clients on House and Senate Democratic leadership and the Congressional Black Caucus.

Whether it’s business as usual or business in crisis, Paul’s considerable knowledge and high-level relationships benefit the firm’s clients as he steadily guides them to achieve their policy goals. He is particularly proud of his work with a coalition of nonprofit organizations to secure federal funding to help communities rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Paul is a widely known and well-regarded fixture in the halls of Congress, both for his consummate professionalism and his infectious laugh. Before joining the Podesta Group, he served as executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), where he coordinated the group’s domestic and foreign policy initiatives. At the CBC, Paul worked with all 43 members and served three CBC chairs: Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and Melvin L. Watt (D-NC).

During the Clinton administration, Paul served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment Standards Administration. Earlier in his career, Paul worked in the Department of Transportation’s General Counsel’s Honors Program. He has also worked as a staff member for Rep. Tom Carper (D-DE), who was then a member of the House, former Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) and former New York Governor, Mario Cuomo (D). Paul has received numerous accolades for his distinguished public service, including the 2014 Washington Government Relations Group Lobbyist of the Year award, the first Brenda Pillors Award from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and numerous selections as one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous Fifty” staffers on Capitol Hill.

A Delaware native, Paul holds a Juris Doctor and a master's in public policy from Duke University and a bachelor's from Delaware State University.

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