Scott A. Kamins
Scott A. Kamins is a Partner at Burton Kamins Advocacy. He co-founded the firm following his tenure as a Director (Vice President) at Prime Policy Group, one of Washington's leading public policy and government affairs firms, and a subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller Global Public Relations. Scott worked on a broad range of economic, international trade, national security and technology policy issues on behalf of the firm’s distinguished group of corporate and trade association clients. He also provided counsel on strategic communications issues and all facets of clients’ participation in the political process.
Prior to joining Prime Policy Group, Scott was Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs at the Republican National Committee (RNC). He was the RNC’s principal liaison to Members of Congress, Governors and State legislators and the Washington, D.C. business and government affairs community. Serving as a bridge between the world of public policy and the world of politics, he worked to develop and coordinate political strategy with Republican Congressional leadership.
Before joining the RNC’s senior staff, Scott served in the Bush Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing, managing and executing strategies to enhance Congressional support for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s foreign policy and legislative objectives on both sides of the partisan aisle. As a politically appointed member of the Senior Executive Service, he managed the Bureau of Legislative Affairs’ Office Regional, Global and Functional Affairs, which is comprised of legislative management officers (career civil servants, Foreign Service officers, and political appointees) assigned to work on legislative matters relating to the policymaking bureaus of the Department of State. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Scott served as Director of House Affairs. In this role, he was a senior liaison between the Department of State and the U.S. House of Representatives. He worked on a host of legislative initiatives with Members of Congress, House leadership staff, and the staffs of the key House Committees with foreign policy and international economic authorizing or oversight responsibilities.
Scott previously served as Director of Congressional and Public Affairs at the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, which administers the export licensing and enforcement system and promotes U.S. strategic technology leadership. Scott was the Bureau of Industry and Security’s senior legislative and intergovernmental affairs, press and public liaison officer. He also served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Scott worked at Berman Enterprises, a business development consulting and government affairs firm. He began his career as an intern and volunteer in the Office of Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Scott is a recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award, the Department of Commerce’s Bronze Medal Award and the Combined Federal Campaign’s Leadership Award. He is a graduate of Boston University and received his master’s degree from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He also is an alumnus of the Executive Education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Scott resides in Annandale, Virginia with his wife and two sons.