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The BPC talent bank offers an experienced skill base that transcends several areas of expertise and industry arenas because of a rich history honed through politics and pragmatic project execution. 

Judith A. Burrell, Principal, BPC

Judith established BURRELL PROJECT CONSULT LLC in 2005.  Over the last 25 years, she has contributed to several management teams at Fortune 500 companies, in Washington based trade associations and for federal and local governments.

For ACS, she led the transportation group’s sales team and closed deals related to electronic toll collection, transit smart card operations and DMV processing. 

She led communications strategy for the Newspaper Association of America and local government lobbying for the United State Conference of Mayors.  She also held several leadership roles in the administrations of President Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter as well as former NYC Mayor Ed Koch. 

She has secured Congressional legislative victories for local governments in transportation funding and clean air regulations.  At the Newspaper Association of America and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, she supervised several staff and many initiatives.  To name a few, she was publisher of Presstime for NAA and a contributing editor to USCM’s USMayor.  She supervised multi-media communications for NAA such as the organization’s Web site, its top membership resource library service and special projects such as the Bush II White House initiated Russian American Media Entrepreneurship Dialogue.  She also established the first institutional advancement program for one of the City University of New York’s 19 campuses—Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. 

She has degrees from Brown University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

James J. Ferguson, Principal, PPR

James established the Practical Politics Research Group in 1996.  He has more than 25 years of experience in governmental affairs, non-profit leadership and political campaign management.  He has provided myriad government relations assistance to Fortune 500 companies, including SAP America, Inc., AT&T, Verizon, Rolls Royce as well as non-profit organizations; labor unions; and churches.  

He is a former Executive Director of the National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, Inc and also held several senior management positions with the Congress of National Black Churches, Inc.  He is experienced and recognized organizer and coalition builder, with emphasis on voter education, issue development and voter mobilization.  In 1996, his leadership was recognized by Campaigns and Elections Magazine as one of the most effective voter mobilization efforts for the 1996 election cycle. 

His background also includes tenure with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and as a Capitol Hill staffer for U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, when she served in the House and U.S. Congressman Ronald V. Dellums of California.

As a volunteer and member of Concerned Black Men (CBM) of Washington DC, he co-founded Project Northstar Tutorial program.  He is a graduate of Stanford University and a former NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings.

Jacqueline E. Burrell
Jacqueline E. Burrell is a former award winning journalist who has worked in all mediums - broadcast television and radio, wire, newspaper, magazine and, of course, the web. Today, with her 25 plus years of experience, she is a freelance writer and editor handling feature articles, press releases, web content, and so much more.

Jacqueline began her career in communications as a writer and news producer for WNAC-TV in Boston. From there she went on to reporting for United Press International (UPI) wire services before becoming a senior writer and editor for Patuxent Publishing Company, a chain of suburban newspapers in the metropolitan Baltimore area, covering local and regional government policies and actions, housing, zoning, education and the general marketplace.

Jacqueline has reported for and written for Time Magazine, Maryland Family Magazine, NBC TV 4 and a host of other mediums covering such topics as technological advancements for the treatment of cancer; development of a biosphere on the planet Mars; philanthropic trends such as the formation of Women’s Giving Circles; college education for precocious youth; girls and technology; and choices for today’s squeezed generation.

From a career in journalism, Jackie made the transition to freelance writing and editing. The wide range of successful communications campaigns she has planned and executed includes advertorials, newspaper supplement inserts, press releases, feature articles, web content, and newsletters.

Robert B. Brauer
Bob Brauer is a veteran Capitol Hill strategist. He held several positions within the office of former Congressman Ronald V. Dellums of California’s 9th District. These roles included senior staff positions in the Member’s office, the House Committee on the District of Columbia, the House Armed Services Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence.

During his tenure on Capitol Hill, he contributed to many successful legislative victories for the Congressman and the constituents of the Bay Area, while assisting small business needs and human rights advancements around the country and the world. Of note are provisions that defined increased defense department procurement opportunities for small businesses and the sanctions law that began the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Bob brought several successful roles to his 25 years plus on Capitol Hill. Arriving from the Bay area in 1971, he served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Before then, he worked for the U.S. Department of Labor as a regional Director; as the executive director of the Marin County Human Rights Commission; as an official at Wells Fargo headquarters in San Francisco; and a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.

After leaving the hill in 1996, he served as director of government and community relations and chief of staff to the president of California State University, East Bay in Hayward, until 2006. When Ron Dellums was elected Mayor of Oakland in June 2006, Bob lent his senior management expertise to the transition and remains a highly sought after consultant.

Bob completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and his graduate work at California State University East Bay in Hayward.





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