Mr. Blackwell has been a Senior Advisor with the Roosevelt Group since he joined the firm in January, 2017. He advises clients on a variety of federal issues including defense, cybersecurity, homeland security, health, education, technology, budget, and appropriations. Prior to the Roosevelt Group, Mr. Blackwell served for six years in the State of Michigan’s Washington, DC, Office of Governor Rick Snyder as a Senior Federal Policy Representative. Before that, Rob was a Government Relations Specialist at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and a lobbyist for Target while at Flack Associates. Additionally, he served on Capitol Hill as Special Assistant to U.S. Congressman John J.H. “Joe” Schwarz, MD. While in the Governor’s office, Mr. Blackwell successfully worked with Congress, the Obama Administration, and other states on many initiatives that he developed and led including Michigan’s Protect and Grow Initiative for the Defense Industry, the Cyber Executive Team, the Michigan Cyber Range, enacting National Guard Empowerment, and establishing National Commissions on the Structure of the Air Force and Future of the Army.
Rob successfully led the effort to obtain new National Guard missions and was a member of the Michigan Health Reform Implementation Task Force, advised the governor and other senior state leaders on a variety of issues; including defense, cybersecurity, homeland security, justice, public safety, health, human services, education, science, technology, economic development, budget, and appropriations. While at Flack Associates, Rob lobbied on tax, trade, banking, homeland security, and public safety issues on behalf of Target. During his time on Capitol Hill, Rob advised the Congressman on a variety of issues and staffed Dr. Schwarz on high level meetings with the Bush Administration and Congressional leadership, assisted in the Congressman’s successful efforts to keep a local Air National Guard base open during BRAC 2005, worked on the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, assisted with Appropriations issues, liaised with Tuesday Group, and became familiar with the Congressman’s activities on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Science Committee. Rob is a 2001 graduate of Michigan State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Pre-Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.