AIA has named Richard Efford as its new Assistant Vice President for Legislative Affairs. Efford brings decades of experience working for congressional committees and government relations firms to this position.
For more than twenty years, Efford served as a professional staffer on the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. He led committee staff in crafting appropriations legislation for the Transportation Department and was personally responsible for Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration appropriations. He also oversaw elements of the Navy budget, including aircraft procurement, RDT&E and DARPA.
“Rich’s vast experience in the halls of Congress will be tremendously valuable to our legislative affairs team,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “In particular, his knowledge of the ins and outs of the appropriations process is unsurpassed.”
For his efforts on the Appropriations Committee, Efford has received the Navy Comptroller’s Meritorious Service Award, the Transportation Department’s Inspector General’s Appreciation Award and the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award.
Efford most recently was a partner at Flagship Government Relations, Inc. of Arlington, Va., where he focused on defense, homeland security and transportation issues.
Efford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of William & Mary and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Minnesota. He worked for four years for the U. S. General Accounting Office and the Minnesota state government after completing his graduate work.
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