December 09, 2014

Ed Rogers, Fmr. Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and BGR Group Co-Founder, Joins CNAS Board of Advisors

By Ed Rogers


Washington, December 9 – The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) announced today that Ed Rogers, who served as a senior staffer in the George H.W. Bush White House and co-founded the BGR Group, has joined CNAS’ Board of Advisors. In that capacity, he will play an active role in the intellectual and policy life of the Center.

“I have long been impressed with CNAS’ even-handed, bipartisan and pragmatic approach to national security issues,” said Mr. Rogers. “I am happy to join the Board of Advisors, and look forward to working with the Center on a wide range of projects.”

CNAS executives shared Mr. Rogers’ enthusiasm. “Ed will be a real asset to our advisory board and to the Center as a whole,” said CNAS Chief Executive Officer Michèle Flournoy. “His understanding of the theory, practice and politics of security policy will inform our research agenda and provide a valuable perspective to the policy recommendations our experts make.”

CNAS President Richard Fontaine added, “Ed’s experience speaks for itself. He combines deep knowledge of policy and politics with time in and around the center of government.  We value his insights and perspectives, and we are delighted to have him as part of the team.”

Mr. Rogers has been involved in political campaigns, private commercial transactions and other legal, media and market access challenges in various international markets since the mid-‘90s. He regularly assembles teams of lobbyists, lawyers, investment professionals and private investigators to solve problems, manage adversarial situations and achieve positive results for clients.

Immediately prior to co-founding BGR Group in 1991, Mr. Rogers served as the Deputy Assistant to President George H. W. Bush and Executive Assistant to the White House Chief of Staff. Mr. Rogers also served as Senior Deputy to Bush-Quayle Campaign Manager Lee Atwater from February of 1987 through the general election in 1988.

From 1985 through February of 1987, Mr. Rogers worked in the Reagan White House in the Office of Political Affairs, where he served as Haley Barbour’s deputy as the Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Political Affairs.

Since 2011, Mr. Rogers has been an opinion writer for the Washington Post, where he writes about politics and the current state of affairs in Washington, from a Republican point of view.

Mr. Rogers received his JD from the University of Alabama, where he currently serves on the President’s Cabinet. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association and the Washington, D.C., Bar Association. Mr. Rogers is a visiting professor at the University of Alabama Law School and remains active in Alabama State politics, where he got his start in the early 1970s. Mr. Rogers is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the advisory board of the 100,000 Strong Foundation, which was established by the U.S. State Department in 2012 to help answer President Barack Obama’s call to deepen Americans’ understanding of China through study abroad.
Mr. Rogers, his wife Patti, and two of their children reside in McLean, Va.


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