• B.S., Tulane University
  • J.D., Samford University

Memberships and citations

  • Former board member, Friends of New Orleans
  • Member, Board of Governors, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
  • Member of the Alabama Bar


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With a deep knowledge of federal environmental and appropriations matters and an unwavering commitment to client satisfaction, Bob Dawson has an unmatched breadth of experience and success.

During his remarkable career, Bob has held senior positions at the White House, the Defense Department and on Capitol Hill that have given him a deep understanding of the federal budget and regulatory processes in the water resource and environmental arenas. A former Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bob oversaw budget and policy for about one fourth of the Federal budget, including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Interior; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Bob was promoted to that position after seven successful years in the Department of Defense as the U.S. Army’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Works and subsequently the Assistant Secretary, a position that required U.S. Senate confirmation. During Bob’s service, he led a successful reform of the Corps of Engineers’ selection and funding processes for its water projects.

Other Experience

  • Legislative Director, U.S. Representative Jack Edwards
  • Administrator, U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Bob successfully negotiated reform of federal policies governing highway projects, mass transportation, water resources, environmental protection, and economic development.
  • Former Member, Presidio Council (An advisory group to the National Park Service regarding future of the Presidio in San Francisco)