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David M. Carmen

President and CEO

David Carmen founded Carmen Group in 1985 and has grown it into the premier bipartisan government affairs consulting firm, serving innovative corporations, non-profit institutions and governments worldwide. He has advised U.S. Presidents, Governors, Mayors and legislators on policy matters where creativity is essential to making government more responsive to an immediate priority. 

Operating “at the speed of change,” Carmen Group professionals have assisted with strategic planning and legislative initiatives that have funded tens of billions of dollars in projects across the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

David’s consultative advice has been instrumental in the success of some of the largest public-private real estate and infrastructure developments of the past three decades. He was involved in many of the most difficult issues surrounding the national and local responses to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. The firm’s well-recognized expertise in health care policy has made it a key player for providers, particularly since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Carmen Group’s Education practice advises large university presidents and has developed a long-term record of success serving Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

The rapid, deepening worldwide spread of democracy and transparency has created opportunity and challenges for enterprises, and even governments, to achieve great ambitions. David has brought an innovative vision to government affairs consulting —that effective campaigns must be informed by best practices and business discipline. He was the first principal to recognize that the modern era of disclosure has marginalized the old boy, horse-trading “access” model of advocacy. He staffed Carmen Group with expert bi-partisan professionals that generate superior client results through a rigorous focus on innovation, goals, execution and accountability. His client stewardship approach has elevated the firm’s ability to contribute substantive, long-term, strategic business insight and achieve consistently superior value. 

David has a long-time passion for film and has been involved in content creation since his student days. In 1999, he was a founder of Anonymous Content LLC, one of America’s premier content companies. Anonymous produced many movies including “Babel,” “Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind,” “Winter’s Bone,”  and “Fifty First Dates.” In television, Anonymous is producing “True Detectives,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, which will premier on HBO in 2014. Anonymous produces many of advertising’s finest commercials and represents many of Hollywood’s major talents. 

David’s media expertise has made the firm a knowledgeable player in the era of convergence. The company represents content producers and distributors including Internet and telecom companies that seek to navigate complex and sometimes archaic government regulation, even as they enable technologies that transform our daily lives. 

Locally, David has been dedicated to the District of Columbia community since the 1990s when the firm helped the city narrowly avoid bankruptcy and begin a resurgence that continues today. Since then, Carmen Group has been the leading government affairs firm in DC for more than two decades, playing a role in virtually every major real estate, health care, education, procurement reform and tax incentive initiative during that time.

David follows a strong government tradition. His father, Gerald, held posts including Ambassador to the United Nations and Administrator of the General Services Administration.

David is a member of the Young President's Organization, a member of the Sarah Lawrence College Board of Trustees and a past director and officer of Community Connections, the largest provider of behavioral health services to those in need in Washington, DC. He is a past trustee of American University and the National Children's Museum.

A Manchester, NH native, David graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and Phillips Exeter Academy. He lives in Washington with his wife, Elizabeth, and is very proud of his children:  Henry, Alex, Isabella and Jackson.