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We provide our clients innovative and creative approaches to their issues. We have a smart array of services to achieve your goals.Read more
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The VENG Group is not your traditional government relations and public affairs firm. Our team brings together a diverse group of individuals that has experience in almost every workplace sectorstate and federal government, public interest/not-for-profit, corporate/private, and academia. Our varied backgrounds provide an unparalleled multi-disciplinary and technological driven approach to problem solving to achieve our clients' goals.
Our team has a proven track record as the “go to” and the “in the know” professionals in Washington, DC. Whether if it’s legislation on the hill, government reform and regulation, developing coalitions, organizing grassroots and grasstops campaigns, working with Republicans or Democrats, or even staffing a client’s communications department, we provide the intelligence, strategies, and resources for our clients to succeed.
14th November 2014
Vincent Eng quoted in The Recorder
11th November 2014
Kerri Talbot mentioned in Politico
16th October 2014
Vincent Eng quoted in The Recorder
11th July 2014
Vincent Eng quoted in The Recorder
15th May 2014
Vincent Eng mentioned in Legal Bisnow
13th May 2014
Vincent Eng quoted in The Legal Times
14th January 2014
Vincent Eng quoted in The Recorder
29th January 2013
Vincent Eng quoted in Eater
5th July 2012
Vincent Eng quoted in SHRM.
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26th October 2011
25th October 2011
The VENG Group was mentioned in The Hill's Lobbying World.
Vincent focuses on creative and strategic approaches to public policy and communications, including on executive and judicial branch nominations, technology and broadband, health, social justice, and matters of importance to the Asian American community. He is a nationally recognized expert on the senate confirmation process and he has led the lobbying and public relations efforts on the confirmation of nearly one hundred judicial and executive branch nominees. For over a decade, Vincent has been a leader in the Asian American and civil rights community. He served as the Deputy Director of the Asian American Justice Center, Co-Chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Committee on Language Rights, and on the steering committee of Americans for a Fair Chance.
Before founding The VENG Group, Vincent was at a government affairs firm in Washington, DC, where he led the Asian American practice. He also served as the managing editor of a large government clearinghouse of statistical information, where he directed editorial, production, acquisition, and marketing efforts.
Vincent started his career at the U.S. Department of Justice. He currently teaches at Columbia Law School and at Howard Law School. Vincent has written and edited over ten books on various legal and political matters—including a law school casebook on sentencing, sanctions, and corrections—and he has served as the editor-in-chief of the Almanac of the Executive Branch.
Vincent received his B.A. in politics from Brandeis University. He received his J.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from The American University. He is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2007, Vincent was recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association as a Best Lawyer Under 40.
George has over 10 years’ experience in non-profit management, organizational development, and coalition building and social justice advocacy. Previously based in Washington, DC, George was most recently the executive director of OCA and chairperson of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. George also taught at the University of Maryland, College Park and served on the Board of Directors of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund, Equal Justice Works, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.
Prior to joining OCA, George was a staff attorney in the Immigration and Immigrant Rights Program of the Asian American Justice Center and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Partners and In-house Counsel Community Law Fellow. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University, George began his career at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center. George is also a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he received the Justice Thurgood Marshall Civil Liberties Award for outstanding performance in the field of civil rights and civil liberties. George is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland. Born in Taiwan, George speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese and basic Taiwanese.
Kerri Talbot served as Chief Counsel for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey for five years. She served as general counsel and advised the Senator on immigration, judiciary issues, nominations, and floor procedure. She previously served as Associate Director of Advocacy at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the national association of over 11,000 immigration attorneys, where she advocated with Congress and the Administration on immigration policy issues, especially focusing on due process, enforcement and family immigration issues.
Previously, she served as Director of Policy and Planning for Rights Working Group, where she managed its legislative advocacy and policy development on due process issues as it relates to immigration legislation. Prior to her position with the Rights Working Group, Kerri was Managing Attorney of Break the Chain Campaign, where she represented immigrant victims of human trafficking and other crimes in their legal proceedings. She also served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of Freedom Network, USA, a national network of anti-human trafficking organizations. In addition, Kerri was Staff Attorney for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Baltimore, Maryland, where she provided legal expertise in support of the organization's efforts.
Prior to law school, she worked for Physicians for Human Rights in Boston, Massachusetts. Kerri is a graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and a graduate, cum laude, of Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Meredith Higashi is a skilled communications and public policy expert with nearly a decade of experience on advocating on issues of national importance in the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and Executive Branch.
Meredith has led public relations and lobbying initiatives on core issues of importance ranging from immigration to hate crimes. Her work with legislators and the Department of Defense led to the successful passage of anti-hazing provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. As a trusted advisor to Members of Congress, Meredith has provided both staff and Member briefings on a wide range of public policy and legal matters. With more than 40 amicus briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court, Meredith is leading strategist in legal argument development.
Prior to embarking in a career in law, Meredith was a journalist at News 8 Austin (now known as Time Warner Cable News Austin) and worked at KING-TV, the NBC affiliate in Seattle.
Meredith is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is admitted to the Washington State Bar and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mark Aronson has over 25 years of deal related work experience including; Investment Banking (Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity) as well as Media & Entertainment, having worked on over $9 billion in successful transactions.
Mark began his career at Salomon Bros where he served as a Financial Analyst in the M&A Group. While at Salomon, Mark worked for various clients; including Bally’s and Inter-Continental Hotels as well as the sale of the N.Y. Islanders, Atlanta Falcons & Houston Astros.
Mark then worked as an Associate at Alpine Capital, where he worked for legendary Wall Street Investment Banker Oded Aboodi. Alpine Capital served as the internal Investment Bank for Time Warner. While at Alpine, Mark worked on numerous transactions including, the sale of Six Flags and several cable acquisitions; including; CVI, KBLCOM, Summit Industries and Advance/Newhouse.
Mark then joined Time Warner Cable where he served as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development. Mark spent 10 years at Time Warner and worked on a variety of transactions including; the acquisition of Turner Broadcasting the sale of CourtTV and, E! Entertainment. Additionally, Mark helped with the creation and launch of 12 24-hour local news channels, including Central Florida News 13 and Bay News 9.
In 2010 Mark went out on his own and started, Liquidity Partners, a boutique Investment Bank specializing in Media & Entertainment. Mark has worked with many Private Equity firms and operating companies including working with Mnet, the leading English language television network for Asian Americans and fans of Asian Pop Culture. Under Mark’s leadership, Mnet has grown its distribution base from 3 million subscribers to nearly 20 million subscribers.
A trained graphic artist with a background in marketing, Lindsay provides integrated visual communications, design and technology to VENG clients.
Lindsay earned a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco, with emphases in visual arts and business. Lindsay has applied and adapted combined interests in the art and business worlds across various industries ranging from health care to nonprofit.
Prior to joining the VENG Group in 2012, Lindsay worked at a Seattle-based multicultural marketing agency, channeling her artistic eye and interpersonal acumen in her approach toward the agency's creative projects and direct oversight of key agency-client relationships.
Kelsey provides VENG clients with day-to-day and crisis communication operations, strategic communications, and social media consulting.
Prior to joining the VENG Group, Kelsey was a press secretary in the US House, working for Democratic Members in the Southwest. She coordinated media hits and subsequent outreach for immigration and veterans events, and also handled responses to the 2013 government shutdown and events in Syria and Iran.
A proud Longhorn, Kelsey graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Spanish and political communication.
The VENG Group provides its clients innovative and creative approaches to their issues. We have a smart array of offerings and services to achieve your goals:
Public Policy Advising
Government Relations / Federal and State Lobbying
Coalition / Community Building and Outreach
Multicultural Outreach and Advocacy
Political / Nominee Counseling
Innovative Technological Solutions for Advocacy
Technical Project Management
Grassroots / Grasstops Outreach and Campaigns
Public Relations / Message Development
Day-to-Day Communications Operations
Conferences and Events
The wait for a nominee to be confirmed to the Federal Judiciary can be long and contentious.
We led the confirmation strategy and nationwide outreach on dozens of federal judicial nominations, including Goodwin Liu, nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit and Edward M. Chen, nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Our work spanned from engaging thousands of individuals to lobby the Senate to ensure the President’s judicial nominees received a floor vote to briefing the Senators on the merits of the nominee.
Comcast/NBCUniversal was negotiating Memorandums of Understanding with various communities as part of the forthcoming merger. A cable television content provider needed visibility in the MOU merger discussions to gain nationwide carriage to successfully implement its business model.
We worked with key stakeholders and the cable and telecommunications industry to position our client as the premier cable television content provider for carriage. Upon the Comcast/NBCUniversal merger, our client was selected as the single cable content provider that would receive carriage as part of one of the negotiated MOUs.
The U.S. Congressional Tri-CaucusCongressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucuseach have their individual Political Action Committee except the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
We worked with Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to establish the CAPAC Leadership PACthe first PAC governed by U.S. Congressional Members in support of federal candidates that are supportive of the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.
Lack of diversity and glass ceiling issues continue to be a problem in the law enforcement community.
We worked with the leading national African American, Asian American, Latino, and Women law enforcement associations to launch the National Council of Law Enforcement Organizations (NCLEO). Since its formation, NCLEO members have testified before Congress and been an invaluable resource to key stakeholders in Washington, DC.
Having a fully staffed media and communications department can be out of reach for many nonprofits.
The VENG Group successfully provides day-to-day operations of media and communications departments for a number of nonprofit advocacy organizations, as well as providing strategic communications planning. Our work has included every task from press releases, website maintenance and development, to op-ed drafting and placement.