Dal Harper represents corporations, non-profits and private companies in front of the federal and District of Columbia governments and brings over 14 years of government relations expertise to Carmen Group. As Executive Managing Director, manages the District of Columbia and Real Estate practices with a team of non-partisan government affairs professionals. Dal has led major legislative efforts before Congress and the Council of the District of Columbia and has significant expertise in helping clients to leverage the Federal/District of Columbia government interface.
Dal has a strong understanding of the local political climate and proven success in helping clients to position their projects and secure federal and local regulatory approvals and legislative accommodations. He has participated in ground-breaking initiatives in the real estate, transportation, water, healthcare, education, and homeland security fields. While lobbying is Carmen Group’s core business, Dal’s clients have increasingly come to expect and require strategic planning and positioning of their interests before government officials. Dal provides strategic counsel to real estate developers, government contractors, telecommunications infrastructure providers, hospital consultants, local water resources and transportation agencies, non-profits, and universities.
Dal led the effort to secure the first stand-alone Act of Congress (P.L. 112-143) that enables a 3 million square foot economic development project in the District of Columbia. In addition, Dal secured the largest Tax Increment Financing package for a District of Columbia mixed-use development project. Dal has helped clients to secure multi-million dollar contract awards, tens of millions of dollars of funding for transit and water resources projects, local and federal permits and National Park Service grant funding.
A Kentucky native, Dal graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in International Economics. As an undergraduate, he completed the University’s Global Studies program and studied in Costa Rica for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholar. Dal is married to a Kentucky girl, Sara, and very proud of his two daughters: Anna and Caroline.