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