Our Team

Grau & Associates offers a team of highly skilled subject matter experts, who bring their experience and talents to bear on every project we pursue, adapting to the specific needs of each association.

GEORGE MCELWEE

GEORGE MCELWEE

Lobbyist

George brings 20 years of experience to our clients having worked on Capitol Hill and the public and private sector.

George provides clients with government relations support and guidance on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues including providing direct “boots on the ground” in Washington, DC for all G&A lobbying clients. 

His milestones include developing and executing a federal cyber policy strategy; executing a successful cybersecurity briefing for the Congressional Smart Contracting Caucus and working with congressional leaders to introduce legislation to establish the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee.

Previously, George served as the chief lobbyist to the Organization for International Investment (OFII) representing more than 160 U.S. subsidiaries of leading global companies. As Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs, George was responsible for advising association members and policy makers on Buy America, corporate inversions, corporate tax, international trade agreements, and tax treaties. George strategically expanded OFII’s advocacy presence with Congress, the Administration, and state and local governments.

From 2005-2013, George served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Charles W. Dent (R-PA), implementing Mr. Dent’s overall legislative, communication, and political vision and winning five consecutive Congressional elections. While working for Mr. Dent, George developed and executed a long-term strategy to secure a seat on the coveted House Committee on Appropriations.

With a reputation of bipartisanship, George was elected in 2009 by his peers to serve as President of the House Chiefs of Staff Association – a bipartisan association of almost 500 current chiefs of staff and committee staff directors. George held the position for three years, becoming the longest serving president in the association’s 36-year history.

Prior to working for Mr. Dent, George spent five years as Director, Federal Government Affairs for the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), a national trade association representing the consumer credit and finance industry, and on the staff of former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA).

A commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Lieutenant Commander McElwee is a public affairs officer assigned to the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO). His previous assignments include, Flag Assistant to the U.S. Navy Vice Chief of Information (one-star admiral); U.S. Navy Office of Information; U.S. Fleet Forces Command; and Navy Public Affairs Support Element (NPASE) – East.

George holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies from the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University; a Graduate Certificate in PACs and Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management, George Washington University; Joint Professional Military Education, Phase I from Air Command and Staff College, Air University; a graduate of Public Affairs Qualification Course from Defense Information School, Fort George G. Meade; a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; and studied at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA.

“Grau & Associates not only helpedestablish APPS, it has also been instrumental in growing the association.”

Greg Gbur
Association of Professional Pipeline Surveyors

“When Grau & Associates began workingwith our association its first order of business was evaluating our finances and immediately finding ways to strengthen our fiscal position.”

Steve Strnisha
Invest in the United States of America

“Grau & Associates expertly walked us(and continues to shepherd IoTEA) through (these) requirements, record keeping, and compliance. G&A is an invaluable resource.”

Greg Puschnigg
Internet of Things Energy Association

“We were so satisfied with G&A’s ability tohelp us (do so), Aaron is now a member of the LRC board! We highly recommend his services.”

Shad Henderson
Neighborhood Allies

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Our Team

“Grau & Associates not only helpedestablish APPS, it has also been instrumental in growing the association.”

Greg Gbur
Association of Professional Pipeline Surveyors

“When Grau & Associates began workingwith our association its first order of business was evaluating our finances and immediately finding ways to strengthen our fiscal position.”

Steve Strnisha
Invest in the United States of America

“Grau & Associates expertly walked us(and continues to shepherd IoTEA) through (these) requirements, record keeping, and compliance. G&A is an invaluable resource.”

Greg Puschnigg
Internet of Things Energy Association

“We were so satisfied with G&A’s ability tohelp us (do so), Aaron is now a member of the LRC board! We highly recommend his services.”

Shad Henderson
Neighborhood Allies

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