Daemen College has named Robert Everett Mills Associate Vice President for Government Relations. Mills was most recently co-founder and partner in The Advocacy Group, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm. Mills began his position at Daemen January 9, 2012.
A native of Washington, D.C. Mills’ long career has focused on positions in government, as well as advocacy.
“Robert brings a wealth of knowledge regarding government at all levels,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “He is a strong supporter of Daemen College programs and initiatives, and now, Robert will be a significant asset as a member of the Daemen community.”
Mills began his government career as a Legislative Assistant for Representative Gillis W. Long (1973–1974), followed by Legislative Assistant for the late Senator William Proxmire (1974–1975). Mills also served as Assistant Staff Director, Subcommittee on VA-HUD, and Independent Agencies, the Committee on Appropriations in the U. S. Senate, from 1975–1984. He also served as Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government, Committee on Appropriations in the Senate, 1984–1988.
Mills began his career in advocacy with Parry and Romani Associates, from 1988–1990. In 1990, he co-founded and served as a partner in The Advocacy Group.
Mills holds a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland-College Park (1971); he also holds an M.A. in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University (1979). He subsequently earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1988).
Mills’ board memberships have included: (12 years), Metropolitan Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington; Executive Committee Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington; and Legislative Lobbyist and Consultant (Pro Bono), Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
His career awards include the United States Secret Service Honor Award, 1988; Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Honor Award, 1995; and the Ernie Cage Award for Outstanding Performance by Second Year High School Football Official, 2008.
Mills, his wife, Debra, and their two daughters, Courtney Ann and Blair Cheney, were longtime residents of North Potomac, Maryland.