Dee Martin is co-head of PRG. She represents clients before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, developing and implementing policy and media strategies that achieve her client’s goals.
Dee has 20 years of experience providing strategic advice to corporations, non-profit organizations and trade associations. Her work covers a broad range of issues, including energy and the environment (oil & gas; power; renewables); national security (federal law enforcement); women’s rights (economic and violence issues); and financial services (credit rating agencies; consumer protection). Dee has successfully led clients through legislative, appropriations and oversight campaigns. In addition to her policy work, Dee represents clients involved in agency inquiries and Congressional investigations, including hearings and testimony.
Her unique and holistic approach to federal advocacy ensures that messages are coordinated across the three branches of government, as well as in the media, both traditional and digital. Dee has been named a “Champion of PR” by PRWeek (2017), a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill (2017); a “Top 40 Under 40 Lobbyist” by Washingtonian Magazine (2011); a “Female Powerbroker” by Law360 (2014); a “Champion” by the Legal Times (2011); and a “Women Who Mean Business Awardee” by the Washington Business Journal (2011). Dee has received national media attention as a co-founder of Minute Mentoring®, a women’s leadership program. An avid women’s rights advocate, Dee has focused her pro bono efforts on assisting young women escaping persecution by global terrorist organizations. For her work, she was honored with the “Unlikely Heroes Legacy Award” (2016) and was recognized by Professional Women in Advocacy as an “Excellence in Advocacy” award finalist (2016). Dee’s community service includes serving as the president of the board of directors of a transitional housing service for homeless women and on the board of directors for a national non-profit organization dedicated to social, political, and economic equality for women.
Prior to joining the firm, Dee worked for a major nonprofit organization, focusing her advocacy efforts on women’s equality issues. She was honored with the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Award in 1997. At that time she was the youngest recipient ever to receive the award. Other recipients of this award have included Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gloria Steinem.
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2001
B.S., University of Central Arkansas, 1994
Haymarket Media Group Ltd., PRWeek, Champions of PR Award, March 30, 2017
Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., The Hill, “Top Lobbyists” list, 2017
Unlikely Heroes, Legacy Award, November 14, 2016
Professional Women in Advocacy, Excellence in Advocacy Award Finalist, 2016
Portfolio Media, Inc., Law360, Female Powerbroker, 2014
Washingtonian Media Inc., Washingtonian Magazine, Top 40 Under 40 Lobbyist, 2011
Legal Times Champions & Visionaries Awards, Champion, 2011
American City Business Journals, Washington Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business Honoree, 2011
PRNews, Legal PR Awards, Minute Mentoring, 2011
Women of Vision Award, Ms. Foundation, 1997
Known For: Identifying solutions to complex problems and drawing on the full complement of the PRG team to accomplish her clients’ goals.
Interesting Career Note: Dee is an entrepreneur and creative thinker. In the same year, she co-founded PRG, Minute Mentoring® and the Friends of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Fast Fact: After college, Dee packed up her truck and drove from her hometown in Arkansas to California to help organize political campaigns. Immediately upon arrival, someone smashed her window and stole everything she owned. She proudly displays the rock used to break her window in her office today. It is likely more valuable than her stolen possessions or frankly, that truck.
Bar Admissions/Court Admissions:
District of Columbia Bar
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Supreme Court Virginia
American Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
Feminist Majority, Board of Directors
Calvary Women’s Services, Board of Directors
Minute Mentoring, Co-founder
“Media Training for Women Legislators,” WAND/WiLL, 2016.
“Millennials and Advocacy,” Girls Learn International and Young Feminist Conference, 2016.
“The Voice of Millennials in the 2016 Presidential Election,” Platform 2016, 2016.
“Women Leaders and Mentorship,” Minute Mentoring, Women in Manufacturing, 2016.
“2016 Elections,” Air Liquide, 2016.
“Washington Political Update and Outlook,” FBI Agents Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, July 2011.
“Mentoring and Women’s Leadership,” Minute Mentoring, New York, NY, April 2011.
“Women, Money, and Power USA: Women and Leadership,” Feminist Majority and YWCA, Women Money Power Summit, Washington, DC, April 2011.
“The Importance of Mentoring in Today’s Fast-Paced World,” Minute Mentoring, Washington, DC, November 2009.
“Federal Funding for Women’s Programs,” Feminist Majority and YWCA, Women Money Power Summit, Washington, DC, April 2009.
Co-author, “President Signs Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008,” Bracewell & Giuliani Legal Advisory, October 2008.
“Legislative and Public Policy Priorities of the 110th Congress,” FBI Agents Association Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, July 2007.
“The Special Committee on Homeland Security: 2004 Annual Report,” Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review, 2004.
Co-author, “Foundations, Sources, and Priorities of Homeland Security Law,” Chapter 2, Homeland Security Law Handbook, Government Institutes, 2003.