Ron provides federal government relations, strategic counsel, and consulting to education, municipal, and private sector clients with a focus on returning value to the client. Ron’s applies a collaborative and hands-on approach to client management, providing advice and counsel on issues concerning higher education, research and development, economic and community development, tax, transportation, broadband, and government marketing. He formulates and executes strategies to secure federal funding, legislation, and regulatory changes that support client priorities.
Prior to starting Hamm Consulting Group in 2010, which focuses on government and business consulting, Ron was a partner at The Ferguson Group, another Washington federal government relations firm. He served on the firm’s Executive Committee and was responsible for the leadership and overall management of the company. In addition to providing Washington representation for education and municipal clients, he focused on developing and implementing business strategy to maximize profitability and create long-term value for the company and its clients. He also directed the firm’s Education Practice Group and frequently spoke to audiences on education and public advocacy issues.
Prior to joining The Ferguson Group, Ron served as a legislative associate with the lobbying firm of Honberger and Walters, Inc., where he specialized in technology, airport, seaport, housing, economic development, tax, and public finance issues as well as appropriations and authorization matters for county governments and other public agencies.
Ron is a former legislative assistant to a former City of San Diego Vice Mayor and current County supervisor in San Diego, CA and received a California State Assembly Resolution of Service award for his work in that position.
Ron’s major accomplishments comprise helping his higher education clients secure key federal funding and policy successes, including the development of a university research institute and a community college academy of applied forensics, and drafting legislation that was approved by Congress and signed into law to establish the first National Heritage Area west of the Mississippi River and only one of 27 Heritage Areas in the United States, and his work on the passage of critical federal legislation that supported an $80 million downtown riverfront development project for one of HCG’s clients.
Ron was also successful in securing federal funding for the development of a national museum in Memphis Tennessee that commemorates a significant era in soul music in the United States.
He has his B.S. degree in finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his M.B.A. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His additional training includes Congressional Funding and Legislative Processes, Commercial Bank Lending and Management Training, Advanced Financial Analysis, Cash flow Analysis, Working Capital Analysis and Negotiations and Professional Selling Skills Development.
Ron’s affiliations include serving as a member of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) Board of Visitors, Cal State DC Advisory Board, Charter Member of the National Museum of African American History, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics (NILE), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., JGH Educational and Charitable Foundation, and Heritage Fellowship Church.
Advocated successfully to preserve $19 million federal National Heritage Area Program in 2017 and increase program funding to more than $20 million in FY 2018
Worked with members of Congress and the Alliance of National Heritage Areas to reverse 2017 Department of Interior grants and contracts review policy that would have delayed $19 million in funding for various alliance members and adversely impacted operations and programming
Assisted higher education clients to secure $3.2 million in grants in 2017 and a NIST student summer fellowship in 2016
Secured $30 million authorization for Smale Riverfront Park Project in 2016
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