Proven Education Consulting

Carmen Group specializes in strategic education consulting to help schools of all levels gain support for pursuing nationally significant educational objectives. In more than 30 years of proven success for our clients, we have created and executed programs including promoting education for non-traditional students, establishing academic linkages with K-12 school systems, serving as a community economic development or education resource, developing vocational education programs and expanding capacity for innovation at educational interests. Carmen Group has been successful in advancing both “bricks and mortar” and programmatic federal funding. Our unique business process has increased our success ratio and sets us apart from other firms in terms of innovation, execution and accountability.

Carmen Group’s success on behalf of our education clients is built on our expertise in education policy, as well as our understanding and technical capabilities surrounding the federal authorization and appropriations processes, charter school organization and community economic development objectives. We have extensive experience working with Members and staff of the education committees in Congress, Department of Education officials, congressional leadership, the White House, corporations, investors and communities.


John H. Ladd
Executive Managing Director

Record of Success

  • Accredited Universities
  • Charter Schools
  • University Affiliated Hospitals and Hospital Systems
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Medical Schools
  • Pharmaceutical Schools
  • Community Colleges
  • Inner City Schools
  • Private High Schools
  • Religious Schools

Special Expertise

  • Appropriations Bills
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
  • Higher Education Act (HEA)
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Advisory Commissions/Boards
  • Emergency Responsiveness
  • Homeland Security and Campus Security
  • Graduate Medical Education Reimbursement
  • Private-Public Partnerships
  • Student Loan Programs
  • Research & Development Grants
  • Innovative Federal Funding Sources
  • University-led Economic Development
  • Campus-Based Federal Resource Centers
  • Education Budget Priorities

Proven Record of Working Effectively With

  • Congress
  • White House
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of the Treasury
  • National Science Foundation

Federal R&D Funding Underutilized by Universities

The federal government is looking for innovative ideas from universities to accomplish its overarching R&D goals. Within the university segment, too many universities are not competing effectively for the important funding and partnerships that can elevate their institutions.

Qualified universities can compete for federal funding opportunities with a strategic program that matches their qualifications with federal needs. An effective program will:

  • Identify and evaluate all current (and possibly potential) university capabilities
  • Identify federal programs (across all agencies and departments) where the university’s capabilities (and competitive advantage) offers a solution to present needs
  • Identify federal needs not currently addressed in established federal programs (create new programs where federal policy makers should consider an expansion or enhancement to be in the national interest)
  • Create compelling grant applications
  • Recruit strong, long-term supporters and validators
  • Build on a record of success


Carmen Group helps universities create and implement strategic programs that articulate university strengths, identify high value federal opportunities and compete successfully for awards.